The shiba inu has seen rapid growth in both North America and Europe over the last decade or so as more and more people look to add a shiba inu to their family due to them being one of the more interesting dog breeds whos intelligence and curiosity often offer many hilarious moments while also offering the regular benefits of having a dog too. Due to so many new people either having already added a shiba inu to their family or considering it, we constantly see more and more people reaching out each month and asking a number of questions about the breed.
Without a doubt, at the time of writing at least, the question “Do shiba inus shed?” is the most commonly asked question that we see so we have decided to take a more detailed look at the subject and use it as the topic of today’s video. In addition to this, we are also going to offer a number of tips and tricks below that you are able to use to help control the shedding of your shiba inu when it is blowing its coat too.
Before going any further, yes, your shiba inu will shed both moderately year round as well as having two seasonal spikes of excessive shedding too. If you do suffer with allergies to dog fur, this can make the breed a pain for you as they are far from hypoallergenic but if you implement the tips and tricks below then you may be able to add a shiba inu to your home without issue and potentially without the need for antihistamines too.
As we touched on, shiba inu shedding is year-round and they will shed in moderate amounts throughout the year. Then twice a year during the spring and fall their blow out their undercoat and see an increase in the amount of shedding the breed will go through. The vast majority of double coat dog breeds usually do this and it is totally natural for them to blow their coat but this can often lead to an excess of fur being deposited around your home.
Thankfully though, we are now going to be taking a more in-depth look at our four main tips that you are able to use while shiba inus are shedding to help you reduce the amount of fur from their coat that ends up around your home while they are blowing their coat. That said though, you are also able to use these tips and tricks to manage your dog’s coat during their regular year-round shedding too as they can still help reduce the amount of fur around your home and prevent allergy flare-ups.
Dealing With Your Shiba Inus Shedding
In our opinion, there is no better way to manage shiba inu shedding then to pick up a suitable de-shedding brush and spend around five to ten minutes brushing and grooming your dogs fur between one and three times a week. This allows you to collect all of the undercoat shed at once, especially when your dog is blowing their coat to allow you to put it in the trash at once. This can help massively reduce the chance of any allergies flaring-up as well as help to keep your home as clean as possible and minimize the amount of time required to clean your dog’s fur up.
If your shiba inu is just going through its regular shedding that it does throughout the year then brushing them once a week for five minutes may be enough to get the same effect. That said though, if your shedding shiba inu is going through one of the seasonal shedding spikes it goes through twice a year in the spring and fall you may have to increase the grooming to three times per week. There is never a reason to brush your dog’s coat with this specialist deshedding brushes daily though and we usually don’t recommend that you use them more than three times in a single week either.
Now, we know that some shiba inus will happily sit still and let you brush their coats as required but there are some that can make the whole grooming process a total pain. Thankfully though, if you do have a shiba inu that will make the brushing process a pain, we have a little tip that you can use to help keep your dog still so you can brush them and collect their shed with ease.
You will need a Kong dog toy as well as either treat paste or some peanut butter for dogs and then you put some of the treat inside of the kong toy and then freeze it the night before grooming. When the time comes to brush your shiba inu you give your dog the Jong toy with the treat frozen inside to play with and it will hold your dogs attention. You should easily have plenty of time to brush your dogs coat and deal with the shedding and remove the loose fur from their coat with plenty of time to spare.
If you do want to use this trick then we would like to quickly point out that you should always use a specialist peanut butter than has been designed for use with dogs. Peanut butter that is for people usually has Xylitol in it that can end up causing problems in dogs, especially if they have it on a regular basis. Specialist doggy peanut butter has been designed to be just as delicious but without containing Xylitol so it is perfectly safe for your dog.
Take Advantage Of Deshedding Dog Shampoo For Your Shiba Inu
Our next tip is one that is quickly gaining traction amongst the dog-owning community as more and more people realize that it can be a quick and easy way to get the shedding of a dog under control. Although the earlier shampoo based de-shedding products on the market were a waste of time and didn’t really do much, these newer Deshedding Dog Shampoos are excellent and have the proven ability to help reduce the shedding of the coat of your dog with ease.
Our recommended de-shedding shampoo of choice keeps on going from strength to strength with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. It has an excellent reputation amongst the community due to its great performance and ease of use as well as having earned itself a ton of excellent reviews from other dog owners who are using it with their dogs. It is well worth trying to help control your shiba inu shedding especially when blowing its coat and can make a noticeable difference in the amount of shed your dog will release.
