Goldendoodles have a mild temperament that balances the Golden Retriever’s friendliness and the Poodle’s gracefulness. But before you bring home any dog, mixed or not, shedding is a concern that shouldn’t be overlooked.
So, do Goldendoodles shed? Goldendoodles are famously known and advertised as hypoallergenic dogs – thanks to the Poodle side. But this isn’t always true. Depending on the doodle’s generation, some are more prone to shedding than others. For example, F1 Goldendoodles are the heaviest shedders, while F1B doodles shed the least.
So what exactly is an “F1″ or F1B” Goldendoodle? Don’t worry, we got you covered. We’ll discuss just how much the different mixes really shed and why some shed more than others. Plus, we get some great insights to Goldendoodle shedding from the owners themselves!
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How Much do Goldendoodles Shed?
Like with all mutts, genetics play a huge factor into appearance, temperament and of course, shedding. The Goldendoodle is no exception.
Though Goldendoodles are generally known to be a low-shedding dog breed, the results can vary. To find answers, we decided to survey the popular Goldendoodle Subreddit, other dog forums and owners we personally know.
These are real Goldendoodle owners, and here’s what they had to say to this question:
Real Owner Answers
1. Ducks_are_cute says Moderate: “Our Goldendoodle still sheds but nowhere close to what other dogs shed. With others, you will find dog hair all over your clothes even with consistent cleaning and vacuuming. Not really with our doodle.”
2. Kat_suy says Low: “These dogs shed as much as you and I, which is not much at all. You may find some hair every now and then…but it’s not really noticeable.”
3. Lalalalands says Low: “Our goldendoodle doesn’t really shed much. We’ll find fur on the carpets, where he likes to roll, but not really any other place.”
4. Kolawofjericho says Moderate: “It depends on the coat of your doodle. Ours has coarse and wavy fur (from the golden side) so he sheds quite a bit. Still not nearly as much as a pure golden retriever.”
5. Katherine S. says Low: “Andi has a long curly coat that looks identical to a poodle. So we lucked out with a poodle coat and he’ll rarely shed. Hair is hard to come by and we’re so fortunate.”
6. Arobertson7772 says Moderate: “I think he’s a shedding doodle. I can have him in my lap and not notice a single strand of hair on my clothes, but other times I’m covered as though he’s a purebred golden retriever.”
7. Kristen A. says Low: “Our doodle is white, so I will occasionally find hair on the navy couch and other dark clothes. Usually the shedding isn’t very noticeable but we still lightly brush once a week.”
8. Bcams says Low: “I’ve got a F1 doodle with a wavy coat, but from what I’ve heard F1B doodles don’t shed one bit and are curly as they have more of the poodle side in them.”
9. IT_chick93 says Low: “I have a lot of friends that are allergic to dogs but they’re fine my doodle. She is a very light shedding dog…maybe extremely light shedding, but it really depends on what kind of doodle you have.”
10. Carolyn M says Moderate: “We have an f1 goldendoodle and he sheds maybe just as much as our Labrador. It’s definitely noticeable but it isn’t too bad if you can keep up with basic grooming.”
Why Some Goldendoodles Shed More
As you can see, there’s a lot of mixed results with Goldendoodle shedding. While most rarely shed, others are moderate shedders and few are borderline heavy shedders.
There are a lot of reasons for a (allegedly) hypoallergenic mix to shed more than advertised. And, a huge part of the reason is due to genetics. Here’s why some Goldendoodles will shed more than others.
A Goldendoodle’s Generation Affects Shedding
Needless to say, the amount of Goldendoodle shedding depends on the parents. In other words, how they were bred. Believe it or not, all doodles are not bred the same way.
There are 4 generations/versions of Goldendoodles. In addition, some versions of these dogs are known to shed more than others because some will have more Golden genes and others, more Poodle genes.
The 4 Generations of Goldendoodles:
- F1 – Golden Retriever x Poodle
- F1B – Goldendoodle (F1) x Poodle
- F2 – Goldendoodle (F1) x Goldendoodle (F1)
- F2B – Goldendoodle (F1) x Goldendoodle (F1B)
Don’t feel overwhelmed. We’re going to cover the details of each doodle generation and what it means for their shedding.
