Many people will resort to adopting a dog when it comes to having a loving companion that will be by your side for many years. However, if you have allergies or have some other form of breathing impairment, adopting a dog is not always the brightest thing to do. With that said, there is a small caveat to this issue. Adopting a hypoallergenic dog can allow you to have that loving friendship with your pet for many years.
Many dog breeds are hypoallergenic, and each breed will have different forms or levels of being hypoallergenic. Most of the issues with allergies and owning a dog come from the excess hair and dandruff your dog will shed throughout the year. However, hypoallergenic dogs will shed very little hair, making them perfect for those people with breathing issues. But are Aussiedoodles hypoallergenic?
Yes, the Aussiedoodle breed is considered to be hypoallergenic. While this is the case, there is one thing you need to remember. Not all Aussiedoodles are created equally when they are born. Aussiedoodles are a mixed breed that combines the genes of two purebred dogs, the Poodle, and the Australian Shepherd. The hypoallergenic trait comes from on the Poodle side of the Aussiedoodle family tree. However, Australian Shepherds are far from being hypoallergenic on the other side of the family tree.
What does this mean for Aussiedoodles? Well, as we said, Aussiedoodles are a 50-50 split between Poodle and Australian Shepherd, which means that there is a chance for some of the puppies in that litter to have the Poodle's hypoallergenic trait, and a chance that some don't. However, Aussiedoodle breeders have found a technique that will increase the chance that the Aussiedoodle puppies will have the hypoallergenic trait.
This technique is called "backcrossing," The breeder will take an Aussiedoodle and have them mate with a Poodle. This process will result in a new generation of Aussiedoodles that have more Poodle DNA than Australian Shepherd, which will make the new puppies have a higher chance of having that desirable hypoallergenic trait.
As you continue to read this article, we will discuss what hypoallergenic really means. Furthermore, we will go in-depth about Aussiedoodles being hypoallergenic. We will also explain the process breeders will take to help increase the chance of the hypoallergenic trait passing on to the puppies. Finally, we will go over a grooming regimen that you can follow to reduce further the amount of fur and dandruff your Aussiedoodle will shed.
What Does It Mean If A Dog Is Hypoallergenic?
When something is hypoallergenic, it is less likely to cause allergic reactions, and the same goes for hypoallergenic dog breeds. When a dog breed is hypoallergenic, they need to fall into at least one of these three categories:
Low-shedding - a coat that sheds very little and produces less dander.
Hairless - mostly or entirely bald dogs produce less dander.
Short, single-layered coats - dogs that don't have an undercoat that is required to shed on a seasonal basis.
There are plenty of dog breeds, both pure and mixed, that fit comfortably into these categories. However, not all breeds are created equal, and most will have varying levels of hypoallergenic traits.
With that said, there is one major factor you need to know. There is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. There is not a single dog breed that exists today that does not shed or produce some form of dander that will eventually fall. Even the completely bald Xoloitzcuintli produces small amounts of dander that will fall off and has the chance to cause an allergic reaction.
Are Aussiedoodles Hypoallergenic?
Aussiedoodles are a mixed breed that is considered to be hypoallergenic. In fact, every doodle breed is hypoallergenic. However, there is a catch, Aussiedoodles are a mixed breed of 50% Poodle and 50% Australian Shepherd. Poodles are a pure breed that is one of the most hypoallergenic dogs globally. On the other hand, Australian Shepherds are far from being hypoallergenic. So when you mix a Poodle with another breed that does not carry that hypoallergenic trait, you get a mixed breed that only has a chance to be hypoallergenic.
Each Aussiedoodle puppy born from their purebred parents roughly has a 50% chance to inherit the hypoallergenic trait. This is because each puppy will have 78 chromosomes, of which 39 are inherited from each parent. These chromosomes determine how the puppy will look, how big they get, and the traits they will inherit from their parents. That being said, first-generation or F1, Aussiedoodles will have a 50% chance to inherit the hypoallergenic trait from their Poodle parent.
However, while the F1 Aussiedoodles are still adorable and make for good pets, not having a guaranteed hypoallergenic trait can turn some people off. This is where breeding techniques come into play. Breeders who want to sell Aussiedoodles with specific traits will breed an F1 Aussiedoodle with a Poodle. This process is called "backcrossing."
When a breeder backcrosses, they will take a mixed breed and mate with a different dog that shares the same breed as one of its parents. The resulting litter of puppies will be F1b. In the case of Aussiedoodles, the F1b puppies will be 75% Poodle and 25% Australian Shepherd. These F1b Aussiedoodle puppies have a higher chance of inheriting the hypoallergenic trait.
