Do Weimaraners Shed a Lot?

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Do Weimaraners Shed? Manage Your Dog’s Coat

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If you’ve been looking into getting a Weimaraner, you’ve probably wondered if this breed is prone to shedding. Some people are more tolerant of stray hairs on their clothes and furniture than others and only you can decide how much shedding is too much for you.

As most dogs, Weimaraners do shed. It’s more noticeable around spring and autumn when they tend to shed more. If you have a short-haired Weimaraner, chances are you won’t notice their shedding much. The amount of shedding depends on the breed, environment, gender, age and also food, and it’s very individual.

Weimaraner’s Coat

There are two different types of Weimaraners – a short-haired Weimaraner and a long-haired Weimaraner.

Short-haired

Their coat is short but dense, smooth and sleek and solid in color. The breed standard allows for a small white marking on the chest. They have little to no undercoat.

If you ever notice darker spots on your Weim, don’t panic! If it’s shedding season, their darker coat is coming through the old one and it might look like your Weimaraner became half a Dalmatian when you weren’t looking. It can be scary if you’re a first-time owner.

The spots should disappear in about a month of shedding. If they’re not going away, there can be an underlying issue, so it’s better to check with your vet.

Long-haired Weimaraners

Their top coat is usually between 0.7 – 2 inches (2 – 5cm) long, it can be either smooth or slightly wavy, with or without an undercoat. The long-haired gene is a recessive gene and unfortunately, long-haired Weimaraners are not recognized by the American Kennel Club. If you live outside of US, chances are most breed clubs will accept a long-haired Weim.

What does “blowing coat” mean?

Eel stripe on Nelly’s back, more visible towards the tail

You might have come across the term “blowing coat”. It’s usually used in reference to double-coated breeds. It is shedding in a way but it’s the undercoat that comes out in large clumps. While you may come across this term in connection with Weimaraners, it doesn’t have the same meaning – you definitely won’t see clumps of hair laying around.

What is that darker stripe down my Weimaraner’s back?

You don’t have to worry about the dark stripe down your Weim’s back. It’s perfectly normal and the darker stripe intensity varies from dog to dog. It’s a dorsal stripe, also known as an ‘eel stripe’ for its appearance.

Nelly has an eel stripe, which was more visible when she was a puppy but you can still somewhat see it.

Are Weimaraners hypoallergenic?

In short, no.

While Weimaraners are single-coated and have short hair, they still shed, which may cause allergic reaction in some people. Not only hair is an allergen though, saliva and dander can cause allergies as well.

Why do Weimaraners shed?

Shedding is a normal process in every dog (and human, too!). It simply replaces old or damaged hair with new ones. You should pay close attention to your pup’s health right from when you get it, so you can spot how much and how often your Weim is shedding. This way you can spot any problems or allergies early on.

The old coat may be duller and less shiny but will be replaced by a sleek shiny coat once the shedding season is over.

Excessive shedding

Some Weimaraners shed more than others but it doesn’t mean they’re ill. As mentioned before, it’s good if you have a baseline of what is normal for your dog. If you notice anything abnormal like excessive shedding, please contact your vet.

Excessive shedding can be caused by many things and I’ll list some of them here:

Food

Poor diet can affect your pup’s coat and quality of their hair and skin. According to PetMD, the number one reason for excessive shedding is low quality food lacking essential nutrients.

Your pup can also be allergic to certain foods, so if the quality of the food isn’t an issue, try the elimination method to see which food may be causing problems.

Look into different diets for your dog. We feed Nelly a raw diet (B.A.R.F.) and her coat is smooth and shiny.

Stress

Much like people, dogs also can get stressed, which may have an adverse effect on their coat. A change in routine, new environment, loss and more can all be causing your pup stress. Keep an eye on them to spot the classic signs of stress (source).

Parasites

Excessive shedding can also be caused by skin parasites. If you notice excessive scratching in addition to that, check your pup for fleas, ticks or mange mites. All these parasites cause itching and excessive scratching can irritate the skin and cause skin infection.

Please check first with your vet before using any over the counter medicine for these parasites.

Dog cosmetics

Not all cosmetics for dogs are created equal and what’s fine for one Weim doesn’t have to suit another. The wrong shampoo, conditioners or soaps can cause excessive shedding and other skin problems..

Never use human products on dogs!

Health conditions

Besides parasites, your pup could have some underlying health conditions. Dermatitis, fungal or bacterial skin infections, hormone imbalance, thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease can all cause excessive shedding. Always voice your concerns with your vet.

Taking care of Weimaraner coat

Brushing

It’s good to brush your Weim once a week, more often if they’re in the shedding stages or they’re long-haired. Brush with rubber bristles works the best, a lot of Weim owners recommend a rubber brush for horses (check out the curry comb at Chewy) or the top favorite is also the Zoom Groom by Kong (over here at Chewy). They get a good massage and in turn you get rid of the old hair.

Nelly’s shedding (Nov 2019)

Bathing

Short-haired weimaraners don’t have to be bathed often. On the contrary, too much bathing can result in dry skin, increased scratching and possibly even dandruff. We don’t have a bathing routine with Nelly, we only bathe her if she’s dirty or stinky. She doesn’t tend to roll around dead stuff and other bad smells. She seems to be kind of a diva when it comes to getting wet, so unless there’s a ball involved, she won’t get wet.

In case of short-haired Weimaraners, less is sometimes more, so unless your pup has skin allergies or is dirty, they don’t need to be bathed often. If you’re worried about them getting stinky, there’s no need! 

Ways To Remove Dog Hair

If you’ve ever had a pet before, regardless of their coat length, you know that they can shed a lot. It’s especially more visible if you dress in black. The struggle with removing dog hair from clothes, furniture and more is real. The best way to prevent crazy amounts of hair stuck to your clothes is to groom your pup on a regular basis. It’s not 100% effective but it will minimize the amount by a fair bit.

Here are a few ways you can get rid of dog hair (besides vacuuming) in no particular order:

  • Lint roller works great on most fabric surfaces. It’s cheap and effective; the only drawback is that it gets full quite quickly and you have to use a new sheet.
  • If you don’t have a lint roller, ordinary packaging tape or even duct tape will do. Either use small rectangles and then press and pull on your clothes or wrap it around your hand sticky side up, creating a makeshift lint roller.
  • If you’re in a pinch and don’t have access to a lint roller or sticky tape, wet your hands and shake them to get rid of excess moisture. Then run your hands down your clothes and hair should clump up in your palms. Make sure your hands aren’t too wet – nobody wants wet clothes!
  • Use damp rubber gloves and rub against the cloth or use a dampened squeegee for furniture.
  • You can also purchase FurZapper, which you can put into your laundry and it will get rid of most of the hair. (get it here at Chewy)
  • I was told a dish sponge with your laundry does the same thing but I haven’t tried that just yet.

Do you know of any other ways to get rid of dog hair from your clothes and furniture? What is your experience with a shedding Weimaraner? Share it in the comments below!



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