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Do Golden Retrievers Shed? (How Much and How Often?)

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Golden Retrievers are a beloved breed that has won affection across the globe. Even though they can warm the hardest hearts with their sweet personalities and fun antics, that’s not the only thing to expect when you own this breed.

Golden Retrievers shed daily. Shedding can pose a real problem to people with allergies—or people who don’t want a high shedding dog indoors. Let’s discuss the breed, grooming requirements, and products to help in your daily life.

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About the Breed

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Golden Retrievers are medium-sized dogs with loving personalities. Originally, they were retrieving dogs, as the name implies, helping hunters bring back prey—specifically waterfowl. They even have webbed feet to propel them in the water to better equip them for the job.

Over time, they made their way into homes thanks to their charming characters—turning from workers to man’s best friend. Now, you can find this breed in various roles, especially those of service and therapy.

Goldens are amazing dogs—but they do shed…sometimes a lot.


Amount of Shedding to Expect

Golden Retrievers are moderate to heavy shedders, and it really depends on the season. This breed has a double coat, meaning they have a thick, short undercoat with a longer overcoat. This type of fur can make them shed in bulk when the seasons change.

On top of having thick fur, goldens also have very long coats. So, this can pose extra cleanup in the home.

Grooming for a Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers require regular grooming to keep up with coat maintenance. You should brush your Golden every day to remove dead stray fur. Brushing will prevent this hair from falling onto your carpets, upholstery, or bedding.

In addition to brushing, you should give your dog a thorough scrub down every 4-6 weeks. Follow up bath time with ear cleaning, teeth brushing, and nail trimming when necessary.


Professional Grooming

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You can absolutely take your Golden to get a professional tidying. The special tools they have at these facilities can help thin your golden’s coat, reducing shed for a little longer. Plus, they will smell fresh and leave feeling like a million bucks.

You can find professional pet groomers both in certain chain pet shops as well as private businesses. Once you locate a groomer that does their job just the way your dog likes, you can stick with them every time they’re ready for a trim.

Are Golden Retrievers Hypoallergenic?

Golden Retrievers are not hypoallergenic. However, hybrid breeds like the Goldendoodle shed less and are closer to being considered hypoallergenic dogs. It was once believed they were completely allergy-friendly since they shed so much less, but even these hybrids can irritate an allergy sufferer, as the elements that create allergic reactions are also found in saliva as well as in the dander.


Products to Help

If your Golden’s shedding is out of control, you can try quite a few products to combat the issue.

  • Deshedding Tool—these tools use a specific firm metal to get to the dense undercoat, removing any dead hair or debris.
  • Slicker Brush—these brushes are perfect for everyday brushing, using firm bristles to collect hair. Usually, you can dump out the hair with a simple push of a button.
  • Grooming Gloves—these gloves have rubber tips that collect stray fur, and they’ll just think they’re getting a rub down.
  • Supplements—you can buy certain supplements through pet websites, vets’ offices, and pet shops that aim to reduce shedding and create healthy skin.
  • Pet Vacuums—there are tons of full-size, lightweight, and handheld vacuums specially designed to combat shedding.
  • Furniture Covers—buy some furniture covers to protect your upholstery from collecting dog hair.

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Even though Golden Retrievers do have double coats that shed pretty heavily, it’s nothing you can’t combat. With regular grooming and daily brushing, you can get the bulk of it without worrying about your clothes and upholstery.

Plus, you can purchase tons of other items that help reduce shedding. Don’t let the coat discourage you from enjoying this amazing breed!

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