With the Goldendoodle dog breed seeing exponential growth in its popularity it is not surprising that we are seeing more and more people reaching out and asking various questions based around the breed and how best to care for Goldendoodle. One of the more frequently asked questions that we have been seeing over the last few months that is actually growing in frequency is based around the questions “Do Goldendoodles shed?”. Due to always trying to help as many of our readers as possible and seeing so many people reaching out and asking about their Goldendoodle shedding, we have decided to make this the focus of today’s article.
Before going any further, the short answer to the question is a simple yes, your Goldendoodle will shed, no matter what variant of the breed you get, all dogs shed at least some of their coat. With many people having allergies to dogs, we see the Goldendoodle breed often recommended as a hypoallergenic dog breed but this is only partly true. No dog breed is strickly hypoallergenic but the Goldendoodle breed is one of the closest out there right now and by a long shot too.
This is due to the breeds natural coat doing a great job of holding their shedding rather than it just being free to drop to the ground all around your home and potentially cause you issues with any allergies that you may have. On top of this, although not strictly true for all variants of the Goldendoodle breed, the majority of them do not shed year-round either with some of them only shedding for around three months of the year.
These two factors come together making the Goldendoodle one of the more allergy-friendly breeds with may dog owners who have a Goldendoodle reporting that they are able to have their Goldendoodle in their home without the need for Antihistamines or without showing any of the common symptoms of a dog allergy. Due to this, although your Goldendoodle will shed, this may be a great reason for you to investigate the breed further with a potential goal of purchasing your own Goldendoodle in the future. Due to their coat naturally catching their shedding, some maintenance of your Goldendoodles coat is required but the steps below can easily keep you safe from having an allergic reaction to your Goldendoodles shedding.
Dealing With Goldendoodles Shedding
Thankfully, there are a number of things that you are able to use to your advantage to help deal with your Goldendoodles shedding to help keep it under control. Although it should be a part of the regular grooming of your doodle, brushing your dogs coat regularly when it is shedding can make a surprising difference to the amount of hair that you may find around your home as well as help to minimize any potential allergy flare-ups.
One of the main issues that we see with Goldendoodle owners when grooming their dog is that they use a regular brush that is simply not suitable for the coat of a Goldendoodle, especially if it is shedding and full of loose shed caught in your dog’s coat. A decent slicker brush can make the world of difference when grooming your dog and can help minimize the time required to actually brush your dog’s coat. On top of this, a slicker brush has been specifically designed for the coat type of a Goldendoodle and should result in a pain-free experience whereas some other brush types may cause your Goldendoodle some slight pain during the brushing process.
One comment that we always see made by the Goldendoodle owning community when they are brushing their dog is that they are surprised by the sheer amount of fur that ends up on their brush. This is one hundred percent normal and to be expected and is nothing to worry about. As we touched on earlier in the article, the Goldendoodle shed is often caught in their coat rather than falling to the ground resulting in a quick build up that all gets removed at once when brushing.
Getting Your Goldendoodle A Hair Cut
More and more people who own a Goldendoodle are starting to take their dog to a professional dog grooming service to have their dog professionally styled. Although this can be a good idea, especially if you live in a warmer area, this will not help to reduce the amount of shedding that your Goldendoodle goes through. Shedding is usually caused by a hormone that is released when your doodles body decides its time to shed and is not due to your dog being warm on a regular basis. Although taking your doodle for a hair cut can help them keep cool during the warmer months, the hormone will still cause your doodle to shed its coat at the same rate.
On top of this, due to having your doodles coat professionally styled, the coat that would usually catch the shed and hold it will be shorter. This will often result in the shed being deposited around your home and can potentially cause allergy flare-ups and may result in a surprising amount of cleaning work. Our primary recommendation will always be to get yourself a decent slicker brush and just brush your dogs coat through to remove the shed once a week and keep it under control during the shedding season.
