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Chinese Pug Dog Shedding – How to Stop Shedding

Well, not really. If you have a pug, you know the unstoppable force of shedding. As a wise sportscenter anchor once said, “You can’t stop it, you can only hope to contain it.”

Yes, this is true for pug shedding. As I understand, pugs have an overcoat and an undercoat. The undercoat is also called “down” — it’s lots of small hairs right next to the body designed to keep warm air close to the body. I also understand that through genetics, black pugs only have one of these coats, I think the outer coat. (I think the outer coat was bred to be darker and the undercoat was bred out — but i’m not sure on this)

Anyway, black pugs shed less than fawn pugs, apparently. I wish I had known this.

So, how do you keep your pug from shedding? Well, I have a couple techniques. The first and foremost is my vacuum. This is what is meant by “containment.” I now have a dyson 14 animal vacuum, which i highly recommend. The next step after that is to brush frequently. If you can get the hair off in a controlled manner, you’re more likely to get it in the trash can, rather than on your floor or clothes.

I use a furminator along with the standard wire brushes you find in stores. The furminator essentially is a fine tooth comb combined with prongs that cut or pull the hair out. It does a very good job at gripping and thinning hair. However, It’s still not enough. Pugs shed A LOT, especially after a bath.

So, Tricia and I just had to make a bunch of returns to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and one of the things we picked up was a barber’s hair shaving kit. I just shaved Gizmo and Gadget to 1/8 inch of hair, and, well, it’s kind of a butcher job (Gizmo hates the look, but he didn’t mind getting shaved).

I’ll have pictures up in the next day or so, but, well, i’m not a professional, and they look kinda bad. However, what’s left is most of their undercoat, and they’re a LOT cooler, especially in the New Orleans summertime heat. Gadget’s already starting to get way overheated, and we thought that a good way to combat the heat was to get rid of some of the extra hair.

So far, the shedding has been lessened — what sheds is shorter hair, and there’s less of it. We’ll see what happens when there are baths and more time has passed, but I think this is going to be really good for them, once their “bad haircut” grows out a little bit and later when I get better at trimming them.

Do you do this? Should I have gone longer than 1/8 inch? Do you have any tips for pug shaving? Reducing dog shedding?

I read online that ground flaxseed was great for reducing shedding, and maybe i’ll try it. Anyone know?

See more posts about Pug Shedding.

By the way, the FURminator is a very good product.

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  Mini’s Mom wrote @ June 26th, 2006 at 7:15 am

I want your vacuum!! I have been asking my husband to buy me a purple Dyson ever since they came out.

I haven’t found anything to help my Chihuahua mix’s shedding problem. She carpets my tile floor. It’s awful. I am curious to know if the hair cut helps, because I thought of doing that….

  H wrote @ June 26th, 2006 at 1:38 pm

I also use the furmurator and a wire brush. I have heard that a raw egg once a month will help the quality of the coat. I figure that might indirectly help the shedding. I never thought about shaving them. I can’t WAIT to see the pictures!

  Alan Jones wrote @ July 7th, 2006 at 3:19 pm

I own a Pug and six grooming salons in St. Louis, Mo. Kennelwood is the name of our company. Our Pug’s name is Tia Maria and we have her shaved every six to eight weeks by one of our professional groomers. She looks great, feels great and we don’t miss the hair around the house at all. I strongly recommend using a professinal groomer and shaving your Pug if you want to eliminate the pet hair.

  frances g. wrote @ July 13th, 2006 at 9:07 am

i have both a black and a fawn pug and i can assure you, they both shed bad! the weird thing is that once fred (fawn) turned 5, his shedding got better. jinx (black) is 3 and is a shedding machine. some days i consider buying an all black wardrobe and furniture! 😉

  elaine b wrote @ July 13th, 2006 at 10:47 am

Our fawn pug Ruby shedds like crazy too. Iwas just on the web searching for a solution to the shedding problem and found this site. I doubt is Ruby would go for the shaving though! i hope I can find another calmer solution. LOL

  wendy wrote @ February 16th, 2007 at 11:02 am

My fawn pug is 5 1/2 yrs. old. He has always shedding. But this Jan. and Feb. you can see it falling off while walking around house. His dog bed looks like a mouse tore up bedding, actually its all the hair he is losing daily. Even went back to vet to be checked and groomed to make sure he was healthy. Which he was. Love this guy but can’t take the hair anymore.

