Coat change in dogs: what dog owners should know
The change of coat is a natural process in dogs, which can vary in severity depending on the breed and coat type. In this blog article, we explain what the coat change is all about, when it occurs, which breeds are particularly affected, how the coat change manifests itself and how dog owners can help their four-legged friend during this time.
What is the change of coat in dogs?
The change of coat is the natural process in which the dog exchanges its old coat for a new one. In this process, the dogs lose old hair and get new ones to adapt their coat to the changes in environmental conditions. The change of coat is an important protective mechanism for the dog and serves to protect it from cold, heat and wetness.
When does the change of coat occur in the dog?
As a rule, the change of coat occurs twice a year - in spring and in autumn. In the spring the dog loses its winter coat and in the fall its summer coat. However, there are dogs that shed all year round, such as Poodles or Maltese. Puppies also go through a coat change, where they exchange their puppy coat for the adult coat.
Which breeds have the strongest coat change?
Some dog breeds have a particularly strong change of coat, during which they lose a lot of hair. These include mainly dogs with a dense undercoat, such as huskies, Samoyeds or collies. But also dogs with stick hair like German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever can shed heavily.
Symptoms and signs of shedding in dogs
During the coat change, dogs may lose more hair. Some dogs may also suffer from itching caused by hair loss and new hair growth. In some cases, hair loss may also be due to food allergies or other health problems. It is therefore important to pay attention to the symptoms and signs of shedding and consult a veterinarian if necessary.
How can you help your dog during the coat change?
During the coat change, regular coat care is especially important. Regular brushing can remove dead hair to relieve itching and reduce shedding. A balanced diet can also help keep the coat healthy and shiny. It is also important to provide the dog with sufficient water to encourage the growth of new hair.