If you’ve ever seen a Goldendoodle, you will be smitten by how adorable it is. It is one of the most ideal breeds for families or even first-time dog owners because of its smart, loving, and loyal nature. Goldendoodles are crossbreeds that vary in size depending on the Poodle (standard or miniature) they cross a Golden Retriever with.
Goldendoodles are friendly and sociable. They are easy to train and thrive in any environment that allows them to move around. Experts recommend proper socialization training as early as possible to avoid fearfulness. Another trait of these lovable dogs is their need for physical contact. We know them to get separation anxiety when ignored.
They are an excellent choice for those with allergies because we do not know them to cause hypersensitivity reactions to most people. We consider goldendoodles to be none to light shedders but require regular grooming and brushing. On the average, they are clipped every 5-8 weeks and brushed at least twice a week to maintain its coat.
Goldendoodles are a wonderful companion for anyone at any age. Families will love it as it does well in the home. Its friendly nature allows for it to get along with other pets. It’s no wonder how Goldendoodles have seen a rise in popularity in recent years given how these lovely pets inject a generous helping of joy in the home.
History Of The Breed
One of the youngest crossbreed types, the first litter of Goldendoodles, was born in the 90s. The purpose was for them to be guide dogs for visually challenged individuals with allergies. The intention was to create a breed that had low-shedding and low-dander to avoid allergic reactions, plus have affectionate and intelligent characteristics.
Despite gaining traction in dog-loving communities, Goldendoodles are not universally recognized by Kennel clubs. The Continental Kennel Club is one organization that acknowledges the breed with the condition that both purebred parents are registered to them.
The Poodle and Golden Retriever
Poodles, unbeknownst to many, were originally hunting dogs. They have a low to non-shedding coat which makes them popular amongst those who have allergies. Golden Retrievers, on the other hand, are known for their gentle and loving personality. They often become search and rescue, or disability assistance dogs. Both breeds are intelligent, fun-loving, and friendly.
Goldendoodles are beloved for a reason. They are affectionate, intelligent, and gentle dogs. As a hybrid, it may be presumed that they would express the best traits of its parents. But that’s not how it works. A first generation Goldendoodle will have 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever characteristics. It does not mean that it will inherit its parents’ finest features.
Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?
Any dog person would know that there is nothing like cuddling with your pet. It’s impossible to avoid digging your face in its fur! This is where allergy comes in. Many people think because poodles do not or rarely shed, they are hypoallergenic. And by association, Goldendoodles must be the same! This is misleading information.
Merriam-Webster defines hypo allergic as, “having little likelihood of causing an allergic response.” This leads us to find out what causes a hypersensitivity reaction to people. According to The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, it is not dog hairs that cause allergic reactions. Therefore, that non-shedding dogs are hypo allergic is false!
The ACAAI states that dogs can cause hypersensitivity reactions through three ways: dander, saliva, and urine. Dander is the dead skin which is shed off. It may contain fur and other allergens. This implies that shedding of fur, regardless if it is long or short, does not cause allergies. These intolerances are caused by dead skin and not fur or hair.
Theoretically, no animal is 100% hypoallergenic. The parentage of Goldendoodles cause others to falsely promote it as being hypoallergenic. There is no evidence that shows that any breed, pure or mixed, causes more allergic reactions than the other. This will depend on the allergic response of each individual.
Low or non-shedding dogs have a lower chance of causing itchiness or the sniffles. The Poodle lineage of the Goldendoodle gives most of the impression that it will exhibit the exact same characteristics. Even with humans, we do not get the best of our parents’ qualities. The same can be said for animals as well.
Whether Goldendoodles shed will depend on its genetics. If the Retriever genes are more prominent, then it might shed fur. With this in mind, we should consider as well that some breeds are typically gentler on the hypersensitive population.
Goldendoodles remain a top choice whether or not you’re an allergy sufferer. The best way to find out if you react to any breed is to research and, if possible, spend some time with the dog to check for any potential reaction. The severity of flare-ups may vary between individuals regardless of breed and amount of shedding present.
Overall, Goldendoodles, despite the dominant genes, will shed less than most breeds. They will always be included in the low to no shedding classification. A Goldendoodle’s dander does not slough off like usual. It stays close to the skin. That’s one extra bit of cleaning you won’t need to worry about from this already worry-free pet experience with the Goldendoodle.
If you want to be extra careful, there are ways to minimize the dander of your pet. The simplest way to guarantee this is through good grooming. You must bathe your Goldendoodle often. This allows for dander to be removed while bathing and not in your household. To coincide with this, you must brush the fur often. This will prevent dead cell build up. Good grooming = less dander.
Another way to make sure you get a low or no shedding Goldendoodle is through its genetics. Those with curlier and more poodle-like fur almost always does not shed. You can expect a fair amount of shedding from those that have a more open coat, but it will be less than a Golden Retriever.
A reputable breeder can explain the difference between generation designations. First generation Goldendoodles (F1) will have more open coats. F1 means it breeds a purebred Golden Retriever to a purebred Poodle. These dogs have considerable shedding compared to the curlier poodle fur.
If you prefer a Goldendoodle with a more poodle-like non-shedding coat, you would ask the breeder about an F1B. These come from breeding a first generation Goldendoodle (F1) back to a purebred poodle. We call this a backcross and results in a 25% Golden Retriever and 75% Poodle mix.
An important thing to remember when picking out hypoallergenic dogs is to check whether the parents were low-shedding themselves. Pups from parents that are low-shedding are more likely to exhibit these traits as well. Taking the time to look into this information is a small investment for significant gains.
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Goldendoodles are as endearing as their pictures show them to be. They are clever, friendly, and very charismatic. If you love to spend time with your pet, they might be the best option. They love human companionship. They are smart and easy to train. It’s a great for a first time dog-owner as long as you’re willing to put in the time to train them.
If you want an intelligent dog, you can’t go wrong with its parentage. The Poodle ranks number 2 while the Golden Retriever is number 4 on the list of the most intelligent dog breeds. The Goldendoodle will not disappoint in learning new tricks and following your commands.
There are also a variety of choices for its look! The coat can be straight, wavy, or curly. There are 6 colors to choose from as well! Goldendoodles can be tan, cream, red, chocolate, or apricot in color. You can even choose its size from miniature, traditional, medium, to standard. You will for sure find the best one for you.
In terms of allergies, you will find Goldendoodle in the list of the most allergy-friendly dogs in the commercial market today. However, always remember that the best guarantee is to see for yourself if you get any reaction when you spend time with one.
It also pays to know what you’re allergic
Last, always make sure you are getting your dogs, Goldendoodle or not, from reputable breeders. Probe and make sure you are not getting your new pets from puppy mills that mass breed without proper care. If you can, you may also check shelters or rescue groups. Visit veterinarians or dog lovers for referrals. These people will know who the trustworthy breeders are.
Goldendoodles are fantastic companions. You might find yourself a new best friend! There is no perfect dog, and it will always boil down to preference. But, if you’re looking for a friendly, low-shed, intelligent, and gentle pet, you cannot go wrong with this crossbreed.