Yes, pugs shed.
You will never hear any pug owners say “Oh my pug doesn’t shed.”
Before we got our two pugs, we had assumed pugs would be low shedding dogs, with them being short-haired. We were so wrong.
But another question might be How much do pugs shed?
Pugs shed excessively. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, they are definitely 10.
Pugs shed so much that a (good quality) vacuum cleaner becomes your best friend (We use this one and works great). Shedding is definitely one of the cons of being a pug owner, so if this is something that will bother you, don’t get a pug.
You may want to take a look at this pug shedding video:
When do pugs shed the most?
Pugs shed all year round – 365 days a year. However, like many other dog breeds, pugs tend to shed (even) more when the weather gets warmer in summer and their winter coat comes off. Another season when pugs shed the most is the time leading up to the winter when their coat thickens up.
Losing puppy hair
You may notice your pug sheds more during the transition from the puppy coat to adult coat. This can happen in the first year, from 3 months old upwards. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about as long as your pug puppy is healthy otherwise.
Female hormonal changes
It is also known that female pugs can shed more heavily when in season/heat and also when she has given birth, caused by the hormonal changes.
Pug Shedding Control Tips – How to reduce / prevent pug shedding
Although there is absolutely no way to stop a pug from shedding hair, it is possible to decrease and control the amount.
• Brush your pug’s hair regularly – Ideally, every single day. The furminator is a great tool for de-shedding pugs, and can make a huge difference. From my experience, it is definitely my favorite one to use! However, this should limit to once or twice a week, as using it too frequently can cause the irritation of their skin. These are not too expensive to buy either – definitely worth a try! You can get them Here.
• Invest in a good quality vacuum cleaner – We cannot emphasise how important this is. This won’t actually have an impact on the amount of hair they shed, however, will help to keep your house under control. You will no doubt be hovering several times a day so having a good vacuum cleaner is really critical and can make your life a bit easier.
• Feed your pug good quality food – Without a doubt, a poor diet can cause pugs to shed more. Adding omega-3 rich salmon or tuna oil to their daily food can also help improve hair quality.
• Keep your pug hydrated – Providing clean and freshwater at all times can prevent pugs from getting dry skin, which can result in heavy shedding.
• Bath your pug regularly – Bathing your pug and drying the hair properly by using a dryer can help get rid of dead coat. Once a month will probably be enough. One thing to bear in mind is that during and after bathing a pug are crazy times for shedding, so be prepared for a good cleaning session afterwards.
• Get a black pug – We cover this topic in the section below.
Black pug shedding
Black pugs shed less!
Yes, this is definitely true, we can say this from our own experience and others around. The reason for this is, due to, compared to fawn pugs with double layers of hair, black pugs only have single-layered coat (the top coat). Fawn pugs having a double coat means the amount of hair to come off doubles.
So if you still want to get a pug, but want to minimise the amount of shedding, you should choose a black pug. If you already have a fawn pug, that’s just unlucky, you will just have to deal with it, and look into how to control his/her shedding.
My pug is shedding in clumps
Shedding in pugs in completely normal but it might be that your pug is shedding more than normal and in clumps. There can be a number of things that can cause this; some of them are nothing to worry about, while others can be more serious conditions. Below are some of the potential causes, however, you should get your pug checked by your vets to make sure he/she is getting the right treatments.
• Ringworm – where the fur is shedding may look irritated, red and raw, as well as being very itchy. If this is the case, it is important that your pug gets treated as soon as possible to avoid infecting others.
• Bitten by insects – your pug shedding in clumps can be caused by insect bites. The symptoms can be very similar to ringworm, where the pug will be itching and scratching excessively.
• Stress – Pugs can shed in clumps when they are stressed out or feeling anxious.
• Allergies – Your pug may be allergic to a number of things. We have known many pugs that are allergic to grass or/and pollen. You will see the pug itching and licking their paws excessively, especially during the summer season. Your vets will be able to subscribe to antihistamines or steroids.