Two of the most common Doodle breeds are the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle. What makes these breeds so popular is that they have little to no shedding! No shedding can be a dream come true for people who suffer from allergies or asthma. They make great pets that are highly intelligent and easy to train. They are very quickly becoming America’s choice dog. But, you may be wondering, “Do Labradoodles shed more than Goldendoodles?” Today, we will take a look at this question and how genetic differences play a role in shedding.
When answering the question “Do Labradoodles shed more than Goldendoodles?” the first factor to consider is what coat type you are using to compare the two breeds. A Labradoodle is a hybrid of a Lab and a Poodle. A Lab is a shorter-haired high shedding dog, while the Poodle does not shed at all. Meanwhile, a Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. A Golden Retriever is known to have long hair that has a moderate amount of shedding. But what does this mean for their offspring?
With both the Labradoodle and Goldendoodle breeds, there are four coat types to consider:
Curly, Wavy, Straight and Improper:
- A curly coat is also labeled as an F1B coat. This coat has tighter curls that can resemble a corkscrew curl or a barrel curl. These dogs have a more dominant gene from the Poodle parent. This Poodle dominant coat type sheds the less out of all four coat types because fur that has shed does not easily come out of the curl pattern. With regular grooming, you might not even notice any shedding at all.
- Wavy coats are a low shedding to non-shedding F1 coat. These waves tend to be looser and drop more quickly than curly coats. The wavy coat is still considered hypoallergenic compared to shedding breeds because a wavy coat does not shed as much. You will not notice hair falling out while petting your dog, but you may see more of it when you brush them as compared to curly coat types.
- A straight coat will always shed more than both the wavy and curly coats. It behaves just like any other shedding dog does and will require more brushing with unique shed eliminating brushes to control it. This hair is similar to typical doodle hair in texture and is very obvious when it does shed around the house and onto clothing and furniture.
- Improper coats are coats that do not have any of the same qualities that doodles are bred to have. They aren’t to be confused with straight-haired Labradoodles and Goldendoodles because if you look closely, you will notice significant differences. A straight coat will still feel soft and have the longer shaggy appearance of a Doodle. Improper coats have shorter coarse hair and no furnishings around the face. Medically speaking, these dogs are perfectly healthy; they just lack the coat that the breeder was striving to get.
- All of these coat types can happen in any generation of Doodle mix. Some litters can even produce a mixture of coat types. So breeding a purebred Poodle with a purebred Golden Retriever or Lab will not only create one kind of coat. In rare cases, you can even find a Doodle with a mixture of both curly and wavy hair types. If you are looking for a specific coat type because of shedding, speak to your breeder about what you want. They will be able to help you find a puppy that meets all of your needs.
- For both the Goldendoodle and Labradoodle, all of these coat types will shed in the same ways because the Poodle is the deciding factor on how much shedding will happen. In regards to coat types, these Doodles will always have the same amount of shedding. But, that isn’t always the only factor in how much your labradoodle or any doodle breed sheds.
- “Do Labradoodles shed more than Goldendoodles?” can be analyzed from many different perspectives. The coat length of your dog can also be one of them. Longer coats could have the appearance of shedding more than shorter coats, especially with wavy and straight coat types. Longer coats, when brushed, will appear to have more hair fall out since it fills up the brush more. The fur-covered brush is strictly in appearance but can be a contributing factor if you want a Doodle that won’t leave a mess of hair around your house.
- These longer hairs can accumulate if unmanaged and at first glance, can appear that your dog is shedding a lot. This is especially true for Goldendoodles. Goldendoodles tend to have longer hair, no matter what type of coat they have. The longer hair fallout can lead people to believe that Goldendoodles shed more, which is not the case.
- As with any Doodle, you can manage this by keeping your dog’s hair trimmed shorter. The hair will appear less dense when brushed and will show you how much hair your Doodle is actually shedding, which holds true for both the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle.
- Grooming plays the second most significant role in answering, “Do Labradoodles shed more than Goldendoodles?” A Doodle when well-groomed will have minimal to no shedding. This grooming goes beyond just baths and hair cuts, though. Doodles have a high maintenance coat, and if not correctly cared for, it would shed from being unhealthy.
- Doodles require daily to every other day brushing, the curlier the hair, the more you have to brush it. You will need to pick a brush that is made for your dog’s coat type and length to get the best results. Brushing will prevent mats from forming, and in curlier coats, it will also help release any hair that has fallen out from the curls. If not brushed, a curly coat will shed just like any other coat. This shedding looks more like little balls of hair in a tight curl instead of hairs all over your house.
- Straight coat types have a more considerable amount of shedding than curly and wavy types, but even this can be managed some. Using a de-shedding brush, you can brush your dog every day to every other day, and it will significantly decrease your dog’s shedding.
- Washing your dog when he is dirty, is another big factor. Dirt can clog their glands just like it does with ours. This dirt can cause shedding if not washed away. You will want to use a gentle shampoo and maybe even a conditioner afterward to help preserve the healthy oils. Be careful not to over wash your dog, as this can also cause shedding from having dry skin. Baths should only be given when necessary.
Do Labradoodles Shed More Than Goldendoodles?
- In short, both the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle will shed the same. When comparing the two Doodles of the same coat type and length, there is virtually no difference between the two breeds and shedding. This is because both the Labradoodle and Goldendoodle have parents with similar coat types and shedding tendencies. A Poodle has virtually no shedding at all, and both the Lab and Golden Retriever are a moderately shedding dog. Therefore it’s not too far out of the norm to believe that both a Labradoodle and Goldendoodle have similar shedding tendencies.
- If you feel like your dog (either Goldendoodle or Labradoodle) is shedding more than the average dog of its breed, there may be more that you should investigate as to why this shedding may be happening.
Why Is My Dog Shedding More?
- You need to consider many aspects when looking at why your dog could possibly be shedding more than another dog of the same breed.
- Grooming- Are you grooming your dog properly with the correct style of brushes for his or her coat type? Using the wrong grooming tools is a common mistake that can cause more shedding in your dog. If you have questions, ask your groomer the best brush or combination of brushes is best for your dog’s coat type.Age- All dogs go through periods where they seem to shed more than before. If your puppy is getting his adult coat, it could start to shed more than it used to. A dog that is also reaching older years of 8+ can even begin to shed more with old age. Both of these are not preventable. Just give a little more tender love and care to their coats. Nutrition – Looking at your dog’s quality of food could be a significant factor in shedding. A high-quality diet will support good coat health and reduce shedding. Medical – If everything else in your dog’s life is normal, it might be time to see a veterinarian to rule out medical concerns that could cause hair loss.
Both Labradoodles and Goldendoodles make amazing best friends. Shedding in them both is little to no concern. But, anyone who has been around them can see just how different the two are in personality. It is just a matter of preference and what type of dog you want to be able to make your decision.
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