Goldendoodle Shedding

June 22, 2018

Ask any dog owner or prospective dog owner what traits they look for or like in a pet, chances are you’ll find low-shedding high on their list. The Goldendoodle’s low-shedding coat is, in fact, one of the reasons why it’s so popular.

Shedding refers to the process in which dogs lose old or damaged hair. The amount and frequency of hair that is shed depend on the dog’s health and breed. By comparison, the Goldendoodle sheds less than most dog breeds.

Thanks to advances in genetic testing, breeders can now test for coat traits that determine whether a dog is more less apt to shed. There are three important coat traits. The first is curl. A trait which comes from the Poodle parent, Goldendoodles with curly hair shed a lot less than those with wavy or straight hair.

Then you have furnishings. Furnishings refer to the bushy eyebrows and moustache that characterise Poodles. Golden Retrievers don’t have furnishings. The third trait is shedding. There is an actual shedding gene that breeders can test for.

Do Golden Retrievers shed more than Poodles?

The short answer is yes. The Golden Retriever and the Poodle are complete opposites when it comes to shedding. Golden Retrievers shed profusely. Daily brushing is recommended to get some of the loose hair out of the coat. As a breed that sheds minimally, the Poodle, on the other hand, is a good choice for people suffering from allergies.

Do first generation Goldendoodles shed?

Being half Golden Retriever, which is a highly shedding breed, and half Poodle, a breed known for their low-shedding coat, first generation Goldendoodles shed less than a retriever but more than a Poodle.

Do F1B Goldendoodles shed?

Crossing a first generation Goldendoodle back with a poodle will give you an F1B Goldendoodle. By virtue of it being more Poodle than retriever (75% Poodle, 25% retriever ), it sheds very little.

Do F2 Goldendoodles shed?

Second generation Goldendoodles (F2) are genetically the most varied generation possible. As a result, F2 Goldendoodle shedding varies greatly from shedders to non-shedders.

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