Do Poodles Shed?
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Poodle Shedding 101
Yes, Poodles do shed. That being said, poodles do not shed too much. Every dog that has fur will shed, but in general the amount that poodles shed is lower than that for all other dogs.
Poodles are dogs that do not shed a lot because they are dogs with a single coat instead of having a double coat. This means that they do not have an insulated undercoat and they just have a topcoat.
That being said, even though the answer to the question do poodles shed is no, poodles do need to have a lot of grooming. You have to keep brushing their hair to keep it from getting tangled up. You can use a soft-bristled brush to brush them out a couple of times a week. This will not brush out tons of hair but it will keep their hair from getting tangled.
Poodle Grooming Tips
Poodles also need to be groomed into a short hair cut. This is especially true for the hair that they have around their mouth, ears and eyes. If this is not done regularly and the matts are not removed, they can get really bad sours under them. If the poodles are not groomed properly, their single coat can also grown into curly tendrils. Instead of shedding very much, the hair wraps around the curls instead of falling out on your floor or sticking to your furniture.
Some people do let their Poodle’s coat grow long. If you let your Poodle’s coat keep growing out you can cord it and it will look like dreadlocks but it will take several years before it becomes full-length. Most people don’t allow this to happen because it is hard to give a dog a bath and dry the hair when the coat is this long. It can take a couple of days for the hair to dry and if it doesn’t dry properly it can actually mildew.
Bathing your Poodle is a good way to loosen and remove any dead hair. This can keep your poodle from shedding. Regular bathing, about once a month, will help your Poodle shed dead hair and keep new hair growing. It will also keep his skin clean. Be sure to use a good dog shampoo and conditioner. It’s best not to use a shampoo for humans or a baby shampoo. These shampoos can be too harsh for your dog and remove the natural oils in his skin and coat. Make sure you thoroughly rinse all of the shampoo and conditioner from your dog’s skin and coat. Any residue left behind can itch and cause painful hot spots. So, the answer to the question “Do Poodles shed when you bathe them?” is yes, this is a good way to remove dead hair.
Managing Your Poodle’s Shedding
All this being said, poodles are great dogs for people with allergies since they are hypoallergenic. It is important for you, however, to go ahead and meet the poodle before you adopt them. Anyone who is allergic to dogs should spend some time with the dog so that they can see how they react. If you feel okay in about an hour, you will probably be ok with them forever. If you feel like you are about to sneeze or are breaking out, then not! Always remember that it’s not just a dog’s hair that determines whether you will be allergic to them. People with allergies are usually allergic to the allergens found on the dog’s dander and saliva, which are attached to the hair, not the hair itself.
Even if poodles do shed just a little bit, they are great dogs for people with allergies. There are also a number of things that a poodle owner can do to make sure that living with their poodle is easier and that the poodle does not shed too much. You should brush the poodle often and bathe the poodle on a regular basis. Instead of monthly baths, you will probably need to bathe the dog weekly to remove dander and saliva. Since dogs do have essential oils on their coat that are very important and you don’t want to get rid of, it might be a better option to actually give them a wipe down after brushing instead of “washing” them. Vacuum your home daily, including furniture and drapes. Wash your bed linens often in hot water. You will need to keep your home dander-free. If you do this, then you should be able to live with your dog without too much trouble.