Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Thinning Coat

by Maria
(Canistota, SD)

My Aussie was a year old at the end of May. She was growing well and a happy dog. I have been using a FURminator on her to try to help decrease the amount of hair in my home. However, at this time her hair is very thin, instead of the beautiful coat that she had and what she has is what I would call bristly almost. Do pups normally shed their coat at a yrs time? There are no patches of missing hair at all, just thinning. The hair on her head and her belly is the same silky type as previously, just on her back is where it is more bristly and thinning. I did change her food from puppy to adult about that year time frame, but we have our lab on the same food and his coat is just as shinny and full as it always has been. So I have a hard time believing that food has anything to do with it. Does anybody know why this is occuring or if this is a normal thing? I just want her coat back the way it was.

Questions About Your Aussie? Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Comments for Thinning Coat

Click here to add your own comments

Thinning coat
by: Anne

Yes, her hair will go back.
The hot summer is one reason she is shedding her coat. Possibly she is shedding the rest of her puppy fur, or it could be hormonal. It is hard to keep a coat on a female aussie if they are still in tact, not spayed. If she is spayed and not hormonal it is most probably seasonal.
Don't worry I bet she has a gorgeous coat in a few months.

Anne Calmes
Gold Ring Aussies
Louisiana, USA

by: Gayle-- Big Run Aussies

I have a 16 month old pup that just shed her puppy coat out, too, and she looks naked. She was a furball before this. I remember that her mom and sister did the same thing before their adult coats came in and eventually Bryn will look beautiful again. The shedding season has been strange here in the northern midwest. We had a very cold spring so that shedding didn't start until just recently. Soon they will be growing their coats back even though they just blew it all. I can assure you that your pup is normal.

Re: Thin coat
by: Anonymous

You do not mention whether or not your aussie is spayed. If she is spayed, this could be a thyroid problem, a hormonal imbalance, or just naturally losing puppy coat etc. This is about the time the puppy coat will shed out and the adult coat will come in. If she is not spayed, most female dogs will lose almost all of their hair when they come into heat. Just about the time her hair gets pretty, full and thick, she will come into heat and it will thin out again.

thinning coat on 7 year old aussie
by: bev

Kenda has always been a high maintenance dog--LOVE her dearly . She stays inside and I use scissors to trim her alittle so she doesn't shred so bad She has thinning hair on her sides and back toward her tail area--Yes he's has been spayed and they don't blood test and said that she does have thyroid issues but she is taking a(thyrosyn)--1mm--a day--all natural food--vitamin- don't know what to do next any ideas anyone???

Im worry
by: Anonymous

My female aussie is 15 month old' and Im very worry because one week away has been losing lots of hair. I have seen even thinner due the amount of hair she has lost. Is this normal at her age ?

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Australian Shepherd Q & A.

Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & CareGuide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
Questions About Training Your Australian Shepherd? Stop problem behaviors and transform your Australian Shepherd into a model Aussie.

Read More icon

Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Ask a Dog Veterinarian Now

We have partnered with JustAnswer
so that you can get an answer ASAP.