Most dogs shed their fur. Some dogs shed more than others. Even dogs that are known to be “hypoallergenic” shed some amount of hair. The French Bulldog has short fur, and while they do shed, they don’t shed much. They lose their undercoat twice a year. Here’s all you need to know about French Bulldog shedding.
As dog lovers, we all know that as much as we love our dogs, we aren’t gung-ho about finding our dog’s hair on our furniture, clothes, and carpets. But the shedding is a part of a dog’s life, and that’s something that every dog owner must contend with.
Some dog owners who own Airedale terriers, Spanish water dogs, and even miniature poodles might believe these breeds don’t shed as there is no evidence of fur on clothing, carpets, and furniture. However, all dogs shed.
If you own a French Bulldog, there is good news and some not-so-good news. The not-so-good news is that your French Bulldog will shed hair – it’s a way for him to get rid of old or damaged hair. The good news is that he won’t shed as much hair as some breeds do. In fact, his smooth and shiny coat is also short, making him the ideal pet in apartments.
Is It Normal For My French Bulldog To Shed A Lot?
French bulldogs are a low-shedding breed. They are best known for their silky smooth and shiny coats and their cute bat-ears that make them not only one of the world’s most unique-looking dogs but adorable as well. French Bulldogs are a descendant of the bulldogs and terriers. These dog breeds have a single coat – one layer of fur. They don’t have an undercoat, making them light shedders.
A French Bulldog pup is likely to shed more than an adult because their soft coats shed for a more substantial coat. Several other factors can cause your French bulldog to drop more hair.
Why Does My French Bulldog Shed So Much Hair?
Some factors that affect your French Bulldog’s shedding include his age, the weather, genes, stress, and nutrition.
You can expect your French Bulldog puppy to shed quite a bit of hair as he grows up. Once he has developed a stronger coat, he will shed much less.
Most dogs shed their undercoat during the summer months, and so will your French Bulldog. Shedding their undercoat during the summer months will keep the body temperature down prevent dogs from overheating.
Shedding is also linked to the shortening and the lengthening of daytime and not merely on a change in temperature. You will notice your pet shed more around spring and fall. Studies have linked increased hair regrowth to melatonin. So, during fall (shorter days), dogs tend to shed more to create more room for a dense winter fur; and during spring, they tend to shed their fur to create more room for a lighter coat.
Hair loss has been linked to stress among both humans and dogs. If your French Bulldog sheds more than usual, he could be feeling anxious. This is not a coincidence but an indication that your beloved pet is stressed and anxious. Stress and anxiety can cause bodily hormonal changes that, in turn, leads to the coat falling faster than usual. Frequent vet visits and conditions at home can stress out your French Bulldog.
Most dog owners are unaware of the importance of a dog’s diet and the role it plays in maintaining a healthy coat and skin. If you want your furry friend to have healthy and shiny hair, ensure he gets a diet rich in Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids, as well as fruits that are rich in antioxidants.
Food allergies and an abrupt change in his diet are other causes of excessive shedding in these dogs.
Dehydration is another reason your French Bulldog might be shedding excessive hair.
If you have noticed your pet French Bulldog shedding more hair than usual, consider all the factors noted above and make the necessary changes. Identify and eliminate conditions that might be contributing to excessive shedding. For example, you might try to give him high-quality dog foods that are meant for French Bulldogs. You could identify and eliminate stress factors.
How Do You Stop A French Bulldog From Shedding?
If you have noticed your French Bulldog shedding excessively or starting to lose hair in patches, you must seek out the opinion of a vet as the shedding might be related to his health. There could be several underlying problems that you might be unaware of. These include:
- Fleas and lice
- Bacterial or fungal infections
- Hormonal imbalance
- Pest bites
- Yeast infections
- Endocrine disease
- Deficiencies and metabolic disorders
French Bulldogs are prone to developing skin problems. So, keep an eye out for scabs, skin lesions, flaky skin, or signs of infection that could, in turn, lead to increased shedding.
Tips To Prevent French Bulldog Shedding
Choose The Right Dog Shampoos
French Bulldogs are known to have sensitive skin and are prone to skin allergies. Only use hypoallergenic dog shampoos that are designed to be used on sensitive skin.
Pay Attention To Your Pet’s Nutrition
Include fish in your dog’s diet. Choose healthy fruit snacks instead of commercial dog foods. Fruits are rich in antioxidants. You can feed him blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries to help build up his immune system.
Ensure Your Pet Is Regularly Groomed
Your French Bulldog needs regular grooming once a week, but it is also essential to choose the right grooming brush. French Bulldogs have a short coat, so using a hard brush on them will make them feel uncomfortable. Instead of a brush, try a grooming glove. This brush is made of silicone, and the hair sticks onto the brush like a magnet. As well as serving as a grooming tool, this glove also works as a great tool to massage your pet.
A stripping comb can also help to remove excess hair.
When grooming your pet, check for skin infections.
Dry Your Frenchie’s Fur
A hairdryer can make your French Bulldog’s hair look lifeless and dull. A microfiber towel can absorb all the water from his coat and can even be used to clean the dirt from his paws. Microfiber towels are better than cotton towels as they pick even dead hair, mud, sand, and dirt.
Protect Your Living Space
You can’t prevent your Frenchie from shedding, but you can protect your furniture from hair by covering them with mats. You can place a breathable sofa mat that is a sort of bed that can be placed on your own bed or sofa. That way, your friend can stay beside you without shedding onto your furniture.
Protect Your Car
As well as protecting your furniture, you can protect your car with a waterproof car seat cover for your Frenchie that is designed to keep hair inside the seat and prevent a mess in the car.
The French Bulldog surely makes a great pet. It is common to notice your Frenchie shed more than usual sometimes, but not as much as other breeds. However, shedding can also be a sign of an underlying problem like poor nutrition or stress.
Poor grooming habits and even the wrong type of shampoo can cause excessive hair fall. If you groom your pet regularly, ensure his diet is taken care of, and keep an eye on his health, he will be happy, healthy, and shed less.