  Robert wrote @ February 22nd, 2007 at 5:06 pm

MAA-N!!! I thought it was some thing I was feeding my Boogie(fawn Pug). I had a white American Bull dog that used to shed alot, but Boogie sheds a baby Pug every day. Ive often thought about shaving his coat of hair but did not think it was possible being that his hair is short as it is. Now that I know shaveing has actually been done, I may give it a try. Is there a certain clipper that one must use? I will be checking back for more info. I am happy to see that this outrageos shedding just comes along with owning a Pug and that I dont suffer alone. P.S. I would like to see pics of a shaved Pug.

  LolitochkaBC wrote @ May 10th, 2007 at 2:53 am

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  Penny wrote @ May 11th, 2007 at 5:16 pm

I had a fawn Pug who shed like crazy and now have a black Put who doesn’t shed as much. I solved the problem by buying furniture that matches the Pug. I also have invested in multi packs of lint rollers places all over my house.

  Roxanne wrote @ May 17th, 2007 at 5:35 pm

I have a female Black pug she does not shed a whole lot but after reading this I don’t know what to think. I also have a female American Eskimo she is 9 and man does she shed. I just hope and pray that the pug does not shed like she does or I will go nuts having to clean up hair from the 2 of them.

  Anna Dominguez wrote @ June 21st, 2007 at 11:23 am

I love this page!!!! I am NOT ALONE! I got on the pc to find a solution for my boy, Wrinkles. He just walks by me, and barely touches my pant leg; and when i look at my leg(that he touched) it is COVERED with fur!!!AAAHHHHH! I need help. I always wanted to shave him, but never seen a pug shaved. BUT I WILL NOW!!!! I LOVE THIS PAGE.

  heather wrote @ June 22nd, 2007 at 10:49 am

I have a black pug named buckeye. well a new family moved in next door and they brought flees and my buckeye is highly allergic to flees and all the meds didnt help with getting rid of them. so he had broke out really really bad and I had to shave him. it has been about 3 months and the area I shaved has still not grown back yet. im sorry but it looks horrible. does anyone have any tips on getting his hair to grow back?

  Sally wrote @ July 1st, 2007 at 8:52 am

My Molly shed like crazy until I started giving her daily Omega 3 oil capsules. I get it down her using peanut butter. She loves it. She still shed some but a friend advised me to get her clipped and boy does that ever make a difference !!! She is like a new dog now. Feels better, has more entergy and if she still sheds I sure don’t see it. (She is a fawn) I take her to a dog groomer every 7 to 8 weeks and his rates are very reasonable. No hair what so ever and he only charges under $10.

  Lu wrote @ July 5th, 2007 at 7:48 am

Four pugs in my house means enough hair to create a new dog daily. I’m still a big fan of the swifter, but my roomba is a lifesaver. Cuts down on the amount of hair tumbleweeds, plus it’s the ultimate lazy way to clean the house.

My vet recommended a product by DermaPet called, EicosaCaps. They contain (right off the label here) Omega 2, 6 Fatty Acids Supplemented with Antioxidants: Vitamins C, E, Zinc and Garlic.

As far as a groomer? ha! I’ve got the garden hose in the back yard for the summer. In the winter, they’ll hop in the shower every chance they can.

  Linda wrote @ July 10th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

We have a fawn pug 4 years old the shedding was awful I recently took her to the groomer for a bath and she asked if I wanted her shaved. I did not know this was possible since they are short haired dogs already. Why didnt I do this sooner? No more shedding and I am sure she is more comfortable.

  Anita Casares wrote @ August 22nd, 2007 at 9:03 am

I loved your input I just got my first pug last night 8/21/07 he is the cutest thing I have ever seen his name is “Frank” . I hope to get more stories from everyone soon. This is my first pet ever. And I hope to take great care of him,any info will be great. My e-mail address is anita_bandita@msn.com.

