Golden Retriever shedding is something every Golden owner knows too well as their hair seems to get everywhere! Waking up to the sight of tumble-weeds of white fur in the corners of the house and floating in my car is a reality when living with a Golden Retriever as they shed all year around, how do we cope?
Here are some of Murray’s favourite tips to save your next outfit, and maintain a clean home whilst owning a Golden Retriever.
Do Golden Retriever's shed?
Yes, Murray sheds daily! Honestly, there is no escape from his hair. If you’re thinking of getting a Golden Retriever, then a strong vacuum and pet brush will become your best friend and I promise you can still maintain a spotless home but will take a little extra upkeep.
Cant handle the hair? If daily tumbleweeds are an issue, then I would recommend you choose a different breed with low levels of shedding.
A golden coat
Murray has a double, long fluffy coat which is wavy and water-resistant. This means he has both a topcoat and undercoat both of which, will shed heavily during different times of the year.
Being a water dog, Murray’s coat is ideal for those not uncommon plunges into the ocean, pond or muddy puddle (which is often) as his undercoat acts as an insulator, keeping him warm. His outer coat is water-resistant and protects Murray from any hazardous elements in the water.
when is Golden Retriever shedding season?
Twice a year, Murray will excessively shed as his body adjusts to the change of seasons however it does feel like it is all year around. Shedding is at its worst in March, April and May to prepare for the warmer weather where his coat will become lighter. Similarly, in Spring Murray’s coat will prepare for Winter and the vacuum will be on perhaps twice a day removing his tumbleweeds off our floors!
Owning a Golden Retriever you will need to invest in a good vacuum. We use the Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner to manage the hair filling a canister each time. As I am also a little OCD, the car will also get a quick vacuum picking up any excess hair that was not captured on the back pet hammock.
Another must have investment is a lint brush for your clothes. I keep one in the car and one in the house so I am always prepared to brush away Murray’s white hairs from my clothes.
How often is Murray brushed?
Murray is brushed daily to manage some of the shedding. We have done this since he was a puppy and he loves this daily ritual as is another way to bond with your pet.
Just like your own hair, a Golden Retrievers coat can get long, tangled, and dirty without regular grooming meaning Golden’s require a little extra attention compared to short haired dogs. In the cooler months, Murray’s coat is preparing for summer and will float off him like sand in the wind.
To manage this as best we can, an undercoat rake is used on Murray as often as required as this makes a notable difference in a decrease to his shedding. It is recommended to use an undercoat rake prior to spring when your dog’s coat is to fall off and before the winter when their coat is about to grow in.
Grooming gloves is another option you can use between brushing to control shedding. These gloves are typically made of a soft plastic and help to remove excess and loose fur in the same way a brush does. Grooming gloves can also be used to clean Murray’s hair off the couch where he loves to sleep!
Can grooming help with shedding?
Yes! Golden Retrievers needs to be regularly groomed (once every 8 to 10 weeks). This can be done at home or through your friendly local groomer. Pawtal can locate a recommended pet groomer in your area to help maintain your pets hygiene and control shedding. A professional groomer can blow their coat out with a high velocity dryer which is very effective in getting rid of loose fur tapped in their undercoat. You should see a reduction in shedding for weeks afterwards.
Bathing at home
If you choose to bath your dog at home, Pawtal recommends an oatmeal based pet shampoo to keep their skin from becoming too dry. And as an added bonus they leave your dog smelling great.
Tip: After their bath towel dry your dog, while still slightly damp gently brush them out. The slicked down hairs will be easier to remove and will leave your Golden shed free for up to two weeks afterwards!
DO NOT use sprays or pills that claim to prevent Golden Retriever shedding. Some of these products may contain harmful chemicals that might ruin your dog’s coat and skin the more often you use them.
Is your Golden anxious or stressed?
Shedding from your Golden Retriever will be exacerbated when they are anxious and stressed. Keep your Goldens in a comfortable and relaxed setting with their living areas free from any threat or disturbance.
As Murray is shared between 2 homes, we try to keep his routine as similar as possible. He also lives and sleeps indoors, walked often and given constant pats and cuddles. I don’s believe Murray’s shedding relates to anxiety but is good to know!
Tip: Try to keep your Golden calm at all times and keep them busy with fun, worthwhile activities and their favourite toys!
Is diet causing Golden Retriever shedding?
Golden Retrievers may shed outside of their usual schedule due to health reasons. Poor diet, dehydration, allergies, parasites, and stress are all possible causes. The following signs can identify peculiar Golden Retriever shedding:
- Dry or brittle hair
- Irritation, open sores, blisters
- Bald patches
- Dislike of petting
The best diet for Golden Retrievers is a high-quality protein-rich diet consisting of 18-22% protein. Dogs can also get nutrients from vegetables, fruits, and grains. However, they should have the right amount of protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber for optimum health and lifespan. Murray is fed Royal Canin (Golden Retriever) twice a day with limited treats throughout the day.
help, will my home be ruined with pet hair?
Not at all, as you do get used to it and your pets love is well worth a few tumbleweeds on your floor. Golden Retriever’s are sweet, caring dogs, and if I have to vacuum and brush Murray daily than so be it.
If you keep up with brushing and grooming, then the shedding is much, much more manageable.