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Old 06-16-2008, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How much does GSD shed compared to other dogs?

Hello. I don't have a GSD yet. I'm still researching the logistics about proper dog care. I will be a first time dog owner but I do have a little experience with taking care of two Pomeranians (my sister's dogs). I recently bought a house with a medium-sized-fenced backyard.

When I get my GSD, I plan to keep the dog indoor (primarily).

I know that Pomeranians shed. I don't know if that's a lot or not but I can tolerate the amount of dog hair all over the place (the couch, rug, pants, t-shirts...everywhere...even food sometimes!). It's a matter of using the lint remover, brushing the dog and vacuuming.

Q: How much does the GSD shed compared to other dogs (e.g. Pomeranians)?

Granted they are bigger dogs, therefore the dog's hair are more noticeable. Anyway, any information is welcome.

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Many things can affect how much a GSD sheds. Three very important ones are in order: (a) what time of year it is - GSDs blow their coats more twice a year as the seasons change, (b) what line of GSD you have - my West german line GSD sheds much more than my East German line, and (c) what you're feeding your dog. Diet can really affect how much hair is shed and a no grain kibble or raw diet will usually cause a dog to shed much less than a diet of store brand food.
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Mine shed heavily twice a year, but day to day --- much less than a Lab!

I think they're far easier than a lot of breeds.
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Its really hard to say exactly how much they shed, but I do know there are several threads around here on whats the best vacum to buy...lol

Seriously though, they definately shed their fair share. They blow their coat a couple of times a year which is pretty much what it sounds like. A lot of brushing helps to a point but you can expect all the items you listed above and more.
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There is another name for the German Shepherd, and it is appropiately called German Shedder. I cannot compare it to your dogs, but my Shepherd sheds a lot, and is brushed at least three times weekly in the garage.

Right now I am surrounded by flood waters, so my Ex has taken my two German Shepherds. The white female sheds little, but the tradional sable/black European Shepherd is shedding like crazy. The Ex has a Chow, but nonetheless could not believe how much my dog sheds.
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All the time far as I am concerned.
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Originally Posted By: AnnaRileyAll the time far as I am concerned.
Yep. The amount varies through the year from very little to the blowing the coat period and a lot of it depends on the factors that GSdad mentioned. Environment could play a factor as well as the line of GSD you end up with.

Look at it another way - you say you recently move into your house? May want to search for the various vacuum threads on here in the chat forum for you best cleaning pal!

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They aren't called German SHEDDERS for nothing!
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I've had a couple Poms as foster dogs, in comparison to them, my GSDs shed A LOT more, even accounting for the difference in size. The Poms needed more brushing to keep them from matting but most of the hair that they lost, they lost during grooming sessions. My GSDs lose hair during grooming sessions, and they lose it lying around, and they lose it when I pet them, and they lose it walking across the room. I own a Dyson and I use it!

We feed a premium kibble, so don't know if it would be any better raw fed, but we've got German Shedders over here.

I will say though that I find their hair much more manageable than the short bristles of something like a Dalmatian or even a Lab which seem to get stabbed into everything and are sharp and difficult to remove. My GSD-based tumble weeds are fairly easily dealt with the vacuum cleaner or lint brush.
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Thanks for the welcome and thanks for all the information. I didn't realize the the line of GSD and food would affect the amount of shedding. I'll definitely pay attention to the factors that GSdad mentioned.
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