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How common is shedding in our "nonshedding" breed?

I am finding an awful lot of Evye's hair all over the place. She has lost so much hair on top of her head and ears. I am assuming most of this is as a result of 2 playmates constantly pulled at her hair. She is on a good diet, on a good supplement (Sea Pet Omega 3 with E), quality grooming products. Her yearly exam is coming up and I will ask him to do blood work to rule out any medical cause. I would hate if it's a result of the IOD products after singing their praise so highly but it has become much more noticeable after Taylor joined the family. I have checked very carefully for any red spots and I cannot see anything and haven't noticed any excessive scratching. Thoughts?

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Sharlene, I wondered the same thing. How old is Evye now? Marble went through several blowing coat stages the first two years. After two years, he would hit periods where he lost quite a bit of hair, but it didn't last too long. I guess some of them still lose a little bit of hair at times.

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Evye is 16 months and has gone through her first blowing coat. I half jokingly say I'm going to spray her down with Bitter Apple but they all play and all get their haired pulled and chewed and I'm not finding Bentley's hair everywhere.

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Sharlene- While it is never a bad idea to do a full blood panel (I do it on all my dogs at least once so I have a baseline in case anything ever happens), don't panic. I didn't post but I took Dash to the vet in the fall and had a lot of money spent on blood work. Dash was losing a lot of coat and while I didnt see any other signs, I was noticing a lot of black hairs around the house. One person told me it could be thyroid (another breed) and I couldn't get it out of my head so I decided to take him in. Here I bring in this happy healthy energetic dog and my vet (who is actually a nice guy and didn't want to take my money!) but he would be willing to test whatever I wanted out if it would make me a little less crazy! Moral of the story and several hundred dollars later- I have a Neezer who plays rough and breaks his coat and not one part of his blood panel was off

I also think they may break a bit more coat in the winter with the dry heat in our homes and having to blow dry them more often too- just another thought I have had. Also could you be brushing a bit less with 3? (I know the more dogs I have, the less often I groom )

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Havanese Shed, At least mine do. Smartyís is noticeable most when you brush her or wear dark colors. Galenís hair is just all over the place all the time and she still has a coat that is very thick. Galen is 14 months. Smarty is cottony, Galen is silk.

Cross posted with Amanda, the heat in the house could play a part in it, but I remember lots of hair last summer and thinking Galen was blowing puppy coat.

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Thanks Amanda, I haven't been able to get the thyroid concern out of my head either. I do have baseline blood work from her spay less than a year ago so I'll probably end up spending the stupid money on having her thyroid checked. I think I probably need to cut down on the bathing and blow drying (with Evye anyway). In the winter they get so many baths because they are constantly dirty...if anything just do foot baths.

I use the terry bands on her head. I used to wrap them 3 times, now I'm having to wrap 5 times and they still fall out (or get pulled out).

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Havanese Shed, At least mine do. Smartyís is noticeable most when you brush her or wear dark colors. Galenís hair is just all over the place all the time and she still has a coat that is very thick. Galen is 14 months. Smarty is cottony, Galen is silk.

Cross posted with Amanda, the heat in the house could play a part in it, but I remember lots of hair last summer and thinking Galen was blowing puppy coat.
Evye is cottony too. It's a combination of finding a lot of hair in the brush, on my clothes, the floor and anything black.

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Sharlene, both my boys can "shed" alot although with their hair cut shorter I find less hair around. I think they are both through the blowing coat. Rufus sorta did a second one and Marley kinda lost some here and there but seems to be done now. Both of my kids lost alot of head hair. With Rufus, he was one and had some allergies and itchies happening and then we got Marley who pulled at his hair. Pretty soon he had broken stub on his head and his whole look was sorta "bad hair day". It slowly grew back in though and is nice and pretty once again.

Marley seemed to do the same. In my avatar you can see he had a lovely ponytail and thick hair. Now it's broken and wispy just like Rufus went through. At least I feel safe that it will grow back in and be healthy and strong in the future it's just a matter of time. I don't know if it was just part of them blowing coat or maybe I was combing it out wrong??

I know Geri went through a similar thing with Milo though. She even did a thread on it somewhere about him losing his hair. Since then she has said it grew back in and you can see he has a lovely topknot now.

Maybe some of them just go through it this way?
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If you think it is excessive, definitely talk to your vet. There could be a medical reason behind it.

Having said that, all creatures with hair have to "shed" it. Humans aren't considered to be shedders by the virtue that we don't have seasonal hair loss/coat change unlike some breeds of dogs. Havanese are the same way. They have hair and hair doesn't last forever. It must fall out. Like humans, some dogs have a higher hair loss than others. I know some people that lose a lot more hair than I do, but I also have hair in my bathroom (from drying & styling) as well as in my bed where I lay my head.
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hair breaks off...

The cotton-candy coat tends to be drier and breaks off a lot. Like my Riki.

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