Why Does My Labrador Shed So Much

Why Does My Labrador Shed So Much?

Cats are notorious shedders. We all know this whether you’ve owned a cat or not. You’ve seen someone at the grocery store with fur all over their coat or pants and there’s no need for Sherlock Holmes!

They are a cat person. Especially telling, is white fur on a black woolen coat, making it look as though the cat owner has been rolling around on the floor with their cat!

What about dogs? Some people think they want a dog because they don’t shed as much as cats, plus most dogs have sunnier attitudes!

Think again! There are some dogs that don’t shed too much at all while others shed so much you could create another dog with the piles of fur.


Unfortunately, the Labrador retrieverOpens in a new tab. is in the shedding category and sometimes the garbage bag full of fur category. If you own a Lab, you are probably asking the question, “why does my Labrador retriever shed so much?”

In the following post, I will answer that question and give you information on Labrador shedding season as well as Labrador shedding solutionsOpens in a new tab..

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Why Does My Labrador Shed So Much?

If you own a Labrador retriever, you probably know already that this breed does shed Opens in a new tab.a lot. You may compare the Golden retrieverOpens in a new tab. to the Lab thinking that your pup doesn’t seem to have hair that’s as thick or long and has you wondering, “why does my lab shed so much?”

Your Labrador retrieverOpens in a new tab. originated as a hunting and retrieving dog and their development played a role in the type of coat they have today.

They needed a warm insulated and waterproof coat for retrievingOpens in a new tab. game in the icy cold waters of the North Atlantic.

The Lab has a double-thick coat that is made of a soft dense undercoat, for an insulated lining and a protective short topcoat, that is shiny from necessary oils that make it waterproof. Your pup will shed all year but will shed immensely two times a year, spring and fall.

Labrador retrievers come in three different colors, black, chocolate brown, and yellow and if you’re thinking one color may shed less than another, this is not the case.

Don’t try to trade in your pup for a different color because they all shed equally. Depending on your floor or carpet colors, the shade of your Lab’s fur just may show up more on lighter or darker flooring.

All dog breeds do shed, but some more than others and sometimes it seems as if there’s no rhyme or reason. Take the Dalmatians with their very short but picky fur.

They are very big shedders. There are a few dogs that don’t shed much at all like the Irish water spaniel, giant and standard schnauzers, Airedale terrier, Irish terrier, miniature and standard poodle, the Goldendoodle, and the Labradoodle. Now,

I know what you’re thinking, the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle? One is a part Golden retrieverOpens in a new tab. and part poodle while the other is part Labrador and part poodle. Not too much shedding poodle genes must be the dominant ones. So, there is no rhyme or reason!

Labrador Shedding Season

Even though dogs don’t live outdoors like their ancestors who needed thick winter coats to keep them warm and dry, protecting them from harsh climates, they still get winter and summer coats because of evolution.

Some breeds like the Labrador retriever that are well endowed with two coats, shed some all year but do have a shedding season and two seasons a year to be exact.

Your Labrador will shed Opens in a new tab.their entire undercoat in the fall to make way for a much warmer winter coat and in the spring again, to grow in a much cooler summer coat.

These seasons of shedding will last from two to three weeks. Even though your pup has a short coat it is very thick and dense, leaving you with a lot of hair to clean up, so much that you could make another coat, or two!

Don’t feel alone because there are many other breeds with double coats. The Golden retriever, German shepherd, Siberian huskyOpens in a new tab., and the Australian shepherd are a few that require a stepped-up clean-up, for more information about shepherd dogs related visit https://shepherddogsite.comOpens in a new tab..

Labrador Shedding Solutions

Your Labrador retriever will shed all year long, but consistently more during shedding season also known as “coat blow.”

What can you do to keep from drowning in fur and get it under control? Consistency is the key with these simple steps listed below.

Grooming

Brushing your Lab regularly will greatly eliminate piles of fur from accumulating around your home. It is essential to brush your Lab at least once a week during non-shedding season but at least two to three times a week during “coat blow.”

Brushing every day, if possible, can really help with the battle against fur and can actually save time in the long run.

