Why is my cavoodle shedding so much?

Why is My Cavoodle Shedding? Top 5 Causes & Best Solutions


If you are thinking of getting a Cavoodle, there’s a chance that it will shed at some point in its life. There are a few factors that can influence whether or not a Cavoodle will shed. Many new Cavoodle owners are shocked by the amount of fur they find all over their clothing, prompting them to ask ‘why is my Cavoodle shedding so much?’.

In this guide, we discuss the causes of excessive shedding in Cavoodles and ways to curb it.

Why is My Cavoodle Shedding So Much?

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Your Cavoodle might be shedding because it has inherited the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s genetics rather than the Poodle’s genetics. Shedding in Doodle dog breeds like Cavoodles greatly depends on the generation of the puppy. In general, the F2, and F3 generation pups are more likely to shed whereas well-bred F1 and F1-B, F1-BB, F2B, and F2BB Cavoodle puppies are more likely to be low-shedding and hypoallergenic like the Poodle.

Other than genetics, your Cavoodle’s diet, age, overall health, and environment may also be responsible for excessive shedding.

Why is my Cavoodle Shedding? 5 Reasons

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There are several reasons why a Cavoodle might shed. Here are the main ones:

1.   Why is my Cavoodle shedding so much? Discarding its Puppy Coat

A young Cavapoo puppy might start to shed around the age of 4-8 months. During this age, your pet is discarding its puppy coat to make way for the adult coat. This type of shedding usually reduces as your puppy transitions into adulthood. 

A short-haired Cavoodle will often shed from 8 weeks of age. These smooth or flat-coated Cavoodles, have the same coat as a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and owners can expect them to shed regularly. 

2.   Why is my Cavoodle shedding so much? – Genetics

Another reason why your Cavoodle might shed so much may be due to its generation.

 In Doodle dogs, the generation of the puppy plays a key role in the traits it inherits. If your Cavoodle is a product of crossing a purebred Poodle and a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, then it is a lot more likely to be low to non-shedding. However, for a first-generation Cavoodle puppy with a teddy bear coat to be non-shedding, it must inherit two genes from one of its parents. The furnishing gene and the curly hair gene are required to ensure a puppy is low to non-shedding. 

Cavoodle breeders and shedding

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Why is my Cavoodle shedding so much? Ask your breeder; the best Cavoodle breeders DNA test their breeding dogs for coat traits that influence shedding, including: 

  • Furnishing genes – a Cavoodle 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). Cavapoos 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 short or smooth-coated Cavoodles that shed heavily.
  • Curly coat genes – Poodles carry curly coat genes. Cavoodle 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 mini, toy or teacup Cavoodle 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 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 Cavoodle doesn’t carry any furnishing or curl genes.

The most ethical and responsible breeders also DNA test their Cavoodle puppies in order to have an understanding of the coat types of each puppy. They can then confidently list their Cavoodle 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.

Cavoodle cross Poodle (F1B, F2B generation)

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A Cavoodle born out of an F1-Cavoodle-Poodle cross (known as F1-B) will shed a lot less. Similarly, F1BB, F2B, and F2BB Cavoodles will also shed a lot less because of the greater percentage of Poodle genetics.

Do speak to your breeder if you or someone in your family is an allergy sufferer. Good breeders are forthcoming about their dogs’ genetics and will happily provide you with records to prove the pup’s lineage.

3.  Why is my Cavoodle shedding? Poor Diet

A low-quality or poor diet is one of the biggest culprits of excessive hair loss in dogs. Your Cavoodle needs a balanced diet with proteins, healthy fats, and antioxidants for a healthy coat. Food allergens like certain proteins, grains, preservatives, dyes, etc. in dog food can also cause shedding in Cavoodles having sensitive digestion.

The best food for Cavoodles is one that is balanced and includes a mixture of fresh vegetables, human-grade meats & offal, grain-free freeze-dried food and raw meaty bones.  

4.   Why is my Cavoodle shedding? Environmental Factors

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These culprits include stress, parasites, and allergens. If your Cavoodle is stressed due to another dog or suffers from separation anxiety as a result of being left alone for prolonged periods, then it could suffer from excessive shedding.

Parasites like ticks, fleas, mites, or mange can also cause shedding and patchy hair loss. Allergens like food allergies, mould, dust, pollen, grass, etc. can also be the culprits behind shedding.

5.   Why is my Cavoodle shedding? Health Issues

Some dogs shed excessively due to underlying health issues like Cushing’s disease, kidney issues, hormonal imbalance, thyroid-related disorders, bacterial/fungal skin infections, and even certain cancers.

Please see your vet if your Cavoodle is showing other signs of poor health in addition to shedding.

How To Curb Excessive Shedding in Cavoodles?

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Here are some steps to curb shedding in your Cavapoo:

Groom Your Cavoodle Regularly

Regularly brush and comb your Cavoodle at least twice per week. If you’re brushing and combing twice a week and still asking, “why is my Cavoodle shedding?”, increase to 3-4 times a week. You can use a de-shedding brush or a slicker brush to remove the loose hair. This will also reduce the fur on your clothes and furniture. Grooming will also reduce parasite-related hair loss in your dog.

Once a month, bathe your Cavoodle using the best quality shampoo. This will eliminate ticks/fleas and allergens and keep your pet’s fur clean.

Feeding your Cavoodle a Nourishing Diet

cavoodle puppy shedding

One of the most important ways to curb shedding in dogs is through proper nutrition. Feed your Cavoodle a diet rich in proteins and omega-essential fatty acids. Speak to your vet about vitamin/mineral supplements or omega fatty acid supplements as they ensure a healthier coat.

If your pet is allergic to certain proteins, try another protein or even novel proteins like emu, rabbit, kangaroo, fish, crocodile etc.

Prevent Stress in your Cavoodle

To prevent stress-related hair loss, exercise and train your Cavoodle daily. A well-exercised and trained dog is a calm and content dog.

If your pet suffers from separation anxiety, consider enrolling it in daycare or hiring a dog sitter to watch it.

Conclusion – Why is My Cavoodle Shedding So Much?

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Excess shedding in Cavoodles is most likely due to your dog inheriting the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel genetics. Some Cavoodle breeders aim to breed short-haired Cavoodles and these are known to shed their coat.

The best Cavoodle breeders, who claim to be producing non-shedding, hypoallergenic Cavoodles should be able to show results of the parent’s DNA testing for coat traits such as furnishings and curly coat genes. This is the only way to guarantee that a Cavoodle puppy will be non-shedding.

Why is my Cavoodle Shedding its puppy coat?

Some amount of shedding is normal in puppyhood when your Cavapoo sheds its puppy coat to transition to an adult coat. You might also notice a bit of shedding during the warmer months but this is not common in fleece and wool-coated Cavoodles.

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The best way to minimise shedding in Cavoodles is through regular grooming. You must also feed your Cavapoo a healthy diet and, if needed, supplement it with omega-essential fatty acid supplements.

We hope you enjoyed this article and find a solution to your Cavoodle’s shedding.

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