Times of Excessive Shedding & Seasonal Changes
There will be some times during your dog's life when hormonal changes in the body cause a heavier shed. This can happen:
- When your puppy is growing into his or her adult coat - This happens over the course of several months between the ages of 4 and 9 months.
- When a female has given birth to a litter
- When a female is in heat or right after the cycle ends
With females going through post-pregnancy
changes or for those in heat, fur loss can be quite heavy (referred to as blowing the coat). These are temporary conditions and once your dog is through the particular phase, the coat will return.
There are certain health issues that can cause troubling Pug hair loss that leaves patches of bald skin and other complications.
Not all Pugs have specific seasonal shedding but many do and surprising, this really has nothing to do with the actual temperature changes. The shedding is triggered by the decrease in daylight hours, regardless of the weather.
Therefore, for most Pugs there will be a heavier shed in the late autumn (when days become noticeably shorter). The coat will thicken up, regardless of temperature, as a dog's body prepares for 'winter'.
In the late spring, as days become longer, there will again be more noticeable shedding as the coat thins out.
For those that do live in areas that experience all four seasons (cold winter
with dry air and/or icy or snowy precipitation, hot summer) shedding will be more pronounced.