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Old 03-09-2012, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want a GSD but was curious on how much they shed I've heard they shed quit a bit...I have a lab/rottie mix that sheds like crazy but I'm just curious if there hair comes out in clumps or what?
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The long coats will have more fur clump type shed, the stock coat is individual hair. If you feed the best diet for the breed then shedding is minimized, but they still shed. They also blow coat a couple times of year(undercoat shed in spring, and sometimes in fall before they get the winter coat in) One of my dogs has only blown her coat once in her 5 years. She doesn't shed as much as my other two. Not sure the reason, she eats raw, has the same supplements as the others.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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just to add when mine are blowing their coats, well I can probably end up with a whole nuther dawg You also have to like dust bunnies if you want a german shedder
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You won't believe how much fur comes off these dogs. You'll be wondering where it all comes from.

If you get a GSD, I hope you invest in some quality grooming tools and a good vacuum.

German Shepherds are also known as German Shedders for a reason.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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all of them shed. my dog sheds
the worst or most between April
and August. September it seems
to lighten up (getting cooler).
have fun with the shedding.
when you find his/her hair
in some place where you never
thought you might find hair stand
back and laugh. i find brushing
often helps because all of the hair
you brush out won't be in the house.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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No matter how often you groom, there will be shedding. As another poster stated, you will be shocked at how much they can shed. I HIGHLY recommend investing in a Furminator. I use it about 2 times a week and a slicker or rake on the other days. Every time I Furminate her, I swear the pile of hair is the size of a small dog and this is twice a week!

This being said, I also vacuum about 2-3 times a week. The Dyson "Animal" vacuum is a Godsend! I am a super neat freak though...even being a neat freak, I really don't find a lot of hair inside the house due to my grooming routine. It is also of utmost importance to feed a very high quality food or RAW to have the best coat possible on your GSD.

Even with the shedding and extra time it takes grooming, I would not trade a GSD for anything! Plus, all the grooming time means more bonding time :-)

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Old 03-10-2012, 06:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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ugh. They shed like crazy.

My oldest male sheds all the time. My female sheds in clumps 2x a year. My youngest sheds the least.

I have to dump my Dyson dirt container twice, everyday.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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haha really wow thank you everyone for your input
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I live for my vacuum, my swiffer sweeper and duster, and everyone is correct I can create a whole new dog off one brushing
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