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Shedding Solutions for Short Hair Dogs (aka Shedding Machines)

Shedding Solutions for Short Hair Dogs (aka Shedding Machines)

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Once upon a time, I thought that having a short haired dog would mean less grooming, less hair and less shedding. BA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! What a fool! Oh man, you guys. WHY DIDN’T ANYBODY TELL ME?! My puggle, Kolchak, sheds like it’s his job. I honestly can’t believe this dog isn’t BALD yet. I quickly learned that if I didn’t want to live in a house where there were fur tumbleweeds everywhere and dog hair in, on and around everything, I would have to figure out some shedding solutions for short hair dogs. We’re sharing what works for us.

shddig solutions for short hair dogs

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While half the interwebz will tell you that you can “cure your dog’s shedding” by feeding this food or adding that supplement, let’s not kid ourselves. Great nutrition can only do so much. For the record, Kolchak eats better the 99% of the planet (dog or human) and he still sheds like a beast.

Your best shedding defense is a good offense: develop a an awesome grooming routine.

Our four step systems help make the most of every single grooming session and it helped me reduce my vacuuming schedule from everyday to a couple times a week. Jackpot!


You guys, get a great deshedding tool.

Spend whatever they want for it at the store. Your right arm? Your first born child? Whatever. Totally worth it. These things are so pricey that you’ll be like “I could buy myself like 25 brushes with this money”, but don’t be tempted to cheap out. A great tool can make all the difference and it can prove it’s worth within a month.

Anyone out there have a deshedding tool they love? Leave a comment telling us what tool rocks your world.

Now, I bet you’re thinking, excellent! I’ve groomed my dog and we’re done. 


Get wet & wild.

Ok folks, here it is, the secret sauce to all your grooming woes: Get your dog wet to the skin. You can give them a bath or use a spray bottle to douse them. I’m not fussy. The key is to get them wet and rub it in, so their fur is thoroughly soaked. As an added bonus, I like to do this with a fantastic smelling dog shampoo. There is something about a wet dog that makes them projectile shed fur. It comes out by the handful, all over the place. When a short haired dog is wet, you just have to look at them and all their gross, wet loose fur just starts falling out all over the place. This is exactly what you want.


Two words: Zoom. Groom.

Y’all, I can not sing the praises of this magical device enough. You need a Zoom Groom.


When you have a normal, dry dog this tool works pretty darn great, but when you have a WET dog? It’s darn magical. The fur comes off by the heap. So much fur. It’s amazing.

Once you’ve Zoom Groomed, you’re almost done. Last step folks. I promise. 


Wipe out! 

Grab one of those fancy pants grooming wipes (if you’re like me, they’re by the door and handy for wiping muddy paws). Wipe your dog from head to toe to remove any remaining loose fur. Repeat this step in a couple hours when your dog is totally dry. I have no idea ho, but by then, there will be more loose hair. HOW ARE THESE DOGS NOT BALD, YOU GUYS?!

Voila! That’s it.

Do you have a grooming routine you swear by?

Spill your guts folks. I am always looking for tips and new ideas.

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Wednesday 4th of May 2022

I've had 3 German Shepherds over my lifetime, and I totally understand their being called German Shedders! My last one passed away 3 years ago, and I STILL occasionally find Chihuahua-sized hairballs behind a piece of furniture or some tiny space. I used to brush him with a Furminator (filling a grocery bag with hair every time), then used a curry comb, then vacuumed him, used a metal comb to make his fur lay nice and flat. When we were finished, I'd pet him and tell him what a good dog he was AND he shed as if I had never brushed him. He was such a wonderful dog, I stopped worrying about dog hair everywhere and just loved him. When I got another dog, I went with a Yorkie-Poo (both because I'm older, and because neither breed sheds). I miss my shepherds very much, but I'm totally delighted to have gotten past the fur wars!

Carolyn Gomez

Saturday 8th of February 2020

Amazing article. Thank you for good information.

Sandra S Glenn

Saturday 9th of June 2018

SleekEZ....I tried the furminator (zip nada, hardly any hair), and the ZoomGroom (definitely worked much better). But the SleekEZ blew my mind! I have a 15 pound tan chihuahua mix that sheds like no other chihuahua I've ever had. Mind you, you should use it outside and gear up. Rain coat, vinyl tablecloth to cover up the rest of you. Sit in the middle of the yard and get ready for a storm of flying fur. I try to groom her daily. And yes my little girl is still shedding but it is 100 times better than before and she's only 9 months old. Egads! For short haired constant shedders, this tool is it. I got the five inch from Amazon. No regrets!


Wednesday 15th of November 2017

For me, FURminator is the greatest de-shedding tool that I've ever used. My golden retriever shed a lot. I'm tired to keep my house clean. Then I brush my dog weekly with FURminator. Everything is better. But my dog has a medium hair, I'm not sure FURminator will be suitable for short hair dog.


Friday 24th of November 2017

We have a Furminator too and we love it!


Tuesday 8th of November 2016

I have a Bassador, Bruno sheds like crazy. He has a golden color and it gets on my clothes,our couch and anything in between. I wash him in a mild soap once a week and since he is oily that doesn't dry him out. I scrub him good and rinse him good. I brush him out before and after. After he is dry I use my vacuam cleaner to remove as much as possible from him. In between baths I vacuam him several times a week. He is a short hair dog, and in a weeks time, he produces enormous amounts of hair. Too bad I can't make pillow stuffing or something with this stuff,because I would get rich from it!. It's everywhere. I get not one hair from my Morkie. He doesn't shed one hair! I love that. As for my bassador, the vet tells me they will shed the same amount no matter what you do. And it all will not come out at one time and be done with it. He says just fight the good fight and I am! We sure love our dogs!

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