Do Golden Retrievers Have Hair or Fur?

Keeping up with the dog hair is likely the worst part about owning a Golden Retriever; it gets all over our couches, rugs, floors–you name it, there’s a clump of dog hair embedded in it or rolling around underneath it.  While we generally refer to a Golden Retriever’s luscious coat as ‘dog hair’ is it really? Do Golden Retrievers have hair or fur?

Golden Retrievers have fur, instead of hair.  The double coat of a Golden is made up of two coats of fur that sheds continuously throughout the year.

Golden Retrievers: Hair or Fur?

In scientific terms, hair and fur, are actually considered the same thing because they are made up of the identical chemical compounds. Even in practice, the terms ‘hair’ and ‘fur’ are often used interchangeably when talking about a dog’s coat

Are Golden Retrievers Easy To Groom?

In general, Golden Retrievers are quite easy to groom. No special skill is required to groom a Golden, it is more about consistency.

You should give them a full grooming (bathing, brushing, trimming, etc.) about every six weeks. You shouldn’t let your Golden’s coat go ungroomed for longer than six weeks.

How Often Should Golden Retrievers Be Groomed?

- First, you’ll need to get your dog’s fur ready. Take a slicker brush like this one (Amazon) and brush from their head to their tail. - Next, you should bathe your Golden. If they’ve got a nasty scent, you can do this before brushing.

How To Groom Your Golden Retriever

Grooming a Golden Retriever is a fairly easy process. It’s just important that you keep a somewhat consistent grooming schedule.  It will end up making your Golden Retriever a lot more comfortable and happy!