The Shiba Inu is a basal dog breed that has been around since 7,000 B.C. Since these dogs are accustomed to living in the mountains, their coats have adapted to be more suited for extreme temperatures that allow them to remain comfortable despite the chill of winter and heat of summer.
Therefore, if most Shiba Inu owners were asked to rank their dog’s shedding on a scale of minimal to extreme shedding, many would say, “moderate to extreme shedding.”
The Shiba Inu Coat
A pure bred Shiba Inu has a lush, thick coat that has a coarse top layer and softer under layers.
This undercoat makes the top stand out and look thicker than its actually is, despite the medium length.
Plus, the under layer of fur is necessary for helping the Shiba Inu maintain their body temperature throughout the year, so you can expect it to thicken in time for winter and lessen during the summer.
If your Shiba Inu is shedding an unnaturally profuse amount of fur when they shouldn’t be, be sure to take him or her to the vet. There may be an accompanying skin condition or a lack of nutrients in their diet.
The Shedding Shiba Inu
Owners report that while Shibas don’t shed continuously throughout the year there are two times when the Shiba Inu coat seems to explode. This usually happens during the first 3 weeks of Spring and the first 3 weeks of Fall.
During this time, you will find Shiba Inu undercoat all over your floor, carpeting, walls, clothing, and more.
When it is not the time of year for shedding, a Shiba who receives regular grooming will rarely shed at all.
When Shiba Inus "Blow Their Coat"
The semi-annual shedding actually has a name. It’s called “blowing coat.”
Generally, any dog with a double coat, like Spitz breeds, will undergo the “blow coat” season. Examples of these dog breeds include, of course, the Shiba Inu, Akita, Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Norwegian Elkhound, Samoyed, and Pomeranian.
Some herding group dogs like the Australian Shepherd, Collie, and sheepdog breeds also blow coat.
Keep this in mind, because you may think that this horrendous shedding phenomena isn’t normal when you experience it for the first time, but it’s perfectly healthy!
Dealing With Shedding
Shiba Inu is generally a very clean breed.
They will try to keep their coat as clean as possible, but you should bathe your Shiba Inu at least once a month to keep the fur clean and soft and the skin healthy.
Be sure to use a quality shampoos and conditioners. Regular brushing should be done at least a couple times a week.
During the two to three weeks of blowing coat, you will need to brush your furry friend daily to make sure your home doesn’t become overwhelmed by clods of undercoat.
Since loose hairs can cause itchiness, your Shiba Inu will thank you for this fastidious daily brushing.
In short, does the Shiba Inu dog breed shed? Yes, but it's not as bad as many people think. There are two times per year when a Shiba Inu blows coat. For the rest of the year, shedding is minimal and can easily be handled with a good brush and a good vacuum.
Just keep in mind that Shiba Inus are not a hypoallergenic dog breed, regardless of the time of year. Otherwise, Shiba Inus rarely shed at all and require minimal maintenance during this time!
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