1. The F1 Goldendoodle’s Shedding
The F1 Goldendoodle, also called a “first generation doodle,” is the most classic cross between a purebred Golden Retriever and purebred Poodle. As a result, you get a 50/50 split of genetics – in theory.
But because these mutts are half Golden Retriever, who happen to be notorious shedders, there’s a higher chance of inheriting the Golden coat.
Consequently, F1 Goldendoodles are typically the heaviest shedding doodles. But don’t worry, they’re still low to moderate shedding dogs.
These are your traditional doodles and what most people imagine when they think about these dogs. They have the classic shaggy and curly coat that can range in a variety of cream colors.
2. The F1B Goldendoodle’s Shedding
The F1B Goldendoodle is developed by breeding an F1 doodle with a purebred Poodle. And on the opposite side of the spectrum, they’re the lowest shedding generation.
Because they’re 25% Golden Retriever and 75% Poodle, they’re the most hypoallergenic of the bunch. As such, they’re extremely popular among owners that suffer from allergies.
According to Heart Light Companions, the F1B doodles are non-shedding roughly 99% of the time. It doesn’t get more guaranteed than that.
Though they almost always true hypoallergenic mixed dogs, their coats can vary quite a bit. Some F1B doodles will have longer fur and others will be short and curly. There’s also more variation in colors for this generation.
3. The F2 Goldendoodle’s Shedding
The F2 Goldendoodle is the result of breeding two F1 Goldendoodles. We also call them “second generation doodles” and they’re fairly similar to the F1 versions.
It’s hard to say how heavy these dogs will shed. However, most F2 Goldendoodles are light shedding dogs with a few moderate shedders. It’s definitely not as guaranteed as 99%.
F1s may shed but F1Bs are less likely to. F2s are the most unpredictable in terms of shedding as puppies can have coats that are identical to a Golden’s or somewhere in between.– Gooddaysunshines (Reddit User)
That being said, these dogs are be reserved for owners who aren’t allergic to dogs or have very mild allergies. Otherwise, they’re just as perfect as any other.
4. The F2B Goldendoodle’s Shedding
To get an F2B Goldendoodle, you’ll need to breed an F1 doodle with an F1B doodle. This type of Goldendoodle is called a “second generation backcross”
They’re far less common than the other generation doodle breeds. However, what makes them unique is the variety of colors. They come in even more coat colors than the F1B, ranging from apricots, champagne, cream and various degrees of red.
The good news is that they’re generally non-shedding dogs. So, if you have mild allergies, then the F2B Goldendoodle would most likely be perfect for you too.
Other Reasons Why Goldendoodles Shed
Even if your Goldendoodle is genetically hypoallergenic, they can still shed due to external factors. Most of which, you can 100% control. So owners, pay attention!
The most obvious sign of unnatural shedding is when it suddenly happens, especially if your dog isn’t usually a heavy shedder.
And if it does happen, it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian immediately. However, these are the other possible reasons why your Goldendoodle may be shedding.
Lack of Nutrition
Dogs can certainly suffer from malnutrition. And in some cases, the lack of nutrients can lead to excessive shedding regardless if your Goldendoodle is hypoallergenic or not.
According to Roy Cruzen DVM (via PetMD), the number one cause for excessive shedding in dogs is having a poor diet. If it can happen to another dog, it can happen to your Goldendoodle.
People go to discount stores, by a 40-pound bag of cheap food, and then see their pets’ shedding increase.– Roy Cruzen DVM
Cruzen doesn’t necessarily mean the dogs aren’t getting enough food. Rather, discount food doesn’t provide enough nutrients. Cheap dog food will barely meet the requirements. And according to Cruzen, that’s not enough.
He estimates that it should cost roughly $4 per pound for decent quality food. So next time you’re dog food shopping for your Goldendoodle, skip the discount brands.
Dog Shampoo & Shedding
A common mistake novice owners make is by using cheap and low quality dog shampoo. With unnatural ingredients, these low-end grooming products can lead to excessive shedding.
