We also recommend a steady dose of fruits and vegetables mixed in with your Goldendoodle’s kibble. Veggies can add an antioxidant boost, as well as providing nutrients needed for your pup’s immune system and coat health. A well-balanced diet is a must to keep your Goldendoodle’s coat in top shape.
We recommend investing in a quality deshedder, unless you have a hairless pup. While you may not need an aggressive deshedding tool like The Furminator, it likely will still make sense to keep one on hand for the few times per year you’ll likely encounter a little more hair. Deshedders typically run the same cost as a brush, but you should always have one of each since their outcomes are completely different.
Deshedders take hair removal to the next level. They are perfect for digging out additional hair under your Goldendoodle’s top layer of fur. It’s worth noting that deshedding brushes can be a little more abrasive to your dog’s skin. Because of that, we don’t recommend overuse.
Which Goldendoodles shed the least?
If non-shedding is the most critical factor for you – consider these types of Goldendoodle first. Remember that non-shedding does not necessarily correlate directly to hypoallergenic. A non-shedding Goldendoodle will come close to being hypoallergenic, but no dog is entirely allergy-free.
The top 3 lowest shedding Goldendoodles
- Wavy coat F1B Goldendoodles
- Curly coat F1B Goldendoodle
- Curly or wavy coat F2 multigenerational Goldendoodle with genetic testing
The colour of the coat does not impact how much a Goldendoodle will shed. Black Goldendoodles do not shed any extra compared with the more common color coats.
Which Goldendoodles shed the most?
The greatest shedding Goldendoodles will be a combination of generation and coat type. The four most likely to shed Goldendoodle types are
- Straight coat F1b Goldendoodle
- Straight coat F1 Goldendoodle OR Straight coat Goldendoodle
- Unfurnished, straight coat, F1 Goldendoodle
- Unfurnished wavy coat (rare) any generation Goldendoodle
The size of Goldendoodle is unlikely to affect the shedding amount much at all. So from Medium Goldendoodle right down to the Teacup Goldendoodle – the coat type, furnishings and generation are most important.
Is your Goldendoodle Shedding Excessively?
If you think your Goldendoodle is abnormally shedding (i.e. shedding constantly, bald spots, or hair loss) then you should consult a veterinarian. There are several medical conditions that can cause excess Goldendoodle shedding including:
- Fungal or bacteria infections
- Fleas, lice, or mites
- Dog Allergies
- Cushing’s disease or other kidney, thyroid, or liver problems
- Current medications
- Auto immune diseases
Goldendoodle Generations that Won’t Shed
There are several Goldendoodle generations that are less likely to shed than others. For instance, an F1B Goldendoodles (25% Golden Retriever, 75% Poodle) is less prone to shedding. This generation of Goldendoodle is virtual immune to shedding since they have a significant amount of nonshedding Poodle genetics. In additon, the F1BB Goldendoodle (87.5% Poodle & 12.5% Golden Retriever), F2B Goldendoodle (62.5% Poodle & 37.5% Golden Retriever) and F2BB Goldendoodle (81.25% Poodle & 18.75% Golden Retriever) are virtually immune to shedding.
However, at the end of the day, it comes down to luck whether or not your Goldendoodle will shed. For instance, if you have an F1 Goldendoodle (50% Poodle, 50% Golden Retriever) you may get lucky and have a nonshedding dog. Since this Goldendoodle is a 50/50 mix it’s like flipping a coin for whether or not they shed. In addition, some Goldendoodle owners experience little shedding for the first year, and then start finding clumps of hair around the house as their Goldendoodle grows older.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do Goldendoodles shed their puppy coat?
Typically once your puppy hits a year of age, you can expect to see their adult coat start to replace their puppy coat.
Why does my Goldendoodle shed so much?
As mentioned, despite popular belief – Goldendoodles are not hypoallergenic dogs. They do shed, and how much will depend on their parents, their coat type, and other factors.
Why doesn’t my Goldendoodle look like a teddy bear?
Lots of people buy Goldendoodle puppies with the thought they will look like a teddy bear. While this is the case with many dogs, it’s not the case with all of them. Goldendoodles that take more after their Golden Retriever parent will be less likely to have that adorable teddy-bear look.
Do Golden Retrievers shed more than Goldendoodles?
Typically yes. The mixing of the Poodle with the Golden Retriever is what helps to reduce shedding. Poodles are naturally low-shedding dogs, as are most standard Poodle mixes.
Do Goldendoodles shed more as puppies?
No, they do not. They typically shed more as their adult coats come in, once they’ve shed their puppy fur.
So there you have it! Yes, Goldendoodles do in fact shed despite what most people believe when they seek out to adopt one. They just shed less than other breeds. The amount of fur they drop will vary based on their genetics and many other factors. You’ll just need to be prepared that when you bring one home, the expectation of having a non-shedding dog is not realistic.
Miniature Goldendoodles will typically shed less when it comes to the sheer volume of hair, but that’s due to their smaller stature. As long as you are prepared to manage some very mild shedding year-round, the Goldendoodle just might be the perfect dog for your family!