Great Danes are considered medium- to heavy-shedding dogs, mostly do their large size. Although there are many reasons they shed so much, there are also several ways you can help reduce their shedding indoors to limit the effects of their excessive shedding. If you have a Great Dane or are considering adopting one, keep reading to learn more about this majestic breed and its shedding.
Why Do Danes Shed a Lot?
Great Danes have a single coat, meaning they don’t have an undercoat that will “blow out” seasonally. Still, there are several reasons why they are considered medium- to heavy-shedding dogs.
Great Danes have a relatively short hair growth cycle. There are four stages of hair growth:
Dogs will grow and shed their fur similarly, but it will be shorter or longer depending on their breed. Poodles are known for having one of the most prolonged shedding cycles and are preferred among dog allergy sufferers. On the other hand, Danes have a much shorter shedding cycle and will grow and shed their fur much faster.
Great Danes are big! That means they have a lot of fur that must go through this growth and shedding cycle. Compared to many other dogs, you’ll notice much more shedding simply due to their size and the amount of fur they must shed to keep a clean and healthy coat year-round.
Like almost all dogs, Great Danes will shed quite a bit more in the spring when they lose their thick coat after a cold winter. Even if you live in a warmer climate, this is a natural process triggered by longer, warmer days. You may want to plan ahead for seasonal shedding with extra baths and brushes or a trip to the groomer.
4 Ways to Reduce Shedding
If your Great Dane is shedding a lot, there are some things you can do to help. While these tips won’t stop shedding completely, they could help reduce the amount of shedding inside the home, so it’s easier to keep up with cleaning or even reduce allergy symptoms for those inside the house.
1. Regular Grooming
The most effective way to combat shedding is to groom your dog regularly. You’ll need the right tools, like several brushes and a de-shedding tool. Shampoo and skin treatments may also help with shedding, especially if your dog’s shedding is partially caused by skin allergies or other irritation. Setting up a regular grooming schedule allows your Great Dane to adjust to the routine, so it’s less stressful for both of you. If you don’t feel comfortable grooming your pup yourself, there may be a good groomer nearby that’s experienced and able to help.
2. Optimal Nutrition
Nutrition plays a significant role in how healthy your dog feels and looks. If their coat is looking dull or even blotchy in places, they may be shedding more than necessary. Choosing a higher-quality dog food or one optimized for large breeds could help improve their shedding. If you ever have questions about your dog’s nutritional needs, you should consult their veterinarian.
Staying hydrated is just as important as eating the right food. If your Dane isn’t drinking enough water, it could lead to more shedding because its skin is dry. Do you notice they have dandruff, or are they abnormally itchy? Try offering a larger water bowl or even an automatic water dispenser. If their water bowl is full, but they aren’t drinking, they could prefer fresh water. A water fountain may help with this.
Some supplements may help reduce shedding. They typically include fatty acids, zinc, vitamins, and other nutrients that help their skin and coat look their best. These supplements may also help them feel better and improve their overall health. Your dog’s veterinarian or groomer may suggest a skin and coat supplement if they shed a lot, especially during the spring and summer.
Still Shedding too Much?
If your dog is still shedding a lot and nothing has helped, it could be due to a health condition. They should see their veterinarian to rule out any problems that should be treated. Skin allergies, food intolerances, and other common health problems are easily treated, and you may see a big difference once they’ve been diagnosed.
Great Danes are beautiful but also massive dogs, which means an enormous amount of fur that must be shed often to keep them looking their best. Caring for the big dog’s coat isn’t difficult but requires a great deal of effort and perseverance. Be sure to bathe and brush your pet regularly to help them out with this process, or schedule regular appointments with a professional groomer.
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