“Non-shedding AND hypoallergenic!” If you’re thinking about getting a goldendoodle to be your next four-legged family member, you’ve probably heard that statement from every goldendoodle 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 really no such thing as a 100% non-shedding dog. This, unfortunately, includes goldendoodles. (It’s my opinion that anyone who says otherwise is just trying to sell you something 😉 )
The GOOD NEWS is that there’s typically a good chance that goldendoodles will shed way less than the average dog. So to answer the question, “Do goldendoodles shed?” It really just depends on how each goldendoodle was bred.
What are the chances of a goldendoodle shedding A LOT?
To understand the chances of a goldendoodle shedding, you have to know a little about genetics. If you don’t, no worries. It’s pretty easy to understand…
Let’s say you have a first generation (F1) goldendoodle, whose parents are a purebred golden retriever and a purebred standard poodle. Since golden retrievers are typically heavy shedders and poodles are typically light shedders, their offspring pups genetically (and mathematically) will have a higher chance of shedding (less than a golden retriever, but more than a poodle).
|F1 Goldendoodle||Parent: Poodle - light shedding (Pl)|
|Parent: Golden Retriever - heavy shedding (Gh)||PlGh|
What are the chances?
In the table above, the PlGh indicates that the goldendoodle will have a 50% chance of heavy shedding and a 50% chance of light shedding. However, most likely the goldendoodle will fall somewhere in between. This is because genetics aren’t black and white, as you know; it really just depends on how the genes are expressed. 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.
In my own experience with Chloe (my F1 goldendoodle), I did get really lucky, 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 us humans shed!
Now, if you have a first generation backcross (F1b) goldendoodle, whose parents are an F1 goldendoodle and a purebred poodle (making the F1b pup 25% golden retriever and 75% poodle), there’s a much higher chance that the F1b pup will be a light shedder. This is because the pup contains more genes from the poodle side, and standard poodles are inherently light-shedders.
|F1b Goldendoodle||Parent: Poodle - light shedding (Pl)|
|Parent: F1 Goldendoodle - heavy shedding (1h)||PlGh|
|Parent: F1 Goldendoodle - somewhere-in-between shedding (1m) (most likely)||Pl1m|
|Parent: F1 Goldendoodle - light shedding (1l)||Pl1l|
Unlike the table for F1 goldendoodles, this one for F1b goldendoodles 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?
If a heavy shedding F1 goldendoodle is bred with a light shedding poodle, in theory the offspring (F1b goldendoodle) will have a 50% chance of heavy shedding and a 50% chance of light shedding (Pl1h).
If a light shedding F1 goldendoodle is bred with a light shedding poodle, in theory the offspring (F1b goldendoodle) will have a 100% chance of light shedding (Pl1l).
If a somewhere-in-between shedding F1 goldendoodle is bred with a light shedding poodle, in theory the offspring (F1b goldendoodle) will have between a 50% and a 100% chance of light shedding (Pl1m). This is the most likely scenario.
If you want to know more about the average amount of shedding, see how a bunch of goldendoodle parents rated their dog for Amount of Shedding.
Not knowing whether an individual goldendoodle puppy will shed a lot or a little is simply a fact about mixed-breed dogs – they can take on the characteristics of either parent to any degree, and you can’t control how they physically turn out.
So if you’re here because you want to bring a goldendoodle into the family but don’t want to risk it shedding a ton, I would suggest looking for an F1b goldendoodle whose parents are an F1 goldendoodle and a standard 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 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.
So are goldendoodles hypoallergenic, then?
For anything to be considered hypoallergenic, it must be relatively unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction. Again, it really depends on how the dog was bred and how the pup’s genes are expressed. For a more in-depth answer, check out this post.
Shedding or not, there’s no substitute for the cuteness that goldendoodles bring to the world!
If you already have a goldendoodle, how is yours when it comes to shedding?
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