Here's my response to
"I want a Goldendoodle because they dont shed"
COME TO MY HOUSE AND VACUUM!!!
A lot of people, me included, had their interest peaked when the Goldendoodle first began to gain popularity because people were saying that:
1- They dont shed
2- They are non-allergenic.
To some degree both statements have some truth to them but neither is entirely factual. I agree with the non-allergenic statement more than the shedding statement because I have 2 friends with severe allergies who have adopted our puppies. They both do GREAT with a goldendoodle. From what I have read this has to do with less dander and their undercoat. But the shedding??? A dogs coat can change so much and every puppy in every litter is so different. I will say that Willow sheds a lot less as she has gotten older. When she was a puppy, she shed a lot more than she does now.
Our Labradoodle, Hank, shed more than any other dog we've ever had.
Our Mastiff/lab, Duke, leaves a constant spray of hair everywhere he goes.
Our Golden Retriever, Macey, sheds differently throughout the seasons.
Our Goldendoodle, Willow, sheds less than her mom and our lab but she still can leave her mark.
Our Poodle, Leighla, leaves more like balls of fuzz around instead of the fine dusting of hair.
So: 5 different breeds of dogs, 5 different levels of shedding -- YET ALL SHED!!
When were were selling puppies last year, I was contacted by a lady who said that she wanted a Goldendoodle because they dont shed. I explained that since they are a mix breed, they really can and do shed so there was absolutely no way for me to give her an honest informed statement about exactly how much that will be.
She got really angry and told me that another kennel was GUARANTEEING her that their puppies would not shed.
-------------I wonder how that turned out????--------------------------------
My hope is that everyone considering owning a Doodle, of any mix, really does their research. Find someone you know who has one and visit their home and their dog. There is no sure way of knowing if you will get a 65 pound, wavy haired, non-shedding gentle male, just like there is no way of knowing that your infant son will be 6'2", love football and prefer a Chevy over a Ford.
This is nature.
We embrace all creatures.
........even if they require being followed around with a Dyson all day!