Are Goldendoodles Really Hypoallergenic?

Are Goldendoodles Really Hypoallergenic?

To dog lovers with allergies, a hypoallergenic Goldendoodle can be a dream come true; but are Goldendoodles really hypoallergenic?

Dogs can make great companions. They are loving, fun, and helpful, and they make lonely days more bearable. But when your love of dogs and allergies cross paths, either ultimatum can leave you sniffling.

Pet allergies can really dampen the joy felt in having a pet companion. Allergies are the epitome of discomfort, affecting almost every mode by which you experience the world, your eyes, nose, and skin.

If you are unsure your love of dogs can’t overcome your allergies, you may be trying to find a dog that doesn’t trigger your allergies. Many see Goldendoodles, the crossbreed of a poodle and golden retriever, as the answer to their woes.

What does Hypoallergenic mean?

Any animal labeled as “hypoallergenic” means that they don’t produce allergens or cause allergic reactions as much as other animals.

The fur of a Goldendoodle forms a thick layer between its skin and environment. This thick layer of fur also prevents some of the particles responsible for allergies from spreading.

Hypoallergenic does not mean non-allergenic. The particles that cause allergies–known best as allergens–are produced by all dogs. Those with dog allergies may still find they are sensitive, even to a hypoallergenic Goldendoodle.

The REAL cause of pet allergies

Goldendoodles' most significant selling point is that they are crossbred and purportedly do not trigger allergies. This assumption isn’t entirely true. All dogs can trigger allergies. 

Goldendoodles shed less. The lower amount of hair produced leads to a common misconception that less dog hair will mean fewer allergies.

The biggest culprit for trigger allergies is dander. Dander particles come from the dog’s skin, not hair. Dry flecks of skin will slough off your dog and float through the air. The lightness of these skin particles allows them to float in the air longer, especially if there is any amount of circulation. 

Once dog dander gets in your body, either through the eyes, nose, or mouth, your body starts fighting off the supposed harmful thing at the source of entry. Hair has little to do with whether or not a dog will cause allergies.

Do Goldendoodles produce allergens?

Allergens are caused by the skin, not by the hair of dogs. So, yes, Goldendoodles produce allergens. Even bald dogs will produce allergens.

The reason Goldendoodles can be considered less allergenic than other dogs is because they have a fur coat that can contain their dander better. A loose coat of fur that sheds won’t keep dog dander contained.

Depending on your dog's genetics, whether it takes after the poodle more than the golden retriever, it may be more or less prone to shedding and sloughing dander into the air.

What can help prevent dog dander?

You can somewhat mitigate the dander your dog produces through grooming and care. Goldendoodles will still shed. Their hair is more prone to shedding when the seasons change in the spring and fall. 

Too much or not enough care will facilitate more shedding from your furry friends. Washing your dog too frequently or with the wrong type of shampoo can irritate the skin or trigger the need to shed. Conversely, infrequent grooming can lead to matted hair and a dirty undercoat which can cause more shedding to occur. 

The right balance should exist between overcare and neglect.

  • Refrain from bathing your dog multiple times per week–once per month is generally sufficient.
  • Use special sh