Are All Poodle Crossbreeds Hypoallergenic?
First of all, I don’t agree that any dog can be guaranteed to be hypoallergenic. However, a dog breed which is known to be a minimal shedder would produce fewer allergens.
It is the dander, which is attached to pet hair, that affects people with pet allergies.
I know that many Poodle crossbreeds are sold claiming that they are hypoallergenic, but this is not always the case. It upsets me that these dogs are being handed to rescues because the dog is causing severe allergic reactions in owners. It’s not the owner’s fault if they have been given incorrect information and it would be so heartbreaking if you can’t keep a dog that you have grown to love.
We have two Poodle mix dogs, in the Waggy Tales family, a Cavapoo and a Goldendoodle. One of the reasons that my daughter chose poodle crossbreeds was that they are supposed to be very low shedding dogs. This was important because her husband is an allergy sufferer. The oldest dog Rosie the Cavapoo is definitely a minimal shedder, however with Luca the Goldendoodle, the opposite is in fact true.
Luca is a big dog with a dense white coat so as you can imagine, his fur gets everywhere. No amount of vacuuming removes all the fur and black clothes are a definite no-no!
It is rather annoying that the Goldendoodle was presented as a low shedding ‘hypoallergic’ dog and bought specifically with that reason in mind. However, we wouldn’t change Luca and just adapted cleaning and grooming routines etc to keep the allergens as low as possible.
(It would be very interesting to know if anyone has a non-shedding Goldendoodle)
I do have to say that the Cavapoo is extremely low shedding, but I think it comes down to individual dogs and there is never a guarantee.
Poodle mix dogs can take on the coat of a poodle, which is dense, curly fur. They have no undercoat and shed minimally.
However, the dog can take on the coat characteristics of the other breed.
In the case of a Goldendoodle, the Golden Retriever is known to be a high shedder so the risk is quite high.
In my opinion, if you want a low shedding dog a pure breed is the only way to guarantee low shedding.
Here is a list of dog breeds which are known to be minimal shedders
West Highland Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Portuguese Water Dog
The most popular Poodle Mixes
The Poodle comes in three different sizes, ranging from a toy dog to a large standard. Therefore, they can be cross-bred with most breeds.
This list shows the most popular poodle crosses
- Cockapoo = Poodle + Cocker Spaniel.
- Maltipoo = Poodle + Maltese.
- Labradoodle = Poodle + Labrador.
- Goldendoodle = Poodle + Golden Retriever.
- Schnoodle = Poodle + Schnauzer crossbreed.
- Peekapoo = Poodle + Pekingese.
- Yorkipoo = Poodle + Yorkshire Terrier
From the above, if you want a poodle cross with minimal shedding due to allergies, a Maltipoo or Yorkipoo could be a relatively safe option.
Why Cross With A Poodle?
The main reason has to be that poodles are very low shedding dogs but other factors which make poodles such terrific dogs are their high intelligence and friendly personalities.
Also, unfortunately, there are people who want to own a ‘designer dog’ and having a breed ending in poo or doodle sounds cute! (Sad but true!)
For more information on low shedding dog breeds please take a look at this post
The following video shows Luca’s love for muddy puddles! This was taken when he was still a puppy, but he still loves to get wet and muddy.
Following on from the video I would like to share my thoughts on a ‘Doodle’ dog shampoo I purchased recently to help keep Luca’s fur in good condition.
Choca-Doodle 2 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo – Product Review
Luca the Goldendoodle is a large, almost white dog with dense curly fur. He also loves muddy puddles, rolling in fox poo and jumping into streams. It has been a struggle in the past to keep his fur conditioned and tangle free so when I saw this 2 in 1 conditioning shampoo created for Poodle Crossbreeds I had to give it a try.
The thing that almost stopped me buying this product was that it claims to have a Double Chocolate Delight perfume. Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t really want my dog to smell like a Snickers bar! Luckily the chocolate smell was very mild and in fact, I would describe it as very lightly perfumed.
The shampoo is brown in colour and made a nice lather when added to warm water. As I said before the smell is pleasant and not overpowering. Another misgiving I had about the product was that it seemed a little expensive. However, the bottle is large and even though the shampoo will be used on two poodle crossbreed dogs, I won’t have to buy more for several months.
Afterwards, both dogs were really easy to brush and any tangles came out easily. Both dogs had lovely soft coats with silky curls.
The brand does other items in the range, but so far I have only tried the 2 in 1 conditioning shampoo. I will be trying out the Comb Thru Spray in the next few weeks and will write a review to let you know what I think.
The cost from Amazon was £8.95 for 500ml with free UK postage.
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