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The level of shedding or allergy friendliness is a question many prospective pet owners ask when deciding to purchase a doodle puppy. It may be a matter of allergies or some people simply don’t want to deal with the housekeeping issue involved with dogs that shed heavily. While goldendoodles and labradoodles in the F1b or F1B.B. variety tend to shed very little, there is no such thing as a completely non-shedding dog. Like humans, all dogs shed at least a little hair at one time or another. However there are dogs that shed little hair and these are the best choice for allergy sufferers.

If you have severe allergies I would suggest you go with a breed that is known to shed very little and great for allergy concerns such as a pure bred poodle. A poodle kept in full face and feet looks just like a doodle. (see pictures below of a poodle with such a look), We are now breeding F1B.B. Generation puppies that have 87.5% poodle in the mix, these pups are a great choice if you are worried about allergies and the doodle affecting them. It’s a great way of still getting a doodle and avoiding allergy concerns. Do Poodles shed? The answer is yes, they do, but not nearly as much as most other breeds. Poodles are one of the very best breeds of dog for someone with allergies. They have a single coat, instead of the double coat that most dogs have. This means they don’t have an insulating undercoat. Their single coat grows in curly tendrils. Instead of shedding very much, the hair wraps around the curls instead of falling out on your floor or sticking to your furniture, that is why F1b doodles are also a great choice for those wanting less shedding but please do not be misled and think that an F1b will not shed, they like all dogs will shed to some degree.

AKC Standard Poodle kept in full face. Would you ever guess this was any breed other than a doodle?

Dog Shedding and Allergies

All dogs produce dander, but some dogs create a lot less of it. Low-shedding breeds, such as F1b Goldendoodles or labradoodles, are considered to be more hypoallergenic, which means they don’t produce as many allergens through flaky dead skin and dander as other breeds do. We now occasionally breed F1b.b Generation for those with severe dog allergies.

Dogs also are pollen transmitters and many people are allergic to this powdery substance that helps propagate our trees and flowers. Pets pick it up outside, carrying it home to add to their owners’ allergy woes. The longer the coat is kept, the more of this stuff they can carry.

Understanding dog shedding

Shedding is affected by hormonal changes that are tied to photoperiod (day length). When kept mainly indoors, the amount of shed hair is affected by the amount of daylight, which also stimulates hormones and promotes shedding. It is also affected by the temperature of your home and influenced by the pet’s level of nutrition and general state of health. In addition to natural seasonal shedding, a dog may drop coat after surgery, anesthesia, or whelping puppies.

Tips for handling dog hair

What can an allergy-sufferer do to make living with a dog easier? Here are some helpful tips for you.

Brush Regularly

Regular brushing is the key. The hair will end up in your brush rather than on the carpet, the couch and your clothes.

Vacuum Often

Vacuum your floors and furniture frequently, using a machine with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filter.

Have a Dog-Free Room

Keep at least one room of the house dog-free. Your bedroom is a good choice but this may take training and will power if your pet has gotten used to sleeping with you!

Get an Air Purifier

Fit your home with a central air purifier that uses a HEPA filter and use it at least four hours a day to remove allergens.

Wash Bedding

Clean your dog’s dog bedding frequently.

Wash Your Clothes

Wash clothes you wear while interacting with your dog before putting them back in the closet or bureau drawer.

Limit Fabrics

Limit the number of rugs, upholstered furniture, and drapes in your home. Opt for hardwood floors rather than wall-to-wall carpeting.

Wash Your Dog

Bathe your dog regularly and brush or comb him daily, outdoors if possible.

Wash Your Hands

Always wash your hands after touching your dog and avoid touching your eyes and face until you do.
Most F1b Doodles have high-maintenance grooming needs, but are one of the breeds that shed a significant amount less than others.

As always, thorough research and evaluation of your lifestyle are important when selecting a dog breed.

I wish you well in your search and hope you find the one that is just right for you!

Bathing your doodle is a good way to loosen and remove any dead hair and to keep shedding at a minimum. Regular bathing, about once a month, will help your dog shed dead hair and keep new hair growing. It will also keep his skin clean. Be sure to use a good dog shampoo and conditioner. It’s best not to use a shampoo for humans or a baby shampoo.

These shampoos can be too harsh for your dog and remove the natural oils in his skin and coat. Make sure you thoroughly rinse all of the shampoo and conditioner from your dog’s skin and coat. Any residue left behind can itch and cause your dog to have dry skin.