Whether you have a Corgi at home and you’re trying to figure out if all this shedding is normal for all dogs or if your Corgi is setting some sort of shedding record, or if you’re looking at all your options before bringing one home, you want to know how much they’re going to shed and how much shedding is normal.
The truth is that Corgis typically shed far more than other dogs. But how much is that, why is it the case, and what can you do about it? We’ll break it all down for you here.
How Much Do Corgis Shed?
If you’re looking for a dog that doesn’t shed a lot, the Corgi isn’t the way to go. Corgis have two thick coats, and they shed just about non-stop. They’ll shed throughout the entire year, and twice a year they’ll shed even more than normal as the weather changes.
This all leads to a lot of fur leaving your Corgis body, and you’ll need to find some way to take care of it and keep everything under control.
Factors That Affect How Much Corgis Shed
While a big reason Corgis shed so much all comes down to genetics, there are a few other factors that might lead to your Corgi shedding more than normal. We’ve highlighted three common reasons a Corgi might be shedding more than normal for you.
Because their thick double coat is a feature that helps them thrive in colder climates, it makes perfect sense that it thickens up during the colder months and thins out a bit during the warmer months.
It’s their bodies’ temperature regulation system and it’s an incredibly effective method. However, it does lead to them shedding far more than normal about twice a year as the weather shifts.
Your Corgi’s diet plays a role in just about everything they do. The lower the quality of their food, the more they will shed. A higher-quality food helps them grow a healthier coat, which means it’ll last longer, and they won’t need to shed it as often.
If you’re feeding your Corgi lower-quality food, we recommend giving them a higher-quality diet and seeing if it helps.
When humans stress, they lose their hair; as it turns out, Corgis do too! Environmental factors can play a big role in your Corgi’s stress level, so do what you can to keep them calm and happy and it can significantly impact how much they shed.
How to Limit Corgi Shedding
Just because Corgis are notorious for how much they shed doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do to help get it under control. While it’s going to take a little time, work, and patience, if you follow through with these three steps you should be able to get their shedding under control a bit.
This is by far the most important thing you can do. If you use a brush that excels at de-shedding brushing them out each day can make a huge difference. The key here is consistency. While you might not notice much of a difference after just a few days, if you keep up with daily brushing for a month or more you should start to see significant results.
Feed Them a High-Quality Diet
This is often one of the most overlooked things you can do to get your Corgi’s shedding under control. If you’re already feeding them high-quality food you don’t need to change anything, but if you’re feeding them substandard food or giving them a lot of table scraps, getting them on a great diet can make a huge difference.
Bathing your Corgi is another way you can help get all their excess hair under control. Just keep in mind that you can bathe them too much as it’ll strip away all the helpful oils from their fur and skin. That’s why we recommend keeping baths to about once a month and using a high-quality shampoo that nourishes and replenishes the oils on their fur and skin.
If you already own a Corgi, you know they shed a lot, and if you’re thinking of getting one it won’t take you long to realize just how much they shed. You can get it under control a bit, but their maintenance is going to take a ton of work and they’ll still shed more than most other dog breeds.
It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s certainly something you need to be aware of since keeping up with all their fur can feel like a full-time job!
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