Can You Get Short Haired Golden Retrievers?

Golden Retrievers are beautiful dogs with long wavy golden hair. Their magnificent coats make them easy to pick out at a crowded dog park.  Perhaps you’ve seen some dogs that look similar to Goldens but with shorter hair and wondered if you can get a short haired Golden Retriever?

The truth is there is no such thing as a purebred Golden Retriever with short hair. Though you may have seen what appears to be a short-haired Golden, it is more than likely a mixed breed. 

Golden Retrievers, along with a few other dog breeds, have what is known as a double coat. First there is the undercoat which is made up of short densly packed hair, meant to keep the dog warm and dry.

Golden Retriever Coats

The long top coat on a Golden Retriever starts to appear on a puppy at around 3 months in age but it can take over a year before all of their long haired top coat grows in and starts to “feather”.

Feathering

Not to split hairs here, but even though there is no such thing as a purebred short haired Golden Retriever, some purebred Goldens do have shorter hair than average.

Short Haired Golden Retrievers

As mentioned earlier, it is possible to have shorter-haired Goldens. That is not to say their coats are cropped like a Labrador, only that they are slightly shorter than the average for a Golden.

Shorter Haired Golden Retriever Genes

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