If you’ve dreamt about how to dress your future doxie — maybe even pondering the perfect color bow to go with their natural coat — you may have also found yourself wondering if the breed sheds. After all, while you likely want your pup to go everywhere with you, you don’t necessarily want to leave a trail of dog hair in your wake.
While all dogs shed to some degree — it’s an important natural process that helps protect their skin and regulate body temperature — the good news is that dachshunds are considered a relatively low-shed breed. The amount that they shed, though, can depend on a few things, ranging from the coat type to certain environmental factors.
Some smoothhaired dachshund parents would tell you that their pups don’t shed, because these dachshunds have such tiny hairs that it can be hard to see that they’ve ever shed at all. These doxies shed regularly, but minimally, and you may not realize they’re shedding at all until you go through the house with a vacuum. Grooming can prevent shedding too, since brushing removes dead hair and distributes the oils that keep your pup’s skin and coat healthy. Brushing your smoothhaired’s coat once a week with a soft bristle brush will not only keep them looking Instagram-ready, but it’ll prevent excess shedding too.
Wirehaired dachshunds shed the least of all of the coat types, which comes as a surprise to many, considering that they have more of a coat than smoothhaireds. Though they’re not considered hypoallergenic, wirehaireds shed minimally and produce the least amount of dander (the stuff that causes those with dog allergies to sneeze), making them the best option of the three coat types for a dachshund lover with allergies. Wirehaired doxies have a thick undercoat — a soft, fluffy coat found under their wirey hair that helps regulate their body temperature. As a result, they shed more frequently in spring and autumn as they prepare for hotter and colder weather, respectively. In addition to a weekly brush, wirehaireds also require a trip to the groomer two or three times a year for something called stripping, which is a process that removes the dead hair at the root to make room for new hair to grow and to allow the preservation of the rougher, wiry coat texture.
It’s likely no surprise that longhaired dachshunds shed the most of the three coat types (and that when they do shed, it’s more obvious!). These doxies have a dense undercoat, so like their wirehaired friends, longhaired dachshunds shed more prominently two times a year with the seasons. To moderate their shedding, a daily brushing will come in handy.
A couple of other factors that can impact how much a dachshund sheds? Their health, for one. Excess shedding can be a sign of stress, illness, or lack of nutrients in their diet. (If you’re looking for kibble that was made with doxie’s nutrient needs in mind, we’re fans of this brand.) Keeping doxies’ coats clean matters, too. A bath every three months will help keep their coats healthy — too frequent of a bath will get rid of something called sebum, a naturally-produced substance that they need to protect their skin and hair, so a little wipe down will suffice when your pup gets remnants of their digging extravaganza all over their legs.
In other words, while your dachshund’s wardrobe may be high maintenance, their fairly minimal shedding won’t require as much attention.