Breeders can increase these odds by backcrossing an F1b Aussiedoodle with another Poodle resulting in F1bb Aussiedoodles. F1bb Aussiedoodles are 87.5% Poodle and 12.5% Australian Shepherd, even further increasing the chance the hypoallergenic trait has passed on.
Even with all these steps to increase the chance of the hypoallergenic trait passing on to the Aussiedoodle puppies, it is still only a chance. Therefore, when purchasing an Aussiedoodle puppy from a reputable breeder, you should ask about the generation to know the odds of getting a hypoallergenic Aussiedoodle puppy.
How To Groom An Aussiedoodle To Reduce Shedding
While there is a decent chance for you to adopt an Aussiedoodle with the hypoallergenic trait, there will still be a chance that they will not have that trait. So here we will give you a detailed guide on properly grooming your Aussiedoodle to reduce the amount of shedding and dander your Aussiedoodle will shed. The best part is that this guide works perfectly for hypoallergenic and non-hypoallergenic Aussidoodles. With that said, you can use this guide to reduce shedding further if you have a hypoallergenic Aussiedoodle.
One of the positive things about Aussiedoodles is that they are relatively low-maintenance dogs. When you are trying to reduce the amount of shedding your Aussiedoodle does, one of the best things you can do is regularly brush their hair with a de-shedding brush. Depending on your Aussiedoodles coat type, you should be brushing them one to three times per week. Aussiedoodles with straight and flowy hair and the hypoallergenic trait can be brushed once a week. At the same time, an Aussiedoodle that has much currier hair will need to be brushed more frequently to clean out loose debris that might get stuck from playing outside.
Now that you know how often you should be brushing your Aussiedoodle, let's talk about the tools you will need. In our experience, the best de-shedding brush you should use is sticker brushes.
Sticker brushes are fantastic and are extremely easy to clean. Furthermore, sticker brushes are specifically made for all different types of coats. However, in our experience, any sticker brush will do when it comes to Aussiedoodles.
Take Your Aussiedoodle To Get A Haircut
The next step in reducing shedding is getting your Aussiedoodle a new haircut. Typically, the best thing to do is to take your Aussiedoodle to a professional groomer. Professional groomers have vastly more experience and will guarantee your Aussiedoodle is fresh and clean when you take them home. However, you can cut your Aussiedoodle's hair at home, but you should do this carefully as it can be pretty easy to nip their skin.
Like we have said before, not all Aussiedoodles are created equal, and you will need to trim some Aussiedoodle coats more often than others. Aussiedoodles that have shorter curlier hair will need to get a haircut less often than Aussiedoodles with straight or wavy hair. With that said, curly-haired Aussiedoodles should get a haircut once every four months, while straight and wavy-haired Aussiedoodles should get a trim once every three months.
Giving Your Aussiepoo A Regular Bath
The final step to reducing the amount of shedding your Aussiedoodle does is by giving them regular baths. If your goal is to clean your Aussiedoodle and reduce the amount of shedding, it would be best if you used de-shedding shampoo. De-shedding shampoo works by hydrating your Aussiedoodle's skin and hair, which will make it healthier and less likely to shed dead hair or produce dander. Furthermore, the de-shedding shampoo will strengthen your Aussiedoodle's hair which will help prevent damage.
Like before, you will need to bathe different coat types more frequently than others. However, the activity level of your Aussiedoodle also plays a role in how often you should bathe them. For example, Aussiedoodles with curly hair should be bathed far more often than straight or wavy-haired Aussiedoodles. This is because it is much easier for dirt and debris to get caught in curly hair. That being said, you should bathe your curly-haired Aussiedoodles once every one to two weeks to keep their coat clean and healthy. Luckily straight and wavy-haired Aussiedoodles are a bit cleaner and can get away with a bath every three to four weeks.
The Final Grooming Tip
Aussiedoodles have a surprising amount of energy-packed away in their reserves. Of course, they get all of this energy from their Australian Shepherd lineage because they are used as working dogs to this day. With that said, you will need to find suitable outlets for your Aussiedoodles energy, and the best outlet is playing outside. So, as a rule of thumb, the more time your Aussiedoodle spends outside playing, the more often you should be following the grooming steps we provided above.
Aussiedoodles are a fantastic dog breed and combine the best traits of the Poodle and the Australian Shepherd. While the Aussiedoodle is considered a hypoallergenic dog breed, that is not always the case. However, the more Poodle your Aussiedoodle has in their DNA, the higher chance they have of inheriting that hypoallergenic trait. With that said, whether you have a hypoallergenic Aussiedoodle or not, we provided you with an excellent grooming guide to help reduce your Aussiedoodle's shedding habits.