If you have been on the search for hypoallergenic dogs, you may have come across the Doodle. Well, you are in the right place to learn all about Doodle dog breeds. Today we are going to answer the question, why are Doodle Dogs considered hypoallergenic and what misconceptions there are around this word. We are even going to take a look into some of the best hypoallergenic breeds.
Are Doodle Dogs Hypoallergenic?
- When we use the term hypoallergenic, we mean that these dogs either do not shed or shed very little. Since all Doodles have a common ancestor in Poodles, they all are considered more hypoallergenic than a Rat Terrier, for example. Especially curly-coated Doodles are considered more hypoallergenic. Curly coats hold on to fallout until brushed, giving the illusion that your dog hasn’t shed at all. These curlier coats also hold dander more than wavy and straight coats.
- All Doodle dog breeds have come about for their hypoallergenic coats. Depending on your needs, choosing one breed over the other may be needed for allergy purposes. If you need something shed-free, you may want to select a Doodle where both parents don’t shed. Another option is picking an F1B doodle. But more on that later.
- Hypoallergenic does not mean people will not have allergies to Doodles. Since Doodles still produce dander, that can be an allergen for many people allergic to dogs. People who are allergic to dogs are also allergic to their drool and urine proteins. So, if you are highly allergic to dogs, the Doodle is still not for you. But for someone with very mild allergies, it could be a possibility. Before making a purchase, we recommend you spend time with a Doodle to see if they are a good match.
What Type Of Shedding Can I Expect?
- With a Doodle, you may notice that your dog will shed a little when brushed. You won’t need combs specifically to reduce shedding, but there will be a small amount of hair on them released during brushing. But this hair is easily contained and is never much.
- You may also notice that your Doodle sheds more when they need a bath or haven’t been brushed in a while. This shedding may get onto your furniture and house. If it has been too long since grooming, you may even notice your dog shed when petting.
- Another reason your Doodle may be shedding is due to a medical reason. Certain medications could cause your Doodle to shed more. Some Doodles even suffer from allergies that could cause them to shed. For example, Goldendoodle allergies to food could cause them to have dandruff and shed more. Some allergies to environmental factors can cause shedding, like Goldendoodle skin allergies.
- This is why it is vital to get a Doodle with excellent breeding. Good breeding means excellent health.
Do I Have To Groom My Doodle Often?
- The short answer is yes, you do.
- The long answer is that it depends on how long your Doodle dog’s hair is. If you keep their coats cut short, then you can get by with brushing every other day. If it is longer, brushing daily is needed to keep their locks manageable. Compared to other shedding dogs, this is a lot more brushing.
- You will also need to take your Doodle to the groomer every 6-12 weeks. This cost can add up over time and is a lot more frequent than dogs that do shed. But, grooming your dog is the key to keeping their coats healthy and shed free.
Hypoallergenic Doodle Dog Breeds
- Now we are going to take a quick look at some of the best low-shedding Doodle dog breeds there are today.
- Goldendoodles come in many sizes and colors. They have a great temperament that people can’t get enough of. And, they are a low shedding dog. If you get an F1B Goldendoodle, they are virtually non-shedding and have a thick curly coat.
- Goldendoodles are generally very healthy when appropriately bred. But they can suffer from heart disease, eye disease, and joint damage. A well-bred Goldendoodle will cost you around $1,500-$2,500.
- If you are looking for a Doodle with a breezy temperament, then Labradoodles are for you. They are a low shedding Doodle that acts as your cheerleader in life. They are always by your side, exploring the world with you.
- There are a few medical concerns to look out for. Things like: progressive eye disease, epilepsy, and allergies, to name a few. But a well-bred Labradoodle with little chance of getting these will cost $1,200-$3,000.
- One small sized doodle dogs are the Schnoodle. These dogs have virtually no shedding at all since neither parent sheds. These Doodles are brilliant and serious in nature. While they are a great dog to own, it does require a particular person to handle them.
- An adequately bred Schnoodle will be very healthy. But, they can be prone to eye disease and joint problems. The average Schnoodle can cost as low as $600 and as high as $6,600.
- Another small-sized Doodle is the Cavadoodle. These dogs also have minimal shedding due to the parent breeds. These goofy and yet loving Doodles enjoy companionship. They will be perfect lap dogs and go anywhere you do.
- But, they don’t do good when left alone. These Doodles have severe separation anxiety and do best when someone is around for most of the day. They also suffer from a few other medical conditions that are very common in the breed. But, a puppy from a reputable breeder will cost $2,500-$5,000, making it one of the more expensive small breeds.
- If you are looking for a giant teddy bear, then you need a Bernedoodle. These adorable creatures are just as friendly as they look. There is never a dull moment with their personalities and energy. They are a low shedding Doodle that needs a lot of grooming to manage. But, thanks to excellent breeding, Bernedoodles suffer from only small ailments like joint damage (as all large breeds do) and eye disease.
- With a price of $2,500-$5,000, you will get every cent worth.
- Sheepadoodles are a very mild-tempered creature that just wants to have fun. They are loving and playful, all while being mindful of your emotions. They are smart and easy to please. Your Sheepadoodle will need brushing daily and has a low shedding coat. Sheepadoodles are prone to several medical conditions, so it is crucial to get health tests done before putting deposits on any puppy. They typically range from $1,000-$3,000, which is a bargain for these large puppies.
- If you want a Doodle that will wiggle it’s cut little butt off every time you come home, Aussiedoodles are for you. These joyous dogs have minimal shedding compared to the Australian Shepherd.
- With Aussiedoodles, you need to choose your breeder carefully. They are prone to developing eye disease, thyroid disorders, epilepsy, and joint problems. The average Aussiedoodle will cost $700-$1,500.
- A Cockapoo is a loving and very affectionate dog. They want to be by your side at all times. A Cockapoo can be a great therapy dog to the right owners. If you get a Cockapoo, beware. They are one of the most overbred Doodle there is and are prone to a lot of health defects because of it. Even puppy mills and backyard breeders charge up to $2,000 for a puppy. So do your research thoroughly.
- The Doodles mentioned above are just a few of the Doodle dog breeds. With hundreds of Doodle breeds coming about, there are many options for you to choose from. But, let’s say that you love Doodles, but need one with virtually no shedding. If this is you, then you would want to get an F1B Doodle.
- What’s that? An F1 Doodle is a first-generation Doodle that is 50/50. For example, an F1 Goldendoodle will have one Goldenretriever parent and one Poodle. An F1B Doodle is that F1 generation bred back to a Poodle. So they are technically 75% Poodle. They will still have all the great qualities of the Doodle breed that you love, but they have curlier coats that resemble a Poodle’s.
- This cross typically has virtually no shedding at all. It is also how a lot of large breeds come in smaller sizes. Since Poodles come in toy and mini sizes, when they are bred with an F1 Doodle, it creates even smaller sizes.
- You can get just about every Doodle breed in an F1B generation. These are easy to predict and are usually very healthy.
As You Can See…
There are lots of Doodles to choose from. And while being hypoallergenic doesn’t mean what people think, a low shedding dog does have it’s benefits. If you saw a Doodle breed that caught your eye, take a look around at our other articles. We go in-depth with every Doodle breed you can imagine. Didn’t see a breed that you love? Let us know! We love to discover and educate others about all things Doodle.
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