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I mentioned before that Shelby sheds. Now that summer is upon us, Shelby seems more like she is molting. I cannot believe the amount of fur that comes off this pup.

I'm still waiting to see if there is a noticible difference between standard puppy shampoo, and shed-preventing shampoo. I am also using the Kong Zoom Groom brush, which takes off a lot of loose fur. It was very clear, that we also needed more regular vacuuming. It's time consuming. Steven and I both hate it. So we went to buy a new vacuum, and came home with Roomba.

Shelby hates Roomba as much as any other vacuum. I don't think she likes Roomba's erratic movements. We placed a large bacon treat on top of Roomba, to get them to "be friends." Or at least to "quit barking." She did stop barking, but she still doesn't like it. However, we didn't buy Roomba to make Shelby happy.

The proof is in the dirt tray. 90% Shelby hair. 10% other gross stuff. This photo was taken after vacuuming the kitchen and family room. We later unleashed Roomba in the dining room and got similar results.

I'm not pleased with Roomba's charge time (12 hrs), and it's a bit more expensive that a standard vacuum (~$200). (Black and Decker has a competing model that costs $99.) It comes with a 90 day warranty, so we plan to use it a lot during the first 3 months to test its durability. If it sounds like I'm being critical, it's just because I don't want this to seem like a product endorsement. It's far too soon to tell if Roomba was a good purchase, but Steven and I agree, Roomba has the potential to save us from being buried in Shelby's fur this summer.

May 17, 2004 | Permalink


Excessive shedding is the #1 reason my family isn't getting a pug. We're still finding hairs from our last big shedder, Daisy, and she left us more than two years ago. No, thanks. We're going to go with a low-shed species, just to keep the amount of loose hairs floating around to a minimum.

Posted by: James | May 17, 2004 1:06:13 PM

I was cruising the pug message boards before we got Shelby, and had fair warning of pug shedding. Some owners said that sometimes pugs will shed so much, they were suprised there was any dog left.

After some research, I discovered that black pugs are single coat, whereas fawn pugs are double coat. I figured that was half the coat, therefore half the shedding. I was looking for a single coat fawn pug, but since it requires that a black and fawn pug mix, a lot of breeders frown upon it, because it results in a "smudgy" fawn pug. I did find one breeder in Minnesota that was breeding single coat fawns, and they had shinier and slightly darker coats. Shelby is a "smudgy" pug, but not single coat. It's not obvious that her father was a black pug unless she's standing next to a pure fawn.

We had the choice between a black and fawn pug, and we chose fawn, based on temperment. The black pug was a little more sensitive to loud noises. I think we made a good choice, since Shelby is so fun, sincere, and tolerant of noise and activity, but we definitely don't wear as much black as we used to. :)

Posted by: Winnie Wong | May 17, 2004 6:15:57 PM

Winnie, please keep us posted on your final reviewof the Roomba. I have often thought of making gettting one, but didn't want to since it is out of my budget. I have two pugs, and we ALWAYS have fur around the house. Funny thing is my black pug sheds more than the fawn one. When he shakes, I can see fur fall off all over the place, that doesn't happen with my fawn one.

Posted by: htc | May 18, 2004 12:14:28 PM

You're dog is really cute! I am deciding if a pug is the dog for me and my partner. We are concerned about sheding. How has your roombaa held up aginest the sheding?

Posted by: Dominic | Oct 26, 2004 7:06:11 AM

Roomba's holding up pretty well. I wish I had the new version though. It has more capacity, and a faster recharge time.

Posted by: Winnie | Oct 26, 2004 10:45:03 PM

I acually have a Roomba to, I have had it for a year. I have a my Pug for 7 Months. I cannot believe how much he sheds!! The Roomba works good however it has broken three times in the last year. Roomba has replaced it @ no charge each time.

Posted by: Sheila | Dec 1, 2005 3:20:54 PM

Just found your site and must say that I love Shelby. I wanted to thank you for bringing the the Kong Zoom Groom to my attention. My wife and I bought one last night for our shedding nightmare of a black lab. We used it on him this morning before his bath and then during his bath and we couldn't believe how well it works.

Posted by: Sir Henry | Dec 10, 2005 10:11:09 AM

My husband and I have a 9 month old fawn pug and today he started shedding in chunks!!! I am not sure if he is shedding baby hair or a winter coat. Anybody know?

Posted by: Ashley | Apr 4, 2006 7:17:07 PM

Picture this! New house, dark floors, black leather sofa, SMUDGY FAWN PUG! LET THE NIGHTMARE BEGIN. I never knew it was possible for a dog to shed so much. I have started brushing Percy our 11 month old Pug twice a day but it makes no difference. Some one mentioned a special shampoo to reduce shedding, what is that? Does it work? Help!!!!

Posted by: Jake | Apr 16, 2006 8:54:38 PM

Oh, ouch. Umm, so here goes...

1. Get a roomba, and set it off to vaccuum the floors regularly.

2. Train your dog not to sit on the furniture, or at least to only sit on a special pillow or towel when on the furniture.

3. Good healthy food, with Omega3 and 6 acids are supposed to help. Though it only moderately helped Shelby.

4. Furminate the dog. Not too often or the skin will dry out. Here's a description of the process
The products are available in the store now, so it's cheaper to do it yourself if you have to furminate regularly.

5. Set expectations accordingly. Pug shed, and I've found that no amount of eoffrt will ever eliminate that fact, it will merely handle / reduce it.

