The Doberman Pinscher is a very popular guardian breed that gets its aggressive reputation by properly guarding both home and land. These majestic pups have been used across the world as both protection dogs and property guardians for almost a century. They have a great reputation for being lower maintenance on the grooming side, but many potential owners want to know if Dobermans shed, and exactly how much, before bringing one home.
Let’s get this out of the way. Doberman Pinschers do shed. They are a single coated breed and they have “fur” not dog hair. There’s a difference between what’s considered dog hair and dog fur, by many owners. Breeds like the Poodle are considered to have hair because they shed less. Whereas dogs that have “fur” can be single or double coated, and tend to shed.
So just how much to Dobermans shed? In the article below, we will jump into Doberman Pinscher shedding frequency, as well as the best ways to manage your Doberman’s hair on a regular basis.
How Much Do Dobermans Shed?
Doberman Pinchers are moderate shedders. They shed about the same amount all year. They are a single-coated dog breed, meaning that they don’t have an undercoat that they need to shed twice a year like other breeds.
Because Dobermans are moderate shedders, you can expect to clean up after your pup on a weekly basis. Unlike fluffy coated breeds, their fur is shorter and won’t stick to your furniture, or your clothing. Dobermans shed about as much as Pitbulls, which are also single-coated breeds. Dobermans are a great alternative if you want a medium-sized dog that doesn’t shed as much as Labrador, or other dogs similar in size.
Doberman Pinscher Coats
Because Dobermans have a single coat, only moderate grooming will be needed. Many people seek to adopt a Doberman due to thinking they are a low-shedding dog breed. This really isn’t the case. But because their coats are shorter, they will be less noticeable. Being a Single coated breed means that during winter and summer, they’ll shed the same amount. Dogs like Golden Retrievers have an undercoat, and they shed excessively twice per year, which will require more maintenance and cleanup.
Doberman Coat Colors
There are only four colors that are allowed for the Doberman when it comes to showing. While some breeders will allow other coat colors, the only 4 that are recognized are Black and Rust (black and tan), Red and Rust (brown and tan), Blue and Rust (silver and tan), Fawn and Rust (lighter brown and tan).
The coat color of your Doberman will have no impact on their shedding frequency. Typically, it just means it’s going to show up more or less frequently, depending on the color of your clothing, furniture, and flooring. While it’s practically impossible to coordinate your furniture’s color with your dog’s coat color, obviously furniture that’s darker in color, or that matches your pup’s coat will do a better job of hiding their fur.
Other Reasons Dobermans Shed
Dobermans have a “shedding standard” which is basically you as the dog owner, cleaning up their fur once a week. But there are other reasons that your Doberman’s shedding frequency may increase. Here are some of those reasons you’ll need to watch out for.
- Stress: Anything that causes stress, including routine change, can cause shedding.
- Nutrition: Changes in your dog’s diet can trigger additional shedding.
- Shampoos: Choosing a shampoo with harsh chemicals can cause skin irritation.
- Skin Conditions: Skin conditions like Mange can cause dogs to lose all their hair.
- Other Illnesses: Other illnesses like cancer can manifest in your dog shedding all their fur.
While any of the above are likely to cause some excess fur around your house, Stress stemming from a routine change is usually the most common. Changing your Doberman’s dog food may also have an impact on their shedding habits and their grooming needs. It’s always a good idea to visit your veterinarian if you have concerns, to rule out any major potential health problems.
Doberman Shedding Tips & Solutions
So, Dobermans are about average with how much they shed. Regular grooming and upkeep are a must. But, there are also some other things you can do as a dog owner to minimize the amount of fur your pup leaves around the house. Let’s take a look at ways you can minimize the amount of fur your Doberman leaves behind.
Brushing your Doberman is your first line of defense. Many dog owners don’t follow a regular hair-brushing routine, which isn’t smart considering how easy the Doberman is to groom. Their hair is short, and it’s far easier to use a basic pin brush to keep hair away on a weekly basis. Dogs with longer hair require a lot more time dedicated to brushing, so dragging a bristle or pin brush through your Dobie’s coat at least once a week should be the first thing you do.
Regularly bathing your Doberman Pinscher is the second step you’ll need to combat excessive shedding around your home. You’ll want to bathe your Doberman at least once a month. Anything more than that may be excessive, especially if you use commercial shampoos. Excessive bathing can cause dry and irritated skin. But a regular routine bathing schedule can help ensure that loose fur is comfortably removed before your pup drags it into your home.
Many Dobermans have sensitive skin. This means you’ll want to stick to a sensitive skin shampoo or an oatmeal shampoo made for dogs, which has a calming effect on their skin. Using a cheaper, commercial-grade shampoo can cause skin irritation and excess fur loss. Using an anti-shed formula is not recommended for Dobermans, as they really don’t need it. Without a double coat, it’s not going to do any better in shed reduction than a Natural formula for your pup.
Diet is often overlooked when it comes to managing your dog’s shedding habits. Ensuring your Doberman is eating a high-quality dry kibble will guarantee that your pup has the nutrients they need to maintain a shiny, smooth coat. Dog foods that have a good amount of Omega-3 Fatty acids will help to keep both their skin and coat balanced. Bottom line, don’t sleep on nutrition for your Doberman. Feeding them premium quality dog food has skin and coat benefits, on top of keeping your pup healthier, and longer.
If your dog food is lacking, or if your Doberman is eating a special diet that doesn’t contain peas or legumes, you may need to supplement certain nutrients in order to keep their hair under control. There are plenty of supplements that can do this. The most popular is an Omega-3 supplement, in either chewable or liquid form. Omega fatty acids promote overall coat health, ensuring your Doberman has a dense, shiny coat that’s less likely to leave traces of fur around your home or on your clothing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still haven’t answered your Doberman Pinscher shedding questions? We’ve compiled a list of common questions that we receive, in an effort to preemptively answer them. If there’s something we’ve missed here, feel free to drop us a line in the comments section!
Why is my Doberman Shedding Excessively?
This depends. But usually the most common reason that a Doberman sheds more than normal is a routine change or new stressor in their life. If you recently adopted a new dog, welcomed a new baby, or had anything that can impact your Doberman’s normal routine, then it’s likely your pup may shed a lot more than normal.
How do I Stop My Doberman From Shedding So Much?
You’ll never “stop” your Doberman from shedding. They are a single-coat breed, and will always shed. You can reduce it by following the tips & solutions we’ve outlined above.
When is Doberman Shedding Season?
Doberman’s shed year-round. They do not shed more excessively in the summer or winter. There’s no “long-haired” version of a Doberman that would carry a double coat. You can safely assume that you’ll deal with the same amount of fur loss all year.
Do Blue Doberman Pinschers shed more than other Coat Colors?
There’s no documented evidence showing a Red, Blue, Black or Fawn coat color has any bearing on the amount of fur a Doberman will lose. They all shed equally the same amount. Far more common are environmental changes that impact their shedding frequency, not coat color.
Do Dobermans Shed More than Other Guardian Breeds?
If you are thinking of welcoming a Doberman Pinscher into your home, shedding should be the least of your worries. Their shedding habits are easily managed with routine brushing, bathing, and a properly formulated dog shampoo. If you put regular grooming habits in place, the Doberman can make for a mess-free home guardian or companion dog for your family.