Have you considered getting a Goldendoodle but wondered, are Goldendoodles hypoallergenic?
Has someone told you that a Goldendoodle suits you if you are allergic to dogs?
There is a lot of misinformation out there about the famous hypoallergenic doodle dogs. Here we will bust some of those myths and explain why they are untrue.
Then, we will discuss how they can be hypoallergenic and how to determine if they are the right fit for you.
What Are Dog Allergies?
A person allergic to dogs generally will have an itchy throat, watery eyes, and skin hives.
They don’t necessarily have to have all three, but their symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the allergy. But what causes these allergies?
These dog allergies can be triggered by contact with a dog’s saliva, urine, or dander. Dander is the skin that naturally sheds off throughout the day.
Most animals and people alike shed skin cells throughout the day. All of these skin cells break down and turn into everyday dust.
The same dust that is probably sitting on your furniture and in your carpets now. All dogs, no matter the breed, have pet dander. And there is no way to get rid of it.
What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?
A hypoallergenic dog, like the Goldendoodle, is a dog that does not shed a lot. A Goldendoodle is a crossbreed of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.
A Golden Retriever generally sheds quite a bit, while the Poodle sheds little. A Goldendoodle is a perfect mix because though they shed some, it will not overrun your home and clothing with hair like with short-haired dogs.
The breed is also great because it combines the best personalities of a Golen Retriever and a Poodle.
A hypoallergenic dog will still produce the same dander as a shedding dog. So if a person is genuinely allergic to dogs, these Doodle mix-breeds will be no different.
If someone suffers from common allergies, having a dog that does not shed as much could be more hypoallergenic than a shedding breed.
Other factors can determine if a dog is hypoallergenic, which we will discuss later.
Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?
Goldendoodles are considered hypoallergenic because they do not shed like short-haired dogs, but they still have dander and saliva that most people allergic to dogs have their main allergies to.
Everyone will have allergies to different things, so there are other factors to consider before deeming this dog a truly hypoallergenic breed.
Dogs of all breeds are starting to have more problems with food allergies. These food allergies commonly will show in signs of itching and extreme dandruff.
There are no way of knowing if a Goldendoodle puppy will have allergies too until it gets old enough for testing. Dandruff can also be caused by lack of proper grooming.
So, if you cannot keep up with brushing, washing, and trimming, your dog could get dry, itchy skin.
If you are an allergy sufferer, this dander can cause flare-ups.
Pollen and Dirt
A Goldendoodle has hair like a magnet for pollen and dirt outside. So you could be okay with dogs but be allergic to the outside allergens that get deep into your dog’s coat.
These outdoor allergens can be hard to remove regularly, as routine brushing will not remove them. And you cannot wash your dog that frequently or you run the risk of drying out their fine hair.
Keeping the hair short and maintained will help reduce pollen, dust, and dirt.
This works by reducing the surface area available for these allergens to attach to and make them easier to wipe or rinse clean.
Goldendoodles with curlier coats that do not shed as much are considered more hypoallergenic than a wavy coat type.
This is because curlier coats that are more Poodle-like hold dander differently than other types. This dander is kept closer to the roots of the hair and does not fall like wavy or straight hair types.
This, of course, depends on coat length and how much your dog is brushed thoroughly. When your dog is brushed, these skin cells are released.
The dander is also released by petting or scratching your dog. So, this is not a foolproof method for people with dog allergies.
People only mildly allergic to dogs have reported that Goldendoodles do well in their homes.
They might have to take extra cleaning precautions like vacuuming or dusting more often, especially after grooming their dog.
People with severe allergies to dogs generally do not do well with Goldendoodles, no matter how well the dog is groomed or how much cleaning is done.
Is The Goldendoodle Hypoallergenic For You?
There is no one answer for if a person will be allergic to a Goldendoodle, but there are steps you can take to see if a Goldendoodle is right for you.
But there are no guarantees that you will find the perfect doodle for your allergies, as this is a case-by-case situation.
Identify Your Allergy
Identifying your allergy will help determine if a Goldendoodle is an option.
If you are allergic to saliva, a Goldendoodle is not the right choice because you can not stay entirely away from drool and saliva.
But, if you are allergic to pollen that can get trapped in their fur, there are some steps you can take to reduce the effects it has on you, like shorter haircuts and more grooming.
Spend Time With One
If you are considering getting a Goldendoodle, spend time with one to see if you are allergic to them.
And if you react, try again with a Goldendoodle with a different hair type. Some people have better luck with one hair type over the other.
Talk To Your Breeder
Talking with your breeder and having a close relationship with them will help you find the best puppy.
They can tell you about all the coat types and any health concerns that the parents might have had, like dandruff or skin allergies.
They can give you the family medical histories of both parents and the likelihood of your puppy getting those health concerns too.
How To Reduce Allergic Reactions
If you have found the perfect Goldendoodle that can reduce your allergies. Good for you! Now there are a few steps you can take to ensure that those allergens stay minimal.
Brushing your Goldendoodle with an appropriate brush will help eliminate any shedding that they might have. It also helps break up dust, pollen, and dirt to be removed more easily.
After Brushing Dust
Dusting 30 minutes after brushing your dog will eliminate the pet dander from sitting in your home. This dust can be on furniture around the room you have brushed your dog in.
It is best to pick a room where you do not sleep or eat. A smaller room that is not a primary traffick way is best.
You will want to wait 30 minutes to give the dander time to find a resting place instead of still floating in the air.
Vacuum or Sweep After Dusting
When you are finished dusting, vacuum or sweep immediately to pick up any dander and hair that may have fallen to the ground.
Ensure to get under furniture, too, as drafts can make hair and dander fall farther away from where you brushed your Goldendoodle.
Taking your Goldendoodle to a professional groomer every 8-12 weeks will reduce dander and other allergens sticking to his fur.
During this groom, he will have a bath and hair trim that can both cut down on allergies.
Replacing Your Air Filter
When you have pets, they recommend replacing your filter more often. This is even truer for a person with allergies to pets.
Replacing your filters every three months or sooner can reduce how many allergens are recycled through your home air conditioner.
These do not guarantee that you will never have an allergic reaction, but they can help reduce the likelihood.
Always make sure that if you have severe reactions keep the medical supplies needed on hand for quick relief.
As you can see, no dog can ever be hypoallergenic for everyone. But, overall, people with mild dog allergies have had good luck with Goldendoodles.
Don’t let this discourage you from owning a dog! Spend time with a friend’s Goldendoodle and see if they might fit you and your family.
If you find the right match, you will love your Goldendoodle’s great personality and intelligence.
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