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Top Hypoallergenic Dogs – Let’s Compare Doodles (With Data)!

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So, you’re on the hunt for a new pet. Congratulations! It’s an exciting time, for sure. But you’ll be darned if you end up bringing a new puppy home, only to find that your nose can’t quite handle him. Since you’re here, we’re going to guess that finding hypoallergenic dogs is one of your top priorities.

In this article, we are going to discuss and compare Doodle breeds only and determine whether they are truly hypoallergenic dogs. We will discuss survey results for Amount of Shedding, Hypoallergenic Levels, and Ease of Grooming, as these factors all play into whether any dog will be suitable for you and your family.

We will also look at the results for each category between each of the Doodles’ generations (i.e. F1, F1B, F2, etc.) to see how they compare.

The discussion will revolve around actual data, which was collected as survey feedback from nearly 300 Doodle owners (as of May 13, 2020).

What Are Hypoallergenic Dogs?

Most people assume that the culprit of allergies to pets is because of their fur. This is only half-true, as it’s rare for someone to be allergic to animal fur. In actuality, the dander (dead skin particles) from the skin is what triggers allergies to flare up.

Now, for a dog to be considered hypoallergenic, he must be relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Pets that are considered “hypoallergenic” generally have longer hair that doesn’t shed. Hair that doesn’t shed allows dander to stay embedded within it, instead of being released into the air. Thus, causing little to no allergic reaction!

What Are Doodles?

Doodles are also known as Poodle-mixed breeds, and are commonly touted as being hypoallergenic dogs. Hypothetically, this is true mainly due to their Poodle genes, since Poodles are considered hypoallergenic.

However, different Doodles have varying degrees of shedding, hypoallergenic levels, and grooming requirements. We’ll explore those differences below.

In this article, we compare feedback for Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Bernedoodles, and Aussiedoodles.

About the Graphs

Each graph below is interactive so you can hover over the sections (on a computer) or tap on the sections (on a mobile device) for more info. On mobile devices, the graphs might look cut off, but you can use your finger to tap and drag to scroll and see the full graph.

The graphs are also updated in real-time as people submit their responses to the survey.

All ratings are based on a scale from Poor to Excellent. Keep in mind that these survey results are anecdotal, or based on personal observations.


Let’s Compare Doodle Breeds

Amount of Shedding

In the graph below, we compare Shedding feedback for Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Bernedoodles, and Aussiedoodles. Poor means that the the dog sheds a lot, whereas Excellent means the dog sheds hardly ever.

Goldendoodles and Labradoodles were overwhelmingly rated Excellent. However, Goldendoodles also had many people say Very Good, and Labradoodles have higher Fair and Satisfactory ratings than the others.

Bernedoodles were closely tied between Very Good and Excellent. Aussiedoodles were overwhelmingly rated Very Good, but they had the most Poor ratings of all.

Hypoallergenic Dogs? We’ll See…

In the graph below, we compare Hypoallergenic feedback for Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Bernedoodles, and Aussiedoodles. Poor means that the dog triggers allergies, whereas Excellent means the dog does not trigger allergies.

Goldendoodles and Labradoodles were overwhelmingly rated Excellent. They both also had many people say Very Good and Satisfactory. Looks like they are on equal playing fields.

Both Bernedoodles and Aussiedoodles were closely tied between Very Good and Excellent, and neither of them had very many – if any – ratings below Satisfactory.

Based on the data, we could say that all the Doodles can be considered hypoallergenic dogs. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – let’s first explore each Doodle’s generations later in this article to see if they differ from each other.

Ease of Grooming

In the graph below, we compare Ease of Grooming feedback for Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Bernedoodles, and Aussiedoodles. Poor means that the dog has high grooming requirements, whereas Excellent means the dog has low grooming requirements.

Goldendoodles were overwhelmingly rated Satisfactory, with other ratings split across the spectrum.

Labradoodles followed a similar trend.

With Bernedoodles, ratings were split equally between Fair, Satisfactory, and Very Good.

Aussiedoodles perhaps scored the highest on Grooming, with more people rating Very Good or Excellent than any other Doodle in this category.

Let’s Compare Doodle Generations

Before we declare any “winners”, we’ll dive further in and compare each of the Doodle’s generations.

Goldendoodles

Let’s further analyze Goldendoodles in all three categories by looking at their generations.

hypoallergenic dogs goldendoodles

If we look at the chart below for Shedding, we can see that F1B Goldendoodles win by a mile in Excellent ratings. F1’s are pretty much split between Very Good and Excellent.

