Do Labs Shed hair?
The Dog Hair Debacle transcends all breeds, including Labrador retrievers. In fact, even breeds that are reputed to be non-shedding will still shed hair. All Lab owners know that the lively, loving lifestyle of Labradors comes with an ample helping of dog hair, right from the very start.
How Much Do Labradors Shed?
A Labrador begins shedding hair the day he is born. Puppy hair is eventually replaced with adult hair, and the dog sheds hair every day for the rest of his life. Although a Labrador sheds daily, his hair loss volume will increase drastically twice a year as the seasons change.
A Labrador is a double-coated dog, meaning that he has an undercoat that will fall out in the spring and fall. The undercoat is soft and lighter in color. This seasonal molt occurs regardless of the color of the dog. A chocolate or yellow Lab will shed just as much as a black one. Despite persistent rumors that a yellow Lab will shed more than a black or chocolate, there’s no evidence that this is true. More likely, the light hair from a yellow Lab will just show up better on your furniture, carpet, and clothing.
Be aware that a female dog in heat will tend to shed a lot during her cycle, another reason that will encourage you to have her spayed. Also, dogs that live in a warmer climate will shed more.
The shedding Seasons
Each episode of heavy seasonal shedding (spring and fall) will occur over a phase lasting about three weeks.
As the winter coat comes out, prepare to use your vacuum sweeper a couple of times a day. In the fall, the dog will shed his summer coat, so he can resume his thick undercoat in preparation for the colder months.
These weeks are known as the “shedding seasons.” While these are the heaviest times of hair loss, a Lab will still shed hairs daily. The Lab coat is sleek and has an oilier quality than some of the other breeds. The type of coat is due to generations of selective breeding, to help the hair shed water. While the fur on a Labrador cannot be considered completely waterproof, the hair has a water-resistant quality that some other breeds do not.
What dogs shed less then Labs
If you don’t want to or cant handle a shedding Lab that’s okay. Homes alive can give you a list of dogs that don’t shed. I suggest you check them out if you are looking for other options.
How To Handle Your Labradors Shedding…Shedding Solutions to conquer shedding
Dealing with dog hair is the downside of life with a Labrador. But there are several ways to prepare for battle to prevent your home from becoming a nest of hair.
One way to get the seasonal shedding under control is to take your dog to a professional groomer.
The groomers have high-powered blow-dryers that will eliminate the loosening undercoat through a process using forced air. The dog will still shed or a few days after the bath and blow dry. But the majority of the undercoat will be left in the grooming shop.
If you do send your Lab to a groomer, do not encourage or permit them to shave him! A shaved coat on a Labrador retriever can increase the risk of sunburn. The short hairs remaining from the clippers are a lot harder to clean up than the natural hair your dog sheds.
If your dog seems to be losing hairs excessively, contact your veterinarian. If no health issues are found, you might consider changing his diet. Many of the grains in commercial dog food, especially corn, can cause itchy skin and an unnatural loss of hair.
You can bathe your Labrador retriever to help the shedding process. Use a shampoo that is good for dogs, such as one with an oatmeal base, instead of human shampoo. The human shampoo can strip your dog’s hair of its natural oils and fluids and upset the Ph balance. The dog may then be left susceptible to parasites and bacteria.
How To Brush a Lab with Success
Brushing your dog daily will help immeasurably with the hair loss problem. You can use a slicker brush to cut through the dense Labrador coat. A softer brush can whisk away hairs from the dog’s head, face, ears, legs, and paws. Most Labradors enjoy being brushed, and the activity will provide you with a valuable bonding routine.
Caution…do not brush to hard because you may irritate your dogs skin or scratch him with the bristles. Then your Lab will resist being brushed altogether which can be a problem when trying to remove his hair
Another tool for grooming, which may not replace a brush entirely but is a good alternative for daily hair removal, is a rubber brush glove. You can acquire these through most pet supply vendors.
The glove is a gentle option, giving you a chance to remove hair while just petting and rubbing your dog. The Velcro strap holds the glove on your hand. The glove is covered with soft rubber nubs that gently untangle hair, pull out loose hair, and lift dust and dirt from the coat. When the grooming session is finished, you can peel the hair off and toss it. The glove is washable.
Sucking It Up With A Vacuum
The vacuum is your friend. Some pet owners make a habit of vacuuming every day, especially if your home is carpeted. For best success, remove the hair from the vacuum brush bristles on a regular basis. For homes with wood floors, a Swiffer sweeper or mop can do the job in between vacuuming sessions. Vacuuming often can also reduce the presence of parasites, such as fleas and ticks, in your home. Even if you are treating your dog for these nasty little creepy crawlers, it is a good practice to keep your home free of their larvae and eggs.
Lint rollers come in handy for furniture, clothing, and areas where hair likes to cling. There are all types of products available, from rollers that use adhesive tape to soft-bristle brushes, brooms, and cloths.
My personal experience with lint rollers tells you that they should be used on a regular basis. If you let the hair pile up inside or on your couch it will be difficult to remove. To much hair is hard to remove with just a lint roller. I learned that the hard way and i had to throw away my sofa where my dog slept. So use em often or don’t use them at all, and instead vacuum.
Does Fish Oil Help A Dogs Shedding?
Fish oil can reduce shedding a little and is a good option for a Lab, especially in winter. in the cold and dyer days of winter your Lab can get dry skin, and small white flakes on his coat. fish oil will keep his coat healthy and hydrated. Although fish oil can help with shedding it doesn’t get rid of it and you should still be prepared for a good amount of hair.
You don’t necessarily have to buy dog fish oil, you can give them fish oil for humans. Dog fish oil is a little cheaper in price and a good option but, if you yourself are taking fish oil you can certainly share it with your dog. typically for every 30 pounds of dog weight you should give about 1000 mg of fish oil.
What To Do If You Have An Allergic Reaction From A Shedding Lab?
There is currently a lot of interest in dog breeds that are hypoallergenic. Labrador retrievers are not considered to be a hypoallergenic breed. Because an allergy is caused by dander, any one of the shedding breeds will create an allergic reaction.
It is good to bear in mind that there is no such thing as a truly “hypoallergenic” dog. Most allergies that are pet-based are incited by a protein residing in the urine or the saliva. All allergic reactions have to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Note: Before you bring home your Labrador retriever, it is a good idea to spend some time with the dog, just to be sure you are not going to have an allergic reaction.
The amount of shedding will vary depending on the individual dog. Labs do tend to shed more than other breeds overall due to the denseness of their coat and its double-coated quality.
This trait serves the breed so well when hard at work in the icy waters of Newfoundland. But it is less than handy to have around the house. However, those who love a Labrador know that he is worth the extra work and time involved with all that loose hair. For the dog that is the number 1 on America’s popularity chart for 27 years running, the shedding doesn’t seem to be an issue at all.