Using an undercoat rake to loosen and drag the dead insulated coat out, efficiently removes fur and following with a slicker brush gets rid of any leftover loose hair.

Finish up by wiping the pup with a soft damp cloth or pet wipes. Weather permitting, it’s best to brush and groom outdoors to keep fur at bay in your house.

Bathing

Bathing your retriever is necessary for your pup to be clean, clean smelling, and healthy. No one likes doggie odor! You can bathe your Lab every four to six weeks, especially if they are outdoors a lot and get dirty.

You should make one bath time during shedding season, as this will help further to rid your Lab of the loosening undercoat.

Use mild dog shampoos only. There are plenty to choose from these days that are healthy for both skin and coat. Don’t over bathe, however, as this can cause dry, itchy, irritated skin.

Professional Grooming

Bathing a big dog is not for the faint of heart especially if you need to do it in a small bathroom. If puppies are exposed to bathing and grooming, they grow to be cooperative.

If you feel like a contortionist while trying to hold and shampoo them and your bathroom looks like a fur bomb exploded, take the load off and seek the help of a professional groomer.

For them, there is no stress and most are pretty quick, with the end result being a gorgeous, perfectly coifed, and amazing smelling Lab!

They can even take care of ear cleaning, clipping nails, and a little trim in problem areas if needed.

Never have them shave your retriever. Good groomers would tell you this is not a good idea. Yes, it would definitely cut down on shedding but dogs need their fur to regulate their temperature in both warm and cold weather.

The fur also protects their skin. If shaved this can leave the door open to sunburn, bug bites, and even skin infections.

Swimming

Labs absolutely love to swim and swimming is a fun way to loosen and get rid of fur. After swimming, rinse your pup off, especially if they’ve been swimming in a chlorinated pool. Wipe excess loose fur with a towel. Don’t forget to clean your pool’s filter to prevent clogs!

Diet

Feed your pup a good diet with high-quality dog food that contains all of the necessary vitamins, minerals, and supplements for optimal health and which will give them healthy skin and coat from the inside out.

Don’t forget your home!

You will need to vacuum your house frequently, so it doesn’t look like the Dust Bowl or the fur bowl! You may need to vacuum every day during shedding season, especially if anyone in your household suffers from allergies.

Investing in a good quality vacuum, one made especially for pet parents cuts down on floating fur and aggravation, not to mention saving time with a great working vacuum.

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Why Does My Lab Shed So Much? A Few More Possibilities.


Of course, your Lab will shed profusely during “coat blow” season, but if you are noticing multitudes of fur at other times, this could be a red flag that something else is amiss.

If you see bald patches and skin looks red and irritated, dry or itchy, this may be more than normal shedding. Listed below are reasons for shedding in excess.

Nutrition

If your Labrador is not getting proper nutrition from their diet, this can definitely trickle down to fur loss.

Most high-quality foods do contain all of the minerals and nutrients your pup will need but they may be deficient in some areas that would have a detrimental effect on both skin and coat. Your veterinarian may suggest supplements after routine testing.

Allergies

Yes, dogs can suffer from allergies both environmental and food.Opens in a new tab. Your pup might be allergic to pollen, ingredients in their food, or even detergent or fabric softener you’ve washed their bedding with. These can all cause itching, scratching, dull dry hair, and hair loss.

Stress


Yes, stress can cause hair loss in humans and in animals. Hair looks healthy under a microscope but it simply falls out due to emotional or physical stress.

If there’s something new or different going on in your household, this can ignite stress and cause fur loss.

Medical condition

Other reasons for loss of fur can be medical in nature such as dermatitis, hypothyroidism, or even fluctuating hormones.

Don’t hesitate to check in with your veterinarian if you suspect any of the above or if you are just plain baffled by the hair loss.


In this post, we have definitely been informed that Labs do, in fact, shed and at times, a boatload! Hopefully, the tips with Labrador shedding solutions have given you good ideas and will help you to manage your Labrador’s shedding. If your Lab’s shedding is constant and you are concerned, contact your veterinarian.

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