Yes, chow chows shed heavily seasonally. Typically, they shed in the spring and fall (April and October).
Chow chows are often considered hypoallergenic because of their coat. People who can’t stand dog hair allergies won’t have to worry about allergic reactions from owning a chow chow that sheds heavily.
The truth is, both puppies and adults shed. If you are allergic, living with a chow chow will not be an easy task.
It’s crucial to minimize contact with the shedding fur, but it won’t eliminate the problem entirely because it mostly comes from everywhere else except for the coat.
If your family is exposed to lots of pet dander or dust then owning a Chow Chow can be a problem.
Chow chows usually shed their undercoat in the spring and the summer (which makes them look like they’re molting). They will get new fur on top of their old coat, which looks like they have two coats for most of the year.
Fall is when it will start falling out, making them look like they have a lot of fur.
It’s totally possible to live with chow chows even if you’re allergic. Inside the house, a vacuum cleaner works great for removing most shedding hair from carpets and all off hardwood or tile floors.
It is very important that you remove the hair from the brush since it will start tangling it.
A broom with the “bristles” facing down works great for hardwood/tile floors as well as long fur from fabrics that a vacuum might not be able to reach.
In order to reduce shedding, use a stiff brush and begin brushing where you would pet them most often (face, neck, hindquarters).
Chow chows need their undercoat brushed out frequently. This will lessen the amount of hair they lose, and reduce allergy problems for you and your family members. Brushing also helps to remove mats in their fur.
Your groomer should be able to give you some advice on brushing (such as where to start).
Are Chow Chows hypoallergenic?
Chow chows aren’t hypoallergenic because they shed a lot of furs. All dogs have saliva and skin dander which can cause allergic reactions for people who are sensitive to dog allergens.
If you have allergies, the best way to minimize problems is by removing as much hair from your Chow Chow as possible. The less hair they shed, the less hair you will breathe in and ingest.
So if your family is particularly sensitive to allergens, a Chow Chow may not be the best companion for you and your family.
How do I stop my chow chow from shedding?
First, make sure your Chow Chow is getting groomed at least once every six weeks. If they need to be brushed more often, do so.
Mats in their fur can cause them to lose large amounts of hair at one time when these mats are removed. Mats also tend to trap a lot of dirt and allergens that can then rub off onto your furniture and carpets.
Second, keep your Chow Chow’s environment as free of allergens as possible. Keep up with regular cleanings to reduce the amount of dander in their surroundings.
Make sure that you or someone else is cleaning out any fur or dirt that has accumulated under your dog’s coat.