Do German Shepherds shed a lot?

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Do German Shepherds shed a lot?
Yes. German Shepherds do shed. A lot? Well, I would have to say that that in many ways this is up to the owner because some people may have more have more of an aversion to dog, cat or any kind of pet hair than others do. Personally, I've been around German Shepherds since I was a kid so I don't even think about their shedding any more - it's just a part of life for me and my dogs and we just handle it as it comes. Not having dog hairs for me would mean that I don't have a GSD either and I'd much rather have the dog (and it's coat) any day than a spotless house.

There is a chance you'll hear them referred to as "German Shedders" by people too. Why? Because they do shed - pretty moderately all year long. I can tell you this without reservation though - if you are offended by dog hair and have a "clean freak" type personality, then do not get a German Shepherd Dog because you will have to deal with dog hair. I promise you that.

New owners of German Shepherds, or people think


Now here's the main thing you need to keep in mind about the German Shepherd and its coat - those guard hairs on the outside will be shed - all year long - every day. And what about that fluffy undercoat? It gets shed too - about twice a year - once in the spring and again in the fall as the seasons change. This is what many people refer to as "blowing coat" so if you hear that term thrown around you'll know what it means.


When they do seasonally blow coat you can easily comb out enough dead hair to make a good sized Pekingese statue with all the dead hair. During this shedding process do yourself a favor and buy an undercoat rake, also called a shedding rake. This is the best grooming tool on the planet for removing all that dead and vacuuming as necessary.

And what about long-coated German Shepherds?
Many people own the longer coated German Shepherds. No problem. In fact, I've owned several of them myself as well. But keep this in mind, the longer coat does need more grooming overall to keep it in tip top shape. I would also like to take the time to ooming.

So, if you want a German Shepherd - really, really want a German Shepherd, then you're going to have to deal with a dog that sheds all year too. So buy some new bags for your vacuum cleaner or get a good broom because you will need it - because German Shepherds do shed! A lot.

German Shepherds are really incredible dogs. But they're not for everyone - and if you're thinking of getting one I highly encourage you to do all the research you can about them - ahead of time. If you love to read, why not check out my new GSD ebook, Your Total German Shepherd Dog


 


And another place that you can learn a lot about German Shepherds is at my website: Total German Shepherd


 


 


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