Shedding on a Dachshund Terrier

Dachshunds are highly recognizable with their short legs and long noses. Mix the wiener dog with a terrier breed and you get an adorable, short-legged, wiry-haired ball of fuzz.

Coat Characteristics

The dachshund terrier is a mixed breed who reaches up to 11 inches tall and weighs up to 32 pound. While the dachshund comes in a smooth, wiry or long coat variety, the terrier is recognized by his wiry, coarse coat that is rough to the touch. The dachshund terrier mix generally has the wiry coat of the terrier but on rare occasions takes after the smooth dachshund and has a slightly shorter coat.

Causes

Like other dog breeds, the dachshund terrier sheds naturally as a way for old hair to fall out and new hair to grow. Unlike other breeds, the dachshund terrier is not generally a heavy shedder. In some cases fleas, allergies, seborrhea, mange or hormones may cause your furry friend to shed more according to DogChannel.com. Diseases such as Cushing’s syndrome or hypothyroidism, common in dachshunds, may cause your pup to shed more than normal.

Treatment

If your dachshund terrier sheds extensively and has thin hair or bald spots, it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately. The vet may order blood work or take a scraping of skin for examination to determine the cause. After a diagnosis, the vet may prescribe your pup may a pill or liquid medicine, or a cream you'll periodically rub on his skin. The vet may order changes in his environment or food to treat skin allergies.

Prevention

Shedding has no magic cure; you can't really control the dog's production but you can limit its impact in your living space. If you have a slick, or smooth-coated dachshund terrier, wipe his coat with a damp cloth once or twice a week to help remove excess hair. Brushing and combing your long-haired dachshund terrier daily with a slicker helps keep shedding at bay. Also, wash your four-legged friend about once or twice a month as needed to help remove dead hair.

 

About the Author

Amanda Maddox began writing professionally in 2007. Her work appears on various websites focusing on topics about medical billing, coding, real estate, insurance, accounting and business. Maddox has her insurance and real estate licenses and holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting and business administration from Wallace State Community College.