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“Non-shedding AND hypoallergenic!” If you’re thinking about getting a Goldendoodle to be your next four-legged family member, you’ve probably heard the above statement from every Doodle breeder out there. But maybe you’re skeptical and still wonder, “Really, though…do Goldendoodles shed?”
We’ve all experienced it – the bothersome layer of pet hair that clings to every square-inch of our clothing. For some people, it’s a way of life…but since you’re here, we’re guessing you don’t want to be one of those people.
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So…Do Goldendoodles Shed?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s literally no such thing as a 100% non-shedding dog. This, unfortunately, includes Goldendoodles. (And anyone who says otherwise is just trying to sell you something 😉 )
The GOOD NEWS is that there’s typically a good chance that a Goldendoodle will shed way less than the average dog. So to answer the question of “do Goldendoodles shed” really depends on how each Goldendoodle was bred, i.e. what its generation is.
What Are the Chances of a Goldendoodle Shedding A LOT?
To understand the chances of a Goldendoodle shedding any amount, you have to know a little about genetics. If you don’t, no worries – it’s pretty easy to understand. Let us explain.
Let’s say you have a first generation (F1) Goldendoodle, whose parents are a purebred Golden Retriever and a purebred Standard Poodle. Now, Golden Retrievers are typically heavy shedders and Poodles are typically non- shedding. As such, genetically (and mathematically) speaking, their offspring pups will have some chance of shedding. And by some, we mean less than a Golden Retriever, but more than a Poodle.
Here’s a basic genetics chart – technically called a Punnett square – showing the genotype (genetic makeup) for F1 Goldendoodle shedding.
|F1 Goldendoodle||Parent: Poodle - light shedding (Pl)|
|Parent: Golden Retriever - heavy shedding (Gh)||PlGh|
What Are the Chances?
In the table above, “Pl-Gh” indicates that the F1 Goldendoodle will have a 50% chance of heavy shedding and a 50% chance of light/non-shedding. However, we all know that genetics are never black and white.
Think of yourself and your siblings as an example. Your mom may have blonde hair, and your dad may have dark brown hair. Yet, you may have light brown hair, while your sister got mom’s blonde hair and your brother got dad’s dark brown hair.
Most likely, the F1 Goldendoodle will fall somewhere in between heavy and non-shedding.
In my own experience with Chloe (my F1 Goldendoodle), I seemed to luck out, as she hardly sheds at all. The only time I notice her hair is when there’s a small clump of it in the corner of the room after a few weeks of not vacuuming. That’s actually pretty comparable to the normal amount of hair that humans shed!
Now, if you have a first generation backcross, or F1b Goldendoodle, the genotype will be a little different. An F1b Goldendoodle whose parents are an F1 Goldendoodle and a purebred Poodle will, in theory, be 25% Golden Retriever and 75% Poodle. As such, there’s a much higher chance that the F1b pup will be a very light shedder. This is because the pup contains more genes from the Poodle side, and standard poodles are inherently light/non-shedding.
Here’s another Punnett square showing the genotype for F1b Goldendoodle shedding.
|F1b Goldendoodle||Parent: Poodle - light shedding (Pl)|
|Parent: F1 Goldendoodle - heavy shedding (1h)||Pl-1h|
|Parent: F1 Goldendoodle - somewhere-in-between shedding (1m) (most likely)||Pl-1m|
|Parent: F1 Goldendoodle - light shedding (1l)||Pl-1l|
Unlike the table for F1 Goldendoodles, this one has three variables from the “Parent: F1 Goldendoodle” side:
- One for heavy shedding
- One for light shedding
- And one for somewhere-in-between shedding
What Are the Chances?
Indicated by “Pl-1h”, if a heavy-shedding F1 Goldendoodle is bred with a light/non-shedding Poodle, in theory, the offspring (F1b Goldendoodle) will have a 50% chance of heavy shedding and a 50% chance of light/non-shedding.
Indicated by “Pl-1l”, if a light shedding F1 Goldendoodle is bred with a light/non-shedding Poodle, in theory, the offspring (F1b Goldendoodle) will have a 100% chance of light shedding.
Again, though, genetics are never black and white – so take these percentages with a grain of salt.
Indicated by “Pl-1m”, if a somewhere-in-between shedding F1 Goldendoodle is bred with a light/non-shedding Poodle, in theory, the offspring (F1b Goldendoodle) will have between a 50% and a 100% chance of light/non-shedding. This is the most likely scenario.
If you want to know more about the average amount of shedding between Goldendoodle generations, see how hundreds of Goldendoodle owners rated their dog for amount of shedding, hypoallergenic-ness, and ease of grooming.
The uncertainty surrounding how much or how little any individual Goldendoodle will shed…is simply a reality with mixed-breed dogs. They can take on the characteristics of either parent to any degree, and no one – not even the most seasoned of breeders – can control how they physically turn out.
So if you’re here because you want to bring a Goldendoodle into your life, but don’t want to risk getting a heavy shedder, I would suggest looking for an F1b Goldendoodle whose parents are an F1 Goldendoodle and a Poodle. Keep in mind, though, that an F1b Goldendoodle will look more like a Poodle and less like a Golden Retriever.
How to Manage Goldendoodle Shedding
In any case, Goldendoodle shedding is definitely manageable. If you find your nose a little too runny or clothes a little too hairy, it’s a great idea to start practicing good grooming on your Goldendoodle.
Honestly, you should settle for nothing less than daily brushing.
Some quick Goldendoodle shedding prevention grooming tips include:
- Use a slicker brush or steel comb frequently to eliminate loose hairs, dirt, and dander, as well as to prevent matting.
- Use a shed control shampoo when you bathe her. We recommend this one.
- Make sure your Goldendoodle gets haircuts often.
Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?
For anything to be considered hypoallergenic, it must be relatively unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction. Again, it really depends on how the generation of the pup and how his genes are expressed. For a more in-depth answer, check out this post.
Despite our vague answer to the “do Goldendoodles shed” question, there’s no substitute for the cuteness that they bring to the world!
If you have a Goldendoodle, how is he/she when it comes to shedding? Join the discussion by leaving a comment below!