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Shedding and furniture

Sometimes people ask us how mad the shedding is. It's amazingly bad for a dog this size. In my opinion, it's the only drawback to the breed. Lucky for Shelby, and most pugs out there, they are awesome dogs otherwise. We have tried everything within reason. Food supplements, Furminator, shedding blades. Nothing offers long term relief.

The 5 stages of shedding...
Denial: Surely, this was not the hair from just one pug?
Anger: What did you do to my black shirt?!
Bargaining: If you stop shedding, I'll give you this cookie.
Depression: ... [weeping]
Acceptance: Hey Sheddy, come here and give me a big hug.

We've finally gotten to acceptance, but we're open to trying other solutions, provided they don't hurt her. (I think a shave might be in Shelby's future.)

On the Diamond Chair

I could have been described as a bit of a clean freak before Shelby came into our lives. This impacts our interior decor decisions a lot. We recently purchased some covers for our chairs, and before we decided what color to get, we tested the swatch on Shelby. It's an awesome cover, and not coincidentally, it matches Shelby, the pug-who-hates-being-furry.

August 16, 2006 | Permalink


SHEDDING! OMG! I had no idea that such a sweet little dog could shed so much and still look the same. I sweep every dang day! I sweep up so much hair that I have enough hair for a whole nother dog. Geez!

Posted by: Priscilla | Aug 16, 2006 6:28:59 AM

We must have a freak pug because I don't think he sheds that much. Now my siamese cat is another story.

Posted by: Jessica | Aug 16, 2006 8:01:23 AM

You still wear black clothes? I gave mine up for more pug friendly colors! We have those sticky lint rollers all over the house, I have even been known to roll it over Beans in an effort to catch the hair before it ends up on the floor, carpet, couch, us....

Posted by: Carol | Aug 16, 2006 8:05:32 AM

There is only one solution to the pug shedding problem: pug-colored furniture and clothing.

Posted by: Angie | Aug 16, 2006 8:08:31 AM

Yup...the only thing that half-way helps is
the same kind of shedding blade we use for our horses...even then the routine gets a bit old....go outside grab a pug,try to brush him/her while he/she tries to spin and play with the shedder,and you and each other...it kinda works for a day or two and then the fun starts all over....pug colored rugs and such and hardwood floors that you can just sweep makes living with 2 Pugs not so hard....who are we kidding...we'd love them if they had and lost as much hair as cousin "IT"....or am I really dating myself with that one!!! OOPS!!!

Posted by: Ann Crago | Aug 16, 2006 9:09:22 AM

How about wearing Pug-coloured fake fur clothes?

And I hate to tell you this, but you've just been tagged...

Posted by: Django | Aug 16, 2006 9:36:45 AM

You're looking great Shelby...I check up on you just about every other day to see how you're doing. We deal with Rocco's shedding by using one of those lint rollers.He thinks it's a game so when he sees me coming with the lint roller in hand, he goes NUTS and starts running around the house! I also do the occasional "pug-vac" across his back and belly. He does put up some resistance but overall he's accepting of the fact that his mom is a clean FREAK!

Posted by: Cris | Aug 16, 2006 9:41:29 AM

Let's face it, Pug friendly colors only masks the problem the hair is still there and getting all over everything. Dailey baths and incessant brushing isn't feasable...

I have dark green plush living room sofa and loveseat, and deep plum comforter, EEEWWW what fur magnets. Ugly washable covers and a white sheet on top of the bed were applied but I hated them. So I went back to dailey cleaning. (side note: on fabrics apply static guard before vacuuming. Works great on rugs, furniture and in the car.)

Clipping is a great option. It has cut my dailey house keeping requirement down to it's weekly (pre-pug) schedule. So Louie goes to the salon about every 6 weeks for a trim and I keep my sanity.

I have even been able to put away my lint rollers!!! Yahoo. (I'm a restaurant manager and being covered with dog hair is not an option when going to work).

The lessend shedding was an unexpected side effect because I originally had him clipped due to the heat issues down here in the Florida Keys...

It's hard to tell he's trimmed until you touch him, he stays cooler and I don't spend 10 hours a week working out with my electrolux.

Try it.. If you or Shelby don't like it her lovely hair will grow back to it's full glory in a matter of weeks.

Posted by: Eric | Aug 16, 2006 11:59:30 AM

Man oh man...I, myself did not
realize how pug fur can be so
magnetic? Cleaning the backseat
of the car would take me at least
an hour. There is one I can say
about pugs and their fur, stubborn.
I read on pugs.com that the only
way to elevate the shedding, is to
have the fur stripped, brush every
day.(Yeah, right) I need to get
one of those buddy vacuum,
maybe it will help.

Posted by: Joanne | Aug 16, 2006 1:13:54 PM

if you shave Shelby, please let me know how it goes. if she hates it, my pug will hate it.......i'll let you be the pioneer.

