This post will go over Boston Terrier shedding information and what you can expect whether your planning on getting a new dog or you just brought home your first puppy.
The big question that always gets asked is how much do they shed?
You might be wondering if you need to upgrade your vacuum cleaner before you run out and buy this terrier breed?
If your going to be a pet owner one of the downsides is going to be cleaning up pet hair.
It doesn’t matter what breed or type of coat they have all dogs shed hair.
So let’s dive into this question and look at what you can expect and how to minimize your dogs shedding.
How Much Hair Do They Actually Shed
Obviously we know that Boston Terriers shed hair but what should you expect from your energetic companion?
Well its going to depend on who you talk to and what your your past experiences have been with other dog breeds.
But for the most part you will find that terrier owners don’t have to deal with shedding as being a major issue.
And even when they do shed the advantage that they have is that their coats are made up of short hairs.
Which makes them hard to see and easy to clean up.
When To Expect The Most Shedding
Do Boston Terriers shed all year long or only sometimes?
You can expect your Boston Terrier to shed lightly all year long but there a couple of times during the year that it will be worse.
During late fall and spring your dog will have cycles where more hair falls out than typically does during the rest of the months.
So at least you know to be prepared.
The reason for this is to get rid of damaged or dead hair.
So it only stands to reason that if you take care of your dogs coat and feed them a healthy diet there will be less hair to clean up.
How To Minimize The Shedding
There are some things that you can implement that will help keep your Boston Terrier from shedding excessively.
1. Proper Diet
This can be one of the most important aspects when it comes to keeping the amount of hair your dog sheds to a minimum.
Not all dog foods are made the same and some of the less expensive brands may have fillers or leave out proper nutrients to keep your dog healthy.
Make sure that they are getting enough protein and fat in their diet.
You can always check with your vet for some recommendations or try different dog foods that have a higher protein and fat mix.
If after trying a particular brand you notice your Boston Terrier shedding less then they may have not been getting the proper nutrition from the food you were giving to them in the past.
2. Low Stress
Dogs are just like people and they can develop stress for different reasons.
If you find that your Boston Terrier is shedding excessively then it may be that they are under stress.
Are they being left alone for long periods of time or not getting the proper amount of daily exercise?
Your terrier likes to play and get their exercise so its a good idea to make a point of bringing them outside as much as possible and let them explore and be a dog.
Play catch with them or make them hustle more than just the typical walk around the block.
This will help keep their stress levels and shedding to a minimum.
Another aspect that helps with the amount of hair that Boston Terrier sheds is grooming.
Dead and damaged hair is what causes shedding so regular brushing and a bath when they need it can be great preventive maintenance.
Brushing the terriers coat is a breeze due to it being made up of short hairs that lay flat on the dogs body.
A good rule of thumb is to brush your dogs hair once a week at least.
Boston Terriers have thin coats made of short hairs so you should find a brush that suitable for this type of coat.
If you notice that your dog is starting to get a little smelly then its time for a bath.
One of the advantages of Boston Terriers is that really don’t need to be bathed regularly unless they they become dirty or start to smell.
Over bathing can actually make things worse by drying out the dogs skin causing them to itch and scratch.
Its possible that if your over bathing your dog its causing them to shed more.
The fact of the matter is that all Boston Terriers shed and for the most part it really isn’t a major concern.
If you believe that your dog is shedding excessively then you may want to implement some of the suggestions I mentioned above as well as having a vet look at your pooch.
Its possible that they may have some other underlying medical or health problem making them shed more than usual.
Please feel free to leave a comment below with your Boston Terriers shedding experiences!