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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.

Love on 4 legs.
by: Dave

My Shepherd 'Focus" is now 8 years old and sheds a lot but considering the love and affection you get in return it's a small price to pay.
If I had a dollar for every time she makes me smile I'd be a millionaire ! They are just the best mates on four legs. The Furminators do a great job and she looks forward to regular brushings on her special "Brushie" table. Discover the real meaning of life... get an Aussie Shepherd.

Western Australia.

by: Anonymous

Yes mine sheds but u just have to brush daily with rake brush. But if u own one it won't matter about the upkeep because they are the best dogs to own

our austrailian shepard does shed at all
by: Anonymous

Our dog is supposedly Australian Shepard and border collie. He has the markings of a Bernice mountain dog. His hair is long like lassie. Go figure??? He does not shed at all.

Mini=Light Shedder, Standard=Medium
by: Anonymous

We have a purebred mini aussie and I don't know if this is normal or not for minis (vs standards), but she literally has no undercoat, so she barely sheds. the hair she does shed are individual long black hairs as opposed to the tumbleweeds of undercoat most standard aussies shed (we've also had a standard aussie). so our mini really never needs brushed, never has mats, doesn't blow coat, and sheds less than our long haired cat so she even gets to sleep in our bed. again, not sure if this is normal for minis or if we just got lucky. our standard aussie was a medium shedder--- much better than the GSD and golden retriever our families had, but did blowcoat seasonally and year round would leave hair clumps on the carpet wherever they laid.

by: Anonymous

I am dog sitting an aussie and this guys doesn't shed at all! Im amazed! I have two Golden Retrievers of my own and we ingest golden hair on a daily basis... but this aussie doesn't shed!!!! its wonderful!!

Mini Aussie Shed 2x year
by: Anonymous

Our mini has a very thick undercoat and blows that 2x a year for about 2-3 weeks each time, spring and fall. It's amazing how much hair comes out of 1 dog, but using the rake brush everyday during that shedding period helps a lot. She leaves "tufts" of hair everywhere she lays during that time, so vacuuming is a must. During that 2-3 week each time she sheds awfully (rate a 10) but doesn't shed throughout the year (rate a 1). I hate a shedding dog but she's worth it.

Aussie's are the best dogs
by: Troy

Best dogs ever. Amen

by: Anonymous

It's crazy how much my mother in laws mini sheds!! Her dog will be in my house for a couple of hours and I have to sweep and vacuum immediately after she leaves because I can literally see little piles of hair everywhere. Her mini sheds more than my Labrador.

barely shed's
by: Anonymous

Not sure how i got so lucky, but i have an aussie who is 1/8 german, that barely sheds in spring and fall. Best Dog ever live Aussie's.

by: Reini

I have a 4 year old mini australian shepherd and she sheds a lot. She's a little fur ball. I figured out that brushing her when she gets a bath and one or two more times throughout the week helps. I use a "slicker brush". It's a brush made for dogs with thick fur or an undercoat. I also use the Top Paw brand dog shampoo and conditioner with a shed control formula. If you don't like the dog shampoo that smells like human shampoo, don't worry. This stuff doesn't make your dog smell like a hairdresser. This helps me keep the floors as fur free as possible and I hopes it helps you too.

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