Simply bathe your shiba inu with the specialist shampoo once per week for optimal results and it can also help to keep your dogs undercoat healthy too. We know that many dogs really don’t enjoy bath time but depending on your situation, you may be able to use the shampoo on your shiba inu in the yard or garden using a hosepipe. Provided that you are able to apply the shampoo to your dog’s fur and then wash it off as required, you should be able to get the benefits.
Although using a de-shedding shampoo on your dog does have a solid track record when it comes to reducing the shedding of your dog, you can increase the results by also implementing the regular grooming tips that we covered above too. These work together to massively reduce the number of your dog shed that will be around your home and help to prevent any allergy flare-ups and to keep your home as clean as possible and shed free too.
Add A Natural Oil Based Supplement To Their Diet
The second most common reason that your shiba inu shedding can increase other than when it is blowing its coat to allow its new undercoat fur to grow through is usually down to issues with its diet. A shedding shiba inu that is suffering from a lack of essential omega fatty acids in its diet can usually be returned to regular health in as little as only two weeks if you start to add a suitable oil suppliment to its diet.
Now, you may be thinking that an Omega 3 or Omega 6 deficiency couldn’t possibly be the reason behind your shiba inus shedding as you always buy your dog the very best, premium price point dog food. Unfortunately, even the higher price point dog foods on the market can still often not provide enough Omega 3 or Omega 6 to allow your dog to naturally build a healthy skin and coat. Although these premium price point dog foods do offer a ton of benefits and are better than cheaper dog foods, they can often lack healthy essential fats and this is why so many dog owners supplement their dog’s diet with suppliments.
These essential fatty acids are the essential building blocks for your shiba inu to be able to naturally have a healthy coat that will only shed minimally and without having these in its diet, shedding can quickly get out of hand. Thankfully though, if this is the cause of your shiba inus shedding then it is a relatively quick, easy, and cheap fix. Our recommended oil supplement has a great reputation amongst the community due to performing so well and can help reduce the shedding in your shiba inu in as little as only two weeks.
On top of being able to help reduce the amount of shed that your shiba inu will release, these supplements can also be handy in treating some of the other common conditions in your dog such as hot spots, dry skin, and a few common allergies too. All in all, they are well worth trying and their budget-friendly price tag means that you can usually offer them to your dog for at least one month without breaking the bank to see if your shiba inu gets any benefit from having them added to their diet.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
Now, this probably wont apply to the vast majority of our readers but the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has released some very early research showing that there is a correlation between the shedding of a dogs undercoat and outer fur and the amount of time that they spend outside. This is usually based around working dogs who sleep outside though so we doubt that many people who own a shiba inu will be able to put this tip to much use though. We just wanted to include it in our article as more and more organizations are starting to research the link between brining your dog indoors to sleep and a reduction in shedding.
Why Do Shiba Inus Shed
There are three main reasons that your shiba inu will shed and the most common one by far is its natural shedding patters that all dogs go through. Your shiba inu will naturally shed its fur year round in moderate amounts due to a someone in its blood that helps remove dead or damaged hairs in its coat. Twice a year this hormone spikes to get your shiba inu to shed its undercoat and this is why you see two seasonal spikes in shedding with each year.
The second most common reasons is due to a deficiency in both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. As we touched on earlier in the article, this is more common than many people think and thankfully it is very easy to fix with a doggy oil supplement. Depending on the stage your shiba inu is at, adding these supplements to your dogs diet can help to get its shedding under control in as little as only two weeks and help improve the general health of your shiba inus undercoat too.
The final common reason that a shiba inu may shed its coat is due to parasites infecting your dogs dog and causing a number of issues. Although you are usually able to get some over the counter treatments to deal with some of these parasites, we would always recommend that you take your dog to your local veterinarian as there are some parasites that require specialist treatments that need a prescription for quick results. Thankfully, out out of the three main reasons that your shiba inu may shed, this is definitely the least common with the two above being the more common issues.
That brings our article going over why your shiba inu will shed and how you are able to best get your dogs shedding under control. As we have touched on throughout the article, there are a number of things that you are able to do to help keep both your shiba inus fur and undercoat in order to minimize the effects of your shiba inus shedding on your home. Regular grooming of your dogs fur is one of the best options available and can also work wonders for your dogs coat so we would always recommend that you use that as a minimum and add the other treatments in as required.