If you or a family member has a known allergy to dogs please read the following before considering a Goldendoodle, Bernedoodle or Poodle from us.

 Please understand that it's impossible for us as your dogs breeder (or any breeder) to place any guarantee that you or your family member will not have an allergic reaction to a puppy or adult.  We do not feel it's our responsibility as a dog breeder to know or guess if you will or will not have a reaction to one of our puppies, however it is always a concern for us, you and for the puppy's sake if it should not work out.

It's up to you and your family to do the research and footwork to learn which breed(s) or breed coat types work best for your allergies, if any.  It's very stressful on everyone including the puppy if doesn't work out, we will not allow our puppy's to be subjected to rehoming if we can prevent it in the first place.

We recommend you visit friends, family and neighbors with dogs to see how you do with different breeds and different types of coats. (Take notes as to the breeds you are sensitive to be around)

For examples, how do you do around the following groups of dog breeds, based on coat type? Some of you may already know which of these groups will make your allergies flare up. 

Keep notes of how you or your family member did including,

  • Did you pet the dog and for how long? 

  • Did the dog lick you?

  • How much time did you spend with the dog?

  • Were you inside or outside with the dog.

  1.  The short coated breeds such as Labrador Retriever, Beagle, short coated Chihuahua

  2. The soft medium length coated breed such Golden Retrievers, Springer Spaniels, King Charles Cavalier  

  3. The coarse harsh coat of the Terrier breeds such as the West Highland White, Parsons Terrier (Jack Russel Terrier), Rough coated Brussels Griffon

  4.  The medium length double coated breeds such as German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Shetland Sheepdog "Sheltie" (Miniature Collie)

  5. The soft long coated (non- shedding) such as Afghan Hound, Bearded Collie, Havanese, Yorkshire Terrier

  6. The curlier non shedding breeds Bichon Frise, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog

  7. The Doodles (Poodle Hybrids) - Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Bernedoodle

(Keep in mind that not all Doodles have the same type of coats and can vary from one another quit a bit) most will be non shedding, however they can be dense curly coated to soft ,semi straight and free flowing coated.  

 

 

 Warning! Warning! Please do not visit the Pet Store that sells puppies or the County Shelter near you to see how you do. You could potentially and unknowingly bring a virus back to your home that could possibly kill your new puppy. Some canine viruses can live for up to 1 YEAR in your home once contaminated. We are all for rescue and shelter adoptions as long as you and your family are willing to make the commitment and accommodations to provide what ever needs your rescue or shelter dog may have, if any. 

 

We would like to help educate you about Doodle coats overall. 

A lot of families believe based on "internet knowledge" or "previous breeder experiences" that F1b's are likely the most known allergy friendly generation.  We now know that F1b's were found successful with many families that do have allergies because of their furnishing genes and sometimes the curl genes.  

We would like to try to give you a "crash course" in the furnishing a curl genes. All breeds of dogs carry 2 copies of the curl gene and 2 furnishing gene. These genes are what we have come to learn that can be helpful to families with dog allergies when it come to picking their puppy. All of our dogs are genetically tested for their curl and furnishing genes. This gives us the ability to know the outcome of a particular pairing of parents furnishing and curl genes will give to their offspring. A single pairings can result multiple curl and furnishing gene outcomes in one litter of puppies. 

Golden Retrievers all carry 2 copies of the furnishing genes known as Improper Coat or IC/IC (this is a recessive gene, meaning it take two copies of IC to be expressed in the dogs coat and to cause shedding) they also carry 2 copies of flat coat or referred to as  -/- for curl.

All breeds that have 2 copies of improper coat or known as (IC/IC) will shed. 

Poodles all carry 2 copies of furnishing genes known as proper coat or F/F (this is a dominant gene, meaning it only takes one copy to cause expression of it in the dogs coat), they also carry 2 copies of the curl gene or also known as +/+ for curl.

All breeds that carry 2 copies of proper coat should not shed, will have long facial coat, will grow coat of equal length over their whole body including legs and will even grow hair in their ear canal.

Rare but on occasion, some purebred poodles will only carry 1 copy of the proper furnishing gene known as (F/IC) and rare again but could only carry 1 copy of the curl gene (+/-). The difference in these Poodles can not be seen by the eye in most cases it is found out by DNA genetic coat testing only.

Doodles can carry a combination of the Golden Retriever and Poodle furnishing and curl genes.  They can be F/F, F/IC, or in some cases IC/IC when it comes to the furnishing genes, they can be +/+, +/- and -/-  when it come to the curl genes.  We recommend based on a families allergy severity as to the combination of these genes maybe the most successful for you and your family member with dog allergies.  However, there is still NO guarantee that you won't have a reaction to a doodle puppy, no matter the outcome of its furnishing and curl gene.  Unfortunately we do not hold the allergy free crystal ball :) 

Some Doodle terminology you may hear 

  • IC clear means F/F and long coated

  • IC effected means IC/IC short coat can see still see some fluff (not short and tight to the body like a Beagles coat though)

  • +/+ for curl is referred to as curly coat (like a Poodle)

  • +/- for curl is referred to as wavy coat

  • -/- for curt is referred to as straight coat (not flat like a Golden Retriever)​

Originally Published by the Humane Society of the United States

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