Yep, I know, your little Frenchie is the light of your life. But your lifelong sweetheart’s shedding annoys you a lot. And why wouldn’t it? You just got done vacuuming your carpets and couches, and there you see, your pup’s shedding all across the room.
Your car seat, your clothes and your face covered all over with your pooch’s hair.
So out of frustration, it is natural for you to yell in your mind (nope, never yell at your pup, not his fault): HOW MUCH DO FRENCH BULLDOGS SHED?
Well, here we are, bringing for you the answers to all the questions that have been rattling in your mind regarding your Frenchie’s shedding.
This comprehensive guide will take you through the reasons for their shedding and tips that can assist you in controlling it.
Do All French Bulldogs Shed, or is it just mine?
All Frenchies shed.
In fact, all dogs shed. It is natural for dogs to lose damaged and old hair by shedding. The only difference is, some breeds shed more than others.
Weather is another factor on which shedding depends. In winters, your pooch needs a thicker coat to keep himself warm, while in summers, they need a lighter coat.
So, nature has already arranged a way for them to keep their body temperatures under control. All dogs shed more during summers while they grow a thicker coat during winters.
Why Does My Frenchie Shed?
We already discussed the natural reasons for the French Bulldogs to shed: the weather and to get rid of old, brittle, and damaged hair. But that’s not it; there are more!
● Age: Puppies lose their puppy coat when they are around four to six months. At that point, they shed more than ever. Adult Frenchies shed less than pups, but since they have a bigger surface area, their shedding seems like the usual.
● Diet: A dog is no different than a human when it comes to nourishment. Just as a good diet keeps us healthy and nourished, the same is the case with your companion. A dog that is deprived of healthy food or lacks a balanced diet will tend to lose more hair than the dog getting a nutritional diet.
● Stress: Stress shedding is pretty common in dogs. Dogs, when neglected, or left alone for a longer span, develop separation anxiety. As a result, their skin responds to the stress by breaking pores, and they shed hair more than they should. Do you notice at the vet’s office, your frenchie’s fur shedding more than usual? After leaving, the vet table and chair is covered in our frenchie’s hairs!
- Underlying Health Conditions: This is another factor that accumulates abnormal shedding. Allergy, parasites, sunburn, cancer, immune diseases, bacterial or fungal infections, or adrenal diseases are counted as a cause.
What can I do to Prevent My French Bulldog from Shedding?
Shedding is inevitable for sure, but with the right remedies, tips, and tools, you’ll see less hair everywhere.
So here’s what you can do to control your French bulldog’s shedding:
- A Balanced Diet
Ever heard of the saying, “The clothes make the man”? Well, for your canine pooch, the saying is rephrased as, it’s nutrition that makes the dog. A dog is what he eats. A balanced and healthy diet is essential for your Frenchie’s healthy, well-functioning skin and a glossy coat.
You can get a balanced diet information from your vet. Add more omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to his diet. The best way to include these fatty acids, other than feeding him fish, is to add a tablespoon of salmon or krill oil in his food.
- Pure Water
No diet is balanced without the addition of pure and fresh water. Make sure to provide your fur child best-quality drinking water. A dog only drinks when he needs to. Be sure to keep him hydrated.
- Regular Bathing
- Brushing and Grooming
Your dog’s skin contains natural oils. With brushing, these oils are distributed evenly throughout his skin. Furthermore, brushing also removes dirt from his fur.
You can also use shedding tools to collect all the loose hair on his skin. It removes dead skin cells, allergens, and other irritants (you might even find a couple dead fleas!). In addition to all this, brushing also stimulates circulation, bringing oxygen and blood to the surface to feed the coat.
Your Frenchie might even love grooming gloves. Pet him on your lap while stroking him—it increases your bond with your pup too.
Keep Your Car Clean
Brush your Frenchie before you travel with him; you can use a cozy travel crate or a waterproof car dog seat.
Is My Frenchie Excessively Shedding?
French bulldogs shed. That’s for sure. But if you are wondering what is excessive shedding, then you need to look out for the following signs:
- Bald spots
- Open sores
- Dull and dry coat
- Coat thinning
- Skin irritation (rashes, redness, bumps)
- Foot licking
These signs mean you need to see your vet right away.
The above remedies will prove to be a game-changer in reducing your Frenchie’s shedding. If the shedding is persistent even after following the aforementioned tips, then visit your vet to figure out if there’s an underlying health condition.
Do you have any tips? Share in the comments!