Do you own a weimaraner and do you notice that twice a year your dog goes through what almost seems like a transformation? This is called weimaraner shedding. It occurs twice a year, usually in the spring and fall, the weimaraner coat goes through extensive shed cycles. In this article, I will discuss some of the theories behind why this happens as well as offer some suggestions for decreasing the amount of hair in your house during this time.
First, why does weimaraner shedding happen? Theories vary, but basically not all that much is known about what actually causes these shedding cycles to occur. One theory states that there are changes in daylight that cause hormonal changes which trigger a typical weimaraner shedding cycle.
Does Weimaraner Shed?
Yes, all dogs shed to some extent. Hair loss occurs when the old hair growth cycle ends and a new one begins. The replacement happens over three phases: anagen (active), catagen (transitional), and telogen (resting). Once the hair stops growing in the telogen phase, it is shed and replaced with new hair.
Weimaraners are dogs that shed pretty heavily twice a year, much like other dogs of their size. At the end of every cycle, you’ll find large amounts of hair all over your home.
Lets us discuss the shedding in various types of weimaraners.
Wired Haired Weims
The wired hair on a weimaraner is difficult to explain, basically it’s a type of double coat. There seem to be two types of wired hairs: the hollow and the solid. Hollow hairs grow from follicles containing air pockets which cause the guard hairs to stand out from the dog’s body. The solid wired coat is much like the single coat on a smooth-haired. This type of hair feels coarse and plush at the same time, and it has a sheen to it.
They shed almost constantly during the spring and fall shedding seasons. More frequent brushing, combing or even shearing can help decrease hair loss during these times. Even with the constant shedding wired-haired weims are a joy to live with, they do not shed excessively and provide a source of pride for any dog lover.
Double Coat Weims
This coat type is easy to recognize in a weimaraner at any time of year. The difference between a wired haired and double coated wired is that the smooth guard hairs are missing in the double coat. The undercoat hairs are called the down hair and this is what gives the coat its “cottony” texture.
You’ll find that the differences between wired and double coats in a weimaraner can be subtle. Not all weims have both types of coats, and some dogs’ coats may change over time.
This is an interesting phenomenon because, more often than not, the solid coat will eventually become wiry with age. This shedding pattern usually occurs when the dog reaches around two years of age (give or take a year).
Short Haired Weims
The short coat of a weimaraner is truly fascinating. This short-haired double coat functions much like a single-coated dog, but it still has enough undercoat to maintain its insulating properties. This means that the only time the undercoat grows out and makes your weim look “fluffy” is during the shedding seasons. In a short-haired Weim, the shedding process often begins with a change in the weather.
If you notice that your dog is scratching more than normal, then it’s time to break out the brush and start combing. Since weimaraners shed twice a year, just like other dogs we need to be prepared and take care of things.
One thing that you should do is invest in proper tools for grooming your weim. You need to have a high-quality brush or combing tool as well as shears
Smooth Haired Weims
The smooth coat of a weimaraner is rare, but one thing that both types of coats have in common is the blue-grey coloring. This color requires special grooming to keep it striking and beautiful. The only difference between the two coats for this particular dog is that there are no longer any long guard hairs or down hairs, just an overall soft, short coat.
In a smooth-haired dog, the hair growth cycles are different from those of the standard double-coated weimaraner. As a result of these differences, an occasional trim is all that’s required to maintain the striking appearance of your weim’s smooth coat. In addition to this low upkeep requirement, your dog will also experience less shedding when compared to other Weims.
Are Weimaraners Hypoallergenic?
Not really. It is true that because of their shorter hair, these dogs have a little less dander than other breeds. In the case of a smooth-haired weimaraner, there is even less shedding involved, which can be beneficial for people with allergies. But because all dogs shed at least a little, it’s important to remember that no dog can truly be considered hypoallergenic. By the way, Blue weiramaners are more hypoallergenic.
Generally, weimaraners are not considered to be a good choice for people with severe allergies. However, this does not mean that you will always have problems when living with a weimaraner. If you suffer from allergies, spend some time with your prospective pet to determine whether or not he is a good fit for you.
No matter what the coat type may be, it’s important to remember that living with any dog means learning about its specific habits and needs. By familiarizing yourself with your Weimaraner’s coat type.
Tips to Decrease Weimaraner Shedding
Brush your dog daily this will get rid of loose hair and stimulate the natural oils in their skin, which help to keep your weim’s coat healthy and shiny. Ultimately helping you in decreasing weimaraner shedding.
Bathe your weimaraner regularly (every 2-4 months). During a bath, use a conditioner that will moisturize the dog’s skin and help to loosen the fur. This will make it easier to remove loose hair during brushing.
Take your dog outside for short playtimes throughout the day. Even though weimaraners are indoor dogs, they need some time outside of their crat each day so that they can get rid of excess energy and reduce shedding levels at home.
Examine your weim’s ears regularly. If you notice a foul odor or see a dark brown wax-like material, take them to the vet. These could be signs of ear infections, which can lead to increased shedding levels.
Always keep your weim’s nails trimmed. Long nails will contribute to excessive shedding and may cause injuries to your dog, such as cracked pads and torn ear tips.
Groom your weim regularly (every 3-5 months). This will not necessarily decrease shedding levels, but it will keep their coat in tip-top shape. If you find that you’re noticing more hair in your home than usual, it’s time for a grooming session.
Tips To Keep Your Weimaraner Healthy
In addition to reducing shedding, there are other things you should do for your dog in order to help them maintain good health.
Make sure that your weim gets daily exercise. These dogs were originally bred as hunting dogs, and even though they’re used more frequently as family pets these days, it’s important that they get regular opportunities to run around and burn off energy. Don’t overfeed your dog.
Obesity is a common problem among weimaraners. If you’re worried that your pet is at risk, ask your vet for a recommended diet plan. Keep their living space clean and free of allergens. Dogs spend most of their time inside with us, so it’s important to eliminate as many things that could cause allergic reactions as possible
Ear infections are common among weimaraners, so it’s important that you clean your dog’s ears on a regular basis. If you notice any wax or debris in your dog’s ear canal, remove it with a cotton ball and hydrogen peroxide.
Every animal is different, and not all of them will experience the same shedding levels. However, with good care and regular attention to your weimaraner’s needs (daily brushing, baths on a regular basis, etc.), you can decrease their chances for allergies in your home.
So I hope you have a better understanding of weimaraner’s shedding and the care they need.
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