Yes, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels do shed. These dogs have beautiful coats, long feathered chests and legs, and tails that rival any ostrich feather!
How do I make my Cavalier King Charles stop shedding?
Shedding is a normal process whereby dogs release old or damaged hair from their coat. Shedding is actually important to keep your dog cool by ensuing his undercoat doesn’t become overly matted. However, while you don’t want to prevent a Cavalier King Charles from shedding, there are ways to keep shedding under control.
Regular grooming & bathing
Regular grooming sessions go a long way toward managing your Cavalier King Charles shedding. Brush your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s coat regularly to remove dust and debris as well as loose hairs. You can easily thin out a Cavalier’s undercoat by running a deshedding tool through his fur after you have thoroughly brushed him.
Giving your Cavalier Spaniel a bath every 4 to 6 weeks can easily be done at home. Use a good quality shampoo formulated specifically for dogs to help moisture his skin.
Two or three short grooming sessions a week and an occasional bath is all most Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need, though you can easily brush your dog every day to keep shedding to an absolute minimum.
Note that shaving your dog is not recommended for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and will NOT prevent your dog from shedding!
Feeding your Cavalier a Healthy Diet
A beautiful coat of fur starts with a healthy dog. Providing your Cavalier with the best quality diet and plenty of clean water will not only lengthen your pet’s life but will pay benefits in less shedding! We recommend the premium dog food offered by Life’s Abundance. Read more about dog food and healthy treats here.
You can further promote a healthy skin and coat for your dog by supplementing his regular diet. Life’s Abundance offers a grain-free Skin & Coat Supplement that contains important nutrients to nourish your dog’s coat.
Effective flea control is also important in the fight against shedding as fleas can cause your dog to scratch, leading to skin irritation and further shedding. Read our article on preventing fleas and flea treatments here.
What if my Cavalier King Charles is Shedding Too Much?
A healthy animal, raised on a balanced nutritious dog food, and groomed regularly, should not shed excessively. If you observe an unusual amount of shedding, it may be a sign that something is wrong. A trip to your veterinarian is in order to rule out parasites, allergies and other possible causes of excessive shedding.
Don’t be surprised if your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel suddenly sheds a great deal when taken to the Vet’s office! Stress is often accompanied by excessive shedding, but should be temporary.