Hypoallergenic poodle mixes – is there such a cross breed? If you’re in the market for a hypoallergenic dog, then a Poodle mix is a great choice. However, you must still conduct thorough research on the hybrid dog before buying or adopting one.
After all; not all Poodle mixes (Oodles or Doodles) are low-shedding. Some Poodle mixes shed loads which could trigger allergies and asthma in sensitive individuals. As such no dog is 100% hypoallergenic.
Thankfully, some Poodle mixes do shed less and many do not have that characteristic doggy odour.
Below is a list of 6 Poodle mixes that could make a great choice for people with mild to moderate pet allergies.
6 Hypoallergenic Poodle Mixes That Won’t Trigger Allergies
The Poodle is a German dog breed known for its hypoallergenic and low-shedding coat. Poodles have curly hairs which grow continuously and also keep the allergens trapped inside.
When crossed with other low-shedding dogs, you get hypoallergenic Poodle hybrids that not only shed less but also have very little doggy odour. Here are 6 of them.
Like Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers or Yorkies are low-shedding dogs. They have long, human-like silky hair which does not release dander.
This makes the Yorkie-Poodle mix or the Yorkie-Poo relatively low-shedding and ideal for people with mild pet allergies. However, Yorkiepoos still need a lot of grooming including daily brushing, monthly baths, and regular haircuts.
Maltipoos are the result of crossing the Poodle with a Maltese Terrier.
Maltese Terriers are also low-shedding, low-smell dogs. This makes their offspring – the Maltipoos or Moodles low-shedding as well. Maltipoos are docile, playful, smart, and highly trainable. Their adorable looks and compact sizes (they weigh between 3-20 lb or 2-9 kg) make them an excellent choice for apartment dwellers.
A mix between the Poodle and Bichon Frise (which happens to be hypoallergenic too), the Bichpoo, Bichoodle or Poochon is an adorable compact-sized dog. It weighs between 6 and 18 lbs. or 2.7 to 8 kg.
These adorable and cheerful dogs do need plenty of regular grooming to maintain their fluffy coats.
4. Mini Portidoodles
The Mini Portidoodle is a mix of a miniature Poodle and a Portuguese Water Dog (PWD). Portuguese Water Dogs also have low-shedding, curly, water-resistant coats just like the Poodle breed. President Obama chose a Portie (as PWDs are fondly known) for his daughter Malia who suffered from pet allergies.
This makes mini Portidoodles a good choice for individuals with allergies. Mini Portidoodles weigh between 14-28 lb. or 6-12 kg. They are incredibly smart and easy to train. They are also energetic, playful, and outgoing dogs.
Since the Havanese parent in this Poodle mix is hypoallergenic, so is the Havapoo. In addition to being low-shedding and non-smelly, these cute dogs get along with kids, seniors, other dogs, and cats, and make excellent pets. They weigh between 7-20 lb or 3-9kg.
A mix of Shih Tzu (a low-shedding dog breed) and Poodle, the Shihpoo is a cute, low-shedding dog that weighs around 8-18 lb or (3.7 to 8 kg). Shihpoos are mostly great around allergy sufferers but remember that allergies could still be triggered by the grass, dust, and pollen dragged in by this small dog.
FAQs – Hypoallergenic Poodle Mixes
Is every dog mixed with a Poodle hypoallergenic?
Hypoallergenic poodle mixes – aren’t they all non-shedding? No. Not every dog mixed with a Poodle will yield low-shedding or non-shedding offspring. As such no dog can be 100% or completely hypoallergenic – including the Oodle breeds. The Poodle mixes above are low-shedding since both the parent breeds are hypoallergenic on their own.
Which Doodle is best for allergies?
Always choose a reputable breeder who has immense knowledge about canine genetics. The best Oodle breeders understand how coat traits are inherited including furnishing, shedding and curl genes and are forthcoming about their breeding program. They will understand how likely shedding will be in their puppies for sale.
Hypoallergenic poodle mixes – Is F1b or F2b Doodle better for allergies?
Both F1B and F2B Doodles are good for families having allergy sufferers. However, you must not forget that even these Doodles could track in allergens (dust, grass, or pollen) on their coats which could trigger allergies. Similarly, not all poodle studs have strong curl and furnishing genes, resulting in oodle puppies with weak coats that are still prone to shedding.
Key Takeaways- Hypoallergenic Poodle Mixes – Which Poodle Mix is Non-Shedding?
Many Poodle mixes are advertised as 100% hypoallergenic by breeders. Sadly, this is not always true.
Allergies are complex and canine genetics that determine the dog’s hypoallergenic traits even more so.
Certainly, a person allergic to dogs is better off with non-shedding dogs like Poodles. And thankfully several Poodle mixes – especially those where the other parent dog breed is also hypoallergenic or low-shedding/non-shedding – could check the box for allergy sufferers.
The 6 Poodle mixes mentioned above shed less and produce very little dander. They also tend to keep allergens trapped in their low-shedding coats. You could also opt for F1B/F2B/F1BB or Multigenerational Doodles from breeders that understand the coat trait genetics in their breeding dogs.
You must also take some precautions to keep the allergen levels in your home low. This includes washing your hands after petting your dog, not allowing your pet to lick your face (since even the dog’s saliva contains proteins that could trigger allergies), and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. It is also best not to let your Poodle mix sleep in your bedroom.
Although Poodle mixes that are non-shedding are a good option for allergy sufferers, it’s important to consider if you can meet the needs of these breeds. A common behaviour problem in Poodle crossbreeds is separation anxiety and barking. However, with consistent, positive dog training methods, owners can grow their independence and calmness.
I hope these tips help prevent your allergy triggers.
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