Breeds that are double-coated, like the Siberian husky typically shed all year round with two significant blowouts in spring and winter. This article will explain exactly how you can effectively deal with your husky’s shedding! Let’s get into it.
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1. Never shave their coat
2. Have a brushing routine
3. Bathe your husky correctly
4. Ensure a healthy diet
5. Exercise frequently
I’ll go through these tips in more detail below, for now, let’s take a quick look at shedding in general.
How To Deal With Husky Shedding
There are a number of ways you can control and minimize the onslaught of dead fur on your floor. Let’s take a look at these tips in more detail.
1. Never cut or shave a husky’s coat
Double coated dogs, like huskies, should never be shaved. It’s nothing more than a myth that shaving a double-coated dog will stop the shedding.
Matting becomes a big problem if you shave a double-coated breed. As the undercoat grows much faster than the topcoat it often out-grows the topcoat and what you’re left with is a tangled mess between the two coats.
Matting is terrible for body temperature regulation and will cause your husky to overheat. A nightmare for the summer months, when you are specifically trying to keep your husky cool!
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One of the main reason’s double-coated dogs shed is to effectively regulate their body temperature. This ability is hindered if you shave them.
The topcoat stops direct heat from the sun and other heat sources. If you shave your husky’s coat, it will grow back with a sticky texture and won’t have as many air gaps, leading to overheating. You may want to read this important article on shaving double-coated dogs
2. Have a brushing routine
A good brushing routine is vital for reducing the dead hair in your husky’s coat. Removing the dead hair will help keep him cool, and will stimulate new hair growth.
A good amount to brush your husky is around 4-6 times per week. This is frequent enough to help clear the excess hair, but not too much it will irritate his skin.
Little and often is key! Try not to forget, and then assume you can make up for it by giving him one long brushing session. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.
Sitting down for a good brushing session with your fluffy friend shouldn’t be stressful. I oftentimes see many people struggling with their husky to brush them, maybe this is you!
If this is the case, you need to re-introduce the brush to your husky so he can build a better association with it.
You can easily do this by having the brush down on the floor when you’re playing with him and have it in his view when you give him treats.
Little things like this can make him feel comfortable with his brush in no time. Gradually take it a step further each time, until he is comfortable being touched by the brush.
The goal is to make him associate the brush with a positive experience. Then he won’t resist being brushed.
There are many different types of brushes out there for double-coated dogs so I created a Brush Buyers Guide just for Huskies. This article reviews the best brushes for a husky as well as some extra, less obvious grooming tips you may not have known. Be sure to check out that article.
3. Bathing your husky
You can either use a natural shampoo or a de-shedding shampoo. I would personally recommend sticking to a trusted natural ingredient shampoo over a de-shedding one, but the de-shedding options can give some extra help.
Honeydew is one of the best natural dog shampoos on the market. Check out their reviews on Amazon.com. Honeydew are actually featured twice in our best shampoo for huskies article.
Huskies have very clean coats that do not produce much oil and as a result, they don’t need a lot of bathing. You only really need to bathe your husky once every three or four months.
Bathing can help nicely with getting out extra dead fur, but too many of them can risk drying out your husky’s skin, it’s best to stick to one bath every three or four months.
During the shedding season, you could give your husky one extra bath. This encourages the shed and helps loosen hairs that are ready to be removed. You can even find bathing brush tools like this one that you can use while your husky is wet.
4. Healthy diet and nutrition
“You are what you eat” holds true for dogs as well. Your husky’s skin and his coat are a reflection of his general health and well-being. If your husky’s diet and nutrition aren’t kept in check, it can make shedding a much more difficult process.
Although shedding usually happens because of the changing seasons and climate throughout the year, it can also happen if he isn’t receiving enough nutrients, or he’s suffering from allergies.
Huskies have sensitive stomachs and disagree with many types of food. Many commercial dog foods contain allergens that huskies are sensitive to.
Allergies can oftentimes lead to dry skin, which could then cause dandruff, and finally make their fur brittle, causing more to shed.
⭐ Make sure you aren’t feeding your husky foods with common allergens and make sure he’s receiving plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the skin very well, thus making his fur healthier and stronger.
For all-round better skin and coat health, try adding some salmon (no bones), olive oil or flaxseed oil to his diet.
I have a full article on dogs having dry skin, this covers allergies and the common allergens to avoid: Why does my husky have dry skin
You can also try a Salmon oil supplement from Zesty Paws, this will likely improve his skin and coat in a short amount of time. Check out the reviews on Amazon.com
Husky and exercise may as well be the same word! You should already be exercising your husky twice a day for at least 1 hour each time.
Take your husky out for extra runs during the shedding season. Not only will all the running and jumping help free up and remove the dead fur, but it will help to keep his body fit and healthy.
Keeping him in good health will allow him to shed efficiently and properly.
When Do Huskies Shed?
Huskies usually “blow” their coat twice per year before big seasonal changes. Usually, their undercoat sheds after winter in preparation for the upcoming warmer months and again before winter starts.
There can be exceptions to this and it’s possible that your husky may only shed once per year. This can be related to the climate you live in, and sometimes it’s just because your husky is unique!
In warm climates, huskies will shed continuously at a fairly high level.
By shedding their undercoat they create a small air-pocket between their skin and their topcoat. This will provide protection from the direct heat and will allow for better air circulation, effectively cooling them down.
How Long Do Huskies Shed For?
So you may be wondering just how long you’ll have to put up with giant balls of husky fluff all over your floors. Well, huskies typically blow their coat over the course of 3-5 weeks. In some rare cases, it can be quicker than this, or longer.
Once your husky starts shedding you can do a number of things to make it an efficient blowout which we’ll discuss below.
But, it’s worth remembering that these tips are about helping you manage the shed; as there’s no real way to completely speed up the process OR stop it.
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Husky Shedding Tips & FAQ’s
Let’s run through some of the most frequently asked questions around huskies and their crazy shedding. Some of the questions may be simple summaries from the information above, and others will be unique questions and answers.
1. When’s Husky Shedding Season?
Husky shedding season can vary slightly and mostly depends on the climate where you live. When your husky sheds or not will be closely related to whenever it starts getting colder and warmer where you live. There is no one answer that fits all.
2. How Much Do Huskies Shed?
It’s hard to say how much exactly huskies will shed, but if needed, they will shed their entire undercoat.
It depends a lot on the climate where you live and just how warm it gets. The warmer it is, the more likely your husky will shed his entire coat. In cold climates, some huskies hardly shed at all.
3. How Long Do Huskies Shed For?
Huskies usually shed at a balanced rate all year round, and have two big blowouts as the weather changes.
The length of these bigger “blowouts” can last anywhere from 2-4 weeks, sometimes even longer.
4. Best Way to Deshed a Husky?
The best way to de-shed a husky involves using two different types of brushes and following a strict brushing routine 3-4 times per week.
Each session should start with an undercoat rake for 10 minutes (to de-shed) then finish with a slicker brush for 10 minutes (to clear out the topcoat). There are no magic tricks, just follow a consistent routine.
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Here are some other articles that I think supplement this one well, so check them out!
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The best way to deal with your husky shedding is to understand the shedding process and the things you can do before and during to help him shed.
When you picked a Siberian Husky, you secretly gave up your rights to a hair-free floor! Do your best with the tips above and it will surely help you.
Shedding is an important process for your Husky so help him by learning all you can about creating a healthy grooming routine.
Thank you for reading!
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