Dobermans are known for being loyal and intelligent, but what about their grooming needs and, most specifically, their shedding? Dobermans are moderate shedders. They have single, short-haired coats, so you won’t find fur tumbleweeds making their way across the floor. It also means they need fewer trips to a professional groomer, unlike a long-haired, double-coated breed.
That doesn’t mean the Doberman is low maintenance regarding grooming. Their sensitive skin and ears need a bit of attention than other breeds require, and you will need to adjust their grooming routine accordingly to accommodate this.
Do Dobermans Shed a Lot?
Dobermans are moderate shedders, which means they don’t shed as much as some other breeds. They are still a bad choice for owners with allergies or sensitivities and are not considered a “hypoallergenic” breed. If you notice your Doberman shedding more than normal or the appearance of bald spots, contact your veterinarian. Excessive shedding is abnormal and should be addressed immediately.
For example, a nutritious, balanced diet plays a vital role in your dog’s health, and if they are lacking in essential vitamins or minerals, it could cause your dog to lose hair. This breed is also prone to developing hypothyroidism, which is when the thyroid gland fails to produce an adequate amount of thyroid hormone. This can result in dry, scaly skin, dry hair, and hair loss.
How to Groom Your Doberman
Dobermans have sensitive skin and ears, so getting the grooming routine right is incredibly important. While something like an allergy can be behind your dog’s itchy skin, it can also dry out if it’s washed too often. Dogs can also develop oily skin if they’re washed too often because some shampoos will strip the natural oils from their coat, and their body will then overcompensate to attempt to replace this lost moisture. Follow these steps to ensure your dog feels and looks its best.
1. Maintain Their Coats With Weekly Brushing
Preferably use a glove brush to comb your Doberman’s fur since it is gentler on your dog’s sensitive skin. Brushing will distribute the oils through their coat and remove loose hair.
2. Brush Their Teeth Daily
To ensure a Doberman gets used to having its teeth brushed, it’s best to start when they’re a puppy. This doesn’t mean you can’t get your adult dog used to it, but starting early will make your life a little easier. Never use human toothpaste or toothbrushes when brushing your dog’s teeth.
Human toothpaste is not designed to be swallowed and often contains toxic ingredients like xylitol. It’s estimated that 80% of dogs will develop periodontal disease by the time they’re three years old.
3. Clean Their Ears
Every couple of weeks, make sure you’re taking the time to clean your dog’s ears to reduce the likelihood of ear infections. Use something gentle like a cotton ball or gauze. Never use a Q-tip inside your dog’s ears since it can force debris farther into the ear canal and injure them. Dobermans aren’t prone to ear infections, but it’s always a good idea to check your dog’s ears when cleaning them, just in case.
4. Don’t Bathe Them Too Often
Only wash your Doberman every 6-8 weeks to avoid drying out its skin. Use a sulfate-free formula in their shampoo, so it doesn’t strip the natural oils from their skin.
5. Trim Their Nails
Keep an eye on your dog’s nails and cut them when needed. Getting into the habit of inspecting your dog’s nails will keep them healthy; it will make you aware of paw injuries or split nails as soon as possible and prevent harm from nails growing too long.
Since your Doberman doesn’t shed much, it doesn’t require the same level of grooming as other breeds. Establishing a good grooming routine early is crucial; your dog will respond better to grooming when they’re familiar with the process. It will also ensure you’re keeping your dog healthy and happy, which is what we all want. If you notice your Doberman’s skin is dry or cracked or bald spots have appeared, contact your vet as soon as possible to get to the source of the problem.
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