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).


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

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