One of the main advantages of the Multi-generational Australian Labradoodle is that they do not shed and that they are hypoallergenic.
However, don't trust a breeder who tells you that there is such a thing as a dog breed that doesn't need to replace the old, dead coat with a new one.
All dogs need to get rid of dead hair in one way or another. Some hair falls out, while others (e.g. terriers) need to remove dead hair by trimming to give a chance to grow a new one.
There are breeds of dogs that shed - leaving a lot of hair on carpets, furniture that simply lose hair during the day. But there are some (such as, for example, poodles, terriers - classified as non-shedding breeds) whose hair does not fall out on its own, and yet from time to time you can observe flying balls of hair. This is because the dog occasionally removes dead hair when scratching. Such dogs should be trimmed regularly to remove dead hair - this is the only way to prevent flying hair from becoming a nightmare. Regular hair care is very important.
One of my friends couldn't believe my West Highland White Terrier wasn't shedding because her female dog was shedding a lot. I asked her one basic question - how does she take care of the dog's hair. To this question she replied that the dog was shaved or trimmed, but had never been trimmed. So it's no wonder your dog's hair is falling out. Dead hair must fall out so that new hair can take its place. If she removed this dead hair once every 3 months (which is a painless procedure for the dog) she would have no problems.
Another issue is the issue of allergies (e.g. food) that a dog may suffer from (which in non-shedding breeds can cause hair loss, however, after locating the main allergen and eliminating it - the problem passes.
At this point, I want to emphasize how important it is for the owners to be aware of the proper care of their coat and proper diet. Even a non-shedding and untested dog can start shedding!
For a dog's coat to be healthy and not falling out, it must be provided with all the nutrients. It is therefore important to eat properly selected food (good producers of dog food) for the appearance of the coat.
If a Labradoodle breeder says dogs shed and warns you not to believe it is a non-shedding breed, they probably have something to hide. Perhaps he is not a breeder of authentic Australian Labradoodles but only fakes and his goal is to discredit in the eyes of future buyers - AUTHENTIC AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLES. Or he really has never dealt with a shedding breed and does not know what it looks like when a dog's fur sheds.
As a several-year-old breeder of original Australian Labradoodles, I assure you that a healthy, well-nourished dog that does not suffer from any allergies - DOESN'T SHUT! Of course, the dead hair must fall out, however, this hair immediately sticks to the young coat, and if the coat is not brushed, this sticking causes knots. That is why it is important to remove this dead hair with a brush (the best on the market DOGGY MAN - slicker brush). Sometimes the dog removes the dead hair on its own - by scratching the dead hair falls out - hence the small balls that appear on the floor. However, this must not be confused with molting as it looks completely different.
Let's take a quick look at the different generations of Labradoodles and the shedding issue:
- First generation (F1) - A cross between a Labrador and a Poodle. In such a litter, of course, there may be puppies that do not moult. However, choosing a puppy that will have this feature as an adult dog is like a kind of fortune-telling. Research is currently being conducted to determine if a puppy's hair texture can be a determinant of shedding and causing allergic reactions in the future. Studies show that there is no direct relationship to hair texture, length or type for shedding or allergies. Therefore, the identification and selection of puppies that will have these features in the future is extremely difficult. If the main reason for choosing a breed is the issue of shedding hair - I strongly advise against the first generation Labradoodle.
- Second generation (F1B) - A cross between a first generation Labradoodle and a Poodle. If you want a non-shedding dog, this is a much better choice, but the results are still uncertain. The probability that Labradoodle of this generation will be non-shedding and allergy-friendly is estimated at approx. 80%. However, it all depends on the coat of the first generation Labradoodle and the Poodle, which were crossed with each other. Note - the second generation is not a cross between a first generation Labradoodle and a first generation Labradoodle and should not be confused.
- Third generation or higher - A cross between a second generation Labradoodle (F1B) and a second generation Labradoodle (F1B). If we want to get a non-shedding and allergy-friendly dog from this combination, we must be sure that both parents also had these features. It takes about three generations of selective breeding to get the desired results, and even then it may turn out that the dog does shed slightly (genetic recessive trait).
- Australian Labradoodle. This is one of the best choices if you want a non-shedding and hypoallergenic dog. If both parents don't shed, neither should your puppy. It takes about three generations of selective breeding to get the desired results, and even then it may turn out that the dog does shed slightly (genetic recessive trait).
Australian Labradoodles from Soft Coated Wheaten blood lines change their coat several times (up to a year or a year and a half) before their coat reaches the desired appearance of an adult coat. Some owners therefore worry that their dog sheds (although dead hair comes out to a MINIMAL degree). There is nothing to worry about - it is enough to comb the dog often so as to speed up the process of hair replacement (when the exchange begins). At the age of about 1 - 1.5 years, the dog completely stops shedding dead hair and reaches the coat of a mature individual. LABRADOOD HAIR FROM THESE LINES IS ALSO HYPOALLERGIC.
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