It is perfectly normal for healthy Beagles to shed a lot and especially intensely during their shedding season. Shedding is a continuous process for these dogs because they keep losing hair all the time.
Beagle shedding comes from the need for your pooch to get rid of old, damaged hair from its body. It then grows new hair to replace fallen hair. Hence, the Beagle is not the most hypoallergenic of dogs.
Beagle Shedding Levels
The rate at which your hound loses hair varies throughout the year. While it sheds moderately for most of the year, there are two periods in the year, namely fall and spring, when you will notice intense shedding in your furry buddy. In fact, during these periods, known as the shedding seasons, your Beagle may lose all of its hair.
Towards the end of fall, your doggo will shed the coat it grew during the warm months. In the place of this ‘summer coat’, it develops a thick ‘winter jacket’. The winter jacket helps it to keep warm during the cold winter months.
By springtime, the cold has left and the weather becomes much warmer. Your furry friend no longer needs the heavy-duty winter coat and therefore needs to replace it with a lightweight coat.
These changes that happen to the coat of your pooch are thus accompanied by intense shedding. For periods outside these shedding seasons, shedding is often less pronounced.
However, should excessive shedding still take place outside during these periods, this shedding level is said to be anomalous. Below, we discuss some of the factors that can trigger anomalous shedding in your canine companion.
When your dear fido begins to lose hair excessively out of season, it can be a sign of skin infection. Beagles have sensitive skin. They are particularly vulnerable to viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections.
If your pooch is losing too much hair, it can be afflicted by parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Otherwise, yeast, ringworm, impetigo, and severe folliculitis are microbial infections that can result in hair loss around the infected area.
Hair loss can be a sign of stress in your doggo. A new dog may struggle to adapt to a new environment. This can lead to stress. Apart from that, Beagles are jealous and the addition of a new dog may cause your Beagle to fret.
Beagles famously have few congenital conditions. They are also better immune to many diseases than most dog breeds. However, they are prone to skin allergies due to their sensitive skin. The food they take, the environment, and exposure to certain chemical substances (such as pollen and grooming products) can trigger an allergic reaction in Beagles.
These allergens can cause flaky or dry skin, itching, and dandruff. In some cases, your hound can lose hair in response to them.
Other Underlying Issues
Immune disorders and skin tumors are underlying conditions that can also cause your four-legged buddy to lose hair excessively. It is important to schedule regular appointments with your vet to detect these issues on time.
Also, you can take DIY actions to prevent your pet from shedding too much. You’ll learn about these in the next section.