Do Poodles Shed?

There’s nothing worse than spending a long day at work, and you come home from work tired, to find lots of mess.

At this moment, you may decide to clean it up right there and then or use your day off on the weekend to do so.

But, if you leave it till the weekend, the mess can pile up and take more energy and time to clean.

If you have a high shedding dog, then this can make the situation even worse, and you have to really have a fine eye to see where the hairs are lingering. After all, you don’t want your clothes to become matted with them or even in your food!

Sounds gross, right?

Well, I don’t mean to be too blunt, but this is a scenario you should prepare yourself for when getting a dog. Dogs need regular maintenance, and most of them do shed their coat at some point; it’s inevitable. But, there are some breeds that shed more and others that shed little. 

If you’re a fan of the Poodle, you might be wondering where on the shedding spectrum they stand. Well, to help you, we’re going to explore today the shedding qualities a Poodle holds.

Do poodles shed?

Ok, let’s get straight to the point. Before you can know if they truly shed or not, you need to understand that this breed has three different types. There is the Standard, Miniature, and Toy Poodle. The only difference between these three is their height and weight, as well as health issues. The other features tend to remain the same. Other than that, they all have the iconic single dense coat with curly hair. 

Yep, apologies; I’ve waffled enough already. You’re still probably wanting to know the answer to this question!

Poodles do shed, but less frequently than other dog breeds.

Poodles tends to have a reputation as a low shedding breed. But, if you own a Poodle or planning to own one, do expect some natural shedding and during grooming. Don’t worry though, this is totally normal and occurs in all dog breeds. 

Why do poodles shed?

To know the reason why Poodles shed, lets look at dogs as a whole. Dogs are mammals, and all mammals at some point have to shed hair. Think about it; we’re mammals too! Have you noticed when you’ve washed or brushed your hair that it’s fell out? Perhaps as you grew older from a child to an adult. Whenever it was, I know you must have seen your hair fall out at some point.

Besides the rest of the mammal family, dogs tend to shed because of the cycle. All hair undergoes something called a growth cycle, which typically is the following phases:

  1. Anagen (Growth phase) – Hair follicle gets nourished due to blood supply and starts to grow. 
  2. Catagen (Transition Phase) – Hair follicle begins to detach from the blood supply.
  3. Telogen (Resting phase) – The lack of nourishment causes the hair follicle to fall out.

It’s in the telogen, i.e., the last phase known as resting, when a dog’s hair sheds. 

Now, back to Poodles.

We know by now why Poodles shed; it’s due to their hair growth cycle. Their hair typically grows to a specific length before it’s replaced. Most of the time, though, due to their curly and wiry coat, the hair will become trapped in there as opposed to on the floor, clothes, or furniture. 

This means you will most likely retrieve their hairs from brushing them instead of picking them up in the home. While this can be beneficial, it’s essential you give them proper grooming to make sure their coat is healthy. 

But have you ever wondered why they shed less than other dogs?

Well, those other breeds that tend to shed a lot have a double coat. At the same time, a Poodles coat is a single coat and is curly.

The double coat works as a protective layer allowing dogs to keep warm in the winter season and also keeps cool in summer. So, in addition to the year-round shedding, double-coated breeds experience heavy shedding at all times of the year.

Poodles don’t experience this. On the contrary, though, some Poodle mixes may shed. 

When? (do poodles shed in the spring)

Poodles are one of the lowest shedding breeds in the world due to their single coat. This also means they’re a hypoallergenic breed, as they shed very little. This is great if you’re someone who suffers from many allergies as they may not trigger them as much! However, some Poodle mixes aren’t hypoallergenic.

How much and how often?

When asking how much a Poodle can shed, it’s often like asking the question… how long is a piece of string? The answer is completely subjective and can depend on the dog and also what you notice as a dog owner.

Most of the time, Poodles will only shed a few strands of hair. However, what you notice, may be different from this, and that’s ok. The same applies to the frequency of their shedding. It’s believed that the average dog sheds every 3-4 days, whereas a Poodle can shed every couple of weeks.

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Excess shedding

I mentioned earlier that Poodles shed very little as they have a longer hair cycle, single coat, and have hair instead of fur. But, what about when they shed too much?

Sometimes as a Poodle owner, you may notice Poodles shedding more than normal. This often can be a cause of concern and be concerning underlying health issues like skin infections, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, inflammatory diseases, or interactions with certain medications they’re taking. 

Typical examples of this are:

  • Allergies: Depending on the type of dog shampoo you use when washing a Poodle, they may have an allergic reaction. Similarly, if they’re exposed to toxic chemicals, commercial dog food additives, and any other bad substances, their skin may become inflamed, they may scratch more, and hair will fall out.
  • Sebaceous Adenitis: A skin disease that causes the skin’s sebaceous glands to become inflamed. As a result, the Poodles coat thins out or completely falls out altogether. 
  • Red Mange: This is where a cigar-shaped mite can live in a Poodles coat and bite the skin. If this happens, they will most likely have an allergic reaction and loose patches of hair. 
  • Castration responsive Dermatosis: This is a form of hair loss that is common in young male Poodles. It normally occurs in the groin and then causes them to lose it all over their body.

What you’ve just read are a few examples of medical conditions where a Poodle might shed more frequently. Alongside these, there are many more out there which can trigger this. If you own a Poodle and notice unusual amounts of shedding, then you should take it to a vet immediately. It could be a sign of an underlying medical condition.

Do poodles shed as puppies?

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The unique thing about Poodle puppies is that even though their coat is different from their adult coat, they don’t tend to shed. Instead, their coat tends to grow and overgrow until they become an adult. During this phase, you must take your Poodle for haircuts as their coat could become matted easily. Generally, the transition period from a puppy coat to an adult coat is between 8-12 months. Also, some owners start shaving their face at a very early age, so you might want to consider that as well.

Poodle shedding maintenance

It wouldn’t be fair on you to take the time to read this article about shedding if I didn’t give you some tips on how to manage your Poodles coat. To help you, read on below.

Brushing

To keep control of any mats, dead hair, or tangles, it’s best you brush a Poodle 2-3 times a week. This will keep their coat healthy and also increase blood circulation to the follicle. If you’re bad at keeping records when to brush them, you might want to stick to a schedule. Similarly, you should brush them while young so they become familiar with the grooming experience.

Bathing

You should bathe a Poodle once a month to keep their coat in good condition. You should use a dog-friendly shampoo and use a coat conditioner. It’s essential you use a conditioner as this will help their coat stay curly and smooth. 

Diet

You must ensure your Poodle is getting the right balance of protein, vitamins, and nutrients in its diet. Similarly, make sure it’s fed high-quality foods that don’t give them any allergies, which could trigger shedding. To know what your Poodle can handle and is healthy for them, speak to a veterinarian for advice on feeding them. 

Supplements

Flax seeds and Omega-3 fatty acids are great supplements that can help the Poodles coat. If they struggle with supplements, try giving them fish, and you’ll notice a difference.

Conclusion

Poodles are a remarkable breed, and I’m not even talking about the number of mixes out there! They’re highly smart, loveable, gentle, and gorgeous to look at. When I say good looking, I mean they’re stunning smooth curly coats.

Even better, they’re one of the lowest shedding dog breeds out there. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic, which means they shed little and are great for people with allergies. If you do notice excessive shedding with a Poodle, it may be due to an underlying health condition. Now and again, it’s always good to take them to a vet and a professional groomer for their expert opinion.

Their low shedding abilities are one of the best factors about the Poodle, alongside many other qualities. What is your favorite Poodle quality or characteristic? Let us know in the comments down below.

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