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Do Groodles Shed a lot?

Thinking of buying or adopting a Groodle but want to know ‘do Groodles shed a lot?’ before doing so?

You’ve come to the right place!

Find out exactly how much Groodles shed, what you can expect in terms of grooming a Groodle, and whether this lovable dog breed is indeed 100% hypoallergenic.

Do Groodles Shed a Lot? (The Short Answer)

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Groodles typically shed more than Poodles but a lot less than purebred dogs like Golden Retrievers. You can expect some Goldendoodle coats to shed daily in small quantities and heavily during the warmer months. The frequency and quantity of shedding will also depend on your Groodle’s generation and genetics. In general, F1B Groodles are considered more hypoallergenic than F1 and F2 Groodles. 

Groodle coat genetics

The best Groodle breeders DNA test their breeding dogs for coat traits including: 

  • Furnishing genes – a Groodle needs to inherit one copy of a furnishing gene from a parent in order to have a teddy bear coat (coat on their muzzle, face and legs). Groodles that don’t inherit furnishing genes are smooth or flat-coated and will usually shed heavily. Both parents having a teddy bear coat doesn’t guarantee that their puppies will. If each parent only carries one furnishing gene, 25% of their puppies will be flat or smooth-coated Groodles that shed heavily.
  • Curly coat genes – Poodles carry curly coat genes. Groodle puppies need only inherit one curly coat gene to have a curly coat that is low to non-shedding. A curly coat gene combined with a furnishing gene will ensure that a standard, mini or toy Groodle will be non-shedding.
  • Shedding gene – This genetic test needs to be considered in relation to the results of the furnishings test and the curly coat test. A dog that inherits a furnishing gene and a curly coat gene from a poodle parent, will not be high shedding, even if they carry two copies of the shedding gene. The shedding gene becomes significant and informative when a Groodle doesn’t carry any furnishing or curl genes.

The most ethical and responsible breeders also DNA test their Groodle puppies in order to have an understanding of the coat types of each puppy. They can then confidently list their Goldendoodle puppies for sale as either high shedding, low shedding or non-shedding. Puppy buyers can then make an informed decision about whether or not a puppy will meet their needs and expectations.

Goldendoodle/ Groodle Coat Types

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Groodles or Goldendoodles can sport a variety of coats. Your Groodle could have a thick double coat like the Golden Retriever or a water-tight, curly and wiry coat like the Poodle.

Do Groodles shed a lot? This will largely depend on whether your Groodle puppy is of F1B, F1, or F2 generations. Here is what they mean:

  • F1 – first generation Groodle. This is a product of crossing a purebred Poodle and a purebred Golden Retriever. Since these dogs have 50:50 genes of both parent dogs, they are likely to inherit a low to non-shedding fleece coat. Fleece coats offer lower grooming maintenance than wool, and the best quality fleece Groodle puppies are also non-shedding.
  • F2 – second generation Groodle. This is a product of crossing two F1-generation Groodles. It is difficult to say for sure if this type will shed less. Mostly, F2 Groodles are moderate to light shedders. Generally, 25% of the litter will be a high-shedding smooth coat and 75% will have a low-shedding fleece coat.
  • F1B – back cross – This Groodle is obtained by crossing a Groodle back with a Poodle. This variety of Groodle has a wider Poodle gene pool and, resultantly, a greater chance of being low-shedding or hypoallergenic. F1b Goldendoodles that have a curly or wool coat will need more grooming maintenance than F1b fleece-coated dogs.
  • Multigen Goldendoodles shedding – Multigen Goldendoodle breeders that haven’t DNA tested their breeding stock for coat traits such as furnishings and coat curl, can produce Groodle puppies that shed. The best multi-generation Groodle breeders know the coat traits carried by their stud dogs and breeding bitches. Such breeders can confidently claim that their Goldendoodle puppies will be either high or non-shedding.

Are Groodles Hypoallergenic?

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Since no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, neither is the Groodle.

The term “100% hypoallergenic Doodle dogs” is a marketing gimmick used by unscrupulous breeders. Allergies in humans are caused not only by the dander from the dog’s shed fur but also by the proteins present in its saliva and urine.

Therefore, if you or a family member are severely allergic to dogs, you could suffer from allergies even in the presence of a Groodle.

Remember: allergies could also result from the pollen, dust, or grass tracked indoors by your dog. These tiny allergens may be present in your dog’s paw, fur, etc. Therefore, even if you buy a Groodle for its low-shedding fur, you must still clean its paws and brush its coat out to minimise these external allergens. Additionally, you may want to wash your hands after petting your Groodle and vacuum/mop your floors to reduce the dander.

What Triggers Shedding in Groodles?

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Shedding is normal in all dogs although some Doodle breeds do shed a lot less than other double-coated dog breeds. Several factors can trigger excess or abnormal shedding in Groodles. These include:

Do Groodle puppies shed a lot?

It’s not uncommon for owners who have purchased an F1 or F1b Goldendoodle puppy to be surprised when they start to shed. Many poodle mix breeds will shed their puppy coat, before the low to non-shedding adult coat comes through. The only truly high-shedding Goldendoodles are the smooth-haired variety. 

Poor Diet/Nutritional Deficiencies

A low-quality diet can harm your Groodle in many ways and one of them is a poor coat that sheds abnormally. Consult your vet nutritionist/breeder for the right diet and if needed, supplement it with a multivitamin-mineral supplement.

Stress

Stress and anxiety can also trigger excess shedding in dogs. Perhaps your dog is scared of other dogs or is afraid of being home alone. Try to curb its anxiety which will also control the shedding.

Skin Infections, External Parasites, or Allergies

Groodles with skin issues or parasites like fleas, ticks, etc. as well as food/environmental allergens could also shed massive amounts of hair resulting in patchy hair loss. Your vet can detect the exact cause and help curb this type of shedding.

Health Issues

Liver and kidney issues, thyroid-related problems, hormonal imbalance, certain cancers, etc. can also trigger shedding in dogs.

Tips to Manage your Groodle’s Shedding

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Here are some ways to curb shedding in your Groodle:

  • Feed it a healthy diet. Your Groodle needs balanced nutrition in the form of proteins, healthy fats (omega fatty acids), and vitamins and minerals for a luxurious coat.
  • Brush your dog daily – even though they do not shed much, Groodles still need regular brushing to remove parasites and trapped allergens.
  • Bathe your Groodle once a month. This will remove dead hair and also reduce parasites and yeast that could trigger shedding.

Conclusion – Do Groodles Shed a Lot?

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Groodles do not shed as much as other purebred dogs and the frequency and amount of shedding will also depend on their ‘generation’. An F1-B Groodle is least likely to shed. While a smooth-coated second-generation Groodle is likely to shed heavily.

Having said that- no dog is 100% hypoallergenic and people with allergies should still exercise the same caution as they would with other dogs. Furthermore, although they shed less, these beautiful dogs still need regular grooming.

The more hypoallergenic the Groodle’s coat, the higher their grooming maintenance will be. Non-shedding curly and fleece Groodle coats require brushing and combing at least twice per week and a visit to the groomer every 6 weeks or so.

We hope this guide gives you an insight into your Groodle’s shedding and grooming.

Other poodle mix breeds to consider if you’re wanting a low to non-shedding family dog – 

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