Zuko: Blowing Coat

Do any of you have dogs with undercoats? Zuko is the first dog that I’ve owned that has one (my family has a short haired Jack Russell. He’s a shortie; he’s so cute!). Undercoats help keep the dogs insulated for cold weather and it’s also supposed to help in warm weather by acting like a heat block. (Or so I’ve been told)

The undercoat gives Zuko Shiba this extra fluffiness; I love it!  Especially around his face–the undercoat gives him a little mane like a lion. But, with great fluffiness comes…great…shedding. Or, in doggie terms: blowing coat.

He’s been shedding slowly since July but last weekend, his coat really started to go for it. This is the accumulation of about a day or so.

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We brush him while he naps to about whenever he’s decided that he’s had enough…but the fur just keeps coming out!  If you have de-sheding tips that you’d like to share, I’m all ears.  So far, we use this silicon brush that seems to gently pull out the loose hair. Z’s puppy school instructor let us know about a more effective furminator-like tool called the “Shed Titan.” I just ordered it on Amazon so we’ll see how well it works.

Have a great rest of your week!

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