Dachshund is a lively, intelligent and friendly breed of dog, and undoubtedly a popular and favorite pet around the world.
You may consider a lot of factors before buying any dog and how much fur is shed by any breed of dog and the grooming needs of a dog are among them.
First of all, you should know the fact that all dogs shed, but the amount of fur shed by each dog breed is different.
If you’re wondering, do dachshunds shed? Or do long haired dachshunds shed? Then read this article below.
Dachshunds do shed fur or hair, but they are considered as moderate shedders. There are also some variations of the amount of shedding in dachshund, depending on their type of coat. Long haired Dachshunds shed the most.
Dachshunds coat type
Dachshunds have three different types of coat varieties, and each has a different regrowth or shedding cycle, such as:
- Smooth Coat
- Long-haired Coat
- Wire-haired Coat
Dachshunds with smooth, shiny fur have a very less undercoat compared to wire-haired and long-haired dachshunds. That is why they shed, but the least of the three varieties.
Every time you brush the smooth-coated dachshunds, you will find only few hairs. You should brush them at least once a week to remove shed hair or dead skin.
Dachshunds with long haired fur have some undercoat and longer guard hairs. Long haired dachshunds shed an undercoat in spring and fall and more compared to smooth-coated dachshunds.
The outer layer has minimal shedding because long hair grows after 1-3 years. Long haired coat grooming is most important because you should brush their hair daily to keep them tangle-free and remove hair shed (outer coat and undercoat shed).
Dachshunds with a wire haired coat have a thick undercoat and bristly outer coat. That’s why wire haired dachshunds shed more undercoat, but with regular grooming and regular stripping, it’s almost zero.
The wire haired dachshund should be brushed daily to remove hair and avoid tangles. In addition to this, your wire-haired dachshund also needs plucking and stripping twice a year, and regular trim of thick bushy beards and eyebrows.
How to deal with Dachshunds shedding?
As mentioned above, dachshund shed, but there are a few ways to deal with shedding.
First, regular grooming is essential for all dogs, but the needs are more for the long-haired and wire-haired dachshund as compared to smooth-coated dachshunds.
Regular brushing will remove shed hair, and you are less likely to see hair fall out all over the house. It also prevents tangles and redistributes the skin’s natural oils on the coat to make it healthier.
Always choose the brush according to the coat of your dog because the need for each type of coat is different.
Top reason of Dog Shedding?:
- Poor nutrition (Deficient in omega-3 fatty acids)
- Bacterial or fungal infections
- Immune diseases
- Adrenal and thyroid problems
- Kidney and liver problems
- Fleas and allergies
You can add omega-3 fatty acids to your dachshund diet to reduce shedding and improve coat. If your dachshund has bald spots, sores, bumps, itching, or a rash, consults your vet immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Also Read: How to Moisturize a Dog’s Skin?
Wirehaired dachshunds need stripping about twice a year. In this process, the hairs are removed with a knife or with the hands. It is different from the haircut because the haircut only works on the outer layer, but by stripping, the hairs are removed from the root.
Stripping will reduce the shedding and allow a new layer to grow. The professional groomer can groom properly, and your dog is less likely to get hurt. You can learn this technique from your dog groomer to do it at home.
Dachshunds are moderate shedders, but long-haired dachshunds shed more compared to smooth and wire-haired dachshunds. You can reduce shedding by brushing, grooming, and stripping regularly. If your dachshund is shedding more hair due to a dietary or medical problem, contact your vet.