A Doberman shedding its coat is normal. A Doberman is definitely not one of the mystical non shedding dog breeds.
All mammals shed their coats and a Doberman sheds like any other breed of dog. How much and how often depends on their environment, nutrition and any ailments they might have.
A healthy Doberman has no or very little ‘dog’ smell. A regular wipe down with a damp cloth, occasional bath and a massage with a ‘Kong Zoom Groom’ or similar rubber massage tool is all they need for a healthy coat and to look their best. If you provide your dog with a weekly massage with a Kong Zoom Groom and discount that hair, then you probably could consider the Doberman to be one of the low shedding dog breeds.
That doesn’t mean you won’t find ‘eye lashes’ around the house. Doberman hair gets everywhere if you let it and if you are crate training you’ll find plenty in the base of the crate. Grooming on a weekly basis gives you the opportunity to get rid of the shed hair in one go rather than vacuuming up little bits through the week.
How much shedding is normal for a Doberman?
Each morning our Dobie gets up from his bed, yawns, stretches and has a shake. Each morning we sweep up about the same amount of shed hair as in the photo. Because our dog spends his days outside and only sleeps in the house that is the total daily amount of Doberman shedding we have to take care of.
When I go over him with his Kong Zoom Groom I get much more. It’s incredible how much of his coat comes out. As you can see in this photo: It’s hard to believe there is any hair left on him. It’s a good idea to take him to the dog park and give him a good brushing with a Kong Zoom Groom or similar rubber massage tool. Then you can let him off the leash for a play as a reward.
Blades and tools such as the Furminator are not good on a short coat. They cut the hair which thins the coat but still leaves the rest of the hair to fall out through normal shedding. Using a bladed instrument can also damage the skin of a Doberman leading to irritation, inflammation and infection.
Your Doberman shredding a fair amount of his coat is normal and as long as you don’t notice any other symptoms of poor health like patches of fur missing, excessive dandruff, inflamed skin, or fever all should be well.
Of course if in doubt visit the vet.