Golden Retriever Grooming Information

Do Golden Retrievers need grooming?

The short answer is yes, and Golden Retrievers definitely need grooming. Grooming is an essential part of owning a Goldie. While this breed is known for its gorgeous coat, it can be cumbersome to care for. The good news? Goldens are relatively easy to groom at home, and their coat is worth the time and effort it takes to keep it looking its best.

Golden Retriever Grooming
Golden Retriever Grooming

What kind of grooming does a Golden Retriever need?

When you groom your dog, you’ll want to brush them regularly and trim its nails every couple of weeks. Your pooch will also need a bath, nail trimming, and ear cleaning every month. You’ll want to brush your dog at least two times per week because they shed fur constantly. If you don’t brush them regularly, the hair will build up around their paws and make it hard to walk comfortably. Brushing also helps distribute natural oils through the coat that keep it healthy and shiny!

For the Golden Retriever, grooming is essential to its well-being and beauty. First, the Golden Retriever coat is different from your standard poodle coat. The longer coat forms water-resistant layers that protect the dog from the elements-especially in cold weather. Grooming helps keep these “layers” healthy and intact. Without regular brushing and combing, the dog’s fur would not be able to keep it warm in winter or cool in summer.

Is it OK to cut a Golden Retriever’s hair?

It’s a question that you may have wondered yourself, perhaps during a grooming session while you run out of ideas on how to get through the knots and mats. Many breeders advise against it, saying that clipping is not behaviorally natural for the dog and can cause them to lose their coat too fast since they’re not going to be in contact with burrs and other things that will naturally keep their hair healthy.

How often should a Golden Retriever be groomed?

grooming golden retriever
grooming golden retriever
The Golden Retriever Club of America recommends that a Golden Retriever should be professionally groomed every 6-8 weeks. This may vary depending on your dog’s activity level and the season in which you live—if you’re in an area where there is snow or if your dog is constantly going for swims, you may need to increase this time frame.

Another factor to consider is the length of your dog’s hair—if your pet has long hair that tends to get tangled easily, increasing this time frame can help prevent painful knots from forming. If you prefer to do the grooming yourself, check with your local veterinarian for information on specific products and techniques that are best for your pet.

How often should a Golden Retriever be bathed?

The American Kennel Club recommends bathing your Golden Retriever once per month during the shedding season or every two months for dogs without much shedding. But these guidelines are only suggestions—still within reason and depending on how much your dog plays outside or in environments where they come into contact with dirt or other dogs that may not be as clean as possible. If your dog lives indoors with you most days of the week, it may not need to be bathed so often.

What happens if you don’t groom your Golden Retriever?

First off, let’s understand why brushing is essential. The fur on a Golden Retriever is quite long and thick, so regular grooming helps to remove dirt and any mats or tangles that may have formed in the fur between professional grooming sessions. Allowing mats and tangles to remain for long periods can damage the fur, weakening its protective qualities against the elements. If your dog’s coat is damaged, it becomes more susceptible to cold weather, drying out in hot weather and becoming infected by pests like ticks or mites.

When you let your Golden Retriever go without grooming, they’re going through a one-month transformation into what they would look like if they were living in the wild. Their coats become matted and tangled; their skin is exposed to dirt, germs, and parasites; their nails grow so long that they crack and bleed; their ears become dirty and clogged with wax—even their eyes start to get gunky! But it’s not just them that could suffer from the lack of grooming; it’s you as well (if not more).

Golden Retriever grooming

When it comes to appearance, there’s a reason why the Golden Retriever is one of the world’s most popular breeds. They are beautiful dogs with soft and luxurious coats—the type that any dog-lover would be happy to the pet for hours. While the Golden Retriever does tend to shed, it’s nothing that you can’t handle if you’re prepared. Regular grooming is the key to keeping your Golden Retriever healthy and looking great. Grooming is essential for all dogs, but it’s straightforward in the case of Golden Retrievers because they do not need much more than a quick brushing and bath.

Basic grooming advice

In case you’ve never brushed a Golden Retriever before, here’s how it works: their fur has two layers—the undercoat (or “down”) and the outer coat (or “guard”). The guard hair is long and straight and keeps your pup warm by trapping air close to the skin. On the other hand, the undercoat is short and dense, preventing moisture from getting trapped against your dog’s skin. When you brush your dog, you’ll be removing those undercoat hairs—you don’t want them getting matted together or turning into dreadlocks!

how to groom a retriever
how to groom a retriever

Tips for brushing & trimming

To keep your Golden looking his best, start by brushing him at least once a week. Make sure to brush his undercoat and his topcoat, and don’t forget the area behind his ears. Use a rubber curry comb or one made of plastic without teeth to remove the loose hair from his undercoat (you can also use a shedding blade, but those can be damaging if used incorrectly).