  Star wrote @ October 11th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

This site is like an answer to my prayers. I have a one year old pug named Chuey (pronounce Chewy) and like many of you he sheds enough to create another dog. He’s fawn. I think I’m going to use the tips of shaving him and giving him Omega 3 oil capsules. That sounds like a winner. If anyone has any other tips. I didn’t think shaving them was possible but now I know it is. Does anyone have any tips regarding your pug being hyper? Chuey is worse than a child who suffers from ADHD.

  beth wrote @ January 22nd, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Are these Omega-3 pills for humans? I’m so glad to know other people have the shedding issues. I have a 2 y.o. fawn male I just adopted and had no idea how much he would shed!! I love him to death, but it’s driving me crazy!

Star, do you walk him enough? Spud was super hyper when I first got him. I started to walk/run with him 2 times a day (for about 20-30 minutes) and that helped a lot. Thanks everyone.These are great ideas!

  Ken Pelsia wrote @ March 9th, 2008 at 7:21 am

Yes. Shaving is great for the long hair shedding. The only problem is in the winter. I thought about the Omega-3 pills but haven’t tried them, but I will now. Thank you for this info.

  Coby wrote @ April 27th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

We have a 5 year old Pug, Sumo. I can’t believe how much he is shedding! We have hardwood floors and I sweep up enough fur for a small dog every day. I have had him shaved before, it worked quite well, and he looked quite cute. But, I was told since they are short haired dogs that they shouldn’t be shaved so often because it’ll wreck their coats. I’m not too sure about this and hope it’s not true??? I haven’t tried Omega 3 capsules, but at this point I’ll try anything! Are these capsules specifically for dogs?? Any help would be appreciated!

  Agziller wrote @ May 2nd, 2008 at 12:11 pm

I have a french bulldog (who are related to the pugs) and I have the same exact problem! It must be something about the breeds and short hair. I can’t wait to shave off her fur. I really wish that I can hold her sometimes but then I have to deal with the industrial size lint roller, so usually it’s not worth it.

  lana wrote @ May 17th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

my vet suggested a tablespoon of olive oil in thier food… I’m trying it (1st day) I’ll let you know if it works.

  cindy wrote @ June 9th, 2008 at 8:36 am

Oh, thank you Jesus. I am not alone. I actually thought there was something seriously wrong with my “Buddy’s” (male fawn pug) health. Thought maybe he was lacking a vitamin or not eating the right food. This sight is wonderful. I am looking forward to see your shaved pugs. (that is so funny, woh would of thought to just simply shave them…lol)

  acitygirl83 wrote @ June 17th, 2008 at 11:49 am

Glad I found this site … but I was in hopes of finding something to stop the hair loss … my daughter won’t want HER pug shaved … the pug was her bday gift last year. Had I known then what I know now I’d have waited till she had her own apartment then given her a pug … she would only have had to wait another 10 yrs. LOL.

  Janice wrote @ July 11th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

I purchased a Roomba just to deal with my pug’s shedding. It has saved me!!! I just turn it on and then I go about my business. I use it daily because of all the shedding and the Roomba really works!!

  Julie wrote @ July 16th, 2008 at 2:45 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!

  janine wrote @ August 12th, 2008 at 9:09 am

Oh my gosh!! I guess there is safety in numbers, or misery LOVES company. I am distraught over the shedding of my 2 pugs. One is a male fawn who I purcheased from a breeder and has had NOTHING but the best of care since his birth. The other is a black rescue pug who had an unknown history, but when I got him in May he had already been treated for a positive Lyme test, had yeast in both ears, gooey matter in both eyes, was severly underweight, and had walking and balance issues. Through a microship I was able to trace him and have pieced together a bit of his history. He was a puppy mill dog, who barely survived a barn fire. He was then apparently taken to a Walmart parking lot on December 27th in Wisconsin and dumped. The humane society who found him treated his obvious issues and then since no owners stepped forward…sent him to a Veterinary traiing facility where he was caged and used to teach students how to groom, and care for dogs. At the end of their semester, they couldn’t put him up for adoption as he was “fainting” everytime they took him on a walk to do his business. They said he suffered neurological issues of unknown origin. I took him home for “observations” and within 3 days decided to adopt him. Gus is the sweetest pug ever. Turns out he is 2 days younger than my other pug Willy and they are the best of friends. Gus’s desire to play with his new buddy encouraged him to walk more, and eventually run and wrestle with his pal. Gus has now gained weight, and the only “neurological” issue is that his right front sometimes scrapes along the street as he walks. We have taken to walking on grass so his foot does not bleed. He is a remarkable, loving dog. I am so happy he has come in to our lives and so glad I was willing to take the risk of adopting a dog with “special issues”. I could however do without all the shedding. He sheds more than my fawn. I thought it was due to his poor nutrition as a puppy, but now I read that EVERYONE who loves a pug must learn to love the shedding as well. Great site. Thanks for the postings.

