Dogs classified as pit bulls are among the most adopted puppies, both in rescue shelters and by breeders. But some owners are surprised when they bring their dog home that yes, Pit bulls shed. And some owners are just surprised how much fur they leave behind. While pit bulls might be simply coated dogs, they actually shed more often than other simply coated breeds. The good news is that while their coats are short, they don’t require haircuts and are quite easy to maintain.
Pit bulls have dog fur, not dog hair (yes, there is a difference). Lower-scale dogs like a Yorkie or a Maltese have dog hair that has a longer growth cycle and spills less often. Genetics plays a role here, and it could be said that most dogs with “hair” have less dandruff than dogs with “fur”. This is because it is longer, less dense, and not so easy to peel off.
So now you know that pit bulls have fur and are shedding. But how much fur do they hang around? More importantly, is it too much for you? In this guide, we are discussing just that.
Pitbull Terrier coats
Pit bulls have shorter coats. They are simply coated dogs, which means they don’t have a layered undercoat. Double coated dogs like Labradors shed very heavily twice a year to get rid of their undercoat. Because pit bulls are single-coated dogs, you don’t have to deal with the twice-yearly blowout of a double-coated dog. This means you can expect the same amount of fur to remain around your house and furniture all year round.
Pit bulls aren’t necessarily recognized for the length of their fur, and most people seeking a low-dandruff dog due to an allergy may do better with a lower-dandruff dog breed. Their fur is shorter and coarse, but they don’t have as much fur per square inch as compared to other simple-coated dog breeds and, as a result, lose less. Genetically speaking, some pit bulls only have very short and fine fur. This means leftover fur will be a little less noticeable. The good news is that pit bull coats are relatively easy to care for regardless of how much fur they leave behind.
Pitbull Coat colors
Pit bulls can come in a variety of colors. The most common colors you will see are pit bulls with red coats, pit bulls with blue noses, tabby coats, merle coats, black, chocolate, and white coats. It is also possible that your pitbull has something called a “Moo Moo” pattern, which basically means that it is a spotted coat that looks almost like a cow. Since the pit bull is not an AKC-recognized breed, there is no real “breed standard” color that the AKC recognizes. The most popular colors come from Blue Nose and Red-Nosed Pitbulls.
Pit bulls shed consistently and all year round. As mentioned earlier, these are single-coated breeds that do not have the “blown coat” event that double-coated dogs experience. They have no undercoat to shed, so you will deal with the same amount of fur year-round.
So it’s really not about whether they shed, just how much. Some pit bulls seem to shed more than others. This variance is usually fair due to the color of their coats. White dog fur is usually more likely to appear against darker colors. This means that unless you have light-colored furniture, tiles, or carpets, it’s pretty easy to spot compared to darker fur. If your pitbull is shedding excessively, it should be looked at for other reasons that could be causing it.
Other reasons Pitbulls Shed
Do you feel like your pitbull is shedding way too much? Dogs are sensitive creatures, including pit bulls. While pit bulls are unlikely to be lost more or less due to seasonalityMany other things can happen that can affect the frequency with which you see fur in your home. Some problems may also need to be investigated by a veterinarian. Let’s look at what that is.
- Stress: Stress from separation anxiety or other reasons can lead to excessive dandruff.
- Routine change: Changes in your dog’s routine can increase stress levels.
- Nutrition: Diet changes can lead to food reactions, including allergies.
- Allergies: Allergies to weed or certain nutritional products can lead to fur loss.
- To bathe: Some dogs do not tolerate certain shampoos well and may lose more.
- Skin diseases: Pit bulls have sensitive skin and skin problems can lead to coat loss.
- Mites: Mites or other parasites can cause fur loss.
If you’ve recently changed your pup’s routine or have experienced stress in your home, it is usually common to have extra fur lying around. However, if you think your pitbull is shedding more than normal, we recommend Make an appointment with your veterinarian. It is always good to be certain and have a correct diagnosis if the frequency of routine shedding suddenly increases. Your veterinarian can rule out serious medical problems and calm your mind when it’s not serious.
Managing your pit bull’s shed
So we discovered that Pitties are shedders. But what now? In fact, managing your pit bull’s shed is pretty easy. Most simply coated breeds just need regular grooming and grooming. Pit bulls have sensitive skin, so you need to be aware of this when choosing a shampoo or topical skin product for your pup. There are several ways to minimize the amount of fur that is around your home.