Posted by: Winnie | Apr 16, 2006 10:01:35 PM

I googled "pug shedding" and found this post :) Some great useful advice here! I rescued and 8 year old pug, Cindy, about 4 months ago, and never realized how much fawn pugs shed! I'm simply amazed! You could clone millions of pugs from her! But I wouldn't give her up for the world.

Posted by: Lisa | May 5, 2006 5:52:23 PM

I live in Florida, New house,tile floors and a black leather sofa, Cody (my fawn pug) is shedding everywhere, I have tried a couple of shampoo's and sprays with little luck. Can anyone suggest a good shampoo and how often to bath? I thought the more I bathed Cody the less he would shed, boy was I wrong.

Posted by: Rhonda | May 11, 2006 8:56:56 AM

What about shaving them? I have several outfits that I put my Pug, Winston in and have often thought about keeping him mostly shaved. He covers my shirt in minutes flat and those pet rollers don't seem to do the trick to get it off. Nor do the rubber sponge thingies. I even lost a job interview because I forgot to beat the dog hair off my coat before I went. what do you use to keep it off yoru clothes?

Posted by: Kel | Feb 27, 2007 1:25:45 PM

We have three pugs and have them shaved once a month when they're groomed...it's cut the shedding by 60%.

Posted by: Cathy | Nov 1, 2007 3:30:43 PM

All these comments are the best, yet that I've found concerning excess shedding Pugs. Our Suzy has been driving us crazy with her shedding! She's a fawn, and we contend with the problem every day. As far as vacuuming, we bought a Bissell "Pet Hair Eraser" bagless vacuum (which is fantastic!) at Best Buy for $149.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 2, 2008 6:32:49 AM

Those of you who use the zoom groom... is it good?

Posted by: Arljo | Apr 3, 2008 12:33:12 AM

Our dear fawn pug Maggie is a shedding machine. We have used the brushes and the shed ender has helped in short spurts. It takes forever to do her whole body thoroughly and the results are amazing.... for about 4 days. Then it's back to the shedding. My new motto is "I have learned to embrace the pug hair" LOL. I love this dog so much that I can live with the high maintenance that goes with her. Who knew that a short haired dog would require so much grooming?

Posted by: Melissa | Apr 21, 2008 6:57:28 AM

The Furminator is BY FAR the best grooming tool ever. It beats all brushes and rakes. I have both colors of pugs and it is the BEST EVER! Also there is a shampoo called true-blue that is simply amazing and they offer conditioner too. My pugs Winston and Parker are the softest pugs ever. I have found my black pug is more mellow than the fawn one. And always remember pugs LOVE to chew on Wood!

Posted by: Jessica Anderson | Jul 13, 2008 2:14:50 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 | Jul 16, 2008 1:39:39 PM

Wonderful if this advice would work on all Dogs! Thank you for sharing something
naturally available and sounds not harmful at all....yes, it makes sense. Hope is works for all dog lovers and owners.

Posted by: Jade | Jul 16, 2008 8:28:44 PM

Hi Julie,

Are your pugs single coated? Also, what high-quality moist food would you recomend?
Have you tried Seven Seas Cod-liver oil? does it work? thanks.

Posted by: Arlene | Jul 16, 2008 8:58:00 PM

We haven't tried either product, and I have Shelby on dry food. She's eating pinnacle duck and potato because of her allergy to chicken.

And she's about half single coat, half double coat on account of her father is a black pug and her mother is fawn. As far as I can tell, most fawn are double coat, and most black pugs are single.

Posted by: Winnie | Jul 18, 2008 9:04:27 AM

Hi...my pugs are fawn, double coat.
I've used this technique on ALL my past pugs and it has worked for all.
I feed my dogs HomeStyle Select refrigerated food that you slice yourself.
It's moderately priced (about $10 for the biggest roll) one roll lasts about a week with 2 dogs.
You could really use any high quality moist food. Purina Beneful is OK.
The moist food is very important because pugs are already breathing challenged and this helps to keep them hydrated and breathing better.

I have never tried cod liver oil, so I don't know if it will work or not. But what I said does work wonders! It's like a whole new dog after you've tried it. SUCH A RELIEF!

I don't know if this method will work on ALL BREEDS, and I do know that some breeds shouldn't get essential oils at all, but you'd have to check with a vet or the AKC to find out which ones. I do also know however that the hemp seed oil and salmon oil works on pugs and labs. Labs need a bigger dose though.

Also, dry dog food just isn't great for pugs, at least ONE of their daily meals should be a moist one.
I hope this helps stop some of your shedding. Let me know how it goes.

Posted by: Julie | Jul 20, 2008 9:52:17 PM

Hi Julie,

What if I fed only the Nutravet or the Salmon oil? will it help? Cos the hemp seed oil does not seem easily attainable-not sold in Singapore!!


Posted by: lene | Jul 21, 2008 7:12:30 PM

Hi Lene -

The NutriVet Salmon Oil will help a little bit, but it will not eliminate the shedding.
Hemp seed oil IS readily available. You can buy it on the internet at www. nutiva. com
or on eBay, or if you have a "The Vitamin Shoppe" or other health foods store nearby it is sold at these types of places.

The hemp seed oil is the only natural substance in the world that contains all 3 omega fatty acids, -3 -6 -9
and also contains chlorophyll which is great for dogs.

Has anyone else tried this yet?

Posted by: Julie | Aug 3, 2008 12:44:48 PM

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