Do Aussiedoodles shed? A question that many of you might be asking before taking the huge leap of adopting an adorable Aussiedoodle puppy. As you might know, one of the biggest appeals of Doodles like the Aussiedoodle is that they’re considered very low to non-shedding dogs. In addition to that, they’re extremely fun-loving and affectionate pups with super high intelligence levels. Sounds like the perfect dog, am I right?! In this article, we’re going to learn more about the Aussiedoodle shedding levels, causes, prevention, and how you can combat excessive shedding. Let’s dig in!
Do Aussiedoodles Shed?
Do Aussiedoodles shed? How can I tell if my Aussiedoodle will shed? Do Mini Aussiedoodles shed? Contrary to the widespread belief that Aussiedoodles do not shed, there’s no such thing as a completely non-shedding dog. However, Aussiedoodles do have a great advantage compared to many other breeds – even the purebred Australian Shepherd parent. Thanks to the Poodle in their lineage, Aussiedoodles benefit from a more allergy-friendly coat, which has proven to be a great option for many people who struggle with dog dander allergies. (Or, people who just prefer a pup who’d leave less hair around the house.)
But as we said, even Aussiedoodles can shed some hair, regardless of their size. Commonly, this is determined by their coat type and genetics. Let’s now cover the main types of Aussiedoodle coats and how they can affect your Aussiedoodle’s shedding levels…
Types of Aussiedoodle Coats
Like other Doodles, we can never know for sure how an Aussiedoodle might turn out. As we’re combining two purebred dogs, the Australian Shepherd and Poodle, we can also expect a variety of outcomes namely in their appearance in terms of coat types and shedding. Let’s take an in-depth look.
Aussiedoodle Curly Coat
The most desired Aussiedoodle coat type in terms of shedding is the curly coat. Resembling most of the Poodle parent, Aussiedoodles with this coat type tend to shed the least. They’re typically single-coated with plush, curly hair. On the other hand, the Aussiedoodle curly coat requires the most maintenance out of the three. As their textured curly hair can easily become knotted and also trap in loose hair, dirt, and debris, they are the most prone to matting. For curly coat Aussiedoodles, daily brushing is an absolute must.
Aussiedoodle Wavy Coat
Also a popular choice, the Aussiedoodle wavy coat is a beautiful combination of the straight Australian Shepherd coat and the curly-haired Poodle. The wavy coat may or may not be double-layered, but it typically sheds very little thanks to the Poodle genes in the mix. And as the hair isn’t as curly and textured, it’s usually much easier to maintain than the curly coat.
Aussiedoodle Straight Coat
Lastly, we have the straight coat Aussiedoodle who inherits its hair mostly from the Australian Shepherd parent. Most commonly, pups with the straight coat also come with an insulating undercoat. The downside of this coat type is that it tends to shed considerably more than the other two coat types, especially during shedding seasons. Although straight-haired Aussiedoodles aren’t as prone to matting, you’ll still want to routinely brush out the loose dead hair that’s trapped beneath the thick layers of the double coat.
How Much Do Aussiedoodles Shed?
How much does an Aussiedoodle shed? Are Aussiedoodles a good choice for allergic people? Although Aussiedoodles with straight and wavy hair can shed, we can expect them to shed much less than the purebred Australian Shepherd parent. Thanks to the Poodle genes in the mix, all Aussiedoodles are considered low to non-shedding dogs. Of course, double-coated Aussiedoodles can shed some hair, especially during shedding season. However, you can easily combat this with regular brushing and coat maintenance.
When Do Aussiedoodles Shed the Most?
Why do some Aussiedoodles shed more than others? Do Aussiedoodles shed more during certain times of the year? Do Aussiedoodles blow their puppy coat?
Genetics and Hair Types
As we already mentioned, it all boils down to an Aussiedoodle’s genetic makeup and hair type. Hybrid breeds with Poodle in the mix all benefit from less shedding. However, if an Aussiedoodle takes more after the Australian Shepherd, we can expect them to shed more than Aussiedoodles taking after the Poodle parent.
