On personality, pugs are playful, charming, affectionate, and happy – what a great pet! In addition, pugs are beautiful and adorable with their small stature, wrinkled body and short face.
Still, no matter how great a dog or pet breed seems overall, there are some key considerations to make before adopting. One such factor is “hair shedding.”
So, do pug really shed their hair? YES! Pugs are among the heaviest hair-shedding dogs. They shed all year round (not seasonally). Also, the pug’s hair growth cycle (growth, rest & fallout) is faster than other small dog breeds. Fawn pugs with their double coat tend to shed more than the black pug. The Fawn’s undercoat will continually grow and push more hairs on their upper coat out, which will promote more shedding. Therefore, if you hate regular vacuuming of dog hair, you should go for the black pug as it’ll shed less.
So, Why Do Pugs Shed Heavily?
Pug shed lots! Enough to collect and knit or crochet one more Pug per week! On the scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is the worst shedding, pugs will surely take a 10. Get a brush called a terminator! It removes their underneath down coat that sheds all the time and will not get their outer pretty coat with guard hairs. Also, the pug shedding habit will definitely make a (top quality) vacuum be a great friend to you.
My fawn sheds a lot, my brother-in-law’s black one isn’t bad at all. They have one coat, and the fawn has 2. They are so sweet, it doesn’t even matter!
– Pugs, particularly the fawn pugs – which are the majority, have a double-coating. The double coat implies that the pug has a short, thick outer layer (outer coat) and a soft thinner inner layer (the inner coat).
– The double-coating makes pugs shed almost twice as much as other small dog breeds with a single coating. Double-coated pugs experience a “blowing the coat,” which means that their hair will fall off in tufts or big balls.
– Regardless of whether the pug has a double or single layer coat, each of these pets has tightly hairs. Specifically, each pug has about 600 hairs being packed per square inch.
This can be compared to the 100 – 200 hairs packed in other dog breeds for every square inch. Definitely, the larger the number of hairs per square inch, the more the dog breed (pugs in this case) will shed.
– Finally, all animals, dog included, under 3 stages to shed their body hair – (1) growth, (2) rest, and (3) shed. Among the pugs, this 3 stage process takes place to quickly compared to the slow rate among other dog breeds.
When do Pugs start to shed
1. Seasonal shedding
As we had noted earlier, pugs shed their fur in all seasons throughout the year. But, just comparable dogs, pugs will also shed their winter coat as it grows warmer during summer. Also, pugs will shed more as winter nears during which time their coat tends to thicken more.
2. As puppy transitions to adult coat
Equally, your puppy pug will shed a large amount as they transition to getting an adult coat from their earlier puppy coat. Puppies will lose their puppy coat from their 3rd month onwards but within the 1st year. However, losing the puppy coat must not worry you since this is a completely natural process – but ensure that the pug is healthy.
3. When on heat/ season
Vets and pug experts report that females pugs will shed more when they are on heat/ or on the season. This will also be the case when the dog gives birth because at this time to the pug dog is experiencing a hormonal imbalance.
Black Pug vs. Fawn Pug – Which one Sheds More?
Get Black Pugs they said… it will be fun they said… This is the result of NOT sweeping or vacuuming my tiled lounge/dining room floors for 2 days… two black pugs equal a new fluff pug puppy…lol…I was told black pugs don’t shed as much, well that’s relatively true. But black pus will tend to shed less compared to the fawns. But I still love them all the same.💕
Black pugs will shed less!
So, it’s a fact that all pugs shed their hair excessively. But is it the black pug or the fawn pug that sheds more? Well, fawn pugs tend to shed more compared to the black pugs. Black pugs have just one layer of fur coat but the fawn pugs have a double coat of hair.
Fawn pugs on the other have a double coat while black pugs have a single coat. Therefore, since Fawn pugs have a double layered coat, they’ll definitely shed more – almost double the shedding in black pugs. Therefore, if you need to minimize the pug shedding in your house, get only a black pug. But if you already have a fawn pug, then its too unfortunate that all you can do is learning how to control pug shedding.
What Increases Shedding in Pugs?
Pug shedding is totally normal but some may shed abnormally and even this could be in clumps. Several factors will influence the rate of hair shedding in your pug. In this section, I discuss these factors – both those you can control and those that are uncontrollable. But you must check with your vet to make sure that the pugs are receiving the correct treatment.
1. Pug’s Age
Pug puppies in their early growth stages, they tend to shed less compared to the adult pugs. However, when the pug reaches 1 – 1.5 years – around which time it transitions from their puppy coat to an adult coat – these pets will now shed more.
