A Guide to Labrador and Golden Retriever Shedding

Both Golden Retrievers and Labradors  are some of the most popular dog breeds around the world, and it’s no surprise! They’re lovable, loyal and easy to train making them great all-round family dogs. However, you might be worried about which of these dogs sheds the most fur and want to know whether Golden Retrievers or Labradors shed more. You might be worried about how much effort you’ll have to put into grooming them or simply keeping your house clean with a dog in the house. If so, keep reading! This post will discuss the key things to consider regarding shedding with these two popular dog breeds!

At a Glance...

Although most people think that Labradors and Golden Retrievers are similar in lots of ways, and for a lot of traits this can be true! However, before you decide which breed will be best for you, there are some key differences you should know. You might be very keen to know about how much fur your future dog is likely to shed or how their coat type will affect their grooming requirements. Here are some of the key differences in the coats of Labradors and Golden Retrievers:

Labrador

  • Double coat
  • Shorter outer coat
  • No feathering
  • Under-coat seasonal shedding

Golden Retriever

  • Double coat
  • Longer outer coat
  • Feathering
  • Under-coat seasonal shedding

So there are some of the key differences you should know, but keep reading to find out more about these differences and how these will affect their shedding amount, clean-up and grooming requirements!

Coat Type

Coat type is the main feature which determines the amount of shedding, grooming requirements and amount of cleaning needed to stay on top of the fur! While many people believe that these two breeds are similar in their coat types, there are some important key differences between them:

Labrador

Many might not know it, but Labradors have a double coat of fur required for different purposes. Their undercoat consists of dense, soft fur which is designed to keep your pup warm in cold temperatures. This is the layer which leads to the most shedding due to temperature changes where some of the coat is shed when the weather becomes warmer. 

Their outer coat also undergoes some shedding but can be significantly shorter generally than that of the Golden Retriever. This is the main difference in the coats of these two breeds.

Golden Retriever

Just like the Labrador, the Golden Retriever has a double coat with a similar dense, soft undercoat for keeping warm which leads to the most shedding. However, the outer coat of the Golden Retriever is generally longer than the Labrador, being bred for their longer, silky fur which gives them their characteristic appearance. 

The other main difference between Golden Retrievers and Labradors is the presence of feathering in Golden Retrievers. Most Golden Retrievers have moderate feathering on the front of their necks, underside of their tails and the backs of their legs. This feathering has the appearance of longer fur in these areas which are not as significantly present on Labradors.

Time of Year

Different dog breeds can also differ in the timing of their shedding and understanding this can help you to predict when your dog is likely to shed more or require more grooming! 

For these two breeds, the timing of their shedding is relatively similar. This is on account of both Labradors and Golden Retrievers having a similar double coat with a dense, soft undercoat and outer coat. While both breeds undergo year-round shedding, the most considerable shedding comes from their undercoats. Because their undercoat is designed to keep them warm in cold weather, shedding occurs in warmer months generally in summer. This occurs in both breeds.

Grooming

No matter what the coat type or length, all Labradors and Golden Retrievers need some level of grooming. Between the two breeds, it is commonly thought that Golden Retrievers need to be groomed approximately once or more a week when they are shedding normally and not undergoing seasonal shedding, when this might need to be more frequent. Many owners also take Golden Retrievers to professional groomers to manage their feathering, the main feature which requires different attention between these two breeds. 

During seasonal shedding, both breeds will require regular grooming to remove loose fur from their undercoat. However, unlike the Golden Retriever, Labradors do not need as much maintenance regarding feathers.

To Conclude...

There are a number of similarities between the shedding of type of coat that are shared between Labradors and Golden Retrievers. Their double coat needs maintenance and both breeds do shed constantly all year round where this generally increases during warmer months. Importantly, feathering in Golden Retrievers require more attention and grooming.

So those are the main things you need to know about the differences in shedding between these two lovable breeds! Don’t forget to check out our best ways of keeping your house clean with a dog that sheds!

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