How Much Do Australian Shepherds Shed?

by Daniela

I would prefer the answer from an Aussie owner, but do Aussies shed a lot? Will the fur be EVERYWHERE like a German Shepherd? Will we live in a fur ball? Or are they easy to groom, not that much hair. From 1 to 10, how bad are they?

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by: Nonnie / Dee Cutshall

We have two female Aussies. They shed a lot!! You will need to brush your Aussie once a week. You will need an undercoat rake. Keeping her undercoat under control will help a lot.

All that said ... Doesn't matter !! Aussies are the best dogs ever. They are worth the effort.

Let us know what you decide.

by: Anonymous

We have two Aussies. The first year it was not that bad. The second year it seemed worse. They shed a lot, like a German Shepherd.
We had our carpets removed and put in wood floors so we could sweep everyday. Of course we have two so it seems worse.
However their sweetness and love they give makes up for it many times over.

by: Gayle-- Big Run Aussies

Aussies shed seasonally -- spring and fall -- spring being the worse. Females shed less than males. I have friends with GSDs and I can't believe how much hair can come out of one dog! My dogs do not shed much at all in the winter, but I live in the upper midwest and they love to be outside in the snow. Yes, Aussies shed, but I don't think nearly as much as a GSD.

by: Anne

Hi ,
I own 4 aussies at the present time and am an aussie breeder. The climate you live in has a lot to do with how often and how much? In the South where it is more tropical, our aussies shed a lot. We usually shave the older aussies down for the summer. That has helped a lot. Our older aussies are 10 and 13 years old. I try not to shave the younger aussies as often.
Females that are not spayed, will have more hormonal coat changes... shedding or "blowing" coat more often. Spayed and neutered aussies keep more coat all year long. That is not always true either.
Please brush and groom your aussies often.
This helps with them getting less matts and undercoat.
Hope that helps. Please e-mail me if you need more information.

Anne Calmes
Gold Ring Aussies
Louisiana, USA

by: Millie

They are worth every hair they shed! i have an aussie and had one before, both had double coats. Buy a furminator at the pet store. They are great! Takes tons of the under coat out nicely and keeps hair really nice. Keeps them looking "new" all the time. They are the greatest dogs ever.

6 or 7
by: Cammo

6 or 7.
They shed a lot, but it's natural. So you can't change that, all's you gotta do is control it.

Sheds a 10
by: Anonymous

They shed about a 10! If shedding is a concern, I would not get one. My dark floors require daily maintenance. If I vacuum them in the morning, they are full of hair my mid-day.

shedding of a Aussie
by: Dianne

The shedding only happens in the fall, along with allergies

by: Anonymous

My aussie has a beautiful, shiny, silky coat and only sheds (blows coat) twice a year. When that happens he sheds a ton but in between he hardly sheds. My friend has two aussies. One has fur like mine that doesn't shed and the other one has coarser fur that sheds year around. Regardless, they are wonderful dogs.

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