Dogs that are bred for colder, northern environments typically shed the most due to the double coats. Unlike other dogs, these breeds have two different layers of fur – an undercoat and a guard coat – both of which shed hair multiple times throughout the year. For best results, brush your dog regularly, especially during warm seasonal transitions, to remove excess hair.
According to the Rescue Every Dog website, Siberian huskies are a breed that sheds excessively year-round. Weighing between 35 and 60 lbs., Siberian huskies are large, wolf-like breeds used to arctic conditions. As a result, these dogs can leave a considerable amount of hair throughout your house, car and wardrobe, sometimes making it preferable to match your decorating colors with the tone of your husky’s hair. Although a Siberian husky will shed year-round, the most excessive periods occur when the insulating downy undercoat sheds in early to late spring.
German shepherds are another double-coat dog breed that requires year-round regular brushing to manage shedding. Like the Siberian husky, German shepherds have a downy undercoat of fur along their skin that is removed at least once year. Without regular grooming during the spring, the wooly undercoat of the German shepherd will mat, causing clumps of fur to build up and hang off their bodies. When this happens, the coat and skin underneath cannot breathe properly, resulting in potential health problems for your dog.
Belgian sheepdogs have a long, straight, medium-length outer coat on top of a dense undercoat, which also requires daily combing and brushing. They shed twice a year, with excessive shedding occurring in steady intervals in all seasons. In fact, this breed sheds so much that it is common for mats to form in the fur along the legs and ruff that require clipping remove. Like other double-coat dogs, Belgian sheepdogs shed most excessively in the early spring months.
Collies come in two different varieties, both of which are considered heavy shedders. While the double-coated rough collie is the most excessive shedder of the two, smooth collies also require frequent brushing to prevent mats from forming in the fur. Rough collies are generally smaller than other double-coat dogs, and as a result are sometimes more shy or fearful than other heavy shedders.
By Brian Connolly
About the Author
Based in the Appalachian Mountains, Brian Connolly is a certified nutritionist and has been writing professionally since 2000. He is a licensed yoga and martial arts instructor whose work regularly appears in “Metabolism,” “Verve” and publications throughout the East Coast. Connolly holds advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and the University of Virginia.