Does Dog Hair Decompose?


Yes dog hair will decompose over time.

However the rate of decomposition will depend on a number of factors including the type of hair the environment in which it is buried and the amount of hair.

For example human hair will decompose faster than dog hair due to the fact that it is composed of a different type of protein.

In addition hair that is buried in a dry oxygen-rich environment will decompose faster than hair that is buried in a wet oxygen-poor environment.

Finally a small amount of hair will decompose faster than a large amount of hair.

How Long Does It Take For Dog Fur To Decompose?

Fur is made up of protein fibers so it decomposes at about the same rate as other protein-based materials like hair nails and skin.

Under ideal conditions (cool and dry with plenty of oxygen) fur can take several months to a year to fully decompose.

But in most environments it will take much longer.

If you’re buried in a fur coat it could take centuries for it to decompose!

So why does fur decompose so slowly? The main reason is that it’s very dense and has a lot of surface area.

This means that bacteria and other decomposers have a hard time breaking it down.

Fur also repels water which makes it difficult for decomposers to get the moisture they need to do their work.

If you’re looking to get rid of your fur coat in a hurry your best bet is to donate it to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

They can use it to line cages or make nesting material for animals.

Otherwise your fur coat will probably outlive you!