During adulthood, a golden retriever’s coat type can be described as long and flowing with some feathering. Since golden retrievers were bred as sporting dogs that retrieved game, the breed has thick coats with a good undercoat, so the fur is water-repellant. However, before gaining this adult coat, golden retrievers go through multiple stages of coat growth and shedding.
Golden Retriever Coat Stages by Age
A golden retriever puppy's fur growth starts with a soft, fluffy texture. At around three months of age, you will start to see some feathers as the puppy grows into a more adult coat. However, the exact time this feathering begins depends on genetics.
The three- or four-month mark is also when you will notice some long fur, which will generally start on the tail. Over about 18 months, this longer, adult fur will grow all over the dog and generally be darker than the puppy fluff. The adult fur won't eliminate the puppy fur but will instead form the undercoat.
Even in adulthood, golden retrievers will have some fur variation. Dogs that are outdoors much of the time will have thicker fur when compared to indoor dogs. There are also seasonal and genetic variations in fur.
When Do Golden Retrievers Get Fluffy?
For the first three months of life, golden retriever puppies are little golden fluffballs. Although you will notice the puppy fur getting thicker in the first few months, it will remain short. Even at this stage, you will want to get your dog used to grooming by running a soft brush over your puppy’s fur at least a few times a week.
Golden retrievers are heavy shedders, and getting into a grooming routine early can help you avoid hair all over the house. As your puppy grows to three or four months, include a rake and pin brush in the grooming routine. The pin brush will help loosen any stray hairs of the outer coat while the rake will tackle the thicker undercoat.
Experience the Different Golden Retriever Coat Types
Are you curious to experience the puppy and adult stages of a golden retriever for yourself? Golden Meadows Retrievers is a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America and the International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA), and we have been breeding and showing golden retrievers for over 25 years.
We believe in early neurological stimulation, early socialization and some basic training to get our puppies started. All our puppies come with a one-year health guarantee against specific common health defects of the eyes, hips and heart. Best of all, we get to know each puppy in every litter so we can pair them with families based on lifestyle, personality and temperament, ensuring you get the right companion.