Dog Grooming

How Fast does Dog Hair Grow? (Updated 2022)

How Fast Does Dog Hair Grow?

Long story short—left my dog at the groomer, and asked him to give Fido a killer cut, and what did I pick up—a shaved dog—ARGH!

My groomer says that shaving my dog’s hair can make it grow back faster and thicker, but this is far from true!

Your dog’s coat is perhaps its most identifiable characteristic! Whether it’s long, short, silky, or scruffy, every Fido is covered with hair or fur.

If you’re wondering how long will it take for my dog’s hair or fur to grow back, the short answer is it depends on its breed, age, and diet, but generally takes a couple of weeks after it’s shaved.

Dog Breeds and Dog Hair Growth

All dogs, regardless of their breed have the same hair growth cycle, which is divided into four stages—anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen.

  • Anagen – during this initial stage, your dog’s hair is actively growing. Your dog’s hair grows the fastest during this stage of new hair growth until it reaches its genetically determined length.
  • Catagen – the catagen stage is also regarded as the transition stage, and is where your dog’s hair follicles cease to create new hair growth.
  • Telogen – the telogen stage or the resting phase is a time of no new hair growth, but the hairs in this stage are still attached to the hair follicle.
  • Exogen – this is the stage where your dog’s hairs reach the end of their lifecycle, and shed, and the follicles begin transitioning back to the anagen phase.

Even though all dog breeds go through the same hair growth cycle, their hair does not grow at the same rate.

For example, short-haired breeds such as French bulldogs will grow their hair back to normal length faster than long-haired breeds like Afghan hounds.

How Does Age Affect Dog Hair Growth?

Just like people change as they get older, so do dogs, and one of the most noticeable changes is in their hair growth rate.

How Does Age Affect Dog Hair Growth?
The first thing you’ll notice as your dog ages is the onset of white hairs. During this same period, the ability of the dog’s hair cells to generate new hairs also deteriorates, leading to more hair loss, and patchy hair loss areas.

Older dog coats may also be thinner than younger dogs, mostly because they’ve developed alopecia or hypotrichosis (thin coat). In this case, the dog’s hair will not grow back quickly, and may even cause bald spots.

How Does Dog Food Affect Dog Hair Growth?

Your dog’s skin is the largest organ of its body. The skin of most dog breeds is covered with hair, which is being shed regularly, or is growing constantly in non-shedding dog breeds.

How Does Dog Food Affect Dog Hair Growth?

In order to keep your dog’s hair in a healthy condition, it requires a well-balanced diet that contains:

  • High-quality digestible carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins

A dog with a poor diet that doesn’t meet his needs will often shed excessively and have a dull, dry coat.

If you notice these symptoms in your dog, it’s best to get in touch with a vet for advice on the perfect diet that is right for your dog.

How Fast Does Dog Hair Grow Back After Being Shaved?

 

Barring any medical condition, your dog’s fur should grow back quickly at about half an inch per month. But the speed at which your dog’s hair will grow back depends on your dog, the season, and how closely it was shaved.

If your dog has been shaved, it should start to look fluffy again in a couple of weeks, and be fully coated with hair in a few months.

But while Fido’s hair is growing back, you should keep an eye out for sunburn, and tuck him up in a sweater when the weather turns cold.

If you’re going to take your furry friend out and about with next to no hair, it’s recommended that you apply a safe sun protector spray to protect its skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

It’s also worth mentioning that some dog breeds such as Pomeranians have two coats of fur — one fluffy, long and soft, and another shorter undercoat.

Both the undercoat and topcoat grow at different rates, so you may feel it’s growing back weird, but give it some time, and the two coats will eventually be the same size.

Dog Breed Hair Growth After Shaving
Retrievers (Labrador)14.6 weeks to 15.4 weeks
German Shepherd 4 to 6 months
Retrievers (Golden)3 to 4 months
French Bulldogs
Bulldogs 4 to 6 months
PoodlesUp to 24 months
Beagles2 to 3 months
Rottweilers2 to 3.5 months
Pembroke Welsh Corgis3 to 4 months
DachshundsFew Weeks to 3 months (single coated dog)

6 months+ (double coated dog)
Yorkshire Terriers4 to 6 weeks
Australian ShepherdsLess than 6 months
Boxers4 to 6 months
Siberian Huskies2 to 3 months
Great Danes1 to 2 months

Does Shaving Dog Hair Make It Grow Faster?  

The roots of this myth may be tied to the fact that dog hair looks different at first compared to regrowth, partly because it hasn’t been exposed to natural elements — sun, dog soaps, dog shampoos, and other chemicals. Just like taping dog ears, shaving a dog’s coat is often also done for aesthetic purposes.

Does Shaving Dog Hair Make It Grow Faster?
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But whether hot or cold, dog coats serve as protection from the weather, and need a fair bit of upkeep including cleaning, conditioning, brushing, combing, and most importantly regular de-shedding.

Despite preconceived notions, shaving your dog greatly reduces the insulating effect, and exposes it to the sun’s harmful rays, which in worse cases can permanently damage the hair, causing it to grow back too fluffy, coarse, thin, and/or patchy.

If you shave your dog’s hair, there are a few things that can happen:

  • It may end up shedding more hair than they’re used to.
  • Can cause skin irritation caused by the chemical and abrasive shavings.
  • Can develop spots of alopecia — also known as spot baldness, a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body, especially seen in dogs who are shaved frequently.

Your Best Friend’s coat is natural to him, and is a vital part of the dog you’ve grown to love!

Dogs have denser hair and much thinner skin than you and I do, therefore don’t have the same natural coat protection when shaved, regardless of the season of the year.

