Do Aussiedoodles Shed?

Do Aussiedoodles Shed?

Do Aussiedoodles shed? A question that many of you might be asking before taking the huge leap of adopting an adorable Aussiedoodle puppy. As you might know, one of the biggest appeals of Doodles like the Aussiedoodle is that they’re considered very low to non-shedding dogs. In addition to that, they’re extremely fun-loving and affectionate pups with super high intelligence levels. Sounds like the perfect dog, am I right?! In this article, we’re going to learn more about the Aussiedoodle shedding levels, causes, prevention, and how you can combat excessive shedding. Let’s dig in!

Do Mini Aussiedoodles Shed?
Do Mini Aussiedoodles Shed?

Do Aussiedoodles Shed a Lot?

Do Aussiedoodles shed? How can I tell if my Aussiedoodle will shed? Do Mini Aussiedoodles shed? Contrary to the widespread belief that Aussiedoodles do not shed, there’s no such thing as a completely non-shedding dog. However, Aussiedoodles do have a great advantage compared to many other breeds – even the purebred Australian Shepherd parent. Thanks to the Poodle in their lineage, Aussiedoodles benefit from a more allergy-friendly coat, which has proven to be a great option for many people who struggle with dog dander allergies. (Or, people who just prefer a pup who’d leave less hair around the house.)

Do Aussiedoodles Shed Hair and Dander?
Do Aussiedoodles Shed Hair and Dander?

But as we said, even Aussiedoodles can shed some hair, regardless of their size. Commonly, this is determined by their coat type and genetics. Let’s now cover the main types of Aussiedoodle coats and how they can affect your Aussiedoodle’s shedding levels…

Aussiedoodle Shedding Guide
Aussiedoodle Shedding Guide

How Hypoallergenic Dogs Help with Pet Allergies

  • Let’s look at how allergic reactions occur to find out. The culprits that trigger pet allergies in humans are proteins found in pet hair and saliva. When your puppy licks themselves, their saliva attaches to their fur dander, which then falls off as they shed. This leaves all kinds of triggers lying around the house, resulting in sneezing, irritated eyes, a runny nose, and even cause asthmatic problems.
  • Since hypoallergenic dogs like the Aussiedoodle shed much less than the average breed, their dander and saliva would typically cause an allergic reaction to stick to their hair rather than be scattered around your home. That’s why hypoallergenic breeds like the Aussiedoodle make for wonderful dogs for people with mild pet allergies.

What Makes An Aussiedoodle Shed Less?

An Aussiedoodle is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle. Like many other Doodle breeds, Aussiedoodles often inherit the coat of their poodle ancestors, which consists of curly hair that doesn’t shed much compared to other breeds. However, the amount your Aussiedoodle puppy sheds may be different from other Aussiedoodles depending on the type of coat they have inherited from their parents.

What Are The Differences Between Aussiedoodle Coats?

Like other Doodles, we can never know for sure how an Aussiedoodle might turn out. As we’re combining two purebred dogs, the Australian Shepherd and Poodle, we can also expect a variety of outcomes namely in their appearance in terms of coat types and shedding. Let’s take an in-depth look.

Aussiedoodle Wavy Coat

Also a popular choice, the Aussiedoodle wavy coat is a beautiful combination of the straight Australian Shepherd coat and the curly-haired Poodle. The wavy coat may or may not be double-layered, but it typically sheds very little thanks to the Poodle genes in the mix. And as the hair isn’t as curly and textured, it’s usually much easier to maintain than the curly coat.

Aussiedoodle Curly Coat

The most desired Aussiedoodle coat type in terms of shedding is the curly coat. Resembling most of the Poodle parent, Aussiedoodles with this coat type tend to shed the least. They’re typically single-coated with plush, curly hair. On the other hand, the Aussiedoodle curly coat requires the most maintenance out of the three. As their textured curly hair can easily become knotted and also trap in loose hair, dirt, and debris, they are the most prone to matting. For curly coat Aussiedoodles, daily brushing is an absolute must.

Aussiedoodle Straight Coat

Lastly, we have the straight coat Aussiedoodle who inherits its hair mostly from the Australian Shepherd parent. Most commonly, pups with the straight coat also come with an insulating undercoat. The downside of this coat type is that it tends to shed considerably more than the other two coat types, especially during shedding seasons. Although straight-haired Aussiedoodles aren’t as prone to matting, you’ll still want to routinely brush out the loose dead hair that’s trapped beneath the thick layers of the double coat.

What Factors Can Lead to Increased Shedding in an Aussiedoodle?

An Aussiedoodle’s coat isn’t the only factor that can determine how much they will shed. Health issues can also impact how much your Aussiedoodle may shed at different points in their life.

