It’s a known fact that nearly all dogs shed. One breed of dog that sheds a lot is Pugs. All Pugs shed but did you know that the amount a Pug sheds is largely dependent on their colouring?
All pugs shed but fawn, apricot and silver pugs shed a lot more in comparison to black pugs.
Wondering whether pugs shed and how to deal with shedding pug hair?
Pug hair tends to be short and coarse with the exception of black pugs whose hair is a little finer in texture due to their single coat. This means that fawn, apricot and silver pugs all naturally shed a large amount of fur unlike black pugs, which is something unexpected considering they’re short haired dogs.
Here’s how each popular colour of pug coat measures up on a shedding scale:
What’s the most effective way to deal with pug shedding?
Pug shedding is an issue that most pug owners face but there are a few things you can do to help keep the shedding under control.
The most effective way to deal with pug shedding is to brush your pug regularly:
• 3 times a week is recommended but for some pugs daily brushing is required.
• Brushing your pug for a minimum of 15 minutes a day can help minimize the amount of fur that’s shed around your home.
When brushing your pug, it’s important that you brush all of their body, as every part of them can shed. Brushing from their head down to their tail is the best way to do it, making sure to not forget their belly, sides and neck.
Another good way to reduce shedding is to brush your pug right before and right after a bath. This is because bathing a pug loosens the fur so to avoid a large amount of fur shedding onto the floor after a bath, you must brush your pug.
What causes shedding in pugs (and what makes it worse)?
Some pugs have a double coat which means that they can shed twice the amount of hair that single coated pugs do. Typically, fawn, apricot and silver coloured pugs have double coats and the majority of black pugs don’t. The more hairs a dog has, the more it sheds.
Pugs have around 600 hairs per square inch resulting in them shedding a lot in comparison to other breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier, which only has around 100-200 hairs per square inch.
When it comes to shedding, every breed of dog goes through a 3-step cycle, starting with hair growth then resting and finally shedding. However, the speed of this cycle is a lot faster for pugs than it is for other breeds. This means that they shed a lot more regularly than other breeds because new fur grows more often.
Whilst there are many individual factors which cause a greater degree of shedding in pugs, these are some of the more common causes:
• The Type of Coat
• The colour of coat
• Irregular brushing
Is using a comb or brush painful for a pug?
Generally speaking, brushing a pug doesn’t cause any pain unless they have pre-existing health conditions that cause their skin to be more sensitive than usual.
Picking the right brush for your pug is key to help make brushing time enjoyable for your Pug. A brush that contains dull rubber teeth with one row of fine metal teeth is highly recommended by pug owners. This type of brush is called commonly referred to as a shedding brush.
Brushing can be painful for dogs if their fur is very tangled and matted. However, pugs are short haired, this means that their hair isn’t prone to becoming matted or tangled unless they get muddy or dirty. In this case, bathing your pug before your brush them will eliminate any tangles making brushing them pain free.
Why do some pugs shed more than others?
The amount a pug sheds largely depends on their colouring and fur type.
As previously mentioned, black pugs typically shed the least; this is mainly due to the fact that they are singled coated.
On the other hand, fawn apricot and silver pugs shed the most, this is due to them being double coated meaning that their fur is a lot thicker and grows a lot more compactly and close together.
Do pugs shed more in the summer time?
In-short yes, pugs do shed more in the summertime.
Unlike other breeds of dog whose coats shed around spring ready for the summer, pugs hair sheds 365 days a year.
However, in the summer a pugs hair sheds even more in than in the winter, but you can’t really see much difference because they shed so much all year round anyway. Unlike other breeds of dog who noticeably shed their winter coats!
Do pug puppies shed more than older pugs?
Pug puppies don’t shed as much as adult pugs.
Compared to adult pugs, puppies shed very little. The major shedding tends to start when a pug is between 12-18 months old.
When pugs are puppies their fur is a lot finer and shorter. It can often feel slightly fluffier compared to adult pug’s hair (and generally easy to comb or detangle).
Pug puppies also tend to have little to no fur on their bellies and chests, however this fur does start to grow and thicken as they get older (naturally adding further to the amount of fur that is shed).
At the time of writing, my pug is only 4 months only, therefore he is shedding very little. Also, he has an apricot coat, which isn’t as prone to shedding as lighter coats.
It’s often surprising at just how often pugs with a lighter coat shed, therefore be sure that you have the right brushes and even grooming kits to effectively deal with shedding, as and when it occurs.