Brush in the direction of hair growth using short strokes, starting at the back of his head and working your way forward. If your Golden is not accustomed to being brushed, start slowly with short sessions that don’t last long enough for him to get bored. Work up to longer sessions as he gets used to being brushed.

golden retriever grooming supplies
golden retriever grooming supplies

Dog grooming supplies for a Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever care

The Golden Retriever is a sociable dog, and since they are happy and friendly dogs, they like to spend time with their owners. They love being around people and would do well in a family that has older children to play with. They are brilliant dogs and will pick up on training quickly.

golden retriever coats
golden retriever coats

The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog. They are active dogs and need to be exercised daily. They don’t do well if they don’t get at least one thirty-minute walk a day, but more activity would be better for them – perhaps bringing them along on a daily jog or bike ride with you! Make sure that your Golden Retriever always has access to fresh water when he or she isn’t inside with you.

Golden Retrievers are prone to obesity if given too many treats or do not exercise regularly. Their diet should be high in protein with moderate fat content. They must get daily exercise or a few good long walks regularly.

Coat and skincare

Golden Retrievers are known for their beautiful, shiny coats. The coat is typically golden-colored but can also be cream or brown. The Golden Retriever’s coat comprises two layers: the outer layer that’s coarse and flat and the undercoat that’s soft and dense. Because of their coat’s long length, Goldens require regular brushing every few days to prevent tangles from forming. The breed sheds year-round, but only heavily twice a year—during spring shedding (March through June) and fall shedding (September through November). Therefore, proper care and grooming are necessary to ensure that your home stays clean and that your dog stays healthy.

As for skincare, you’ll want to wash your dog’s face after walks to remove any pollen or other irritants. If you notice anything out of the ordinary on your dog’s skin, take it to the vet immediately.

The breed has sensitive skin due to its water-repellant and absorbent properties—so they’re more prone to allergies than shorter-haired dogs because they can’t cool themselves as quickly. If you notice your Golden Retriever scratching excessively or licking his paws, get it checked out by your veterinarian because these conditions could be signs of an allergy.

how to trim a golden retriever's ears
how to trim a golden retriever’s ears

Nail care

Nail care is a common problem for dogs, particularly large breeds with long hair. Their nails can become ingrown and infected from too much contact with the ground, leading to various health problems if left untreated.

To prevent this problem, owners should regularly inspect their dogs’ paws and trim the nails if they see any signs of overgrowth or soft-tissue growth. It’s best to trim them when the dog is relaxed, as the process can be challenging if your dog is stressed or excited. Start by gently holding down your dog’s paw and examining each nail. You may need to use a flashlight to get a clear view of the nails against the dark ground. You’ll then want to trim off the sharp tip of each nail with an appropriate trimmer.

Ear care

Ear care is one of the most important aspects of grooming for a golden retriever, and luckily it’s pretty easy to do at home. A puppy’s ears should be cleaned weekly, and adults’ ears should have a thorough cleaning every couple of months.

For dogs with long ear flaps or hair in the ear canal, you’ll need to brush out the hair first, or they’ll be susceptible to infection. Brush out excess hair with a slicker brush or grooming mitt. Use your fingers to clean out any debris you can’t reach with the brush, like dried wax or dirt. If you’re using a washcloth to wipe out the ear canal, make sure it’s clean!

Golden Retriever bathing
Golden Retriever bathing

Dental care

Dental care is a huge part of keeping your pet happy and healthy. It’s essential to go through the process regularly and keep up with any oral hygiene that needs to be done. Golden retrievers are very energetic and playful dogs, so they tend to have a lot of tartar build-up. You should brush their teeth at least every other day to prevent health problems or disease.

If you want to keep your Golden’s mouth healthy, provide him with chew toys that will help remove plaque and tartar build-up. It’s also good to check his teeth regularly and ensure that he isn’t developing any cavities. If he does show signs of tooth decay, you should bring him to see a veterinarian immediately because the infection could spread and become life-threatening. Regular visits to the veterinarian will also allow you to catch problems before they become too serious. Even if you don’t notice any problems yourself, it’s still a good idea for your dog to regularly visit the veterinarian so that the vet can check his teeth and other areas for any abnormalities that indicate an underlying disease.


The golden retriever is a great dog breed, especially for families with small children and those who enjoy outdoor activities.

If you love your Golden Retriever and want to do all you can to keep them looking and feeling their best, it is definitely worth the effort. It’s part of the commitment of being a dog owner, and when you look at how endearing, and loyal the dogs are, it’s hard not to feel that grooming is more than justified.

Michael Sherman

I'm Michael, a dog grooming expert with two doggies of my own. I love dogs and am always up for sharing tips on keeping your pup looking great. If you want to learn more about grooming or are looking for some tips on caring for your dog's coat, explore my site. 😎 participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to products on Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc, or its affiliates.