Several different dog breeds, including Goldendoodles, are described as hypoallergenic. There’s a bit of confusion regarding hypoallergenic dogs, however. So are Goldendoodle hypoallergenic, and what exactly does that mean?
What does hypoallergenic mean?
People sometimes assume that the word “hypoallergenic” means that something will not trigger an allergic response. That’s not quite what hypoallergenic means, though.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hypoallergenic as “having little likelihood of causing an allergic response”.
So, it’s not that hypoallergenic things won’t cause an allergic reaction, it’s that hypoallergenic things are less likely to cause reactions than non-hypoallergenic things.
Can a dog be hypoallergenic?
This is a hot topic for debate. There are those who say that no animal can truly be hypoallergenic. It’s not the fur that causes most allergic reactions, but the dander, or skin cells. Even though “hypoallergenic dogs” shed very little or not at all, they still produce allergens.
Hypoallergenic is a relative term, and it seems appropriate to use the term when comparing like things. Hypoallergenic dogs, for example, are less likely to cause an allergic response than dogs that are not hypoallergenic.
Either way, it’s common to use the term for dogs, and Goldendoodles are considered hypoallergenic!
Are all Goldendoodles hypoallergenic?
Most Goldendoodles are considered hypoallergenic, but not all Goldendoodles inherit the non-shedding trait of the Poodle parent. Some Goldendoodle generations are more likely to shed than others.
However, knowing the generation doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a Goldendoodle will or will not shed.
Generally speaking, Goldendoodles and Goldendoodle puppies shed very little or not at all, which is why they’re considered hypoallergenic.
Hypoallergenic dogs are great for families with pet allergies. Less shedding also means it’s easier to keep things clean! We’d love to talk to you about our Goldendoodle puppies! Call or contact us for more information about Goldendoodles, and check out our available Goldendoodle puppies!