Do Golden Retrievers Shed?
Yes, Golden Retrievers shed. They shed regularly throughout the year. Yes, that means all 365 days. There are some things that you can do to minimize the damage but in reality, if you are a Golden Retriever owner, you will have Golden Retriever hair everywhere. It is going to become one of those facts of life that you just have to get used to. If you pet him, you will see that your hand is left with a mass of hair. If you given him or her a belly rub, you will notice that your flooring (hopefully hardwood, not carpet!) and your clothes will be filled with hair.
Golden Retrievers have a beautiful coat that feels like a down comforter. They are known to be one of the prettiest dogs out there. Golden Retrievers have a double coat. As the name suggests, this means that they have a double coat. Their coat is designed to make them comfortable and also to protect them during both the winter and the summer. During the winter months, the fleece undercoat will keep them warm and grow. In the spring, the Golden Retriever will shed that coat, which is also called “blowing out” their coat. You can use an undercoat rake to remove all of the dead undercoat. When you first use a rake, it can be useful to brush and rake a couple of times to remove the entire dead coat. Once you have done that, you can make it a routine to brush using an undercoat rake about once a week. This will keep the Golden Retriever’s shedding to a minimum. Get ready, though! The first time you use the rake, you will be shocked to discover how much hair is being removed. Do not fuss over this. It is completely normal and natural for the Golden Retrievers. Please do not attempt to shave a Golden Retriever. As mentioned, they need their coats for protection and comfort. Removing these coats will make them feel extremely disadvantaged.
Golden Retrievers shed all their hair to let a new coat to grow in. As the hair falls out of the follicles and lands on your floor and clothes, it is replaced with new hair. If you live in an area where the dog will be facing a harsh winter, you will see them sporting a heavier fur coat. During the spring, they need to cool off, and will shed the extra pounds of coating to make themselves feel more comfortable. When Golden Retrievers are kept mainly indoors, the amount of hair that is shed is affected by the amount of daylight, which also stimulates hormones and promotes shedding. The temperature of your home also affects it. The amount varies considerably among breeds but Golden Retrievers definitely fall into the heavy-shedder category.
If you want a Golden Retriever that does not shed, you can try getting a poodle mix. That being said, there still is not a guarantee that they will not shed.
You also need to learn to buy and utilize a good vacuum cleaner. I know there is a lot of hype about the automatic ones and the ones that specialize in dog hair. I would still get the regular kind so that you can get into all the nooks and crannies that will have Golden Retriever hair all over them. Knowing that Golden Retrievers shed, you can also make your life easier by having all the carpeting and the upholstery in your home in golden shades to match the dog so that the hair is not so noticeable. You can also avoid wearing black and navy clothing since those colors will make the golden fur very noticeable.
You can also help the Golden Retrievers’ shedding situation by making sure that they are being fed a healthy and nutritious diet. There are many supplements available in the market that will help decrease the amount of shedding. We feed fish oil treats everyday and coconut oil once a week to reduce his shedding. While it has not completely eliminated the shedding, I do think that these treats have helped him have a healthier and shinier coat, while not shedding as much.
When your Golden Retrievers go to the groomers (which they must), you can ask them to give them a good thin and trim treatment. This will make the upkeep a little easier for you. It might also reduce the amount of stuff and fluff from the floor.
You can also ask your groomers if they can use the Furminator on your Golden Retrievers. A Furminator is a grooming tool that is used to remove excess hair from a dog. It is quite safe and harmless. We have done it at the groomer’s a couple of times. Out here, it costs about $20 extra to get it done.
If you are a brave soul who is eager to learn, you can also buy one on eBay for $15 and do it yourself. If this is your choice, make sure you think of the time, effort, and SPACE needed to carry out the process. This is a big deal for us. We are a couple in our twenties who dwell in a decent sized apartment. We even have a balcony. That being said, we would not want to carry out this process in our house because it does not have enough space. The groomer also has a table with parts that restrain the dog while they groom. We don’t have that at the house or the set of hands required to successfully carry out this task. So, again, think of what options work best for you and why. It will look very different depending on who you are, what your house looks like and what your Golden Retrievers prefer. Some of them might get anxious at the groomers, and if that is the case you should just do whatever you have to do at home.
It is something that is way better than shaving-something groomers hate doing!- and leaves your best canine friend still looking like the golden boy or girl they are. This coat looks the best during the warm summer months when the sunlight shines down on it.