Do Broholmers shed heavily? (Tips for minimizing)
Broholmers are a rather unknown dog breed from Denmark. Originally they were used as hunting dogs on big game until the field of activity shifted more and more to the guarding of houses and yards. Broholmers enjoy rightly more and more popularity. For this reason, we are gradually addressing all sorts of questions that arise in connection with a Brohomer. In this post, we discuss whether Broholmers shed heavily.
Broholmers shed all year round. They have short but dense fur with an undercoat, which protects them from wetness and cold. Old hair falls out so that new hair can grow back. Twice a year, in spring and in autumn, during the coat change, Broholmers shed especially heavily to prepare for the coming season.
How much do Broholmers shed?
Like almost all breeds of dogs, Broholmers shed a lot of hair throughout the year on average.
In direct comparison, we have our Cane Corso, which sheds much less. In my opinion, this is due to the smaller undercoat.
Twice a year, during the coat change, Broholmer shed more. In spring, Broholmers shed the denser winter coat to prepare for the warm season. Broholmers shed their thinner summer coat in the fall and regain their denser winter coat.
Reasons why your Broholmer is extremely shedding!
If your Broholmer is extremely shedding, this can have several reasons, which I would like to mention briefly below:
Low-quality dog food
The most important is high-quality dog food with a high meat content and preferably no artificial additives.
If your Broholmer is not optimally supplied with all nutrients, the chance that he loses more hair than normal is great.
Currently, there are several dog foods on the market that I believe meet the requirements. For me, one of the best dog food on the market is the dry food from Orijen*. It convinces with a high meat content in food quality and 100% natural ingredients.
Stress is always a factor that can negatively affect health. Even a Broholmer ius able to be left alone. It can be stressful for him if you haven’t accustomed him to it properly.
Excessive stress leads to increased cortisol production, which can cause your Broholmer to shed extremely.
So try to avoid unnecessary stress as much as possible.
Various diseases can be the reason for excessive shedding. Among them are Cushing’s disease or hypothyroidism.
In case of doubt, you should have your dog examined by a veterinarian.
Does your dog have a food intolerance? Again, a visit to your veterinarian is recommended.
Maybe it’s enough if you change the dog food.
But allergies to certain pollens or grasses could also be the cause of severe hair loss.
Bugs and parasites like ticks, fleas, or mites never mean anything good and can promote increased shedding.
Tips against excessive shedding!
If you don’t want your Broholmer to shed a lot of his hair indoors, I have a few tips that can help.
The easiest and most effective way to keep your Broholmer from shedding indoors is to brush him regularly on walks.
Take a Furminator* or a pet glove* with you on your walk in the woods or on a meadow and brush your Broholmer once. This will take about 10 – 15 minutes and save you from vacuuming the whole house.
Any hair your dog loses on the walk, he won’t lose on your sofa! Especially if you keep your Broholmer in an apartment, this can be useful to lose most of the hair outside.
High-quality dog food
As described above, your Broholmer must be optimally supplied with all the nutrients it needs.
And not only that, you can also curb the shedding a little. Low-quality dog food is also the reason for diseases. You cannot have a healthy dog if you feed cheap, low-quality dog food.
Diseases and consequences of poor feeding usually show up in old age anyway. Broholmers eat a lot. But 0.50 $ – 1,0 $ a day more costs for a high-quality dog food pay off in any case. Because the veterinary costs for a sick dog should exceed that quickly.
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Of course, good food is not a guarantee. But it is at least a good basis and starting point.
Last but not least, you can give your dog some food supplements to help him have a nice and healthy coat and consequently less hair.
- This is once brewer’s yeast*. Brewer’s yeast contains many important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals (B vitamins, amino acids, minerals, antioxidants) that will ensure that your Broholmer has a healthy and beautiful coat and does not shed excessively.
- Omega 3 fatty acids* are essential for healthy skin and a beautiful coat. If you don’t feed oily fish regularly, it can’t hurt to add omega 3 fatty acids to your Broholmer’s dry food.
Do Broholmers need a lot of care?
- Broholmer, like all dogs with short coats, need little grooming. Brushing through every two weeks is usually enough. However, the more often you do it, the less hair you’ll have in your home.
- In addition to the coat, dental health is not to be neglected. So if you give your dog a bone or chew toy to clean his teeth regularly, about once a week or every two weeks, that should be enough. Since Broholmers are large dogs, you must ensure that the chew toy* is sturdy, otherwise, it will break very quickly.
- Chewing belongs to the natural instinct of dogs. On the one hand, it reduces stress, but on the other hand, by gnawing, they rub the plaque from their teeth. By chewing and gnawing again, your Broholmer relieves stress and thus passively prevents extreme shedding.
- Besides the teeth, you should check the ears from time to time and clean them with a wet paper towel. Because of the floppy ears, germs form there faster or dirt gets in there. But this is done in two easy steps.
Overall, the Broholmer is very easy to groom.
Conclusion: Do Broholmers shed a lot?
Broholmer shed like most dogs throughout the year. Twice a year it is a little more severe. However, inferior dog food or stress can be why your Broholmer sheds more than normal.