Pitbulls get a terrible reputation due to the terrible breeding conditions they are in as well as the misuse of their breed. They’ve even been banned in places. However, they are a wonderful breed and make a great family dog that wants to be loved. You should learn about their breed, as well as their shedding habits.
Pitbulls shed just as any other dog does. Many people think short-haired dogs don’t shed, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. However, they don’t shed too much as they have a single coat instead of a double coat. Still, it’s essential that you take time to groom them to minimize it.
Let’s look at some of the Pitbull’s shedding habits so that you can best prepare yourself before you welcome one of these perfect family dogs into your home.
When we talk about Pit Bull Terriers, we’re talking specifically about several different breeds that have been lumped together under the term “Pit Bull.” One of the most often asked questions about this breed is whether or not they are hypoallergenic.
A hypoallergenic canine, for those who don’t know, is one that is less likely to carry irritants that are primarily generated by shedding and animal dander.
Even though some people believe that such dogs are good for allergy patients because of their short coats, one aspect that all Pitbull bully breeds have in common is that they really are NOT hypoallergenic.
While they aren’t the worst canines for allergies, they lose too much hair to be considered one of the most allergy-friendly canine companions.
Pitbulls Are A Single Coat Breed
Pitbulls have a single coat rather than a shed-heavy double coat, which is one of the main reasons they don’t shed as much as the other types of dogs. Shedding is substantially decreased when there is no undercoat of fur, even though it is never entirely removed. Their short hair also blends in better with clothing and furnishings than that of longer-haired breeds.
Pitbulls shed just a little bit during the year, like most single-coated dogs, with the two greatest sheds occurring when they put on their winter coat at the finish of the fall and then when they shed the winter coat during the spring flowering.
The single coat breeds are the easiest to clean up after since they are only shedding one coat instead of two. You could get a lint roller that has tape to run it over your furniture and floors once a week to keep it nice and tidy.
4 Major Pitbull Breeds
There are four breeds that fall under the term “Pitbull.” The American Staffy is recognized as a breed all on its own, but many people still mistake them for Pits. Therefore, we’ve included them in this list.
- American Pitbull Terrier: This is a breed of dog that originated in the United States. A neatly clipped, strong coat that embraces this terrier’s body is expected. These terriers’ coats come in a variety of hues, and they frequently have a nice blend of multicolored fur.
- American Staffordshire Terrier: These puppies have a remarkably similar coat to that of a pit bull terrier. Their coats are comparable to one another in length, smoothness, and stiffness.
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier: This is a lot smaller of a dog than the previous two dogs. Their coats, on the other hand, are strikingly similar, with the exception that they are somewhat less rigid.
- American Bully: This dog breed has the same short, rigid hair as others, yet the fur of the Bully might be softer and wavy than those of the other three. Despite the fact that all bully breeds are robust, the American Bully outweighs them all in terms of size.
While all bully breeds have their quirks, the variations between them aren’t often visible in their coats, which are mainly similar.
Heavy shedding can be a common event, or it can be triggered by tension or severe medical conditions based on the breed of dog. If you’re ever uncertain about something with your dog, the perfect place to go is to your veterinarian. Shedding may be harmless, but it could also be an indication of an underlying condition that can only be diagnosed by a veterinarian.
Excessive shedding can also be prevented by switching to a different type of food for your dog. Producers of high-quality dog food work really hard to include the correct blend of ingredients so that most dogs do not require supplementation.
Causes Of Excessive Shedding
Heavy shedding in dogs can be caused by a variety of factors, including parasites, skin conditions, sensitivities, sunburn, and medicinal reactions, to name a few.
If your dog’s skin problems continue for more than a week, you should seek medical advice. Redness, biting, continual foot-licking, regular face-rubbing, and open sores are just a few of the ailments that necessitate a trip to the veterinarian.
Many people believe that canines with short coats don’t shed much; however, this is a myth. There are a lot of dogs with short coats who shed a lot.
When compared to a long-haired dog, the haircut can make a significant difference in how obvious the shedding is, so you might be surprised if you think the short fur equates to non-shedding.
Pitbull Shedding Seasons
It’s also important to note that, like most dogs, Pitties shed more heavily during specific seasons, such as late spring and early summer. While this may result in a rise in the quantity of fur you see drifting around, it’s totally natural; they’re merely adjusting to the changing seasons.
Shedding (or molting) ought to be expected in either case. As a result of the natural hair growth cycle, mostly all dogs do the same to varying degrees.
Even though Pitbulls are notoriously heavy shedders, it might be worse. Some dogs, such as the German Shepherd, lose so much that your Pitbull will resemble a Hairless American Terrier.
Are Pitbulls Hypoallergenic?
Pitbulls really aren’t regarded as a hypoallergenic type of dog. But that’s because their coat generates a lot of dander, which they disperse all around the house whenever they shed. If you do have allergies to pets, you might find that there are breeds that are more ideal.
How Do You Stop A Pitbull From Shedding?
You can’t entirely stop a Pitty from shedding; it’s just what canines do. They’ve been doing this for centuries, so we don’t think they’ll stop today. The good news is that you can learn to control shedding by ensuring they are doing basic but vital things like eating well, exercising regularly, staying hydrated, and cleaning on a routine basis.
Diet is at the top of the list. There really is no particular dog food that will stop your dog from shedding, but choosing high-quality dog food will benefit your dog’s overall health and well-being and also keep his coat in excellent condition. Dog meals with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids have also been shown to help with shedding.
In any case, when you’ve straightened everything out, the grooming aspect of things is the next item to think about in the fight against molting. Now let us look more closely at this.
Grooming A Pitbull
To manage their coat, keep them looking beautiful, and eliminate any excess fur, all they need now is a simple brushing either once or twice a week.
It’s ultimately up to you which comb you use, but we’ve found that a medium bristle brush or a rubber brush functions well on short-coated dogs like the Pitty. Each of these brushes is simple to use and affordable, making them excellent for dogs with short hair.
Some people choose to use a de-shedding device to save time and energy during days of intense shedding, but these are often more expensive and ineffective for dogs with short, silky coats.
Brushing your dog’s hair could be an efficient strategy to keep as much hair out of your house as possible in any scenario. Brushing not only decreases the amount of fur he sheds on your flooring and furnishings, but it also helps to spread his skin’s natural oils equally throughout his coat, promoting stronger, healthier tresses.
Bathing Your Pitbull
There is no hard and fast rule, but showering every two to three months should suffice. When bathing him, make sure to use an excellent quality dog shampoo to avoid drying out or aggravating his skin.
This is important since dry, sensitive skin can contribute to increased shedding, which isn’t good for your dog. Other than that, grooming primarily entails keeping his nails clipped and his teeth and ears clean. It’s very standard stuff.
Something you need to ensure is on point with these puppies is their diet. They are known for having sensitive skin, so watch for any itchiness or redness of their skin when you’re feeding them. Sometimes if they are allergic to food such as chicken by-products, or grains, they will start scratching like crazy.
By ensuring they are getting adequate nutrition and that you’re not feeding them any foods they’re sensitive to, this will help keep their coat immaculate and keep the shedding to a minimum. It’s incredible how much a healthy and nutritious diet can do for our canine friends.
Heather is an animal lover that has many of them herself. She currently has her Blue Nose Staffy named Bootsie, but she’s catered to many animals over the years including guinea pigs, alpacas, cockatiels, cockatoos, bunnies, chinchillas, hedgehogs, and more. She believes that knowledge should be the foundation of caring for any pet.