  Malene wrote @ October 14th, 2008 at 7:14 am

Did any of you try giving yor pug omega 3 oil, and did it help the shedding? Wanting to get a pug-pup real bad, but am concernet about the shedding. And the snoring, I am a light sleeper!!

  Ken wrote @ November 2nd, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Hi All

The solution for Shedding it give your pug a trim. I bought a cheap electric dog clippers ($100) and WOW what a difference. Prior everywhere we went he left a mess, I couldn’t even pick him up as my clothes would get covered in fur, even when he sat on the couch it was a mess just non stop, but now after I gave him a trim what a difference, I can cuddle him and he doesn’t shed any hair, its been 2 days so far and he sits on the couch with me and not 1 piece of hair is left on there. Any guys its not hard to trim him yourself, I have no experience and it was easy and he looks good too. My wife thought I was going to make him look silly as I have never done it before..lol, but no its so easy, I wish I read this earlier and done it when I first got him, would of saved a lot of vacuuming. I have also changed his diet and looked for dog food that has Omega in it and bought some Omega Oil, I put that over his food every morning. I have only just started doing that so unsure if that will also be a factored (its only being one meal so far with the Omega oil)
All if you have not given your dog a trim do it now and u will be amazed at the difference it makes, I really didn’t think it would when I was reading this forum, but tried it as his hair issue was getting out of control, no need to vacume today 

Buy a Pug Malene, they have such a great personality, they are like a shadow and will follow you every where.

  Malene wrote @ February 9th, 2009 at 10:43 am

Thanks Ken,
I have also fallen in love with the breed, they are just too cute.
But how much and how often do you trim your pug to stop the shedding – is the electric dog-clipper difficult to handle? And how is it going with the Omega oil – is it making a difference on the shedding?

  matt wrote @ February 9th, 2009 at 10:52 am

I’ve only clipped them a few times, but it did last for quite a while.

  victor wrote @ April 10th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I have the healthiest, liveliest, cutest and most loving pug in the world. I have tried everything to stop the shedding and NOTHING works but if shedding is what I must endure in order to have those loving “liquid” brown eyes look at me and ask nothing in return…then shedding it is.

  Lucy wrote @ May 19th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

05/19/09 To help with our dog’s shedding we use Dinovite and it is been a blessing for us if you are tired of hair every where I suggest you go to the web site and check it out Dinovite.com you start on the and you will wonder where this has been all your life

  Trey wrote @ May 24th, 2009 at 8:37 am

We’ve had our pug Brutus for 4 years (He looks and acts just like the pug on Pocahontas) and we have a chihuahua, Bella – also for 4 years. Anyway we love Brutus but this shedding has got to stop. I laughed at all the posts – especially the “hair tumbleweeds” – its good to know we are not alone. Our vet prescribed Royal Canin Skin Support food for both dogs since one sheds and the other had a bout of D-Mange a year after we got her. The food is expensive and we haven’t seen enough of a difference to justify keeping them on it – we are definitely going to try the Omega oils. We are going to transition them off of the expensive food and onto something a little more affordable, but still healthy. Any suggestions?

Question about the trimming – does it change the texture of their hair? One of the things I love so much about Brutus is his hair color and hair quality and Im afraid shaving him is going to change not only the way he looks, but also the way he feels to the touch. I suspect it would be like the difference between the feel of a silky mane and a Jarhead’s burr. Anyone?

  Shelly wrote @ May 29th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Our dog was shedding like crazy so we switched our dog’s food to Blue and added a supplement from Dinovite. It took a few weeks to notice a difference but he sheds very little now.

  Bruner wrote @ May 29th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I use Dinovite for my dog’s shedding. It works great! If I run out, I notice a difference right away. He has long hair, so believe you and me, I know when he is shedding!