Poor Diet

Just like humans, your Aussiedoodle needs the right amounts of vitamins in their food to keep their hair strong. If they don’t get all the nutrients they need, their hair may start to become brittle and weaker, causing hair to break and fall off more often. If you find that this is the case with your puppy, talk to your veterinarian about diet options that can help your puppy get a shiny and healthy coat while also improving its overall health.

Anxiety

  • Anxiety and stress can often cause an Aussiedoodle to shed excessively. It’s not uncommon for anxious pups to start grooming, licking, and scratching themselves more. This, in turn, can cause more hair to fall out. Anxiety can be caused by various stressors like separation anxiety, or from boredom. As Aussiedoodles are highly intelligent and energetic pups, it’s important they get plenty of daily exercise and mental stimulation. If they’re not able to channel their energy in a healthy way, they might get bored and anxious due to the lack of stimulation. Likewise, as Aussiedoodles are affectionate dogs, they can show signs of anxiety if they don’t get to spend enough quality time with their humans.
  • Additionally, your Aussiedoodle might experience stress and anxiety by changes in routine and daily life, such as moving to a different house, going back to the office after the pandemic, welcoming a new pet or baby into the family, or changes in family structure like divorce or death.

How Can I Make Sure My Aussiedoodle Has a Curly Coat?

If you’re looking to make sure your Aussiedoodle has the curly hair from their Poodle ancestors, lucky for you, there are steps you can take when searching for the perfect puppy to take home. If you’re considering getting your Aussiedoodle puppy from a breeder, make sure to ask them about the ancestry of the litter. If you want your puppy to have more Poodle than an Australian Shepherd, your breeder will be able to show you puppies that fit what you’re looking for.

What Can I Do to Prevent Shedding in My Aussiedoodle?

Even though your puppy will shed a little bit no matter what, there are still ways to make sure that your Aussiedoodle is as healthy as can be and shedding as little as possible.

Bathe Your Pup

Regular bathing can also help keep shedding to a minimum in your Aussiedoodle. A bath every two weeks should do the trick for curly-haired varieties, while wavy-haired Aussiedoodles can take a bath about once a month. Finding a gentle and all-natural shampoo can also help keep your puppy clean while soothing any skin irritations.

Groom Your Aussiedoodle Regularly

Keeping your puppy regularly groomed is one of the best ways to combat any shedding from your puppy that may cause allergies to flare up, or that may fill your home with unwanted dog hair. For Aussiedoodle’s with curly hair, make sure to brush their coat every day, and for wavy-haired Aussiedoodles, brushing once a week is enough to keep most of their hair out of your environment. Look for a brush that is specifically designed for thicker single coats, and that can take care of knots and dirt while also being gentle on your puppy.

Keep Them Healthy

As mentioned before, your puppy’s health will impact the amount of hair that they are shedding. Be sure to check with your vet with any concerns you may have over your Aussiedoodle’s health, and make sure to take care of every part of their wellbeing.

Get Your Aussiedoodle Trimmed Professionally

Getting your puppy professionally trimmed is a great way to combat shedding no matter your Aussiedoodle’s coat type, although this is especially helpful for curly-coated Aussiedoodles. Taking your puppy to the groomer’s every two to three months will help keep their coat clean and keep shedding to a minimum.

Why Is My Aussiedoodle Shedding So Much?

Firstly, some Aussiedoodles shed more thanks to their genetic makeup, where the Australian Shepherd genes are more prevalent. Secondly, Aussiedoodle shedding can be caused by a variety of health concerns like fleas, mites, and parasites, stress and anxiety, poor diet or sudden changes in diet, or skin allergies. To combat any of these concerns, we recommend you check out our suggestions we mentioned in this article.

Do Aussiedoodles Blow Their Puppy Coat?

Like other dogs, Aussiedoodles blow their puppy coats somewhere around 6 months old. The transition is typically smooth and there won’t be much shedding. However, during this time, you can expect to notice more loose hair around the house.

Are Aussiedoodles Hypoallergenic?

Although Aussiedoodles are very low to non-shedding pups and often referred to as hypoallergenic, there’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. However, thanks to the Poodle genes in their genetic makeup, Aussiedoodles shed considerably less than their Australian Shepherd parents. All in all, Aussiedoodles are a great choice for people with allergies, especially the curly and wavy-haired pups who tend to shed the least.

Final Thoughts

Aussiedoodles do shed, but they tend to shed much less than other breeds because of their hypoallergenic status. How much your specific Aussiedoodle puppy sheds will be determined by whether they have inherited their Poodle parent’s coat or the coat of their Australian Shepherd parent. Either way, Aussiedoodles are beautiful puppies that will make a great addition to your family.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.

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