Another big reason to refrain from shaving your dog’s hair is the fact that some breeds have thin hair naturally, whereas others may require regular grooming.

And how do you think your dog would feel if you told him that you’re about to shave his hair? Not very happy – I bet!

Reasons You Shouldn’t Shave Your Dog

There are several different types of canine coat categories, but in a general breakdown boils down to two coat types—single coat and double coat.

Single Coat Double Coat
Dog breeds with only top (or over) coat that grows all over the body with no different undercoat. Single coat dog breeds include Silky Terriers, Poodles, and Bichons. Dog breeds with a double coat have a top (or over) coat made of tougher guard hairs and a bottom or (under) coat that is thick and soft.Double coat dog breeds include Pomeranians, Shetland Sheepdogs, Siberian Huskies, and Samoyeds.
Single coat dog breeds can be shaven, and the only thing that can happen is the coat can become softer or it may have a slight colour change.Double coated dogs need to be groomed by brushing throughout the year but most heavily done in the spring when a major shedding period occurs.
Single coated dogs should not be shaved right down, especaially in the summer, as doing so may expose them to the possibility of sunburn.Shaving a double coated dog may not keep it cool even if it is out of the sun. The top coat of double coated dogs helps keep the heat off the dog's skin, and unlike people, dogs do not sweat through their skin
Since there is just one coat, the hair of single coat dogs grows back normally and even after a shaving.If you do shave a double coated dog, and when the hair grows back, strange things can occur such as patches that don’t grow at all, and don’t grow both types of coat layers. Dogs with patches of no hair generally appear as though they have thyroid issues.

Structure of the coat on a double coated dog

How Can I Make My Dog’s Hair Grow Back Faster?

Whether you’ve shaved your dog or he has a condition that’s causing hair loss, you may be running out of patience waiting for his coat to grow.

How Can I Make My Dog’s Hair Grow Back Faster?

But there’s good news—there are several ways to make your dog’s hair grow back faster and healthier.

1. Create a Feeding Program

Proper nutrition is very important for your furry friend, so make sure you read the labels first, and look for foods that are high in proteins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, because they’re important for the growth of his hair and muscles.

 
 
 
 
 
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If your dog doesn’t get adequate proteins through its diet, the hair of your dog will dry out, and lose its sheen.

Food Options for Dog Hair Growth

2. Add Supplements to Dog’s Diet

Speak to your vet about adding supplements to your dog’s diet.

Supplements such as omega-3 and omega-6 can reduce the inflammation of the skin, resulting in healthier longer hair. They also reduce hair loss by preventing your dog from scratching.

 
 
 
 
 
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There are many herbs and vitamins available to accelerate hair growth in your dog. These herbs and vitamins can work in one of two different ways—either they nourish the hair directly or support other functions that ultimately help hair grow.

Supplement Options for Dog Hair Growth

3. Regular Brushing or Combing

Brushing Options for Dog Hair Growth

Regularly brushing or combing your dog’s hair doesn’t only make it look neat and tidy, but also affects the growth of new hair.

Brushing your dog’s hair gets rid of the dirt and debris, and the dead hair, while simultaneously spreading natural oils across its coat, which helps stimulate hair growth.

Plus, brushing your dog daily also helps it relax, and feel loved. But whether you’re brushing or combing your dog’s hair, you need to be gentle, and not apply too much pressure when its hair gets tangled.

4. Oatmeal Skin Treatment

Oatmeal Options for Dog Hair Growth

Just like you and me shampoo our hair to nourish our hair and scalp, your dog needs a regular bath with a shampoo that contains natural formulations of oatmeal or tee tree oil.

 
 
 
 
 
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These topical ingredients offer several benefits for your dog, especially if it’s suffering from skin problems including moisturizing and soothing itchy skin.

Further, oatmeal dog shampoo also helps relieve symptoms of hot spots, allergies, dry skin, and flea and tick problems.

Are Keratin Shampoos Good for Dog Hair Growth?

Keratin treatment repairs damaged hair, strengthens weak hair, and also considerably improves the rate at which your Fido’s hair or fur grows.

Keratin in the following products will penetrate and seal Fido’s hair shaft to repair it, while increasing strength, resulting in glistening dog hair growth.

 
 
 
 
 
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Whether it’s dog hair or fur, you can apply a keratin treatment such as CHI for Dogs Keratin Shampoo to soften your dog’s coat, restore its shine, clean and hydrate, and remove dirt and debris.

Further, the CHI for Dogs Keratin Shampoo is paraben and sulfate-free, and is safe to use on all dog breeds, and dogs that are at least eight weeks old.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of what’s causing your dog’s hair loss, it will grow back eventually, and there are several ways to help your dog grow back its coat back faster and healthier.

But if you feel it’s one or more health issues that are causing your dog’s hair loss, then you should speak to your vet first before trying any of the aforementioned remedies to make your dog’s hair grow faster.

Sources:

http://blog.aspca.org/content/heat-wave-should-you-shave-your-pet

http://www.examiner.com/article/why-you-shouldn-t-shave-your-double-coated-dog

http://www.chetekvetclinic.com/groomingblog/postclippingalopecia.html

http://woof.doggyloot.com/truths-and-myths-about-shaving-dogs-with-double-coats/

http://blog.sergeants.com/2012/05/22/to-shave-or-not-to-shave/

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Sidney
Sidney loves dogs of all breeds! He grew up with the most beautiful White German Shepherd. Ever since then, he has been obsessed with dogs and has owned a lot of different breeds. Sidney is the founder of Doggie Dawg., and he looks forward to spreading his love and knowledge of dogs, and the joy they can bring to the life of a pet owner!

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