Do Newfoundlands Shed?

The Newfies are strong, hardworking and large.

Hunters loved them, and so did fishers, as they would assist in pulling the nets.

That was back then.

Today, the Newfoundlands make a great family pet as they are good with children.

Fluffy dog lovers adore them.

If you are looking to own one, you must be questioning their shedding patterns.

Read on and learn.

Do Newfoundlands shed?

Yes, they belong to the heavy shedder breeds.

They will shed throughout the year and get worse during the shedding seasons.

As they adapt to the changing weather patterns, the Newfoundlands shed more.

Imagine being loyal, strong and calm simultaneously; these are the endearing qualities of the Newfoundlands.

Below, we look at how much they shed and ways you can keep the shedding in check.

Newfoundlands

How Much do the Newfoundlands Shed?

Newfoundlands are heavy shedders.

They will mark their presence in your home by strewing hair around.

On a scale of five, the Newfies score a four.

Newfoundlands feature a double coat which means they carry more fur compared to their counterparts with single coats.

Their undercoat is short and dense, while the top coat is long, thin and fluffy.

The undercoat is an insulator that grows thick during winter and thinner during summer.

Notably, the outer coat is a protective layer that repels dirt and water from getting to the dog.

During the spring and autumn, the Newfies shed more in readiness for the incoming extreme weather patterns.

During this time, they blow coat which means shedding the existing coat and growing a new one befitting the climate change.

How Can I keep Shedding in Newfoundlands Under Control?

You control the shedding in Newfies through these ways:

  • Proper diet
  • Bathing
  • Brushing
  • Routine medical checkups

Proper Diet

Just like any other animal, a dog requires quality balanced meals for overall body health and to develop a healthy coat.

A poorly fed dog will have a weak, dry coat that becomes itchy, making the dog shed more. 

When feeding the dog, evaluate the nutrients the dog is set to benefit from for every serving.

Don’t go for taste, no.

Check on the nutritional value instead.

For instance, if you want to improve the dog’s skin health, go for meals rich in fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6.

These nutrients help saturate oils on the dog’s skin and keep it moisturized.

If you notice the dog’s coat is weak, you could introduce supplements in their diet that are specifically meant to address skin health.

Alternatively, you can figure out a way to have coconut oil on the dog’s meals as it’s known to improve a dog’s coat health.

Malnourished dogs get sick regularly, and that means they will be stressed.

Consequently, this could trigger a stress-oriented shedding.

Brushing

Newfoundlands require regular brushing to avoid having the dog fur strewn all over your house. 

Aim to brush the Newfie thrice weekly if you want to keep the shedding in check.

During the blowing coat season, when they shed a lot more, try brushing them daily to help them shed.

Choose the right brush for the job to get optimal results.

You can use a slicker, pin, or bristle brush on the Newfies.

The slicker brush is more recommended as it will handle the undercoat better, removing any mats and tangles that the Newfie could have developed.

On the topcoat, you can use a bristle brush with long and widely spaced bristles, given that the coat is longer.

A medium metal comb can also work magic on the outer coat.

Bathing

Bathe the Newfie once per month if you want to control the shedding.

Bathing helps remove any dead hairs that are dead and loose but have not fallen off.

It also helps reduce the smell in Newfies.

Newfies are large dogs, and although they are accustomed to water, given their swimming history and webbed feet, they can still be challenging to bathe.

Allow a professional groomer to bathe your dog as they have well trained in handling dogs of any size.

If you choose to do it at home, ensure you have the right products and do it properly.

Avoid cheap, low-quality products that can dry the dog’s coat and aggravate the shedding.

Use a dog shampoo.

Avoid the human shampoo as it can make the coat dry and itchy.

After bathing, dry your pooch, then brush them off to remove any loose fur.

You could even use a blower to remove them.

Proper grooming will go a long way in helping deal with the Newfies’ excessive shedding.

Clinical Check-up

It’s important to get your pooch regularly monitored by a professional vet to avert any disease that could trigger abnormal shedding on the Newfie.

The vet will also advise you on better meals to introduce to the dog to help tackle the shedding.

If your dog has allergic reactions to some meals, the vet will guide you on how to tackle it and ensure it doesn’t trigger excessive shedding.

When Do Newfoundlands Start Shedding?

As puppies, their fur is fluffy, soft, and intact until they reach eight months, when they have to lose the baby coat and grow an adult one as they transition.

Each dog can be unique in terms of when they lose the baby coat, but mostly it starts from eight months to one year.

After that, the Newfie regularly sheds as an adult until old age sets in, and they shed more like any other elderly dog.

Conclusion

Newfoundland is your breed if you like your dogs strong and large.

Some refer to it as the gentle giant because they are quite gentle and friendly despite being strong.

God forbid some treasure drowns in your pool; you can trust your loyal Newfie to rescue it.

If you are an exercise enthusiast, this is the dog for you.

Get it to be your training partner, and you’ll be lucky if you outcompete the Newfie.

Megan Turner
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