Chinese Crested DogAre you worried about your dog shedding in the autumn and turning into a hairless dog like the Chinese Crested? You may have noticed your dog shedding more than usual as the days grow shorter, the trees turn yellow and the weather cools down. This might seem like a strange way for preparing for winter, so you might think something is wrong with your dog. Don't worry, shedding in the autumn might seem strange, but it's perfectly normal. Unless your dog sheds excessively, leaving bold spots on its body, you should not be concerned at all. Dogs shed their winter coat in the spring to give place to a new, lighter coat which is more suitable for the summer. The opposite happens in the autumn, the light coat is shed, and a heavier coat grows, which is well needed, especially if your dog loves snow.   How much your dog sheds, really depends on the breed. Some breeds, like the German Shepherd for instance, are year-round shedders, while short hair breeds may seem to lose less hair. The autumn and spring shedding is most obvious with double coated breeds, such as the Pomeranian, Syberian Husky, Samoyed, Collie and Akita. If you have one of these dogs, you'd better stock up your hoover bags. The autumn shedding period doesn't have to be a nightmare even if you have a double coated dog. With daily combing and brushing, you can capture most of the loose hair. This takes time, but also reduces the time you need to spend vacuum cleaning the floor and prevents the hassle of walking in dog hair up to your ankles. Excess hair loss may be caused my a number of things, including insufficient diet, skin allergies and parasites. If you think your dog might be be suffering from one of these and his shedding is abnormal, don't hesitate to make an appointment with your vet.