If you are looking for a loyal and affectionate family pet, the charming Labrador rarely falls short. However, there will be months when your Labrador sheds a lot and you need to be prepared for it.
Working dog breeds like Labradors have double coats. This means that they have an inner and outer coat to protect them from the elements.
As the warmer months approach, your pup does not need as much insulation so they start to shed the inner coat. This is referred to as molting and it usually occurs in the springtime just before the hot summer months.
Molting season will usually last approximately three weeks. This is the period when your Labs will shed the most.
During winter your Labrador needs more insulation from the cold. To achieve this, your pooch will shed the sparse summer coat so that they can grow a denser coat for the winter months.
This results in the shedding of the old coat to make room for the new one. This means that you should expect your Labrador to shed during winter.
The major shedding in Labrador occurs twice a year, but this breed will shed all year round. However, the shedding is usually much lighter outside of the molting season. You will also notice that your Labrador sheds more as they age. This is completely natural.
You should also expect your Labrador puppy to lose their puppy coats at the age of 4 or 5 months. At this age, your pup will shed their coat and grow a longer coat.