The breed is considered to be a moderate shedder, but what does that really mean? Some light shedders are dogs that have hair as opposed to fur (yet the hairs do continually cycle, just like human hairs) and others are considered to be light shedders due to the length or texture of the coat.
Heavy shedders, such as the Golden Retriever or the Husky have what can be called a furious shed - clumps fall out - there is almost a continual thick shedding of the coat.
The Boxer falls between these two categories. While many factors will influence how much shedding an owner can expect to deal with, in general, the coat will need a good brushing once a week and during certain times of the year (again, depending on different factors) there will be a heavier shed in which the Boxer dog may need a good brushing or raking every other day and you'll be wanting to have your vacuum cleaner and lint brushes at the ready.
The Many Elements that will Affect the Amount of Shedding
Puppy to Adult -
You may find that shedding picks up close to the 1 year mark and then decreases and levels out after the 2 year mark. Why? Because during this time the puppy coat is being shed and is being replaced by the adult coat.
It should also be mentioned that you may notice some color
changes during this time as well. Most are not drastic, however the adult coat may come in a bit darker, or lighter - and with some dogs this will change the shininess of the coat.
Genetics play a role in how much a Boxer dog will shed. First, we must factor in texture - German, UK or American lines will have different textures. In addition, thickness of the coat can vary even with puppies from the same litter - some may take after the sire and some may take after the dam.
Exposure to sunlight, the area in which you live, the supplements that you do or do not give to your dog… all of these elements come together and affect the shedding process.
When people talk about seasonal shedding, many assume that it is the change in temperature that causes a shed. However, it is the amount of sunlight in the day that actually triggers the change (and this does of course correspond with temperatures).
Whether or not your Boxer dog experiences this seasonal shed will depend on where you reside. In areas that have drastic changes of sunlight hours in the fall and then again in the springtime, a dog's body will respond.
In locations that receive 6 to 7 hours of sun in the winter
compared to 13 or 14 in the summer, the dog's pineal gland will be triggered which sends the signal to the body to shed the coat.
As you probably know, a thickening of the coat will begin as the days become shorter and in the spring, as days become longer, this thicker coat will begin to shed off.
For many, the heaviest shed with occur with the spring seasonal shedding phase - April through May. It is usually this phase that has owners wondering why their Boxer is shedding like crazy.
Food and diet
affect shedding and this is because if a dog is receiving the right balance of nutrients, both skin and coat will be healthy. Alternatively, if a dog is not receiving the proper vitamins and nutrients that are needed, this makes for an unhealthy coat that will be much more prone to shedding off, regardless of the time of year.
You'll want to choose wisely in regard to main meals (Read more in the Feeding
section) and in addition to that 2 elements are important:
1- A daily vitamin and mineral supplement may be needed. This is pertinent to dogs that eat whole home cooked foods (though super healthy, just like high quality commercial brands, this should be mixed in). And for other dogs under certain conditions.
An Omega fatty acid supplement is often needed to keep a Boxer's skin and coat healthy, especially since this breed can be prone to having skin issues.