  Abby wrote @ June 4th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I was interested in the idea of shaving our Pug since he gets so hott in the summer. I called all of the groomers in my area (Northeast) and NONE of them would even consider shaving a Pug. In fact they seemed insulted that i thought they would. They refused to shave a Pug. They said that Pugs need their coats because it keeps them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They said the outter coat repells the heat in summer. Just thought i’d pass that along and was wondering if anyone else had encountered the same issue.

  dedric p wrote @ June 11th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

well i have to say my pug(CHARLIE) shed alot he’s now 2 yrs old and its getting worst hope it slows up when he gets five.

  nicole wrote @ June 24th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

i’m going to get my pug lexi’s hair cut tomorrow for the first time. honestly, i am really scared. I’m worried about what she is going to look like. She sheds soooo bad right now that I really want to give it a try. wish us luck!

  matt wrote @ June 24th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Let us know how it goes!!!

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  Daniel wrote @ July 21st, 2009 at 7:44 pm

I have two pugs, Maximus and Mulligan. (We named him Mulligan because he is Max’s son and we joked that we needed a mulligan which is a do over in golf).

Anyways, we have shaved our pugs about 2-3 times every year for the past two years. I RARELY see any hair on my clothes and/or furniture. It really works! Plus, they don’t look bad with short hair. I cut it myself to 1/8 of an inch. They look really light coated and skinnier but… they look really good… just make sure you taper the hair on their heads or else they will look like they have a bowl cut!

  Clare Toomey wrote @ July 22nd, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I have had my pug Reggie shaved for the first time today thanks to this site! He still looks great, in fact I think he looks beter, and nor more mess! this site is a godsend. How often do they need to be shaved? I am hoping to only do it once every 8-10 weeks, but have a feeling that it may be shorter intervals!

  elnora wrote @ August 15th, 2009 at 5:54 am

My 11 month pug Bily gave birth 2 months ago and i was shock to see her shed so sooo much…but she eats well i just dong like to see her that way as if she is going to get bald…help pls…

  jaflorendo wrote @ October 22nd, 2009 at 2:15 am

my pug used to shed like crazy. i switched brands of dogfood (to lambpro and beefpro mixed) and brush him atleast 3x a day. and then i dress him too. really helped.

  Mateo wrote @ October 22nd, 2009 at 2:21 am

I have a pug and he used to shed like crazy. So we went to an animal market and asked some of the store owners what to do. They recommended we feed him something different but still dog food. After 2 days the shedding lessened. After 2 more days shedding stopped. I am surprised that the only factor that was making him shed was because he wasn’t eating the right dog food, and now that I’ve found the right food life is much better.

  Mateo wrote @ October 22nd, 2009 at 2:30 am

jaflorendo is my partner in crime

  Jesse.J. wrote @ November 3rd, 2009 at 10:44 pm

The fact that so many groomers are willing to turn down business, to prevent a pug from being shaved should tell you something. You are free to ignore the advice of those with experience in the subject matter; however be prepared for the negative effects of shaving your pug. I worked as a dog groomer in college, and yes it’s possible to ruin their double coat by shaving it. More important than aesthetics, should be the health and safety of your pug. The double coat serves a purpose to certain breeds by protecting against extreme weather. This is even more vital for pugs since they are flat faced (brachycephalic). In short, the pugs’ anatomy makes it more difficult to cool off by panting. Since they cannot cool off effectively through panting, the undercoat helps to regulate their body temperature.
Possible negative effects:
1. Heat Stoke
a. Lack of protection for the elements
B. Groomer using a heated dryer in their kennel
2. Clipper Burn & other injuries
3. Skin irritation
4. Sunburn
5. Altered condition of coat

What you should try first:
1. Supplementing dog food with Omega 3 fatty acids
2. Brushing daily
3. Bathing once a week with an oatmeal based shampoo (most dogs you should only wash every two weeks)
4. Putting T-shirts on your pug (sounds nutty, but it helps)

If you do decided to shave your pug, at least take the precautions to keep your pet safe and healthy.

  haley wrote @ May 29th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

my little peachy girl is about a year old and she sheds like crazy…she is fawn colored and i have green carpet…no matter how much i vacuum it doesnt help…the hair is weaved in….funny thing is her bed has no hair a t all…she spends at least an hour a day licking her bed clean. i wish she would do the couch…the carpet…my clothes.. i am going to get her some t shirts.