Brushing is the lowest hanging fruit that most dog owners neglect. Pit bulls are even easier here because of the length of their fur. It’s not like a Siberian Husky who has excessive shedding and long, visible hair. Pit bulls only need to be brushed a few times a week. There is no real reason to buy a descaling tool for your pitbull as most fur should be easy to manipulate with a good quality needle brush. Every dog is different so, if you find your puppy shedding more than normal, a puppy removal tool (which isn’t expensive) can come in handy if your vet has ruled out medical issues and your pit bull is just shedding more than others.
As mentioned earlier, pit bulls have sensitive skin. This means that using a tougher shampoo is not recommended. Even an “average” commercially rated shampoo should be avoided. We recommend sticking to an oatmeal shampoo or a shampoo that has been handpicked for pit bulls. Bathing your pup with the right shampoo can at least rule out this as a possibility for additional coat loss.
The frequency of bathing is also important and each dog will have a different tolerance here. Some pit bulls can bathe regularly. Others won’t handle it as well if their natural oils are stripped off from their coats. We recommend bathing your puppy at least once a month, and some dogs get along well with twice a month. This frequency will likely also depend on whether your pitbull spends a lot of time outdoors or is a puppy indoors.
Diet is important. Pit bulls should eat good quality dog food that will support their fur. Going the budget route with your dog’s food can lead to it Malnutrition. This can affect your dog’s coat and its frequency. We recommend giving your pit bull a good quality dry food, but also other ingredients such as oats or sweet potatoes, both of which are high in nutritional value.
Diet supplements can be a great addition to your pit bull’s diet. There are a few different options here, but using a fish oil additive is usually the first step. Omega fatty acids are normally found in high-quality dog foods, but they can be used in a supplementary form in addition to a regular diet. You can find fur and skin additives, or even fish oil itself, in both chewable and liquid formats. If you are a picky eater, you can also add some fish oil to your pit bull’s meal to make mealtime more tempting.
frequently asked Questions
When it comes to pitbull dandruff, there are some common questions we ask here at Love Your Dog. We have compiled them in this section. If you think we missed something, drop us a line in the comments and let us know!
Why is my pitbull shedding so much?
Contrary to the belief of many, pit bulls shed. Their coats are easy to care for and don’t need to be groomed often. But because many people believe that they are a low-scales breed because of the length of their fur, they are surprised to see fur stuck to their pants. If you notice an increase in dandruff frequency, it is time to call your veterinarian.
Will pit bulls shed more in summer and winter?
No, they won’t lose again in winter and summer. As mentioned earlier, pit bulls have a single shift. You don’t have to get rid of a seasonal coat of fur. You should find the same amount of fur on your couch year-round.
My pitbull is shedding like crazy. What should I do?
If your pitbull is shedding more than normal, it is best to plan a trip to see your vet. Nothing you read online should replace you and rule out the possibility that your dog may have an illness that requires attention and treatment. However, if shedding like crazy is normal for your dog, this may just be your dog’s normal frequency and you can take the steps we suggest to keep him under control.
Do pit bulls have a shedding season?
No, they don’t have a seasonal coat. As mentioned earlier, single-coated dogs should shed the same amount every year. As the frequency of shedding increases, return to our guide or plan a trip to see your vet for other reasons your pup may shed more.
What Are Some Remedies To Reduce Dandruff In My Pit Bull?
First and foremost, make sure that you follow a regular cleaning schedule. This is the cheapest way to deal with fur, and it can be done quickly 3-4 times a week. Poor diet is the second thing we recommend when dealing with changes in the frequency of shedding. If your pitbull is already eating a good quality nibble, it is time to look at a natural dog shampoo and/or plan a trip to the vet, if there are no other obvious changes that could affect the frequency of shedding.
Pit bulls shed. There’s no way around it. However, successful dog grooming will help make your pup’s fur appear less on your guests’ clothes or on the floor of your home. If you stick to a regular grooming routine, bathe your puppy regularly and entrust his or her health to quality food, a Pitbull dandruff is pretty easy to use. If your dandruff habits are a concern, calm your mind. While some people may insist on not adopting a pit bull for other reasons, their coats certainly aren’t one of them.