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I know shedding is a huge part of a GSDs biological makeup. I’ve also learned how important a furminator comb, a rubber brush, and a good pet blower is. However, I can’t remember where I read it, but awhile back I had seen that a well bred GSD does not shed daily year round. Is this true?
 

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Someone wise once told me that German Shepherd Dogs have 2 shedding seasons, Jan-June and then July-December.

I use a simple pin brush and a human's rubber comb to go over my dogs each night. It is a chance to not only clean a bit of loose hair and dirt off of them but also check for bugs or scratches, etc. Then we do some stretching exercises.
 

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Red is a HUNK! That looks like a Dyson. I was thinking of getting a Shark when our vac dies. I have an older version of the animal hair Dyson.
 

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There’s quite a range as far as coat quality (and coat types of course). I’m sure breeding plays a part... but I’d say diet plays a bigger part, as does grooming. My dogs blow their coats twice a year.... it can last from 3-6 weeks each dog and they aren’t on the same sqedule which I can’t quite figure out how/why. Anyway... outside of seasonal blowing, if recently bathed and regular brushing - I do have a few months out of the year where my good ol randomly bred boys don’t (or barely) shed. When my girl who has since passed was raw fed, her coat was at its best and I very rarely dealt with hair.

But man when it’s bad, it’s BAD. Went to the self service dog wash yesterday - there are 6 tubs and it was a pretty busy day. I felt so bad, every single person left with GSD hair on them once I started with the dryer. So embarrassing!
 

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Ha, we got lucky because our Shepherd-Husky mix follows a Husky coatblow pattern. For about a month, twice a year, it is "Furmageddon" (that's what my husband named it). Thin layer of fur everywhere...can't leave the house without lintrollering myself, or people will be grossed out and call me "the dog lady"...I can fill up half a paper grocery bag of fur every time I brush him!
Then, after Furmageddon, no more fur...phew.

I've heard that pure GSDs also have these seasonal heavier coat blows, but also shed at a moderate level in-between...:-O
 

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I'm not a fan of the furminator, but a good undercoat rake is a must. And if you can afford a forced air dryer, those are fantastic too. I've had GSDs for over 30 years and just got a dryer a couple of years ago and I don't know how I lived without it. I was initially put off by the price of the better ones but the found a Metro Air Force dryer on Amazon for $120, around 1/3 of the usual retail price. Keefer is 13 years old and does not tolerate brushing well anymore but he loves to be blown out. And when Halo got DM and was having twice weekly swim sessions for around a year, it was indispensable. They'd towel dry her there, but we'd bring her home and thoroughly blow her out when we got home.
 

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Thanks for the replies! I recently purchased a 6hp xpower pet blower so I’ll see how that works. I do groom her appx 2X per week but seems like it doesn’t help much. I see pics of other dogs online and I scan them for hair in the background but I never see anything.
 

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Thanks for the replies! I recently purchased a 6hp xpower pet blower so I’ll see how that works. I do groom her appx 2X per week but seems like it doesn’t help much. I see pics of other dogs online and I scan them for hair in the background but I never see anything.
I call bs. Photoshop. :grin2:
It would not be a meal or an outfit without the doghair.

Shadow, and all previous, definitely go through dog building season twice a year but the rest of the year is just random loose hairs on the floor, and my bed, and the couch, and my jacket.

There is a reason they call them German Shedders.
 

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Thanks for the replies! I recently purchased a 6hp xpower pet blower so I’ll see how that works. I do groom her appx 2X per week but seems like it doesn’t help much. I see pics of other dogs online and I scan them for hair in the background but I never see anything.
I call bs. Photoshop. /forum/images/Germanshepherds_2016/smilies/tango_face_grin.png
It would not be a meal or an outfit without the doghair.

Shadow, and all previous, definitely go through dog building season twice a year but the rest of the year is just random loose hairs on the floor, and my bed, and the couch, and my jacket.

There is a reason they call them German Shedders.
I got my girl professionally groomed once last year and it was the first time in 2 years we didn’t see a single hair for 3 days. She was in our bed, on the couch, and in my lap. I took her back to that same groomer the next month with high hopes but nope was disappointed.

However, I follow a few dog pages on IG and the owners along with the background are always clean. I too call BS
 

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Katsu started blowing her coat in the middle of last month so I sweep/Swiffer about 2/3 times a day. She really doesn't shed to bad otherwise as I keep up with her grooming. I use a comb with rotating pins to pull the loose undercoat out. It seems to be less irritating on the dog, and does a great job.


My shiba inu is constant shedding (think Husky). He's terrified of the blower and I don't have the willpower to work him through it, so I'll just brush him when I can. I'll need to invest in another charger for my Roomba so the middle level of my house can stay clean :grin2:
 

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Rumo would tolerate the Furminator but every once in a while, he would wave his mouth at me to say "go away, you're bugging me."

By accident, I found that my husband's wide-tooth comb worked just as well to get undercoat out...and strangely, Rumo LOVES to be combed. He treats it like Spa day...he sighs, stretches out flat, and falls asleep. Being able to comb him out thoroughly, cut down the fur in the house down by 70% I think! So now the expensive Furminator was replaced by a 99 cent comb...hmm.
 

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There’s quite a range as far as coat quality (and coat types of course). I’m sure breeding plays a part... but I’d say diet plays a bigger part, as does grooming. My dogs blow their coats twice a year.... it can last from 3-6 weeks each dog and they aren’t on the same sqedule which I can’t quite figure out how/why. Anyway... outside of seasonal blowing, if recently bathed and regular brushing - I do have a few months out of the year where my good ol randomly bred boys don’t (or barely) shed. When my girl who has since passed was raw fed, her coat was at its best and I very rarely dealt with hair.

But man when it’s bad, it’s BAD. Went to the self service dog wash yesterday - there are 6 tubs and it was a pretty busy day. I felt so bad, every single person left with GSD hair on them once I started with the dryer. So embarrassing!
Consider the GSD hair a free sample >:)
 

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I could clone my dog every day with the hair he sheds. If I don’t vacuum every day, it looks like I live in a meth house (or what I assume a meth house must look like...lol). It’s like watching Hoarders only with nothing but dog hair filling the spaces. I can’t remember the last time I cooked, where dog hair wasn’t a side dish...sometimes the main course. ;) I wish I loved non-shedding breeds. But they’re either ugly to me or too small.

I had a Dyson that was wonderful. But I moved to Florida and didn’t want to ship it. I’m an idiot. I’ve never had a vacuum that lasted more than 2 years before. I got a shark when I moved, and it lasted a year and a half. It’s a shame because I loved their lift away technology for ceilings, etc. So much easier for tight spaces than the Dyson. I went back to the Dyson Animal and I LOVE it. I will never stray again. Lesson learned.
 
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