Hair Removal for a Labrador Retriever

Hair Removal for a Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers' hair gets everywhere and on everything. Learn how to remove their hair here.

There is no doubt about it. Labrador retrievers have plenty of hair to spare, especially at shedding time. Originally bred to swim and retrieve water fowl, Labradors are protected by an insulating undercoat of dense, soft fur, which is covered by a slick, short, water-repellant topcoat. Although Labradors shed seasonally, generally in spring, they also tend to shed smaller amounts of fur throughout the year. Labrador retriever hair removal is a fairly simple process, made much easier if you groom your dog frequently to keep excess hair from accumulating.

Shedding Rake

Use a shedding rake to help pull loose hair from the Labrador retriever's undercoat. Although this loosened hair would eventually be shed naturally, removing it will help keep hair shed in your home to a minimum. Pull the shedding rake gently through the Labrador's coat, moving it in the direction of hair growth. Use a light touch as you move the shedding rake through the coat; the goal is to remove already loosened hair, rather than to pull out hair that's still part of the coat.

Fine-Tooth Comb

After using the shedding rake, run a fine-tooth comb through your Labrador retriever's coat. This will remove any loose hairs that the shedding rake left behind, and will also remove flakes of dried-out skin and debris that may be buried in the dog's hair. Move the fine-tooth comb gently through the hair, taking care not to get the comb stuck in the thick coat that is so typical of the Labrador retriever breed.

Short-Bristle Brush

After excess hair has been removed, use a grooming pet brush on the Labrador retriever's coat. Choose a quality grooming brush with rubber teeth that reach all the way through the dog's hair. A grooming brush of this type will massage your dog's skin as you use it, prompting the capillaries to produce natural oils that help make skin and coats healthier. After you finish with the grooming brush, your Labrador retriever will have a well-groomed appearance, with a shiny coat free of excess hair.

Regular Baths

Bathe your Labrador retriever on an "as needed" basis to remove excess hair that the grooming tools don't remove. Generally, this will be only once a month, or even less frequently, because regular grooming minimizes the need for baths. Use a shampoo formulated especially for dogs, and lather the whole coat, making sure to get shampoo all the way through the hair to your dog's skin. Rinse completely with warm water, and briskly towel-dry your Labrador retriever.

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