Coton de Tulear Shedding

by Cathy
(Pittston Township, PA)

I know this breed doesn't shed, however, Jasmine leaves what I call fur balls all over the house? I brush her and she gets groomed but I still find fur on furniture and in her bed. Any suggestions?

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Dec 14, 2010
by: Anonymous

Cotons change coat from puppy coat to adult coat between approx 8 months and 18 months. You will notice a significant increase in coat knotting and loose hair at this time. Cotons have hair (not fur hair does not go through a seasonal shedding) -- to minimize knotting you need to comb frequently to remove the dead or broken hair from the dog. Dirty coat also equals knots. The hair you are finding is most likely dead or broken hair from your coton, compare it to what you find of your human hair in the sink or elsewhere.

Dec 08, 2010
fur balls
by: Iris Miller

Yes, Tuffy has also left a few of these little fur balls, but I know it is from some matting going on under his hair, and it seems no matter how often I brush and comb him, he scratches around the neck and ears, especially right after his monthly flea tick preventive application of the drops between the shoulder blades. (it itches him terribly for a few days) actually tangles the hair with his nails, then next time he scratches he must pull parts of those matted areas off. Tuffy sleeps at my feet which is directly below the forced air heater vent, and he moves around from place to place to cool off. I think this also may be the factor for him getting dry and sometimes itchy. When I groom him with the wire brush a lot of hair comes out in the brush. He is growing a thicker coat now hat winter is here.So even thought the Coton has hair, not fur, and does not "shed" as a fur bearing animal, they do replace hair as we do and lose about as much hair as we humans regularly do that comes off in the brush, just like ours.

Dec 07, 2010
Coton shedding
by: Gale

Luc sometimes sheds those little "fur balls" also. I always assumed it was due to all the scratching from his allergies during certain times of the year. Most of the advice I've read about this says that it's due to not being brushed frequently enough. But Luc gets brushed daily (he loves it) so I know that's not the issue.

I've also read that omega fatty acids can help with this. I've just started Luc on these supplements (mostly because it has all kinds of health benefits including allergy relief). I'll let you know if that does the trick.

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