It’s a question that we hear quite often. With a short coat, the English Bulldog is not thought of as a mega shedding breed, and when those hairs do start dropping en masse owners get concerned. Read on to learn what to do when dealing when English Bulldog shedding becomes a problem.
Hairs everywhere can be annoying, but it can be more serious than that. Especially with the English Bulldog known to be a breed that is more prone to health issues, owners need to make sure that excessive shedding is not an underlying symptom of something more serious.
Do English Bulldogs Shed?
All dog breeds shed, a dog has a winter coat and a summer coat, and hair is lost because of this. So in Spring your English Bulldog is shedding their winter coat and in Autumn their summer coat.
Whatever you may have heard, Bulldogs do shed! But it is true that they don’t shed as much as other breeds, and when they do shed their hair tends to be less noticeable on the ground, on furniture, and other areas.
How Much is Too Much Shedding for an English Bulldog?
Especially in the later winter months and early Spring hair shedding is heavier. Because the English Bulldog sheds generally lightly the rest of the year, the change can suddenly seem crazy. If this increased shedding lasts just for a couple of months then it shouldn’t be something to worry about, even though it may mean more hoovering for you!
- Some dogs will shed more than others, even within a breed. Usually, this is due to genetics. Your English Bulldog may be more prone to shedding than your friend’s Bulldog.
- In puppies, English Bulldog shedding is more common than in adult dogs.
- Most Bulldogs are a lighter color so the shedding hairs are usually seen most frequently on darker surfaces. Got a Bulldog? Go beige with your color scheme!
If you’re ever unsure about your dog’s shedding, check with your vet to make sure whether there really is an issue, as it could just be down to any of these facts.
But if you are finding your English Bulldog shedding over many months, or seeing any signs of baldness on your English Bulldog, there may be an underlying issue!
Possible Causes of Excessive Shedding in English Bulldog
Your veterinarian will be your best point of call when finding out the exact reason why your Bulldog may be excessively shedding. Your vet can find out if it is normal, or if there is an underlying cause.
The most common causes:
- Bad diet
- Fungal or bacterial infections
- Parasites (fleas, lice or mites)
Other Potential Causes:
- Kidney, liver, thyroid or adrenal disease
- Pregnancy or lactation
- Over licking
- Immune disease
How to Decrease English Bulldog Shedding
If your English Bulldog doesn’t have any health issue causing their shedding, there are still a number of tips that can help keep your home a little less hairy!
Choose your English Bulldog from a good breeder, and you are less likely to have a Bulldog with genetic coat issues.
Change Their Diet
Bullies often have food allergies or sensitivities that can affect the skin and hair. Look for a high-quality puppy food with at least 25% protein which ideally has no grains, byproducts, artificial colors and sweeteners. If your puppy has a food allergy, the simple step of improving their food can really improve their coat and decrease shedding.
Some sources recommend brushing your English Bulldog as much as every single day. Luckily, Bulldogs usually enjoy being groomed, especially if it ends with a treat! It helps if you start when they are young. Using a fine brush with compact bristles will remove the loose hair on your Bulldog
Bathe your Dog as Needed
Keep it regular, but not too regular. Anywhere from once a week to once a month is good. But if your dog is dirty, or has been rolling around outside a lot, then it’s time for a hose down! This really helps the health of the coat and their skin.
If you notice your English Bulldog getting dry and flaky skin, as well as excessively shedding fish oil containing Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids is a recommended addition to their diet.
Keep an Eye Out for Signs of English Bulldog Shedding!
Shedding is always one of the less pleasant parts of dog ownership. But thankfully the English Bulldog is better than most. However, if you notice more shedding, the first thing to remember is not to panic.
There could well be a simple explanation, and there are several simple things you can do to help reduce those hairs everywhere. But if you are worried, and there is a lot of hair everywhere for a long time, then your vet really is your best friend to help ensure your Bulldog is happy and healthy.