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Old 01-23-2014, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm curious about a current shedding situation.

I have had three GSDs and my current one is the first one to pretty much live indoors all the time...excepting the obvious exercising/playtime etc. outside.
My last two shepherds spent much more time outdoors ( 6-8 hours a day at times ) during the winter in their palatial kennel with doghouse entry into the garage. Since they have lived in MN, they obviously adjusted to the winter climate however this one has not been subjected to the same duration of the elements since I am done working. She's my sidekick, we migrate everywhere together most always.....no kennel time for her...treats her inside house better than I do. So, here's my question : I think she is starting to blow her undercoat and it is only 3 weeks into January, all my other pooches waited until spring essentially. I understand the differences regarding the environment she is exposed to but.... I am curious if other folks might opine when their dogs shed based on similar conditions.

Most all of the current grooming produces much more of the undercoat being shed, similar to the first stages of typical moulting I have experienced with my past two sheps.

Possible other factors....first real winter with a more adult coat....still intact whereas the others were spayed by this point...bitch is a year and a half plus.....eating a raw diet for the 8 months plus, others never did...

Anyway, I am not suggesting the " possible other factors" are in play and assume it is the more temperate clime she lives in AKA a warm house. Just curious....any thoughts ???


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My first shepherd, I had in south Alabama, so she always had one climate, she would blow it maybe twice a year and it was totally random,


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Has she been spayed? She may be coming into heat.
My dogs in the past week are starting to shed some of their undercoat...daylight hours are playing into it, not the weather.
It is below zero outside. But I'm seeing and raking out more than I did in November when they were getting the winter coat in.
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I suspect the environment has a lot to do with this, all mine are inside dogs so I am used to a thinner coat (not to mention the hot weather here), however in winter it is always obvious the GSDs that live outside - they always have a thicker coats than those inside.
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Has she been spayed? She may be coming into heat.
My dogs in the past week are starting to shed some of their undercoat...daylight hours are playing into it, not the weather.
It is below zero outside. But I'm seeing and raking out more than I did in November when they were getting the winter coat in.
Hmmmmm...interesting on the spay mention.

She's intact and about due for a cycle....never thought of that.


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Old 01-24-2014, 10:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My intact girls blow coat several weeks before coming onto heat. In fact, I have a naked Carly sitting by me right now, that came into heat this week. Makes no difference what time of year it is - it was 4 degrees this morning in Oklahoma City.


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All three of ours are or were blowing this past month. One male and two females. The girls are spayed and Lucky is neutered. I thought that w/ the really cold temps outside our house w/ awood stove and fireplace going all the time.
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