Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
Sometimes I just cannot believe how rude people on Yahoo Answers are about doodles. It just makes me mad. Every dog- even purebreds started out as mutts. People say that doodles are not worth the money we pay for them (I have no doubt in my mind that they are) and that any old mutt will be just like a doodle- I beg to differ! IMO there are no dogs that can compare to a doodle.
Hi Daniece! I'm so sorry to hear that they were mean to you. Some people can be so snobbish and rude. It's uncalled for and totally un-cool. "Once you go doodle, you never go back" is what I say. Until someone has owned one, they can't appreciate just how bright and intelligent, compassionate and caring they are. They have the best traits of both Labrador/Golden Retrievers and Poodles. I wouldn't take $10 million for Toby. I truly wouldn't. So, try to forget what they said and post questions here, where we all luvvvvv our doods! :)
As for the shedding, once he gets his "grown up" fur, you will probably notice that he sheds much less- especially if you brush him often. BTW, watch out for mats! They appear out of nowhere during this phase of changing to an adult dog coat!
So sorry you received such rude replies on Yahoo. With the semi-anonymous nature of the internet there are people who say such hateful and hurtful things.. and of course not just about doodles. They seem to be just waiting for a post to spew their hateful speech. Don't let them get to you. As we all know here, doodles are very special creatures. When in public we are constantly being stopped by people inquiring about our two. I have had several wonderful loving dogs over my lifetime but never have I experienced the sweetness, humor, and intelligence exhibited by my two pups. As far as the shedding goes I think you will see a reduction once Bo transitions to his adult coat. We went through that as well. I was worried that my doods might lose their super soft coat when they transitioned but they did not. Their hair is still the softest thing ever!
Keep smiling :) Don't let the haters win. We are all so lucky to share a wonderful doodle family here on DoodleKisses :)
Yep, MANY f1 doodles shed. I have an F1 and my breeder said she would probably shed some. She doesn't shed at all and of course, we were pleasantly surprised.
Just brush, brush, brush your puppy and that should help. But Bo may always shed.
Do not worry about doodle haters. I once had someone say "so she is just a mutt" in a very rude voice (we were out walking). I said "Well I love my mutt!" and turned around and walked the other way. Don't let it get to you.
Hi Daniece! I had the same experience on Yahoo! Answers and I won't go there again. I don't think I was the original poster, but I read up on the difference between F1, F1b, and F2 generations. I was shocked by the hateful attitudes, so I've decided to stick with Doodlekisses. Some people are venemous about doodles. I don't understand it, and I think many folks are really ignorant. Like someone else posted below, all recognized purebreed dogs started out as mixes. They were bred and bred to achieve the traits that people desired. The same thing goes for doodles. My family has had many dogs over the years. Currently, we have two doodles. They are the smartest dogs we've ever had. We also have a St. Bernard/Pyrenees mix, and a full St. Bernard puppy. The gap in intelligence between the St. Bernard pup and the doodles is incredible. Also, I don't understand why other people care about the types of dogs other people choose. There also seems to be a lot of angst directed against those who choose to buy dogs vs. those who choose to adopt from a shelter. Can't all of us dog lovers just get along? You have the right to choose and love your dog. I've decided not to worry about others' opinions because in the end, they don't matter.
But back to your original question...My family has an F1 doodle (Daisy) and an F2 doodle (Barley). Barley is now a year and half, and his coat has gone through many, many changes. I think I've heard doodles can go through 15 coat changes in their first year. He used to have a straight coat and it shed, but his coat has now changed to soft curls and he doesn't shed at all anymore. However, our F1 doodle does shed a little. In comparison to our St. Bernards, it's hardly anything. However, I did find a grooming tool I really like. It's called "Zoom Groom" from Kong. It's a goofy-looking rubber brush, but it works really well. It gets into the fur and attracts all of the dead, loose hair. I found that it helps in avoiding mats on Daisy. If you get the Zoom Groom, try to brush your pup outside or be prepared to vacuum afterwards. The hair really flies! I also use this brush when washing my dogs. It's good at getting the shampoo and conditioner through the fur.