Last edited by puggerup; 12-31-2009 at 01:26 AM.
Firstly there are actually two types of Pug coat. The correct coat is very sleek and doesn't shed as much as the more common thicker coat. However all dogs with the exception of Poodles and a couple of other breeds shed.
Cusick has done a lot of research into breed and diet. He's come up with some interesting ideas based on what foods different breeds would have eaten during the years they were being developed. So in theory a breed developed in a desert area would require a different diet to a breed developed in cool mountainous climate. However as few breeds have been pure for more than a couple of hundred years and even then lots of sneaky crosses were popped in now and again (up to and including the present day in some cases) it does make you question some of his ideas.
Artificial heating and cooling also plays a big part in shedding. If you run the air con all summer and heating all winter your dog won't shed naturally twice a year but all year round instead.
Three of my Pugs had the correct coat and hardly shed at all. Unfortunately Arwen has inherited her great grandmother's thicker coat so she sheds quite a bit for a few weeks twice a year but is fine the rest of the time.
A dog will also drop coat if it is stressed. Bitches will drop coat after a season and while rearing a litter. Some dogs start to drop coat on the way to the Vet, a dog show or whatever.
My dogs have mostly had lovely coats with minimal shedding apart from the bi annual moult. I feed a natural diet, fresh meat, raw vegies put through the food processor etc. I also feed sardines and other fish and I use goats milk yogurt for young pups and for any dogs who has been on antibiotics or is old or ill.
You should be able to buy cold pressed Hemp seed oil from your local health food store. Don't know about the Grizzly Salmon oil. Actually your health food store should have an oil supplement for dogs in their fridge section. I've forgotten the name of it but I used it on Weyland and Arwen when their coats were suffering a bit after we moved from Melbourne to Cairns and they had to get used to a big climate change.
Hope this helps a bit.
Usually Autumn and Spring. Most dogs have a summer coat and a winter coat like horses, wild animals etc.
I hope your friend only sells legal hemp products.
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