Whether your collie has suffered a bad haircut, or they’ve lost hair due to other issues, you want to know whether their hair will grow back. And when?
I know how you feel, I once got the shock of my life when after getting my first collie back from the groomers. More on that later.
Will Your Border Collies Hair Grow Back?
Normally yes, border collies will regrow their hair assuming they are in full health and not too old. How fast it regrows depends on their genes, age, health, why it was lost in the first place.
👉 Best case scenario:
If your border collie is still young, healthy, and hasn’t lost their hair due to health concerns, then it’s highly likely their luscious locks will regrow.
👉 Other scenarios:
If your border collie has suffered some hair loss due to hormonal problems, alopecia or other health issues, then it’s harder to say with certainty if and when it will grow back.
In addition to this, border collies that are very old may struggle to regrow their coat, regardless of how they lost it (shaved or health problems).
Related article: Is It EVER Okay To Shave Border Collies?
How Long Will It Take?
👉 It generally takes several months for a border collie to completely regrow their coat. In some cases, it may even be longer.
Personal experience: For my collie it took 10 months for her coat to be at it’s full length again from having been shaved back very short.
The rate of hair growth in in collies can vary depending on various factors. Some of the things that can influence hair growth rate include:
- Age: Hair growth tends to slow down as dogs get older.
- Diet: A healthy diet that is rich in nutrients can promote healthy hair growth in Border Collies.
- Health: Certain health conditions, such as skin infections or hormonal imbalances, can affect hair growth.
- Genetics: Some Border Collies may be genetically predisposed to have faster or slower hair growth than others.
To promote healthy hair growth in your Border Collie, it is important to feed them a high-quality diet that is rich in proteins, fatty acids, and other essential nutrients.
You should also keep their coat clean and well-groomed, and consult a veterinarian if you notice any unusual changes in their hair growth or appearance.
5 Tips To Help Your Collies Hair Regrow
Let’s run through some basics that should ensure your collies hair regrows properly and as quickly as possible. Still, I must say that nothing is gauranteed.
It’s crucial to brush your collie’s hair on a daily basis. Not only will this prevent tangling and matting that will inevitably happen during the regrowth, but it will reduce shedding and promote blood flow prompting quicker growth.
Fish oil and omega 3
If your collie isn’t already getting enough omega 3 in her diet then it’s time for a change. Omega 3 improves the immune system, brain function, heart function and you guessed it, promotes a healthy skin and coat. This can be achieved with fish oil supplements or treats.
Avoid hot bathing
When it comes time to bathe your collie it’s important to use only lukewarm water. Using water too warm or cold can lead to dry skin, and dry skin severely disrupts the health of their existing and future hair. Avoiding dry skin will be essential if you want your collie’s hair to regrow as soon as possible.
Plenty of exercise
Keeping your collie healthy on the inside will keep her healthy on the outside. Exercise remains to be fundamental in keeping your collie fit and healthy, so owners must prioritize it. Border collies in their prime (2-8 years) should receive about 90 minutes of exercise per day.
Avoid harsh shampoos
Another way to avoid dry skin is by using the correct shampoo when bathing. Which would be? (glad you asked) It’s a natural ingredient dog shampoo. The natural ingredient bit is super important! Regular dog shampoos contain so many harsh chemicals that they leave the coat dry and brittle. If you want a healthy regrowth, stay far away from these shampoos.
Does Collie Hair Regrow After Being Shaved?
If your collies hair was shaved way too short (like what happened with my first collie), then fear not. The coat should regrow.
👉 However, owners must pay close attention to how the coat regrows on a daily basis.
The problem with shaving double coated breeds is that the undercoat wants to outgrow the topcoat. This causes matting, tangling, and knotting, and if it’s left too long it can cause serious problems.
This is why shaving is not recommended for double coated breeds (despite how many owners, breeders, and groomers keep doing it!)
Thankfully, with daily brushing and examination owners can avoid a knotted nightmare from happening.
What If Your Collie Lost Their Hair?
If your collie has lost their hair due to allergies or health issues, then what’s the chances of it growing back?
The honest answer (from here) that I can give you is that it’s hard to call. It depends on the actual cause and the severity of the issue.
Your veterinarian will need to give your collie a physical examination and health assessment ot determine how likely it is for their hair to regrow.
🎯 There’s still good news though…
Typically speaking, even dogs that lose their hair from health issues can still grow it once the health issue/s are resolved. And sometimes, even taking initial medication to battle the health condition can garner instant improvements in hair growth.
Are you missing your Border Collie’s luscious locks? Don’t worry, your furry friend’s hair will grow back!
Just hang in there, and before you know it, your pup will be back to looking fluffy and fabulous!