Goldendoodles are a cross between Golden Retrievers and Poodle. They are mostly popular for their unique low-shedding coats, but they still do shed.
However, for owners with severe allergies, even the slightest amount of shedding can trigger an allergic response. as you may know, there are many types of Goldendoodles, so if you do have an allergy or if you don’t have the time or energy to handle the shedding and the hair everywhere, you will need to choose the right Goldendoodle.
So, which Goldendoodle sheds the least? The Goldendoodles that shed the least are the ones that have curlier, denser coats. These Goldendoodles often come from generations that have been backcrossed to poodles and they will be carrying more of the poodle parent’s genes. They’re considered the best options for owners with severe allergies.
Keep reading to learn more about how much Goldendoodles shed, which of them shed the least, and how to minimize their shedding.
How Much Do Goldendoodles Shed?
Goldendoodles are generally low-shedding because Goldendoodles’ coats are made up of hair instead of fur, but this can vary from one dog to another.
As puppies, Goldendoodles will have soft and smooth coats. As they grow older, 6 to 8 months old, they will shed their puppy coats and grow their final adult coats.
These adult coats will vary in texture depending on the dog’s genes and the parent breed it takes after most. So, how much Goldendoodles actually shed will depend mostly on which generation they come from and the kind of coat they will grow as adults.
Which Goldendoodle Generation Shed the Least?
Since Goldendoodles are a crossbreed, the generation they come from is important in determining how much they shed and that’s because the texture of their coat relies on the dog’s genes and the parent they take after the most.
The Goldendoodle generations that shed the least is are F1B and F2B generations because they have been backcrossed to carry more of the Poodle parent gene which results in them growing curlier coats that don’t shed much.
So generally speaking, the more of the Poodle genes that a Goldendoodle generation carries, the less it will shed.
Meanwhile, Goldendoodles that come from F1 or F2 generations carry 50% of Poodle genes and 50% of Golden Retrievers which makes them somewhat unpredictable when it comes to the kind of coat they will have and how much they shed.
Check the following table for a simple breakdown of different Goldendoodle generations, the parent breeds involved, and how much of the Poodle genes they will carry:
|Goldendoodle Generation||Parent Breeds||Resulting Genetic Makeup|
|F1 Goldendoodles||Goldendoodle and Poodle||50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever|
|F1B Goldendoodles||F1 Goldendoodle and Poodle||75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever|
|F1BB Goldendoodles||F1B Goldendoodles and Poodles||87.5% Poodle and 12.5% Golden Retriever|
|F2 Goldendoodles||F1 Goldendoodle and F1 Goldendoodle||Approximately 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever|
|F2B Goldendoodles||F2 Goldendoodle and Poodle||62.5% Poodle and 37.5% Golden Retriever|
|F2BB Goldendoodles||F2B Goldendoodles and Poodles||81.25% Poodle and 18.75% Golden Retriever|
Which Goldendoodle Coat Kind Sheds the Least?
There are 3 main kinds of Goldendoodle coats – curly, wavy, and straight. These coats have different textures and shedding frequencies.
The curly coats are the least shedding. They are known as the signature teddy-bear coats and they’re the most desired by Goldendoodles owners as they fit the breed’s standard by being the closest in appearance and texture to Poodle coats.
Next, there are the wavy coats which are moderate when it comes to how much they shed. Finally, there are the straight coats which are the closest in appearance and texture to Golden Retrievers and the most shedding out of all 3 kinds of coats.
How to Tell What Kind of Coat a Goldendoodle Will Have?
It’s highly convenient for dog owners with allergies to learn beforehand the kind of coat their Goldendoodles will have and how much it will shed.
That’s why many owners do some genetic tests on the parent breeds to learn whether they’re carrying the gene responsible for curly coats which is known as the Cu locus gene.
If you’re unable to test the genetics of the dog’s parents, you can usually predict the kind of coat your dog will have by inspecting the area around its muzzle:
- If there’s an excess amount of hair on top of the dog’s muzzle giving a mustache-like appearance, then it’s likely to grow a curly coat when it grows.
- If there’s an excess amount of hair around the dog’s muzzle that gives a shaggy beard-like appearance, then it’s likely to have a wavy coat
- If there’s a small amount of hair around the dog’s muzzle that’s short and neat in appearance, then it’s likely to grow a straight coat.
However, keep in mind that this method is not always reliable and it will never be as accurate as a genetic test.
How to Minimize a Goldendoodle’s Shedding?
It’s very important for owners with allergies to minimize their dog’s shedding to avoid triggering frequent allergic reactions. There are almost too many pieces of advice online on how to manage your dog’s shedding, but as often the case with almost everything, the simplest advice is often the most effective.
So, let’s take a closer look at the two most important things you can do to effectively minimize your Goldendoodle’s shedding:
Brush Your Goldendoodle Regularly
Brushing your Goldendoodle regularly will help prevent tangling and remove any loose hair which will reduce shedding greatly.
It’s recommended to brush Goldendoodles at least once a week, however, the frequency will mostly depend on the kind of coat they have. So, the curlier the coat is, the more often it will need to be brushed.
To properly brush a Goldendoodle, you need to divide the dog’s hair into smaller sections with a fine-toothed metal comb, then slowly brush through each section with a slicker brush using short strokes to remove all tangles.
After you’re done brushing, go over the dog’s coat with a bristle brush to pick up any loose hairs.
Bathe Your Goldendoodle Regularly
Bathing your Goldendoodle regularly will keep its coat clean from dirt and grease which can help minimize matting and infections that could lead to hair loss.
It’s recommended to bathe Goldendoodles at least once a month or, in more severe cases, once every week. However, keep in mind that bathing your dog too often will cause its hair to weaken and fall out more frequently.
To properly bathe a Goldendoodle, you need to get its coat from the neck down, then apply a dog-friendly shampoo and make sure to spread it evenly over the dog’s coat.
Make sure to rinse the shampoo off the dog’s coat completely, then dry it thoroughly to avoid causing irritation to the dog’s skin. You can check out our guide to the best dog shampoos here. I also have a complete guide with 17 ways to minimize your dog’s shedding here that you should definitely check out.
Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?
Some Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic as their coats are low shedding and unlikely to spread any dander that would trigger an allergic reaction. However, it mainly depends on the kind of coat the dog has. So, the curlier the dog’s coat is, the more hypoallergenic it will be.
If what you are looking for is a hypoallergenic dog that is good for your allergy, make sure to check out this guide to hypoallergenic dogs here.
Do You Need to Trim a Goldendoodle’s Coat?
You need to trim your Goldendoodle’s coat if it’s severely matted. It’s generally recommended to trim a dog’s coat once every 6 weeks, but it can also depend on the kind of coat the dog has. Since curly coats are more prone to getting matted than straight coats, they need to be trimmed more frequently.
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