  Erilka D wrote @ June 10th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I adopted my fawn pug from the pound. I knew I wanted a pug & the only one they had was very sick & about to be put to sleep because he was old, blind & nobody wanted him. I fostered him for a month & a half before I decided I could handle all of his issues. I named him Earl & I love him so very much. He is so kind & gentle. I was going through a divorce & needed a friend. He was sick & needed a friend…& now we have eachother. He’s blind & to see him light up when he know I’m home is the best feeling in the world. I have older teenages in the house but Earl still manages to find me no matter where I am in our house. Even with his disability he stay close by my side.
Now onto the shedding. OMG. Earl shed so bad I actually have clothes that I change into. Just so I can hug on him & cuddle. I thought about having him shaved for over a year. Well, we took the plunge today & I must say he looks really go. He feels like crushed velvet. I look at him & think of that line Eddie Murphy gives as an old Jewish man in Coming to American “What is that, velvet” :) I plan to buy him a coat in the winter. It doesn’t snow down here but I want to make sure he stays warm.

  Socal wrote @ July 4th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I have a black pug who sheds allot. Unfortunately Pug lovers have to deal with it. I do have a Dyson animal which waorks good on carpet and my wood floor. The best thing I have found is my lint roller! My pug actually likes the roller as it rolls across his spine. It is kind of like a massage he even jumps on a stoll waiting for me to start when I get the roller out. I do this once a morning and it realy seams to reduce the amount of fur.

  Teresa wrote @ July 19th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I have a 3 year old female pug that is having trouble passing urine, vomiting and is off her food and water since about 3 AM today. Is there something I can give her homeopathically? I can’t afford a vet right now but will take her if her condition worsens.

  Trisha wrote @ August 17th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Hi Everyone! Daisy is my fur baby, and boy does she shed! My boyfriend is a little sensitive to daisy’s hair, and she has been kicked outta the bed. I use a lint roller on her and the vacuum. It’s been too hot for her to wear her clothes. I usually spray her down with the hose or give her a shower to cool her down.. I’m not sure what to think about shaving her. Sometimes I want to wrap her in saran wrap! The worse thing is trying to get her hair out of the seats in the car. UGH! Maybe I’ll try the Omega 3.. Anyone have any updates on how that is working out for them?

  Erilka D wrote @ August 25th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Just checking back with an update. I had my pug shaved back in June & it was a success! The shedding has stopped & I haven’t seen any adverse affect in Earls health as a result. I’ve had him shaved a couple of times to keep him hair short. Shaving my pug worked for us.:)

  groomin chick wrote @ August 29th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

NEVER SHAVE A PUG, this is very bad for the dog, and the coat will never grow back the same. If you get a pug you just have to deal with the shedding, but NEVER EVER shave the pug. This is their sunscreen, it protects them from heat and cold. It is similar to making a person hang out side naked all day. DONT DO IT.

  Ashley wrote @ October 6th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I shave both of my pugs and they love it. Never had a problem with it. :)

  Donna wrote @ October 27th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I have 2 pugs and needless to say my tile floor stays carpeted with their hair. Peaches, my fawn female, is the worst. She looks like a little lion with a mane of fur around her neck. I have had her shaved twice by groomers. Both of them said I would ruin her coat but my husband is ready to get rid of her so there was no choice. The good part is that it hasn’t hurt her coat as all and she seemed to be more comfortable without all the hair. After reading other comments, I think I will have it done more often to help the problem. Pugsley, my male silver pug, has much shorter hair and doesn’t seem to have 2 coats. He still sheds but is more seasonal, like other dogs. I use a wire brush on them both.

  Catherine wrote @ March 10th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Hi all. For those of you who have shaved a pug, how much did it reduce the shedding? 50%? 80?

  Renae wrote @ May 19th, 2011 at 8:30 am

I got some advice from a comment made by Julie on Go Pug Yourself that I have to share with everyone because I took her advice and it is amazing. I wil share my results after I post her comment below:

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

I went to Ebay and ordered from 2 different sellers hemp oil and salmon oil. The salmon oil came in the mail 1st. I have a fawn pug which I feed only dry Pedigree dog food. I started putting 2-3 squirts of the salmon oil on his food 1 X a day. Within 3 days I started noticing a difference in his coat. After 6 days it was truly amazing. His coat is so beautiful and he doesnt shed really at all. I just received the hemp oil yesterday in the mail and am going to just wait until the salmon oil runs out and try that. I hope it has the same results. My pug used to shed so much it was very trying and I never let him on my bed. Now hes aloud on there and its just great. I gave my pug a bath at the beginning so that we would start fresh with this so I would recommend that as well. I just couldnt not share this with everyone as it has changed my life literally. Good Luck everyone and thanks again Julie!

