With its teddy bear-like and cuddly features, a Goldendoodle is an irresistible breed so well-loved by many.
Also called Groodle, Doodle, Goldenpoo or Golden noodles, they are even more popular because they are deemed as hypoallergenic.
This is exciting as well as intriguing! Can dogs really be hypoallergenic? If yes, are Goldendoodles included in this list? Let’s find out.
What Does It Mean If a Dog is Hypoallergenic and What Makes One?
The definition of Merriam-Webster for “hypoallergenic” is having less likelihood of causing an allergic reaction. It came from the Greek word “hypo” which translates to “less or under” and is exactly the opposite of the prefix hyper.
Applying the definition to dogs, it means that the breed will unlikely trigger an allergic response in the body and therefore, for allergy sufferers, it makes living with them bearable.
What makes a dog hypoallergenic? For them to fit the bill, their hair must not shed. It is the shedding that exposes dander or dead skin particles in the air causing the allergic reaction.
But did you know that humans are not really allergic to the hair or fur of animals but the dander?
Typically, those considered hypoallergenic have curlier coats that trap or embeds the hair within, allowing the dander to stay where it is.
If the breeder says that the dog is hypoallergenic, it means that it will unlikely cause an allergic reaction. But it does not mean that the dog is allergy-proof.
There is no standard also that exists to tell if a dog is hypoallergenic. In the same way, there are no tests that will warrant that an allergic reaction will never occur. Because of this, it will be almost impossible to guarantee that a breed or a mix will never cause allergic reactions.
How Can You Tell If A Person Is Allergic to Dogs?
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, there are three main reasons why humans are allergic to dogs:
- Dander or dead skin cells
Yes, a dog’s coat or hair is not on the list. Therefore, it is not an allergen. Although many people associate it as such, the type of coat actually helps in trapping dander. Since all dogs produce dander, saliva and urine, no dog can claim that it is 100% hypoallergenic.
Sensitivity to the allergen will also depend on the person’s reaction level- if it is just mild or worse. Those who are allergic to them may experience sniffles, red eyes and sneezing when near the pooch.
Before getting a “hypoallergenic” dog for an allergy sufferer, it is still best to spend time with it and check if symptoms persist.
Are Goldendoodle Hypoallergenic or Not?
Poodles have the reputation of being hypoallergenic because its curly coat traps dander within. Opposite to that is Golden Retrievers who shed a lot.
The purpose why Golden Retrievers are mixed with Poodles is to achieve that hypoallergenic coat. However, since it is a mix between two spectrums, this Doodle may or may not be hypoallergenic.
Again, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic but compared to other dogs, due to its Poodle genetics, it will come close.
If the Goldendoodle is more Poodle in its genetic make-up, it will likely pass as hypoallergenic. But if this Doodle inherited its Golden Retriever parent, it may unlikely be.
Look for Goldendoodles with a Poodle like a coat that can be wavy or curly and non-shedding. Typically, these are the generations of Goldendoodles with more Poodles in their genetic mix. If you will notice, they have “B” at the end of their generation:
- F1B Goldendoodle- 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever
- F1BB Goldendoodle- 87.5% Poodle and 12.5% Golden Retriever
- F2B Goldendoodle- 62.5% Poodle and 37.5% Golden Retriever
- F2BB Goldendoodle- 81.25% Poodle and 18.75% Golden Retriever
- F3 Goldendoodle or Multi-generation Goldendoodle: Since they are backcrossed to the Poodle, they are hypoallergenic.
F1 Goldendoodle and F2 Goldendoodle will likely be less hypoallergenic because they will be a 50-50 mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle.
Are Goldendoodles More Hypoallergenic Than Other Dog Breeds?
No dog can claim to be flat-out hypoallergenic but compared to other breeds, it fares better with allergy sufferers. Thanks to the Poodle gene in its mix.
Again, before bringing home this Doodle, spend time with it first.
Tips To Minimize Allergies Caused by Goldendoodles?
While Goldendoodles are less-shedding, below are also tips to minimize the allergies it may cause and it all boils down to proper hygiene.
Brush the Doodle Regularly- Since the dander is trapped in its coat, it is important to brush it off regularly. And by regularly, it means daily. It is important to brush their coat daily to limit the allergies it may bring and also to spread skin oils across its coat. More brushing means less dander; and less dander means fewer allergies!
Time for Haircut- Regular grooming is also recommended. Since their lengthy coats grow fast, they need a haircut monthly. Invest in grooming tools also to save money.
Wash the Doodle at least twice monthly- Once every two weeks bathing will significantly decrease the dander in their coat. Couple it with a vet recommended shed control cleanser and shampoo that will not dry out their skin.
Regular home cleaning- Make sure your home is clean from the pent up dander that might be hiding on the couch or where else! This includes vacuuming and it will dramatically help say goodbye to Doodle allergies. Keeping them away from the bedroom will also help.
Conclusion: Are Goldendoodles Hypoallergenic?
Compared to other dog breeds, allergy sufferers can enjoy being with a Goldendoodle; although no dog breed can really claim that they are 100% such. Consider also the generation of the Goldendoodle and ensure that they are more on the Poodle side.
Good cleaning habits and grooming are also important to minimize allergic reactions from this Doodle. This includes regular brushing, grooming and bathing! Cleaning the home regularly will also help.
Now, prepare the way for the Doodle!