That said though, we know that some of our readers will live in those warmer climates where is may cause problems with your dog’s internal temperature if you do not have its coat cut on a regular basis. If you do fall into this category then we would highly recommend that you consider just purchasing a decent set of dog clippers and just trim your dogs coat yourself at home. It really is not as difficult as most people think. On top of this, many professional dog groomers will charge upwards of eighty dollars per trim whereas our recommended dog clippers come in with a cheaper price tag than that while also being a one time purchase.
Try Restricting The Time Your Dog Is Outdoors
Although this last one rarely works, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has published information that does suggest that many dog breeds can shed more often if they are spending more time outdoors than indoors. Now, to be clear, we are not suggesting that you keep your Goldendoodle indoors at all times and there is only circumstantial evidence to suggest that this works but it may be something to look into depending on your situation.
The general idea is that you can still take your Goldendoodle for its regular daily walks without issue but if your dog is used to sleeping outdoors then consider bringing it indoors and letting it sleep in a suitable cage or crate depending on the situation. We have seen a number of people report that they feel that this has helped their dog shedding situation but on the flipside of this, they usually almost always start to do the weekly grooming with a slicker brush at the same time that they restrict their dogs outdoors time so it is difficult to decide what is actually causing the change.
Why Do Goldendoodles Shed
As we touched on earlier in the article, your Goldendoodle will start to shed when its hormones tell them that it is time and there is nothing you are able to do about it. All dogs go through this exact same process with some breeds shedding year round and some breeds shedding seasonally depending on the breed. The issue with the Goldendoodle breed in particular is due to its liniage with it being based around a Golden Retriever and a Poodle hybrid with distinct blood lines and traits not yet having formed due to it being such a new breed.
As the Golden Retriever breed will often shed year-round with their shedding increasing around spring and fall and the Poodle breed rarely shedding much but usually year-round, your own Goldendoodle shedding temperament is going to depend on the line that has more characteristics from. This is usually why there are an absolute ton of Goldendoodle online reporting that they have multiple Goldendoodle while one will shed often and regularly while their other Goldendoodle rarely sheds much at all.
How Much Do Goldendoodles Shed
As we touched on above, this will definitely vary from Goldendoodle to Goldendoodle and has a massive range of shedding potential depending on the lineage your dog takes after. On top of this, your Goldendoodles actual coat type will also come into effect and can potentially play a large role in the amount of shedding that your Goldendoodle will do. As you probably know, the coats can vary in length, the shape of the hair and a few other things but in our experience, Goldendoodle with longer coats that are curly or wavy tend to catch their shed in their coat much better than those with a shorter coat based around straight hair.
Unfortunately, this is about as far as you can go on a visual inspection due to the actual genetics of the dog being the main decider on the amount of shedding that it is going to do. If you do have allergies to dogs then trying to purchase a Goldendoodle puppy or rescue dog that has a long and wavy coat will likely be your best option as it will result in less shed being deposited around your home each day. The issue is if you are purchasing your Goldendoodle as a puppy, depending on the age of purchase it can be difficult to see the coat type the puppy has. Asking for a viewing of the parents is often not helpful either due to there still being so much genetic variation in the breed where two short, straight-haired Goldendoodles can often produce a full litter of long, wavy-haired pups.
Will My Goldendoodle Stop Shedding
This is another one that is not as easy to answer but that we see asked on a regular basis, unfortunately. The vast majority of Goldendoodles will shed year-round with many having a spike in their shedding in the Spring and Fall. This is often why you see many Goldendoodle owners saying that their dog stops shedding for most of the year due to the sudden increase and decrease due to seasonal shedding. That said though, even if you do have a Goldendoodle that is a seasonal shedder then it is still highly likley that it will still shed year-round, just in smaller amounts.
As we mentioned throughout the article, the coat of a Goldendoodle is usually ideal for catching and holding its shed so, during the Winter and Summer months, owners of a Goldendoodle that has an increase in shedding during the Spring and Fall months may think that their dog has stopped shedding completely but this is not the case. If you do have a Goldendoodle that is a seasonal shedder then it may be a good idea to groom your dog with a slicker brush once a week during its shedding months and then reduce this to once a month in its offseason.