Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie Question

My 17 month old sheltie has lost most of her coat after weaning puppies--should I be worried?


I bought my sheltie from a breeder when she was 16 mos. old; she had just had a litter of puppies and had just finished weaning them when we got her. She has lost a lot more of her coat since then. Her brother has a beautiful full coat and so do her parent. We are hoping that this is just temporary, and her coat will start coming in. Please assure me or tell me to be worried.

    In Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie - Asked by Anonymous - 9/6/2013 8:18:11 PM
It is quite common for females to loose a lot of hair from having puppies. To keep as much coat as possible on my Collies and Shelties I worm the mom every month with pyrantel and/or Iverhart Max. I supplement her diet with a scrambled egg every day, wheat germ oil, flax seed oil, cod liver oil, a multi vitamin, ester c vitamin and I use nuvet supplement. I also feed the most nutritious dog food that I can afford- I used the Dog Food Advisor website to pick a good food. Her hair will grow back. Depending on her diet it could take about a year, but it will grow grow back.
    Answered by wywildfire - 9/10/2013 2:07:47 PM
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Hi I am a rectifiable sheltie breeder. They all loose there coats after a litter but it does come back looking even better. I am a little concerned though that she was breed at a young age. I do not breed any of my bitch's until they are 2 years old. I hope this helps.
    Answered by marthawilder - 1/10/2014 7:32:50 PM
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