All in all, understanding their genetic makeup gives us a pretty good estimate about an Aussiedoodle’s shedding levels. Reputable breeders often produce either one or multiple generations of Aussiedoodles. Here’s what they mean exactly:
|1st Parent||2nd Parent||% Australian Shepherd*||% Poodle*|
|F1 Aussiedoodle (first-generation)||Australian Shepherd||Poodle||50%||50%|
|F1B Aussiedoodle (first-generation backcross)||F1 Aussiedoodle||Poodle||25%||75%|
|F1BB Aussiedoodle (first-generation backcross backcross)||F1B Aussiedoodle||Poodle||12.5%||87.5%|
|F2 Aussiedoodle (second-generation)||F1 Aussiedoodle||F1 Aussiedoodle||50%||50%|
|F2B Aussiedoodle (second-generation backcross)||F1 Aussiedoodle||F1B Aussiedoodle||37.5%||62.5%|
|F2B Aussiedoodle (alternate cross)||F2 Aussiedoodle||Poodle||25%||75%|
|F3 / Multigen Aussiedoodle||F1B Aussiedoodle or higher||F1B Aussiedoodle or higher||Varies||Varies|
Based on that, we can expect F1b, F1bb, F2b, and F2bb Aussiedoodles to shed the least, as their genetic makeup has a higher percentage of Poodle. On the other hand, F1 and F2 Aussiedoodles who are a 50-50 mix of Australian Shepherd and Poodle can shed more than their curly-haired counterparts.
Time of Year
Aussiedoodle shedding is also often determined by the time of the year. Namely, seasonal changes like warm to cold weather, or cold to warm weather. Like the Australian Shepherd, double-coated Australian Shepherds might experience more shedding once their coat transitions from one season to another. Luckily, even straight-haired Aussiedoodles shed less than the purebred Australian Shepherds. However, you might still notice more loose hair around the house during seasonal shedding.
Like other dogs, Aussiedoodles blow out their puppy coat in their first year of life. They typically start transitioning into their adult coats between 4 and 6 months old. Sometimes even slightly later than that. In their early months, Aussiedoodles sport a softer puppy coat, which they’ll soon shed. The puppy coat is replaced with a thicker adult coat that’s going to stay the same throughout their life.
For some Aussiedoodles, the transition is almost seamless, and you won’t notice any patches of loose hair around the house. Neither will you notice different patches of hair on their body. In contrast, other pups go through more rapid stages of transition from a puppy coat to an adult coat. In fact, it’s not uncommon for Aussiedoodles to sport a much different fur compared to their puppy coat once they become adults.
Aussiedoodle Health Issues That Might Cause Shedding
In addition to their genetic makeup and coat types, Aussiedoodle shedding can also be caused by a variety of health issues and concerns. Let’s take a closer look.
Anxiety and stress can often cause an Aussiedoodle to shed excessively. It’s not uncommon for anxious pups to start grooming, licking, and scratching themselves more. This, in turn, can cause more hair to fall out. Anxiety can be caused by various stressors like separation anxiety, or from boredom. As Aussiedoodles are highly intelligent and energetic pups, it’s important they get plenty of daily exercise and mental stimulation. If they’re not able to channel their energy in a healthy way, they might get bored and anxious due to the lack of stimulation. Likewise, as Aussiedoodles are affectionate dogs, they can show signs of anxiety if they don’t get to spend enough quality time with their humans.
Additionally, your Aussiedoodle might experience stress and anxiety by changes in routine and daily life, such as moving to a different house, going back to the office after the pandemic, welcoming a new pet or baby into the family, or changes in family structure like divorce or death.
Fleas, Ticks, And Parasites
Another common cause of excessive shedding in Aussiedoodles are parasites. Fleas, ticks, and mites often trigger skin allergies and irritation, which in turn will often cause shedding. Luckily, parasites can be either prevented or treated easily with proper grooming and medications.
Poor nutrition and diet are also one of the leading causes of Aussiedoodle shedding. If your pup does not get all the essential nutrients it needs from their diet, it can lead to excessive shedding, hair breakage, or even bald spots.
