Sure, they do. Would you prefer them to go around with dead hair stuck in their follicles? Shedding goes on all the time, to some degree, and is worse during spring and fall, immediately after being wet, or when skin problems occur. However, the hairs are short and don’t clump together like those of long-haired breeds. They do stick tenaciously to upholstery and clothing, and no amount of vacuuming will remove them completely. A friend who is allergic to dogs (and therefore shouldn’t have been at my house, anyway) virtually had a panic attack when a stray hair from a chair in the living room got on his jacket. I had, of course, diligently vacuumed the entire house before he arrived.

Most owners take the shedding in stride, sometimes choosing their wardrobes and household furnishings with an eye to matching the dog’s color. I selected a car with a camel interior to blend better with red, white, and brindle fur. One of my puppy owners, who had a dark brindle Bulldog before, said she would have to change her entire wardrobe since she bought a white puppy from me!

There may be some variation in shedding according to the color of the Bulldog. The white and fawn ones are widely alleged to shed more, and I have noticed that the white hair on my brindle and red dogs is more prone to shedding. But I also have a Bulldog who is almost all white and hardly sheds at all.

I conclude that shedding may be more related to the quality and condition of the coat than to color. The more “bristly” fur seems to be more easily shed, and, unfortunately, is the hardest to remove from upholstery and carpet.

Regular baths (but not more often than weekly, and perhaps with longer intervals for some Bulldogs) and frequent (daily, if necessary) grooming with a slicker brush, shed-a-blade, grooming glove or any other implement that catches dead hair and pulls it out, do help reduce the amount of hair let loose in the environment. Some Bulldoggers recommend using special shampoos for baths (those that moisturize or those with antibacterial properties), but I haven’t noticed any differences with any type of shampoo.

Several skin care products and dietary supplements are available that do help reduce the amount of shedding. On the caution side, I should point out that some Bulldoggers believe that measures other than brushing and grooming should NOT be used to reduce shedding. Topically applied products can clog the pores and perhaps cause skin inflammation.

I think the best remedy for shedding is actually to provide a proper diet with adequate fats and oils to keep the coat in excellent condition. (Fish oil supplements have been highly recommended by some Bulldoggers and decreed to be ineffective by others.) My own dogs seem to shed less when I give them a fatty acid supplement every day. The true test for whether the diet may need to be corrected is: when you can grab hairs on your Bulldog and pull them out with little effort, there is something wrong with the skin that needs to be corrected from the inside out.

Some (but I think not many) Bulldogs will shed excessively despite all attempts at correction, but that’s just how they are!