Are goldendoodles hypoallergenic? For those of you who have allergies or are sensitive to fur-bearing animals, asking this question is going to yield a very important answer in your decision to bring one home.
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 within the hair instead of being released into the air.
Did you know? It’s very rare that people are allergic to dog fur/hair; it is the dander from the skin that causes allergies to flare up.
So, 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 there are dogs that are considered hypoallergenic, like Poodles.)
However, similar to the question of whether goldendoodles shed or not, how likely goldendoodles are to trigger an allergic reaction in someone really depends on its generation, how its genes are expressed, and the amount of shedding it experiences.
I know that’s not the definitive answer you want to hear. But since Poodles are considered a hypoallergenic dog breed while golden retrievers are not, theoretically, the more “poodle” a goldendoodle has in its DNA, the less likely it will cause an allergic reaction.
How to Minimize Allergies Caused by Goldendoodles?
Perhaps you or someone in the house has been having trouble with allergies, or maybe you desperately want to bring a goldendoodle home (we don’t blame you!) but are worried about your own allergies. 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 caused by the dog by grooming her frequently.
Here are a couple of goldendoodle grooming tips to keep in mind to help with allergies:
Bathe her often…
Frequently bathing pets reduces the allergens found in their dander by about 85%! Combine baths with a great shed control shampoo and you’ll be a happy breather.
…But brush her more
Grooming – more specifically, brushing – is going to be absolutely key in controlling and minimizing your allergies, especially if you already have a sensitivity to furry animals!
Brushing will help distribute the dog’s skin’s natural oils. It also helps extract dirt, loose hairs, and dander from the hair.
More brushing = less dander = less allergies!
Side note: there’s an even bigger, more important reason why doodles REQUIRE daily brushing…I used to recommend brushing goldendoodles once or twice a week, but we’re hearing more complaints from professional groomers these days about doodle coat maintenance.
Hair matting can lead to skin infections that produce even more dander. And you know who are 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!
Goldendoodles’ hair can grow as long as 7 inches, so there will undoubtedly be some allergens lurking around no matter how often you bathe or brush her. Because of their fast-growing, lengthy hair, goldendoodle haircuts ought to happen quite frequently (…so frequently that you should consider investing in your own grooming tools to save money on grooming).
What other tips do you have for reducing allergies caused pets?