So you’ve got your brand new husky puppy and you know that you’re in for your fair share of sweeping up. But when will the onslaught begin? When will your husky puppy start shedding?
Before regular shedding occurs, your puppy will first need to completely shed their puppy coat to make way for their adult coat. This happens around 12 months of age. After your puppy has their adult coat, regular shedding will start.
This article will explain everything about your puppy’s shedding habits.
Do Huskies Shed as Puppies?
Husky puppies don’t really shed that much. In fact, all they really have is a soft undercoat with no substantial top-coat.
That’s why husky puppies look so soft and fluffy. Be sure to cherish this stage because it doesn’t last forever.
Until your puppy reaches his adolescence and gains his adult coat, your floors will be hair-free for the majority of the time. But this doesn’t mean to say there won’t be any hair-fall at all.
But until the adult coat comes, your husky puppy doesn’t really have any shedding to do! So you’re off the hook until around 1 year old.
When Do Husky Puppies Start Shedding?
At around 12 months of age, your husky puppy will start shedding dramatically. This is when he’ll shed himself free from his old skool fluffy puppy coat, and gain his new shiny adult coat.
It’s normal to see your husky looking rather scruffy and patchy during this period. Don’t panic, it’s simply the process of gaining his new coat.
The adult coat will slowly come through and your husky will develop his signature double-coat comprising of a top-coat and an undercoat.
Once your husky has his adult coat, he will be around 14 months of age. He will begin shedding continuously throughout the year, with two big blowouts around winter time and just before summertime.
The amount your husky sheds overall will be impacted by the climate you live in.
Be sure to check out my full husky shedding guide here.
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Do You Need To Brush a Husky Puppy?
Husky puppies will hardly shed at all and will therefore not need brushing for the purpose of hair removal. However, it’s a great idea to introduce the brush from an early age so that he learns to enjoy brushing by the time it becomes an important routinely activity.
You can do this by getting yourself a Pin & Bristle brush (I recommend these for puppies because they are incredibly gentle) and start by introducing it to him while you are sitting with him. Don’t worry about touching him with it, just let him inspect and sniff it. Casually bring his attention away from the brush with treats and toys.
Repeat that for a week or so, then once he no longer cares about the brush. You can take it to the next level and start gently brushing him with it. Again, use treats and toys to bring his focus away from the brush. If he freaks out, just put the brush down and continue with distractions.
The reason you have to use treats and distractions is to first build positive associations with the brush (brush = treats). And then to distract him away from it before he gets spooked or scared. You would be surprised how easily puppies can be spooked, and you really want to avoid that.
Even though you don’t need to remove hair at this stage, you have no idea how frustrating it is trying to brush an adult husky who hates the brush.
Introduce the brush early and slowly to avoid future nightmares.
Don’t Freak Out When Your Puppy Becomes Patchy!
During the transition from his puppy coat to his adult coat, he’s going to look like you’ve just picked him up off the streets. He’s going to look a bit scraggly.
Many people worry at this stage and assume he has something terribly wrong with him, maybe an illness, disease or his diet is falling to pieces.
Please don’t panic. 99% of the time he’s going to be just fine.
The transition process never goes particularly smoothly, and random clumps of hair in random places will come out a regrow before other clumps in different places… That’s kinda how it goes.
Unless you couple this patchiness with other generic symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, or food refusal. You shouldn’t have anything to worry about. (if you do see those extra symptoms call your veterinarian as soon as possible, as that’s not normal).
Enjoy the time while your little fluff ball, well, is a fluff ball! Not all huskies end up being super fluffy, so don’t count on it being the case for you too.
Your husky puppy will not shed until he has his adult coat. Of course, there may be some fallen fair here and there but in general, proper shedding will not start until he has his adult coat at around 12-14 months of age.
And as I mentioned above, although there is no need to brush your puppy for the purpose of removing hair, it is a very wise move to at least introduce the brush while he is young and receptive. This way, you won’t run into problems when he’s an adult and do need to brush him.
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