However, as noted above, adult pus will shed 365 days in a year and are thus classified as heavy shedding breeds compared to other dogs. Stress or anxiety is another factor that might encourage pug shedding, particularly shedding in the form of clumps.
2. Coat Type
Your pug’s coat type, either single or double layer, will affect the level of shedding it’ll experience -and definitely the shedding process. For example, the black pugs that have a single layer of coat, they’ll experience moderate levels of shedding.
However, most of the black pugs will have a double coat layer and thus show excessive shedding. For your fawn pugs, you definitely can expect massive shedding because they have a double coat layer.
3. Heat cycle
Next up, the onset of the pug’s heat cycle (particularly the female pug) can commence its hair shedding. For example, any female pug that’s not sprayed or shampooed, and it gets into its heat cycle will have an excessive amount of shedding. This shedding will be more intense as the heat cycle nears the end.
But why is female pug shedding correlated to its heat cycle? Well, experts say that the pug’s hormone levels will fluctuate during the cycle (like in most animals) but its more intense in pugs and thus affect the shedding process.
4. Shed Dead hair during Baths
Bathing your pugs can send signals that the pets should shed more heavily. The bathing process implies that you’ll be massaging and scrubbing the pug’s coat to achieve the best clean.
But, in addition to cleaning the pug, bathing motions will loosen its hair while the washing agents such as shampoo will break down the skin’s natural oils that could have been holding down some of the dead hairs.
5. Spring and Autumn Shedding
Seasonality will also affect the level of shedding in your pug dog. Despite that pugs tend to shed all year round, it will more intense during the spring and autumn seasons.
But why? Well, the changes in temperature levels (and sunlight hours) during these seasons will promote more shedding.
For example, days are shorter in autumn and hence the pug’s coat will be signaled to shed more fur to enable a thicker coat to develop. However, the pug will shed their winter coat when the sun shined for extended hours and days become longer.
6. Parasites like Ringworm
The parasitic attacks include the demodectic mange where the pug loses its fur around the legs, trunk & or the eyes. This may leave some lesions on the pug’s skin that seem crusted over and irritating. For example, ringworms signify some infections that may lead to shedding.
The ringworms form circular bald raw or red spots around the limbs, ears, paws, and head. The pug must be treated to avoid infesting other of your furry friends.
Pugs may experience some allergic reactions to different things. For example, my fawn pug is allergic to pollen and grass. But how will you identify the allergic triggers?
Well, you’ll notice some rampant licking or itching on your pug, particularly in summer. However, your vet may prescribe suing either steroids or antihistamines. In addition, if your pug is bitten by some insects, their skin might break and equally form patches similar to those caused by ringworms on their coat.
How to Control Pug Shedding
There are many options when it comes to controlling pug shedding. In this section into details on some of them and give you a heads up to keeping your pug healthy and clean from excessive shedding.
1. Food that’ll Reduce Shedding
The food your pug east significantly affects the amount of shedding it experiences. Therefore, you must give you pug a nutrient-dense and healthy diet that’ll lessen hair shedding in addition to giving your furry friend a shiny coat.
Key ingredients to assure are in the dog’s diet include fishmeal and fish oils. In addition, supplements containing omega fatty acid will ensure you reduce shedding. In addition, you must give the pug enough amount (quantity and quality) of food to avoid malnutrition that might also lead to extra shedding.
2. Use Supplements (particularly omega fatty acid)
If you take the preliminary steps to protect the pug’s coat, you won’t require so much effort in controlling the excessive shedding – it won’t happen anyway. It’s evident that a poor quality coat on your pug may trigger further shedding from hair breakage.
Nevertheless, you’ll need to get it right from the onset. For example, using supplements on your pud will not work immediately to stop shedding. It’s sure a slow game that works over the long term but can reduce the shedding severity over the short term.
Hemp seed oil, linoleic acid, Alaskan Salmon oil, and other flax seed oil will provide additional advantages to the pug’s coat and hair that’ll easily reducing shedding.
In addition, supplements such as fatty acid and Omega promote better health in the coat of your pug dog. In addition to reducing joint inflammation and pain, these supplements will allow the growth of healthy skin.
The Omega fatty acids will reduce hair breakage while strengthening the quality of the dog’s underlying skin. How? They contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) that are fatty acid from fish.
But, for the fish oil avoid farmed fish but go for the wild fish. But why? The pellets eaten by farmed fish are vegetable oil-based, which may reduce the effectiveness of the DHA and EPA levels.
Consult your vet on the appropriateness or effectiveness of any supplement you’re planning to give your pet pug. This is because other factors (such as heat cycle or seasons) could be the lead causes of the shedding in your lovely pug dog.