Are Goldendoodles hypoallergenic? For those of you who have allergies or are sensitive to fur-bearing animals, getting the answer to this question will ultimately help you in your decision to bring a Goldendoodle home. So let’s dive in.
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What Does ‘Hypoallergenic’ Mean?
For something to be considered hypoallergenic, it must be relatively unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction in someone. Animals that are considered “hypoallergenic” generally have longer hair that doesn’t shed. This allows the dander (dead skin particles) to stay embedded within the hair instead of being released into the air.
Did you know? It’s very rare that people are allergic to dog fur. It is the dander from the skin that causes allergies to flare up.
Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic or Not?
It’s important to note that even if a dog is completely hairless, it’s still going to produce dander (i.e. allergens). So in technical terms, no – Goldendoodles are not hypoallergenic, as no dogs are. Though in rare instances, some dogs are merely “considered” hypoallergenic – such as Poodles.
However, similar to the question of whether Goldendoodles shed or not, how likely an individual Goldendoodle is to trigger an allergic reaction in someone really depends on a few things. It depends on its generation, how its genes are expressed, and how much it sheds.
I know that’s not the definitive answer you want to hear, but don’t lose hope just yet!
As mentioned previously, Poodles are considered hypoallergenic. And even though Golden Retrievers are not hypoallergenic in the slightest, there is hope after all. Theoretically, the more “Poodle” a Goldendoodle has in its blood, the less likely he is to trigger allergies.
How to Minimize Allergies Caused by Goldendoodles
Desperately want to bring a Goldendoodle home, but worried about your allergies? Besides choosing the best generation for your situation (F1b), our best advice…
Grooming Tips for Reducing Allergies
If the question “are Goldendoodles hypoallergenic?” is burning a hole through your brain, you’ll be happy to know that you can minimize allergens by grooming him frequently.
Here are a couple of Goldendoodle grooming tips to help with allergies:
Bathe Him Often…
Frequently bathing your Doodle will significantly reduce the allergens caused by dander. Combine baths with a great shed control shampoo and you’ll be a happy breather.
…But Brush Him More
Grooming – more specifically, brushing – is going to be absolutely key in controlling and minimizing your allergies.
Brushing helps extract dirt, loose hairs, and dander from the hair. It also helps to distribute his skin’s natural oils.
More brushing = less dander = less allergies!
Side note: I used to recommend brushing Doodles once or twice a week, but there’s an even bigger, more important reason why Doodles REQUIRE DAILY BRUSHING.
Matted dog hair can lead to skin infections that produce even more dander. And you know who’s really prone to hair mats? Goldendoodles.
So… more brushing = less matting = less dander = less allergies!
There are a number of different brushes for Goldendoodles on the market, and slicker brushes like the Big G will remove loose hairs from the undercoat and reduce shedding and risk of allergens by up to 90%.
Time for a Haircut!
It is said that Goldendoodle hair never stops growing, so there will undoubtedly be some allergens lurking around no matter how often you bathe or brush him.
Because of their fast-growing, lengthy hair, Goldendoodle haircuts ought to happen frequently. You might even consider investing in your own grooming tools to save money on grooming.
What other tips do you have for reducing allergies caused by Goldendoodles? Let us know in the comments below!