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Q: Shedding

July 21, 2008 | By Ajune05 | 3 answers | Expired: 2185 days ago

i'm considering getting an American Eskimo Dog... I have been researchig the breed and they have the protective personality I've been looking for and they are just the right size(they are either toy, mini, or standard). My major concern about adding the new dog to my family is shedding. I am very OCD when it comes to keeping a clean house. I wnated to know what other people do about shedding and if anyone owns this breed, could they tell me a little bit about the breed itself from their experience and problems with shedding.

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Ethel02
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Jul 21, 2008

there are only standard Am. eskimo dogs, they are very active, need allot of exercise and if their not molting, they are shedding, I have a Lab and have always have greyhounds, I rescued the Lab and the molt has to be seen to be believed, and the shedding never stops, I have a dyson upstairs & down and use them sometime 2x a day, and I am not a crazy clean person, it's even in the bathtub and I love her to death and wouldn't give her up for a million my neighbor has an eskimo and she laughs and says welcome to my world

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Jessica H.
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Jul 21, 2008

Frequent brushing and vacuuming is KEY, in addition to a good quality diet. The better the diet, the less shedding. However, some breeds are just more prone to shedding than others, and unless you get a breed with hair versus "fur" (hair "grows" while fur "falls out" -- shedding), you will always have SOME shedding, but it can certainly be reduced! As I said, a good diet, and frequent brushing. I think those two are the top priorities, the more you brush, the less shedding!!

However, some shedding IS healthy, and you obviously can't stop the dog from shedding altogether.

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Roberta H.
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Jul 21, 2008

Well, if you're worried about the house, just make sure to get your dog groomed every 4-6 weeks. Also, feeding your dog a premium dog food with essential omega fatty acids is necessary. The oils in fish and avocados are good for the skin and coat. There is also a tool called a "furminator" that can be used daily to maintain the hair loss. It is a great tool! There are also special shampoos and supplements that you can purchase at any major pet store that help with shedding. There are new vacuums on the market too that are supposed to pick up pet hair a lot more effectively that a standard vacuum. American Eskimos are great dogs! Just make sure that you and the dog's energy match...if it's a high energy dog and you're not high energy, you'll have a problem! Personality is one thing; but make sure you consider the dog's activity level. Hope this helps...and good luck!

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