  Anonymous wrote @ June 6th, 2011 at 8:04 am

if you talk to any reputable groomer they will say to not shave your pug. Would you rather be on the beach out in the open sun, or under the umbrella? Hello, it’s not all about us, think about the dog for once.

  VP wrote @ July 8th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

God, i feel like this whole site is about me and my 3 little babies….well, i have a male puggle and he mated with a full bred pug….i kept 2 of the puppy’s, which they are 3/4 pug and 1/4 beagle after his dad..The shedding is no better….i swear if i could tie a dust mop to their tails i would…my whole house is hardwood floors…dark hardwood floors…3 fawn pugs…yikes….. i come to learn, that everything black in my wardrobe must go…i even tell my friends if they are coming over, don’t wear black….i’m curious about the fish oil. I was going to try that, do you really think it will cut down on shedding?

  mary lewis wrote @ August 25th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I have a fawn pug and for years went crazy with the shedding. I think it finally got to me when I couldn’t stand the hair riled because I would start sneezing. So I had him shaved and it’s wonderful. if there is shedding you don’t see it or it just isn’t happening. I can even pull on his hair and it won’t come out in my fingers like it did before the shaving. I would recommend this and it looks very nice and I think keeps them much cooler. I plan to keep it up even in the winter as I live in AZ.

  mary lewis wrote @ August 25th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

One thing I would like some feedback on is how to walk your pug. I have never been able to as he pulls so hard he chokes. You can’t put the Halty on him because he has no snout because they work wonderfully. He really is well trained except for the walking. Any suggestions?

  Josie wrote @ September 3rd, 2011 at 2:36 pm

To Mary Lewis: use a harness leash. I don’t like the one that go around the neck, they are terrible. The harness is kinder to the dog and you will be able to walk your pug with ease. To the other posts about whether or not to shave your pug, I have my pug groomed and shaved and he looks more comfortable and I honestly believe in the summer, it’s much more cooler for him. Of course, I don’t let me sit in direct sunlight, because I do agree that their coat shields them from the sun. It had also not altered the look of his coat when it does grow in. My pug is 14 years old and he seems much more energetic with the weight of the coat off of him.

  Eoghan Kennedy wrote @ November 2nd, 2011 at 4:40 am


I have a pug called Oliver that will be four in Feb 2012. He’s a fawn pug that, as other pug owners will all too well know, sheds all the time. A few months ago i brought him to the vet who advised that we amend his diet. I did some thorough research and came across an unbiased dog food review site, http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com. I looked at all the 6 star rated foods available and opted for a brand called Orijen, as it was the only one available in Ireland. In 3 months, Oliver has dropped weight and looks leaner and healthier than ever. He’s very like he used to be as a puppy, full of energy and character again. The most amazing thing however is that HE NO LONGER SHEDS. Honestly, no shedding at all. Hallelujah. I figured that pugs just shed, period, but am still over the moon to find that this doesn’t have to be the case.

I give Oliver half a cup of food in the morning and mix in a tablespoon of cold-pressed hemp seed oil, which is a fantastic source of omega 3 and 6. i then give him half a cup in the evening and a little snack of carrot or banana before bedtime and he seems perfectly fine with that ration. Obviously, he always wants more but pugs are greedy divils. I’ve noticed that he drinks far more water than before which is a good thing. So, if you want to stop your pug from shedding, try changing his dog food to one of the 6 star recommended products on that website and including a bit of hempseed oil in his diet. I’d definately recommend Orijen.

