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What ages do coats change? 9 month old blowing coat?

What are the "typical" ages where a Golden's coat changes?

We have a just turned 9 month old boy who has a beautiful coat but it is suddenly "blowing"; literally!

It seems like he is shedding both undercoat and longer top coat. is this a normal thing for 9 months of age? He's shed a bit in the spring but nothing like this! Patting him outside in a breeze results in a gold explosion; definitely don't want to be talking unless you lik epicking hair from your teeth..

Anyway, thought I'd ask.. Otherwise he's same as normal, just shedding like crazy..

Thanks in advance!
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Boy oh Boy, I know what you're talking about. Duke did this to me when we first got him at 7 months old. Like you, I was concerned because it was SO much at once. Guard hairs and undercoat blew together and for a while I actually thought he had a skin disease or something because I had no idea that the stiffer guard hairs were supposed to shed as well. Duke actually almost went bald on the thighs and his hair was so short on the rest of him that he actually almost looked like a lab with skimpy feathering. He was UGLY and his hair felt stiff and dry to the touch as well... had me worried.
His hair is coming back in now and it's starting to thicken again.

I just kept brushing (2X daily) outside and bathing him lots. Although I don't know if this made a difference, but it's healthy for him, I now give them some mixed oil with their lunch. This stuff has salmon oil, sage oil, sunflower oil and flax oil in it... both my dogs' coats gleam.

It's now Sophie's turn to shed, but she's not doing nearly as heavily as Duke did.

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Yes it is normal. He is getting his big boy coat now. Does he look like he has a toupee on his back? I remember when Bama had that look.

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Sooo rather than start a new thread, I dug this one up using the search feature.

Similar to the original poster of this thread, my golden boy is 9 months as well.

Just a quick debriefing on Jackson's whole coat-blowing deal:

It's now May 31st, but it has been warm here in the Northeast for about 2 months. His coat has looked EXTREMELY poofy especially on his hind legs/hip areas. We brush with a pin brush daily and get a decent amount of hair out.

BUT this past Memorial Day weekend we had him at the beach for the first time, and we had him swimming for the first time too. It was a hot weekend, mid-to-upper 80's all weekend. Well when we got back from the beach yesterday, I gave him a bath to get the saltwater off of him. And then I brushed him. OH.....MY.....GOD 5 pin-brushes full of hair came out of him yesterday. I got another 3 full out of him during lunch today.

My question is - could the swimming have been what set off the blowing of the coat? Like I said, it was hot this weekend but it's been warm here for the last 2 months or so

I'm glad it's finally all coming out of him, but I'm just wondering if this weekend could have set it all off?

This is what he looked like last weekend, pre-shed explosion! See how puffy he is on his hind legs?

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Tom, what beach did you bring him to? I had Limerick at Cedar Beach marina last week, but got yelled at for having a dog there (after an hour jumping off the docks )
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Sooo rather than start a new thread, I dug this one up using the search feature.

Similar to the original poster of this thread, my golden boy is 9 months as well.

Just a quick debriefing on Jackson's whole coat-blowing deal:

It's now May 31st, but it has been warm here in the Northeast for about 2 months. His coat has looked EXTREMELY poofy especially on his hind legs/hip areas. We brush with a pin brush daily and get a decent amount of hair out.

BUT this past Memorial Day weekend we had him at the beach for the first time, and we had him swimming for the first time too. It was a hot weekend, mid-to-upper 80's all weekend. Well when we got back from the beach yesterday, I gave him a bath to get the saltwater off of him. And then I brushed him. OH.....MY.....GOD 5 pin-brushes full of hair came out of him yesterday. I got another 3 full out of him during lunch today.

My question is - could the swimming have been what set off the blowing of the coat? Like I said, it was hot this weekend but it's been warm here for the last 2 months or so

I'm glad it's finally all coming out of him, but I'm just wondering if this weekend could have set it all off?

This is what he looked like last weekend, pre-shed explosion! See how puffy he is on his hind legs?

Thanks!
Tom
Just wanted to say he is one handsome boy!!!
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our pup is going through the same thing, I attribute it to the weather, it's in the 90's already here
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ha!

well we keep our boat out east in Peconic Bay, and there's this sandbar that forms a point, so everyone just takes their boats right up on the beach and hangs on the point. It ends up being a private beach really.

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Nice private beach!!! I haven't noticed a change in Chili, which is to say he's shedding the "normal" amount for a Golden and my vacuums are working overtime to keep up. We haven't had him outside in the hot weather much though...his outdoor activity is when the sun is low. If he sheds any more than he is right now, I'm bustin out the clippers! We're going to have a large golden rat in the house!
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Nugget just blew his coat too - at age 8 months. We were at our mountain cabin and suddenly the entire couch and loveseat went from pine green to fuzzy cream. I brushed and brushed - gobs and gobs of soft undercoat along with clouds of mixed hair came loose. Right now Nugget is a mess but it's summer in Phoenix so he's soggy all of the time anyway. If there is water, he will find it.

We are giving him one large fish oil pill a day but perhaps more would help. Thanks for the suggestions.
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