Do Golden Retrievers Shed? Find Out More About Shedding in Goldens

Golden Retriever Shedding Season: What Is It?

The shedding season of your dog is usually from late spring into summer. Your golden retriever sheds during this time because it’s getting ready to grow up and leave its mother and go out on its own.

Do Golden Retrievers Shed More Than Labs?

No, they don’t. Labradors are smaller dogs with shorter hair coats and their shedding season lasts longer. They tend to shed most often around the same time as your golden retriever does. A lab may even have a few extra days of shedding before she grows up!

How Long Does It Take For My Dog To Grow Up And Leave Its Mother? How Much Hair Should I Expect Him To Have?

It depends on several factors such as the breed, age, size and health status of your dog. However, if you’re lucky enough to have a puppy or young adult dog that’s healthy and growing at a normal rate then you’ll probably see him leaving home soon after he turns one year old. If not though, well there isn’t much you can do except wait!

What Happens When My Golden Retriever Shuts Off His Lid?

You won’t be able to see his eyes until he starts growing them again. This may take a few days, a week, or longer for some dogs. You’ll know he’s finished when you don’t see any hairs coming out of his eye lids anymore.

How Long Does My Dog’s Lid Stay Shut?

During the up and coming “shedding season” your dog’s lid will stay shut for about 4 to 6 weeks.

What Is A Lid?

A “lid” or “third eyelid” is a thin layer of skin that temporarily grows over your dog’s eye while its other eyelashes and fur are falling out. This is a necessary part of the shedding process.

When Does My Dog’s Lid Start To Grow Back?

It may take several weeks after his eye starts showing again to see any new hairs growing back. Be patient!

What Color Are My Dog’s Lid Eye Hairs?

The hairs that grow in after his eye is visible are usually the same color as the rest of his fur. There’s no way to predict a color though.

How Long Does It Take For My Dog’s Eye To Grow Back Its Hair?

It may take several weeks before all the hairs have grown back in. You’ll know it’s finished when you can’t see any skin around his eye anymore.

Are There Any Other Changes I Should Watch Out For?

Yes, there are other changes that happen during a dog’s shedding season that you can expect to see. Check out the next questions!

When Is My Dog Going To Shed Its Fur?

You may start to notice your dog losing small amounts of fur one or two months before his lid starts to grow back. It may fall out one hair at a time or in clumps! Some dogs even start growing new hairs on their back and sides before any hairs come out of their eye lids!

How Do I Know When My Dog’s Eye Is Fully Grown?

When you can’t see any skin around his eye anymore it means his lid is finally grown!

Is There Anything I Should Do Differently During A Dog’s Shedding Season?

It’s best to brush your dog’s coat at least once a week and keep his nails trimmed during this time. You should also take him to the vet for a checkup before the shedding season starts. This way you’ll know that everything is normal and nothing needs to be treated!

Where Can I Learn More About My Dog’s Eye?

Here are a couple of links to dog eye photos. The first one is of a normal eye. The second one is of a dog with a “cherry eye”. Lastly, the third link is to a photo of a dog with some sort of skin disease. You can see all three by clicking on the links below.

Normal Dog Eye

Cherry Eye

Skin Disease

This information is provided for reference only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any condition your pet may have. Always consult a veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.

Are There Any Questions That You Have Not Seen Anwered?

If you have any questions about your dog’s coat or eyes that have not been answered here, feel free to ask them. We will be happy to answer them as soon as we can.

Sources & references used in this article:

Golden Retriever vs Labrador–Two of the Most Popular Dogs to Choose by M Story –

Goldiva Goldens by MH Bonham – 2005 – Penguin

The Golden Retriever by MD Cashin, LV Faulhaber –

Dogs for dummies by S Morn – 2009 –

Complete Puppy & Dog Care: What every dog owner needs to know by G Spadafori – 2019 –

The ultimate hunting dog reference book: A comprehensive guide to more than 60 sporting breeds by B Fogle – 2014 –