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Do Goldendoodles Shed a Lot?–Discussing Genetics

If you are planning to adopt a Goldendoodle or you already have one, you might have some questions about how you are going to take care of your little buddy. Right?

Some genuine concerns include: Do Goldendoodles shed? If yes, do they shed a lot? What is the best way to manage all this?

To get started with this discussion, you must be aware of their coat type and their grooming needs. Since, this is a mixed breed, the type of fur they possess is a genetic gamble i.e. you never know what type of coat they are going to develop over time.

Breeders have tried their best to accommodate customers’ demands to get them the best of Goldendoodles in the best size, colors, and coats that are easier to manage. Shedding is an important concern in this context. 

In the subsequent sections, I will present you with a comprehensive overview and guide on how you can manage the shedding of your Goldendoodle. I’ll answer the maximum number of questions that I often come across on social media so that you can know what to expect from your Goldendoodle. 

Let’s get started with the big question. 

Do Goldendoodles Shed? 

Yes, Goldendoodles do shed. This characteristic is genetically inherited from its breeding parents: Golden Retriever and Poodle. Genes of Golden Retriever contribute more in this context. 

Why is my Goldendoodle Shedding?

Whether you have a micro mini Goldendoodle, a miniature Goldendoodle, a standard Goldendoodle, or a toy Goldendoodle–all of those shed. 

Mini Goldendoodle Shedding Tip

Depending on the genetic context, they may be shedding a little more than a Poodle or a Golde Retriever but surprisingly, a Goldendoodle doesn’t shed much as compared to other designer breeds. 

Regular grooming helps in further reducing the rate of shedding. 

How Much Do Goldendoodles Shed?

Generally, Goldendoodles are termed hypoallergenic and are less likely to shed as compared to other similar breeds. If you are are wondering how much your Goldendoodles shed, please be informed that it has very little to do with its size but with the genetic context or generation of your Goldendoodle.  

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It is important to note that no dog on the planet is completely non-shedding but Goldendoodle is on the lower shedding spectrum.

Which Generations of Goldendoodles Shed?

The coats resembling curly or wavy coats of poodles do not shed much as compared to the straight coat Goldendoodles. Since, F1b is 75% poodle, and F1bb is 87.5% poodle, they are less likely to shed as compared to other breed variations. 

Role of Genetic Makeup in Goldendoodle Shedding

The logical reason for this difference is their curly coat. Goldendoodles that are F1B or multigenerational typically have curly coats. Thus, if you much concerned about shedding, you should avoid getting an F1 Goldendoodle. 

F2 Goldendoodle: Generation Shedding the Least

All the breed variations like F1, F1b, F1bb, and F2 shed. No breed is an exception. However, the F2 Goldendoodle boasts the most non-shedding coat among all Goldendoodle generations, making it ideal for owners with dog allergies. F2 Goldendoodles require a bath just once a month or as needed when they get dirty.

Relationship between Genetics and Shedding

Shedding and Hypoallergenic Label

The real charm of Goldendoodles lies in its ‘hypoallergenic‘ label and lower dander production. This eases allergy symptoms like runny noses and itchy eyes. But does that mean there will be no shedding? Well, the answer is a little complicated. 

Here is the thing. 

While these cute puppies are seen as a sneeze-free option, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic. Despite Goldendoodle having its Poodle heritage, can’t completely escape the allergy-causing peril.

Hypoallergenic dogs like Goldendoodles indeed shed less which reduces the danger of spreading allergies. However, they’re not entirely allergen-free. 

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Please note that allergies can also be triggered by a Goldendoodle’s urine, saliva, and fur.

Less shedding leads to fewer allergens floating around, but let’s not jump to conclusions – it doesn’t mean your Goldendoodle is completely allergy-proof.

Furnishings and Improper Coat

While designing several Goldendoodles, professional breeders have concluded that there is no isolated shedding gene in these dogs that would provide some information about its shedding. As already mentioned earlier, the type of fur you are going to get is a genetic gamble. 

However, there are visible features of Goldendoodles that provide some information about the rate of shedding that you can expect from your puppy. 

These traits are known as “furnishings” or having an “improper coat.” Furnishings essentially mean the facial hair on a dog. 

Role of Furnishing in Shedding of Mini Goldendoodle

A Goldendoodle with furnishings sports furry eyebrows, goatees, and mustaches. In contrast, a Goldendoodle with less facial hair, often called an “unfurnished face” or “open-face,” tends to look more like a Golden Retriever and usually sheds more. More furnishing means lesser shedding.

On the other hand, if they have that fancy facial hair, like furnishings, their shedding is minimal or even non-existent in some cases. 

How Can I Manage My Goldendoodle’s Shedding and Other Skin Issues?

I know you want to care for your Goldendoodle in the best way possible. Right? Let’s make sure that you face minimal sheddings. Here is a list of some useful steps, and tips extracted from my years of experience. 


