|1. Are Labradoodles, Goldendoodles and Double Doodles
Sometimes. These are hybrids, and the shedding varies by generation
and by specific dog. In general, the likelihood of shedding is lower in
the woollier F1B Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, in multigeneration
Labradoodles, and in Double Doodles. Many dogs in those generations
are extremely low to non-shedding. Be aware that even 'non-shedding'
dogs do lose hair, just as you do! But it tends to come out during
brushing and bathing, as opposed to falling on the floor or coming out
on your clothes when you hug them!
2. Do Labradoodles and Goldendoodles need much grooming?
This also varies by generation and coat type. F1 Labradoodles with the
more 'labby' (hair) coats require almost no grooming at all. F1 Doodles
with the fleecier coats, or F1B and multigeneration doodles, require
brushing frequently, ranging from every other day to once a week.
They also need to have their coats trimmed or thinned every month or
every other month. Those dogs that do not shed, meaning their hair
does not fall on the floor, do tend to matt more easily, as the dead hair
remains in the coat until brushed out.
3. Labby coat, fleecy coat, woolly coat...how do I decide what
A labby (hair) coat is very low maintenance as far as brushing and
grooming time. They do, however, usually shed some. The fleecier
coats are OFTEN (not always) lower shedding, but require more
grooming time to avoid matting. Wool coats are often allergy-friendly
and low shedding, but require a lot of grooming to avoid matting. So
you have to decide where you want to spend your money or time,
cleaning hair from your home and clothing, or grooming your dog. If
you get a dog you WILL spend money and time, there's no free lunch!
4. Are Labradoodles, Goldendoodles and Double Doodles
Sometimes. Dog allergies can be to dog hair/dander, or they can be to
dog saliva. If the allergy is to saliva the breed of dog doesn't make any
difference. With hair/dander allergies, the woollier F1B and multigen
labradoodles are more likely to be allergy-friendly than the F1
Labradoodles. F1 Goldendoodles are more often allergy-friendly than
F1 Labradoodles. However, we do not recommend F1 Labradoodles
OR Goldendoodles for families with allergies. The chances of reaction
are just unacceptably high. For those families with dog allergies we
recommend a woolly F1B or multigen Labradoodle or Goldendoodle, or
Double Doodle. It is important to understand that not all F1B are
allergy-friendly. Only an experienced breeder can recognize puppy
coats that will be likely to develop into the allergy-friendly variety.
5. How important is health-testing of a puppy's parents?
This is a very personal choice. Many puppies from non-tested parents
will never have a problem. However, we do know that there are health
problems of genetic origin (here is an article on Genetics/Health Testing
in Labradoodles and Goldendoodles) that Labradors, Golden Retrievers,
and Poodles all share. Different sizes of dogs are at risk for different
disorders. For example, minis hardly ever suffer from hip dysplasia,
because there is so little weight placed on their joints. Many breeders
are more flexible in their hip testing requirements for minis for this
reason. But health problems can and do occur in Doodles, and in some
cases can be very expensive and emotionally devastating. Testing
doesn't guarantee the problems will not occur, but it increases the
chances your puppy will be healthy. However, breeders who
health-test often charge more for their puppies and often have waiting
lists. Everyone has to balance for themselves the expense and time of a
puppy from health-tested parents vs the expense and time of a dog
with a significant health problem.
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