After a long day at work, coming home and greeting your dog or cat can really turn your day around. The only downside? Well, if you’re a pet lover, you’ve likely noticed a universal truth: almost all dogs and cats shed. But did you know that some pets shed far more than others? Warren & Son Carpet Cleaning has pulled together a list of the pets that shed the most, as well as some tips for how to deal with all that hair!
Almost all dogs shed, but which breeds will really leave your floors covered in hair? Learn more about the dogs that shed the most below!
- Akita: Akitas are large dogs that were originally bred Japan. The breed originated in mountainous regions so they developed a thick coat to keep warm during winter months. Their hair may look short, but it’s thick double layer underneath is constantly shedding!
- Alaskan Malamute: The Alaskan Malamute is a great pet for the Anchorage area as the large dogs were originally bred to haul heavy loads across the icy Alaskan terrain. Because they spent a lot of time outside in the cold, they also have a thick double coat to protect them from inclement weather.
- American Eskimo: Despite its name, the American Eskimo originated in northern Europe and is closely related to the German Spitz. Don’t be fooled by their small size, their white hair constantly sheds and the strands are longer than that of a typical dog breed.
- Labrador Retriever: A clear family favorite, the Labrador Retriever sheds a considerable amount. Labs, which have been voted the most popular dog in America, have a soft undercoat covered by a short, protective outer layer which means you’re in for twice the hair.
- German Shepherd: The nickname ‘German Shedder’ was aptly given to German Shepherds! This breed of dog is a seasonal shedder and loses a substantial amount of hair when its undercoat sheds during the spring and fall.
Cats may require much less maintenance when compared to dogs, but that doesn’t mean they won’t shed a considerable amount! The cats with the most hair to lose include:
- American Bobtail: The American Bobtail cat has a short tail, tufted ears and toes, and lots of hair to spare! Their furry mane is known for shedding and their fine hairs can be difficult to clean.
- Chartreux Cats: Thanks to their short, thick, water-repellent coat, the Chartreux cat can leave a trail of hair in its path. Their distinctive fur can be a challenge to clean off of furniture or rugs.
- Nebelung: The thick, nearly shimmering medium-length coat on the Nebelung cat frequently sheds. Their fine hair is longer than most and works its way into carpeting, making it difficult to clean.
Tips For Pets That Shed
Now that you know which pets are likely to leave you with a mess on your hands, Warren & Son Carpet Cleaning has some great tips for how to manage shedding! We recommend researching which type of brush or comb is best for your pet – there are a variety of brushes on the market that are specifically designed for various fur types and textures. Plus, giving your pet regular baths can help loosen and remove excess hair before it become a problem in your home.
When You Need A Deep Clean
The fact remains that regardless of how often you brush and wash your pet, you’ll still need to deep clean your home every once in awhile to get rid of excess hair. If you’re looking for an Anchorage carpet cleaner, contact Warren & Son Carpet Cleaning today to schedule an appointment!