Not too long ago, we took our Corgi to a new dog groomers. When she came back, she was losing patches or fur, for days. There’s a chance she was allergic to an ingredient, but we think it’s definitely from cheap dog shampoo.
Another thing to be aware of: never use human shampoo on your Goldendoodle. Human shampoos are made for humans, not dogs. There’s a reason why people make separate dog shampoo.
I cringe when people tell me they use their own shampoo on animals. It’s too harsh on their skin and coats.– Megan Mouser (Global Education Manager @ Andis)
Mouser, from Andis’ animal division, stresses that you should be thorough with rinsing your dog. The leftover soap from the bath will do more harm than good for your Goldendoodle.
As for dog shampoo, I highly recommend going with a brand that provides all-natural ingredients. The most popular and effective type of dog shampoo are oatmeal-based products.
The Pet Pro Works Dog Shampoo is our favorite. It’s the brand we use on both our Australian Shepherd and Corgi. It keeps them smelling fresh and the made in USA ingredients are top-notch!
Goldendoodle Grooming Tips
If your Goldendoodle is non-shedding, then there’s very little you have to do for grooming. But regardless of how much they shed, there are still best grooming practices that you should be aware of.
There’s more upkeep to a doodle than most people think. And by doing so, you’ll reduce the opportunity for shedding with your dog.
Brushing a Goldendoodle
You still need to brush a Goldendoodle. If not to get the loose hair out, it’s to prevent matting and large clumps of knots on the coat.
As you may know, doodles are known for their curly and sometimes shaggy coats. The problem is that these coats are more prone to matting, which can be especially painful for your dog.
For double coated dog breeds, I always recommend going with the Furminator. Fortunately, the Goldendoodle is a single coated, low-shedding dog. There’s no need for a heavy-duty brush.
Best Slicker Brush for Goldendoodles
That being said, you should use a slicker brush. Unfortunately, we only have double coated breeds, but the dog community has been raving about the Hertzko Slicker Brush.
A cool feature of this slicker brush is the one-push, “self-cleaning” feature. After you brush your doodle, the button releases the collected hair for a nice and swift clean up.
You’ll want to gently brush your Goldendoodle to prevent any injuries. But at the same time, you’ll want to brush down to the skin, so it’s a fine balance. Patience is key.
While some owners suggest brushing your doodle every night, you can probably get away with brushing every other day. And at the very least, once a week. Just be aware of any potential matting on the coat! You’ll want to get that resolved as soon as possible.
De-matting Brush is Essential
Other owners will argue that de-matting your doodle’s coat is more important than regular brushing. Although daily brushing drastically reduces the chance of matting, these de-matting tools are effective for the worst tangles.
Another community favorite is the Pat Your Pet De-matting Comb. It may look scary, but in reality it’s a safe and effective tool for getting out tangles and mats in that doodle coat.
Usually, you’ll want to use this comb while you’re brushing with your slicker comb. Some owners suggest alternating between the two during grooming sessions.
However, many owners use the tool just once a week since they’re brushing their doodle with a slicker brush every day.
But if you must choose between the two, de-matting is more important for most Goldendoodles. However, some owners say that the slicker brush is enough to get the mats out of their dog’s coat. It really depends on your individual dog.
Keeping up with de-matting a Goldendoodle is extremely important. If it gets bad, it will be a painful experience (for the dog) trying to get tough knots out. If it gets to that point, it may be better to shave the knots off.
So, Are Goldendoodles For Me?
There are very few things about the Goldendoodle that make them difficult dogs. They’re generally non-shedding, have mild tempers and are extremely friendly.
If you’re allergic to dogs, then the F1B Goldendoodle may the your best bet. They’re as close as you can get to a completely non-shedding, hypoallergenic dog. Your other option would be to pick one of these hairless dog breeds.
Otherwise, all types of Goldendoodles will make an excellent member of any family. They’re quite active dogs and do require a decent amount of physical exercise. But with minimal grooming, you’ll have plenty of time for it!
Bring home a Goldendoodle and you’ll have the perfect companion for life! You can’t really go wrong with a doodle.
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