Taking two of the heaviest shedding breeds and creating offspring, well, only leads to more shedding!
Thankfully with the right tips, tricks and proactiveness owners can easily manage and reduce their Goberian’s shedding.
Of course shedding can’t be stopped completely, but with the following advice you’ll have a lot less hair on your floors and clothes than ever before.
After a decade of grooming experience I’ve experimented with all the brushes and different routines possible, I’m about to share with you what worked the best.
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Goberian Shedding: The Basics
Goberians shed, and they shed a lot! Both parent breeds, Golden Retrievers and Siberian Huskies, have a double-layered coat that sheds significantly, especially during specific periods of the year.
This characteristic passes onto their Goberian pups. Shedding is a natural process, where dogs lose old or damaged hair to make way for new strong hair. It also helps them regulate their body temperature effectively.
The thickness of their coat makes Goberians highly tolerant of cold weather. However, this feature also results in considerable shedding, which might be a concern for potential owners. If you’re sensitive to dog hair or have severe allergies, owning a Goberian may be challenging. However, regular grooming can help control this shedding and keep your home cleaner.
How Much Do Golden Retriever Husky Mixes Shed?
Both Golden Retrievers and Siberian Huskies have double coats that shed profusely, especially during the shedding season. Hence, a Goberian’s shedding can be intense and frequent.
Shedding might be more pronounced in Goberians whose coats lean towards the Husky side, as Huskies shed their undercoat twice a year. On the other hand, those with a coat more similar to Golden Retrievers may shed a moderate amount throughout the year, with increased shedding in the spring and fall.
Is it All Year?
Goberians tend to shed all year round, but the intensity of shedding can vary. They have what is known as ‘blowing coat’ periods, usually in the spring and fall, when they shed their undercoat in preparation for the new season. This is when the shedding is at its peak, and you might find a lot of loose fur around your house.
During the rest of the year, Goberians continue to shed, but the amount is significantly less than during these periods. Some Goberians may lean more towards their Golden Retriever parentage and might shed moderately throughout the year. Understanding your dog’s shedding pattern can help you establish a grooming routine that suits their needs.
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What Brushes are the Best For Goberians?
When it comes to managing Goberian shedding, choosing the right grooming tools is essential.
⭐ An undercoat rake and a slicker brush used together can do wonders for a Goberian’s coat.
These are the two brushes I’ve been using for over a decade, I so far have not found a better combination.
The undercoat rake is designed to penetrate a dog’s topcoat and remove loose hair from the undercoat, which is where most of the shedding comes from. Regular use of an undercoat rake can help reduce shedding and prevent the formation of mats and tangles. However, it’s important to use this tool gently to avoid harming your dog’s skin.
On the other hand, a slicker brush is excellent for removing loose fur and smoothing the topcoat. This type of brush has fine, short wires close together that can effectively remove smaller particles and tangles. By first using the undercoat rake, followed by the slicker brush, you can ensure that your Goberian’s coat is thoroughly groomed and tangle-free, which can significantly reduce shedding.
➡️ I like to start with 10 minutes of undercoat raking, followed by another 5 minutes to finish off the topcoat. Do this daily, and 50% of your shedding problems are gone immediately. Try it!
Tips to Reduce Shedding
While it is impossible to completely stop a Goberian from shedding, there are several strategies you can use to keep the shedding to a minimum.
Brushing routine ✅
A brushing routine is one of the most important factors in managing shedding. And the key is little and often!
10-15 minutes of daily brushing will perform infinitely better than brushing every 4 or 5 days for an hour each time. Little and often is the key to success.
Correct brushes ✅
There’s so many variations of brushes on the market, and some of the most heavily promoted (deshedding tools) are not the way to go.
I’ve tried all of them, and I’ve experienced not only underwhelming results, but also some damage to the topcoat when using a sharp deshedder.
The undercoat rake is gentle on the skin and coat while still highly effective. The slicker brush is hands down the best brush for the topcoat and picks up all the stragglers. These two are amazing when combined together.
Balanced diet ✅
A balanced diet plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy coat. A diet rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can improve skin health and reduce excessive shedding.
A high protein diet with relatively low carbs will also help keep your Goberian in optimum health. Again, keeping your dog healthy on the inside will keep them healthy on the outside.
If you’re unsure about the best diet for your Goberian, consult your vet to recommend high-quality dog food that meets your pet’s nutritional needs.
Proper hydration ✅
Hydration is another factor that can influence your dog’s coat health. Ensure your Goberian has access to clean, fresh water at all times. Dehydrated skin can lead to increased shedding, while adequate hydration can enhance skin and coat health.
I like to have more than one water bowl around the home for my dogs. This encourages them to drink more frequently if they can see their water more often. One problem with our dogs is that they don’t drink enough!
Avoid overbathing! ✅
While regular bathing can help manage shedding in Goberians, it’s important not to overdo it.
Overbathing can strip away the natural oils present in your dog’s skin, leading to dry and irritated skin, which in turn can cause more shedding.
A general rule is to bathe your Goberian every 3 months or or when they get particularly dirty or start to emit a doggy odor.
Always use a natural ingredient dog shampoo, as regular pet shampoos often contain chemicals that are simply way too strong!
After bathing, a thorough brushing can help remove any loose hair and spread the skin’s natural oils, promoting a shiny, healthy coat.
Managing Goberian shedding can be a bit of a task given their heavy shedding tendency. However, with the right tools like the undercoat rake and slicker brush, and regular grooming routines, you can significantly control the amount of hair your Goberian loses.
Remember, shedding is a natural process, and while it might seem overwhelming during the ‘blowing coat’ seasons, it is a sign of a healthy dog adjusting to changing weather conditions. With regular care, a balanced diet, and adequate hydration, you can ensure your Goberian’s coat stays healthy and vibrant, and shedding is kept to a manageable level.
Owning a Goberian comes with the responsibility of managing their unique double coat. With time and patience, this task can become a rewarding part of your bond with your pet, keeping them comfortable and your home cleaner.
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