Posted by: Malissa Takacs | Aug 16, 2006 1:31:23 PM

oh yeah.

i have a black pug which people like to say "oh well, she sheds less because she only has a single coat"


less than what, i might ask. less than dumping a pile of fur on the rug every night out of a 10lb barrel maybe! so for me, everything's black. futon cover, chairs, sheets, comforter, black! and in the morning when i go to work moxie is not allowed in the closet with me [it's a walk in!] when i'm dressing and i do that last because after i'm dressed i don't touch her until i get home lol...and i always keep a lint roller nearby in case someone fancy stops by or i have to go out somewhere and look presentable...i.e not hairy!

Posted by: stephanie | Aug 16, 2006 2:27:02 PM

living in las vegas with the heat factor
i have blue shaved every other month

he is a black pug and his coat just absorbs the hot sun, he loves it, the coat looks and feels like velvet, and no more shedding till it grows out in about six weeks

if you live in a hot climate i really recommend this action

Posted by: cynthia | Aug 16, 2006 3:40:12 PM

My groomer suggested this and we've had good luck with it. Take your puggie outside and put the hair dryer on low or cool (depending on the weather) and blow against the grain.

The fur *flies*.

But it does help. For a day. Or two.

Posted by: MeiMei's Mom | Aug 17, 2006 7:05:18 AM

Ha! We used to find fur tumbleweeds in our backyard. And we also found a birds nest that was lined with horse hair from the local paddock and lots of fawn coloured fur from the dog!

It came to the point were our family just gave up and started accepting fur on our black jackets a fashion accessory, albient not a very good one.

In fact, we are still finding fur in our garden 5 years after our puggy past away!

In a way I kind of miss the fur all over the place!

Posted by: Jon | Aug 17, 2006 8:06:44 PM

Sounds like you need another Puggy,Jon.!!

Posted by: Ann Crago | Aug 18, 2006 12:52:27 PM

There are all kinds of web sites out there that offer to make yarn out of pet hair. Seriously. I've seen sites that will not only spin it into yarn for you, but will also knit a sweater out of it! No saying "ew"... if you think about it, pet hair is cleaner than sheep hair, and we all wear wool w/o a 2nd thought! LOL

Posted by: pmg | Aug 19, 2006 10:24:56 AM

i totally agree winnie lucy sheds so much its so anoying i constaly brush her and vacum but the most thing i hate is the bed lucy will sleep up on mi bad and i wake up with a stuffy nose every morning cause of the massive amounts of puggy fur on my pillow trust me its not only u!!!!

Posted by: Karelle | Aug 20, 2006 9:21:07 AM

Pug fur has changed my life! Yes, tile or wood floors help some, but then you have those pug fur tumbleweeds blowing about. We have leather furniture, so instead of sticking to that, it adds to the piles on the floor. My furniture is arranged so Lucky can see out several windows and forget curtains! I wouldn't change a thing.

Posted by: pug grandma | Aug 21, 2006 6:58:54 AM

Great ! So there really is no stopping it !
When he shakes himself in the sunlight its like a fur-bomb went off. Good thing they're so funny and cute ! Little monsters!

Posted by: Ben | Jun 11, 2007 5:46:31 PM


I own 3 purebred pugs and none of them shed AT ALL. ZERO SHEDDING!

The reason that pugs (and most dogs shed) is because of malnutrition. Commercial pet food contains little or no omega fatty acids which are essential to the health of your pug.
It's very easy to supplement your dog with these nutrients though, and costs only about $25 per month!

What you need to do is log onto Nutiva.com (or search them on eBay) and buy a bottle of COLD PRESSED HEMP SEED OIL. Keep it in the fridge at all times.

Also go to a pet supply store and purchase a bottle of either NutraVet or grizzly brand ALASKAN SALMON OIL. Also keep this in the fridge.

Your pug should also only be eating a moist, high quality dog food.

Each day at his or her morning meal add 1/2 Tbsp. of each of those oils to your pug's food.

Within one week your pug will STOP SHEDDING!

(takes a bit longer if the malnutrition is severe or if your dog is older.)

Give this a try and see for yourself!!

Posted by: Julie | Aug 16, 2008 10:37:59 PM

I still don't believe ZERO SHEDDING.n I have given Salmon oil capsules eversince your advice and the shedding and dandruffs have lessened. Thank you.

Posted by: Lene | Aug 17, 2008 6:53:37 PM

Have read your postings on shedding, I have 2 fawn pugs Gracie and Mollie. Mollie went to college with my daughter and lives in an apartment however the roommates aren't used to the shedding. I feed them a high quality holistic dog food called cannine caviar which has the omega fatty acids, and we use the furminator which doesn't work the best. Now the vet suggests a product called optima 365(omega 6 and 3 fatty acids) I will also start adding the cold pressed hemp seed oil and salmon oil. Wow that sounds like everything. I'm open for anything....

Posted by: Deb | Sep 9, 2008 5:34:37 PM

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