Australian Labradoodles and shedding

One of the main advan­ta­ges of multi-generation Austra­lian Labra­do­odle is that they do not shed (or they only lose a small amo­unt of dead hair).
Howe­ver do not trust the bre­eder who will tell you that his dogs do not lose their hair at all.

All dogs of dif­fe­rent bre­eds, in one way or ano­ther must get rid of the dead hair. Some bre­eds shed twice a year, some do not (like ter­riers) but you have to remove the dead hair by trim­ming in order to let the new one a chance to grow.
Some bre­eds shed a lot – leaving plenty of hair on the car­pet, fur­ni­ture. But there are the bre­eds whom you must help to get rid of the dead hair. In their cases you can find some fly­ing balls of hair occa­sio­nally – but this hap­pens when the dog remo­ves the dead hair by scrat­ching him­self. These dogs sho­uld be regu­larly trim­med to remove the dead hair and regu­lar care is very impor­tant issue.
Yet in non shed­ding bre­eds, shed­ding could be cau­sed by an impro­per gro­oming or diet. As I said before — dead hair need to be remo­ved in order to let the new hair come out. If we neglect it the dog will need to get rid of the dead hair some­how. This can also hap­pen if a dog is prone to food aller­gies. The reac­tion on some aller­gen could cause hair fal­ling out. Howe­ver, after eli­mi­na­ting aller­gens from the diet it will all come back to nor­mal.
Labra­do­odles do not shed but they need to change their puppy coat to an adult coat – it usu­ally begins when the puppy is about 9–12 mon­ths. This is the time when you have to start pay­ing more atten­tion to gro­oming and brush your dog regu­larly. If you neglect to do that your dog can get mats as the dead hair stick to the adult coat. This is also the time when coat is get­ting thic­ker and it is easier for it to get mats the­re­fore regu­lar bru­shing is neces­sity
It is also very impor­tant to know some­thing about SCW infu­sion to an Austra­lian Labra­do­odle. Offspring of this kind of parents can go thro­ugh dif­fe­rent pha­ses of chan­ging puppy coat until they reach their matu­rity. If you see some hair fal­ling out – it is nothing to worry about – it does not mean that our dog sheds. He sim­ply needs to get rid of the dead hair before get­ting his beau­ti­ful adult coat (this chan­ging coat does not have an impact on aller­gies either).

Below I exa­mine brie­fly the dif­fe­rent gene­ra­tions of Labra­do­odles while con­cen­tra­ting on shedding:

* The first gene­ra­tion (F1) – Labra­dor and Poodle mix. In the lit­ter of those two there can of course appear a puppy who will not shed, howe­ver it is so uncer­tain as win­ning at the lot­tery. In 2009 at Rutland Manor website it was writ­ten “…tests are con­duc­ted to deter­mine whe­ther the puppy’s hair texture, could deter­mine the coat of an adult dog if it comes to shed­ding and cau­sing aller­gic reac­tions”. And further…”Studies show that there is no direct rela­tion between texture or hair type to shed­ding and aller­gies.” That means that even if you get a dog (F1) that does not shed for the moment it is unsure that it will not shed a lot after a year, when he will change his puppy coat to an adult coat.

* The second gene­ra­tion (F1B) – Cross of a first gene­ra­tion Labra­do­odle (F1) with Poodle. In this case the result is still uncer­tain. Note – the second gene­ra­tion is not a mix between F1 and F1.

* Third gene­ra­tion or higher – Cross of the second gene­ra­tion Labra­do­odle (F1B) with a second gene­ra­tion Labra­do­odle (F1B). As it was writ­ten on Rutland Manor website “to achieve a com­bi­na­tion of non shed­ding and allergy frien­dly coat, we must be sure that both parents also had these cha­rac­te­ri­stics. It takes about three gene­ra­tions of selec­tive bre­eding to get desi­red results and even then it can hap­pen, that the dog gen­tly sheds (a gene­tic reces­sive trait)”.

* Multi-generation Austra­lian Labra­do­odles. This is one of the best cho­ices if you want a dog that does not shed and does not cause aller­gic reac­tions. If both parents do not shed — your puppy sho­uld not as well. It takes about three gene­ra­tions of selec­tive bre­eding to get desi­red results and even then it may be, howe­ver, that the dog gen­tly sheds (a gene­tic reces­sive trait).

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Elzbieta Gajew­ska
Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Bre­eder in Poland
First Pro­fes­sio­nal Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Ken­nel in Poland