When I started reading about Aussiedoodles and their shedding potential, I was convinced that if I bought one, the likelihood of the pup shedding would be pretty unlikely.
BUT as soon as I got my pup, I realized what people had said and what (maybe) inside I chose to ignore.
I’ve always been in love with the Australian Shepherd and wanted one but I was never thrilled that they are potentially high in shedding, so I looked for a more shedding friendly alternative or better crossbreed.
This is when I came upon the Aussiedoodle.
Now the Aussie is bred with a Poodle to minimize shedding or stop shedding altogether but this isn’t always the case.
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Do Aussiedoodles Shed?
Aussiedoodles definitely shed. It can vary depending on which parent the doodle takes after but in my experience, they shed quite a bit.
Doodles with a more curly coat can shed less than their straight-haired counterparts.
How Bad Do Aussiedoodles Shed?
When I first saw my Aussiedoodle puppy at 4 weeks old, he had a very short, straight coat and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Of course, the breeder couldn’t guarantee that he wouldn’t be losing any hair, which makes sense. A quality breeder shouldn’t make promises over something that he can’t predict.
When I picked Teddy up at 9 weeks, on the way home I already noticed that I had a few hairs on my clothes even though I hadn’t made a lot of contact with him yet.
Even with 9 weeks, his coat was still quite straight-haired (taking after the Aussie) and not very curly at all, meaning that there was no way that the shedding hair would get stuck in the coat instead of sticking to clothes and falling to the ground.
By around 13 weeks his hair was growing longer and had no intention to stop and I decided to buy a brush to minimize the hair that he was loosing.
He wasn’t all that thrilled about brushing but it helped quite a bit and I had fewer hairs on my clothes.
Do F1B Aussiedoodles Shed?
The “normal” Aussiedoodle is a mix of the Australian Shepherd and a Poodle, with the resulting doodle being a first-generation Aussiedoodle. The first generation is a 50/50 hybrid.
The F1B Aussiedoodle is a second-generation Aussiedoodle and also called a backcross as the doodle is bred back with a Poodle. The parents are a first-generation Aussiedoodle and a Poodle, meaning that the second generation is 75% Poodle and 25% Australian Shepherd.
Poodles don’t shed (at all basically) because they have a curly coat that catches any shedding hair. They also don’t have fur that can shed seasonally but instead have hair (like humans have) and require occasional haircuts.
The potential for an F1B Aussiedoodle to shed is far less and basically non-existent if they have a very curly coat, like their Poodle parent.
If shedding is your concern I would recommend that you get a second-generation Aussiedoodle which has far less shedding.
Why Does My Aussiedoodle Shed?
Depending on what Aussiedoodle you have, he may shed.
The F1 (first-generation) Aussiedoodle is a 50/50 mixture of his parents meaning that he may or may not get the coat from the Aussie (which sheds) or he may get the coat from the Poodle (which doesn’t shed).
With first-generation Aussiedoodles the risk of getting a dog that sheds at least a little is still pretty high, which is why your dog could be shedding.
The F2 (second-generation) Aussiedoodle is a mix of two different Aussiedoodles meaning that the outcome can be anywhere between 0% to 100%. There is no way of knowing but such a litter may have the potential to have doodles that are extremely curly and don’t shed at all.
The F1B (back cross) Aussiedoodle is a hybrid between a first-generation Aussiedoodle and a Poodle, meaning that the shedding potential is far less. The F1B Aussiedoodle has far more poodle in its genes than it has Aussie.
If you want to know more about Aussiedoodles check out my complete Aussiedoodle guide from the view of an owner.