Beagles shed fairly profusely, as they’re a double-coated dog. While they are generally considered moderate shedders, they shed heavily when compared to most other medium-sized, short-haired breeds.
If you want to know how much a dog sheds, one way to find the answer is to look into the history of the breed.
Dogs that were bred to carry out hard work will generally have a double-coat, which means much more shedding. Those bred mainly for companionship, on the other hand, will usually have a single coat, and shed a lot less as a result.
While Beagles make amazing companions, they were actually bred as hunting hounds. They were a coveted companion when upper-class Englishmen headed out for a hunt back in the 16th century.
To brave the cold English air, they needed a thick, double-coat to keep warm. While this helped a lot with hunting, it’s less helpful if you’re a Beagle’s human, as it makes them shed more than the average breed.
Because their hair is relatively short, however, they don’t shed as much as some longhaired double-coated breeds, such as Huskies, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers.
The amount of shedding you’ll see with Beagles throughout the year is fairly consistent. That is, until shedding season.
Like all dogs with two coats, they shed far more when Spring comes around and in the early days of Winter.
In Spring, your Beagle will lose its coat in a matter of weeks to make way for a shorter and lighter coat for Summer. Then, at the beginning of Winter, they will lose this lighter coat, which will be replaced by a hardier, thicker and warmer one to get them through the cold Winter months.
Of course, there are some conditions that could lead to your Beagle shedding far more than normal. If this is the case, you need to try and get to the bottom of what’s causing your best Beagle to shed so much. When it comes to Beagles, the two most common causes of excessive shedding are stress and skin allergies or infection.
One of the most common reasons for excessive shedding, not just with Beagles but all dogs, is stress. This is usually triggered by a significant change in routine, for example the introduction of a new furbaby or human baby to the home, or a change in environment such as moving house or even just redecorating your current home.
In other cases, a doggo’s stress can be linked to the behavior of their human companion. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety, your Beagle may be feeding off this and experiencing anxiety themselves.
Another cause of stress in dogs can be inconsistent behavior on the part of their human. If you’re training your dog to live according to certain rules, but failing to apply those rules consistently, this can cause stress.
In some cases, however, there may be a less common cause behind your Beagle’s stress. If this is the case, you will need to monitor your canine companion’s symptoms and see a trusted vet to try and get to the bottom of what’s bugging your Beagle.
Beagles have notoriously sensitive skin. If your Beagles’ fur seems to be coming out in clumps and leaving patches, they may have a skin infection.
Skin allergies and parasites such as lice or fleas are two other medical reasons that could cause a Beagle to shed excessively.
There are a variety of skin conditions Beagles can suffer from, and a veterinarian is usually required to get to the bottom of what exactly is irritating your favorite fur-friend’s skin and making them shed more than normal.
When it comes to any double-coated dog, a regular grooming routine can go a long way towards keeping shedding to a minimum.
It’s recommended that you brush your Beagle at least twice a week to remove dead hair from their undercoat. Since this undercoat is made up of particularly thick, dense fur, you will need to use a high-quality bristle brush, a dog grooming glove or a special deshedding brush- more on that shortly…
Focussing on your Beagle’s nutrition can help keep their skin healthy and their coats silky and soft. A dog with healthy skin will be a lot less prone to shedding, and since Beagles have very sensitive skin, making sure they get the vitamins and minerals they need is a must.
Make sure you feed your Beagle the highest quality dog food you can afford. The good ones all have the right balance of nutrients to ensure you won’t have to feed your Beagle anything else.
Generally, a protein rich diet with plenty of Omega fatty acids will keep hounds healthy. When it comes to their skin and fur, Vitamins A and E, as well as zinc, selenium, copper, iodine and manganese are all ingredients that can help keep your Beagle’s coat in tip-top condition.
While some may prefer to pick a brand of dog food that will give your Beagle everything they will need nutritionally, some may prefer to supplement their dog’s diet with fresh food.
Liver, eggs, almonds, coconut, salmon, sweet potato, oats, cranberries, chia seeds and carob are all foods that are safe to feed a Beagle and that will promote healthy skin and fur, and of course less shedding.
Since most of the shedding comes from their undercoat, you will need to really get in there when you are grooming your fur-friend. It’s very difficult to do this with a normal brush, which is where special deshedding brushes such as a Furminator, Equigroomer, or Kingkomb come in. There are many brands to choose from, with reviews online to help you decide which option is best.
It’s important to bathe your Beagle once a month. While less than this could lead to a stinky pet, more is not a good idea either – too much bathing can cause dry and sensitive skin and more shedding.
When it is bathtime, you can buy a special deshedding shampoo. It’s important to follow the instructions on the packaging, though, as using too much of these shampoos can have the opposite effect to what you’re looking for by causing skin irritation. Make sure you are using a reputable brand with plenty of positive reviews online if you are going to use a deshedding shampoo when bathing your Beagle.
Due to their origins as hunting dogs, Beagles come equipped with a double-coat that may be more suitable for the cold, Winter air rather than the warmth of your apartment. The result? A fair amount of shedding.
While there are certainly dogs that shed more than Beagles, if you are highly allergic to dogs or want to reside in a spotless, fur-free living space, you may want to look at another breed. If you have the time and energy to groom your Beagle, however, you’ll find that their shedding can, for the most part, be controlled.
Beagle lovers will tell you that a bit of shedding is a small price to pay for an animal companion as affectionate, sociable, and smart as this breed is known to be.
Give your Beagle a brush twice a week, a bath once a month and a hug at least once a day. The last step won’t stop them from shedding, but it will make sure your Beagle gets the love that all of these first-rate doggos deserve.
If you believe there may be an underlying problem causing your Beagle to shed excessively, consult a trusted veterinarian.
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