If we look at the chart below for Hypoallergenic-ness, we see a very similar trend. As we mentioned in the intro, this correlates with the idea that hair that doesn’t shed allows dander to stay embedded within it, instead of being released into the air. Thus, causing little to no allergic reaction. Looks like F1B Goldendoodles win as hypoallergenic dogs!

If we look at the chart below for Ease of Grooming, we see some interesting contrasts. Where F1s and F1Bs rated highly for being low-shedding, you can see that they both rate much lower in relation to Grooming requirements.

This makes sense! Low-shedding dog = longer hair = more grooming

Labradoodles

Let’s further analyze Labradoodles in all three categories by looking at their generations.

hypoallergenic dogs labradoodles

If we look at the chart below for Shedding, we can see that F1B, F2, Multigenerational, and Australian Labradoodles really stand out in Excellent ratings. Interesting!

…Not so much for the F1 Labradoodles, though. They are split between Fair, Satisfactory, and Very Good.

If we look at the chart below for Hypoallergenic-ness, we see a very similar trend. As we mentioned in the intro, this correlates with the idea that hair that doesn’t shed allows dander to stay embedded within it, instead of being released into the air. Thus, causing little to no allergic reaction.

If we look at the chart below for Ease of Grooming, we see some interesting contrasts. Where F1B, F2, Multigenerational, and Australian Labradoodles rated highly for being low-shedding, you can see that they all rate lower in relation to Grooming requirements.

This makes sense! Low-shedding dog = longer hair = more grooming

F1 Labradoodles are also showing a similar trend. BUT! Where they were rated more likely to shed, they rate higher for being easier to groom. (Probably because they shed so much that grooming isn’t even required!)

Bernedoodles

Let’s further analyze Bernedoodles in all three categories by looking at their generations.

hypoallergenic dogs bernedoodles

If we look at the chart below, we can see that F1 and F1B Bernedoodles are split mostly between Very Good and Excellent ratings. F2 and Others are rated as mostly Excellent.

F1 Bernedoodles have the highest number of ratings Satisfactory and below.

If we look at the chart below for Hypoallergenic-ness, we see a very similar trend. As we mentioned in the intro, this correlates with the idea that hair that doesn’t shed allows dander to stay embedded within it, instead of being released into the air. Thus, causing little to no allergic reaction.

If we look at the chart below for Ease of Grooming, we see some interesting contrasts. Where F1 and F1B Bernedoodles were rated highly for being low-shedding, you can see that they all rate lower in relation to Grooming requirements.

This makes sense! Low-shedding dog = longer hair = more grooming

F2 and Other Bernedoodles, however, are still being reported as easy to groom. Not sure why – we’ll update this article later when we have more data.

Aussiedoodles

Let’s further analyze Aussiedoodles in all three categories by looking at their generations.

hypoallergenic dogs aussiedoodles

If we look at the chart below, we can see that F1 and F1B Aussiedoodles were overwhelmingly rated Very Good. This indicates that some shedding is common.

On the same note, more people rated their F1 Aussiedoodle as more likely to shed.

F2 Aussiedoodles were mostly reported as Excellent (little to no shedding), and Other Aussiedoodles are a mixed bag.

If we look at the chart below for Hypoallergenic-ness, we see a very similar trend. As we mentioned in the intro, this correlates with the idea that hair that doesn’t shed allows dander to stay embedded within it, instead of being released into the air. Thus, causing little to no allergic reaction.

If we look at the chart below for Ease of Grooming, we see some interesting contrasts. Where F1 Aussiedoodles were reported as mostly low-shedding, you can see that more people rated them as higher maintenance in terms of grooming. Same with F2’s.

This makes sense! Low-shedding dog = longer hair = more grooming

Now with F1B’s reporting Ease of Grooming to be Excellent (very easy), the reasons are unclear as this doesn’t seem to follow the observed pattern. We’ll update this article later when we have more data.

In This Battle of Hypoallergenic Dogs, Who Wins?

That’s easy – they all do!

By looking at the data, we can see that all Doodles are very similar when it comes to shedding, whether they are hypoallergenic dogs, and how easy they are to groom. That is to say that they really do live up to the hype of being great for people with allergies.

So how do you choose?

You choose based on temperament – which breed’s personality traits and characteristics suit you best. (View temperament info: Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Bernedoodles, Aussiedoodles)

Now, we can’t tell you which Doodle to get, but if keeping your allergies at bay is a top priority, your best bet will be with an F1B Doodle of any kind.

Check out our breeder directory to find your perfect puppy!

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