Regular grooming of Goldendoodles is a game-changer. Surprisingly, Goldendoodles love getting brushed. Brushing them out not only keeps shedding at bay but also keeps their coat in tip-top shape.

Grooming Session Mini Goldendoodle

You will be seeing a new happy version of your Goldendoodle after every grooming session. The good thing is that you can do all the grooming at your home. 

Diet Matters

Mini Goldendoodle Food Guide

Your Goldendoodle’s diet needs to be balanced in all aspects. It should be rich in proteins and healthy fats. This isn’t just about filling their bowls and tummies. You should know about nourishing their coat from the inside out. This contributes the most to lesser shedding. 

Bath Time

Regular baths are key. If you could take your Goldendoodle once or twice for a bath in a month, it’s enough. Don’t overdo it. Too much bathing can dry out their skin. It can affect essential oils in the coat.

Bathing Mini Goldendoodle

I recommend a gentle, pH-balanced shampoo to keep their coat gleaming without irritation. Go for dog-friendly shampoos suited to their coat type and skin sensitivities. Natural ingredients are always a plus. Never your human shampoos on your Goldendoodle. 


Allergies are a common culprit for skin woes and shedding. You may not be expert enough to infer which element is causing allergies for your little fellow.

Here you should work with your vet to identify triggers and find a treatment plan. Sometimes, the right meds can make all the difference. Prevention is the best strategy to avoid excessive shedding. 

Environment Counts

Your Goldendoodle’s environment affects its coat. I have seen that dry air leads to itchiness and shedding. You can use a humidifier if you can afford one. That would be an intelligent investment. Also, steer clear of harsh cleaners that can irritate their skin.

Avoid Unrecommended Food Items

Feed your Goldendoodle high-quality food. The diet of your Goldendoodle should meet their age and activity level needs. For example, avoid fillers like corn and wheat. 

Stress Factor

Before you get surprised, please be informed that Goldendoodle is an emotional breed. Goldendoodles have behavioral issues. They face separation anxieties where stress can lead to more shedding.

Are Goldendoodle Emotional

Look for signs like panting or pacing. Keeping them calm and comfortable is key to reducing stress-induced shedding.

To Clip or Not to Clip

Consider your dog’s coat type and lifestyle when deciding on haircuts or shaving. Choose the best haircut for them. Think about the climate you live in and their activity level.

Supplements and Treats

Supplements can be a great addition, especially ones like omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics. They’re great for coat health and overall well-being. 

Advantages of Omege-3 for Mini Goldendoodles

Frequently Asked Questions

Goldendoodles generally shed more during the spring and fall. This is because they transition between their winter and summer coats. Irrespective of the current season, those with curly or wavy coats tend to shed less than those with straighter coats.

Goldendoodles generally shed more during the spring and fall. This is because they transition between their winter and summer coats. Irrespective of the current season, those with curly or wavy coats tend to shed less than those with straighter coats.

Yes, Goldendoodle coats are considered high maintenance. They require daily brushing to prevent tangles and matting. You can do all that at home. If you want to take your puppy to a professional, a grooming session every 6-8 weeks would be good for optimal health and appearance.

Shedding is a normal phenomenon but if your Goldendoodle is shedding more than usual, consider their diet, and regular grooming, and check for skin irritations or allergies. In the worst scenario, consult a vet if you suspect health-related issues causing the increased shedding.

Generally, Goldendoodles tend to shed less than Bernedoodles. However, shedding in both breeds varies based on their coat type. The dogs with curlier coats shed less than straighter ones.

Dogs occasionally shed whiskers, but excessive shedding of whiskers is not normal. This might indicate health issues like alopecia areata. Since whiskers serve as sensory tools for dogs, you may also observe a difference in their overall performance after shedding excessive whiskers. It’s important to monitor this and consult a vet if it seems excessive.

Key Takeaways

Goldendoodles do shed, but the amount varies based on their genetics and coat type. Known for being relatively hypoallergenic, they usually shed less than other breeds, especially those with curls or waves in their fur. 

In my experience, keeping up with regular grooming, ensuring a nutritious diet, and bathing them correctly play a crucial role in controlling their shedding. It’s also vital to keep an eye out for allergies and environmental elements that could impact their coat’s condition. 

Stress, believe it or not, can affect their shedding too, so a peaceful home environment is a plus. If you notice your Goldendoodle shedding more than what seems normal, it’s a smart move to talk to a vet, as it might signal a deeper health issue. 

Remember, while no dog is completely non-shedding, the Goldendoodle’s charming personality and manageable shedding make it a beloved pet for many.

Knowing that with a little care and love, you can easily manage their grooming needs and make every day with your furry friend a delightful and fulfilling experience.

Sarah-Brown Founder Goldendoodle Hub

About Author

Sarah Brown is a Goldendoodle enthusiast. Her content makes the general audience aware of pet care, adoption, rescue, grooming, healthcare, and overall well-being. With a heart full of love and a mind rich with knowledge, she is the go-to guru for all things Goldendoodle.

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