Best of luck

  Daria wrote @ November 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Our pug Vita is 4 years and is the sweetest dog ever, we also call her “velcro”. We didn’t know pugs are so affectionate… we had a yorkie mix but he was his own mind. I find this site very useful reading all advises about shedding. I have noticed our pug has some periods of terrible shedding but also some time when she doesn’t sheds a lot and her hair is like velvet. We take her for grooming (oatmeal bath and furminator package) every 2 months and it seems to be ok. We feed her with “Science” with lots of fiber but we might start with oil and even change the brand. I keep her fit by walking her twice a day, early in the morning and in the evening, she enjoyes to be walked and this works well for her. Another problem we are experiencing beside shedding is obsession with watching tv, expecially being irritated with commercials featuring animals, she jumps, barks and doesn’t stop until it’s on the screen, she even recognizes the music of commerials!!! This means we are not able to watch any movie with animals.. on the contraty she loooves other dogs and company, and is very friendly with our cats. We would like to hear if anybody else experienced same or similar problem.

  jr wrote @ February 11th, 2012 at 7:28 am

Has anybody tried the alaskan oil and the hemp seed oil on there pug yet? I started giving it to my pus 3 days ago, I’m waiting for a month to see if it works from the shedding.

  jr wrote @ February 11th, 2012 at 7:32 am

OOP’S, I meant my Pug.

  JacquieB wrote @ February 29th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

jr… I met with a naturopath at the Health food store last week. I have 2 pugs, a fawn Frank and a black Winston. He suggested the hemp seed oil and the salmon oil. I’m at 4 days now, 1/2 a teaspoon each every morning, and the black pug (Winston) has quit shedding completely and the fawn pug (Frank) is down about 90% It’s a miracle!! The naturopath told me that dogs are carnivours and are not meant to eat dog food and vegetables/grains. It doesn’t matter if you buy the best most expensive dog food on the market the dogs will still be malnurished. This is why pugs shed. The oil is great for joints as well as keeping their noses moist. Hope it works out well for your pug.

  leigh wrote @ September 28th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I have two pugs (16 & 17) and I use the “furminator” brand of shampoo and conditioner and they work great. They are a little pricey ($15/bottle) so if you buy only one, get the CONDITIONER … let it sit on for ten minutes while massaging your pugs coat and brushing him… it will remove c-r-a-z-y amounts of hair. Just be sure to have a hair catcher in your drain then rinse and dry! I haven’t found anything to entirely stop their shedding, but this stuff helps tremendously when used once a month.

  Sun wrote @ October 26th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

i have a 5 year old fawn Pug and the shedding is out of control! I had him shaved by a groomer last summer and the shedding was a lot better.Evidently, not all groomers will shave a Pug, something about the breed not supposed to being shaved? But more and more groomers are willing to do it. The only thing is that his fur is quite prickly when he is shaved….maybe this is what some groomers are referring to.

  Sun wrote @ October 26th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Daria, my Pug watches TV all the time as well and goes crazy whenever an animal comes on, it doesn’t even have to be a real dog….he will charge the TV and go absolutely nuts, even go behind the TV to see if it’s there. I had to stop this behavior by placing him in his bed every time for 10 minutes. He has definitely gotten better!

  LB wrote @ April 1st, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I started giving my dog an Omega 3 capsule with peanut butter every day and the shedding is a LOT better than it was. I give her a bath once a week and once she is 3/4 of the way dry, I use my hands and brush her fur back and forth, up and down her body and a hugh amount of hair will fall out. After that, there is minimal shedding for the remainder of the week.

  Ava Monroze wrote @ November 19th, 2013 at 1:48 am

I have a 10 month old pug named Oscar. His shedding has been ridiculous!!! I brush his every day and it doesn’t seem to help. I use the shedmonster, the shedding blade, and a shedding rake! I was feeding him puppy chow and recently changed his food to Wellness Super 5 Mix and I add in Halo Dream Coat every time, boy this is a miracle combo! Shedding has reduced dramatically! After reading all the comments I think I just might shave Oscar and completely eliminate all the nasty shedding once and for all! No more hair mounds and vacuuming everyday!! Fingers crossed!

  Sheri Serafini wrote @ January 31st, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I thought I was the only one with a pug that went nuts at certain commercials and programs on TV. Our “Charley” hates Benelyn and Buckleys commercials and goes crazy. Even comes running from another room if he hears the sound of either commercial. Even had the TV on mute on day and he noticed the Benelyn commercial and went nuts… He also jumps and barks at TV programs with animals as well and trys to get behind the TV to find them… Its quite funny. But the TV show that he detests the most is FAMILY FUED. I think all the buzzerws drive him crazy.

  chubbypug wrote @ August 28th, 2015 at 10:54 am

My dog shed a lot too

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