Likewise, it’s not uncommon for Aussiedoodles to exhibit excessive shedding if you change their diet too suddenly. You might also want to consult with your veterinarian about possible food allergies that can cause your Aussiedoodle to shed.
Other Health Issues
Skin and food allergies and sensitivities can lead to excessive shedding in Aussiedoodles. Moreover, other serious medical conditions can also cause abnormal shedding. If you notice any unusual changes in your dog’s behavior like lethargy or depression, book an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.
Tips On How To Control Aussiedoodle Shedding
The best way to combat Aussiedoodle shedding is by providing your pup all the essential nutrients from their diet, a healthy and safe living environment, and a regular grooming routine.
For instance, if your Aussiedoodle’s shedding is caused by their diet, you might want to look into dog food formulas that have plenty of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from sources like salmon, flaxseeds, or additional supplements. Similarly, if your pup is struggling with food sensitivities and allergies, you might want to switch out their primary source of protein. Here are some great dog food formulas that Aussiedoodle owners swear by.
Additionally, make sure you manage your dog’s stress by giving them plenty of love, attention, exercise, and mental stimulation throughout the day. If you’re worried your pup is struggling with an underlying health condition, make sure you contact your vet about possible solutions.
However, most of the time, excessive Aussiedoodle shedding can easily be managed with proper grooming activities, such as daily brushing, regular bathing, and haircuts. Brushing helps rid loose hair, dirt, and debris from your dog’s fur. In addition to that, if you regularly brush your dog’s hair, it’s much less likely to become matted. Likewise, once in a while you should give your pup a thorough wash. Bathing will also rid the dog’s hair from dirt and debris, while removing dead hair from the depths of the fur.
Tools To Use For Aussiedoodle Shedding
As the easiest way to combat Aussiedoodle shedding is by daily brushing, we recommend you invest in a high quality slicker or pin brush. A good brush will help you get the job done and it’s going to last you for a long time. In fact, we’ve created a full guide on the best brushes for Aussiedoodle, where we discuss and review the best types of brushes for various purposes and coat types.
Similarly, you would want to purchase a specially formulated dog shampoo that’s gentle on your Aussiedoodle’s skin and hair, and won’t cause any skin irritations or trigger allergies. In this guide, we’ve listed the best shampoos that pro groomers recommend for Aussiedoodles. There you’ll find product recommendations for flea and tick prevention, skin sensitivities and allergies, dryness, or excessive shedding.
Do Aussiedoodles Shed? FAQ
Are Aussiedoodles Hypoallergenic?
Although Aussiedoodles are very low to non-shedding pups and often referred to as hypoallergenic, there’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. However, thanks to the Poodle genes in their genetic makeup, Aussiedoodles shed considerably less than their Australian Shepherd parents. All in all, Aussiedoodles are a great choice for people with allergies, especially the curly and wavy-haired pups who tend to shed the least.
Do Aussiedoodles Blow Their Puppy Coat?
Like other dogs, Aussiedoodles blow their puppy coats somewhere around 6 months old. The transition is typically smooth and there won’t be much shedding. However, during this time, you can expect to notice more loose hair around the house.
Why Is My Aussiedoodle Shedding So Much?
Firstly, some Aussiedoodles shed more thanks to their genetic makeup, where the Australian Shepherd genes are more prevalent. Secondly, Aussiedoodle shedding can be caused by a variety of health concerns like fleas, mites, and parasites, stress and anxiety, poor diet or sudden changes in diet, or skin allergies. To combat any of these concerns, we recommend you check out our suggestions we mentioned in this article.
Do Aussiedoodles Shed? Final Thoughts
In conclusion, Aussiedoodles are typically very low-shedding dogs who greatly benefit from the Poodle in their genetic makeup. They often come with a single coat, or with a low-shedding undercoat that sheds considerably less than those of the Australian Shepherd parent. We hope you learned some useful information about the levels of Aussiedoodle shedding and what you can do to prevent and combat excessive shedding in this adorable Doodle breed.
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