Why don't poodles shed very much

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Why don't poodles shed very much

Poodles don’t shed very much Because poodles have hair, not fur! “Hypoallergenic” dogs are dogs who have hair that is very similar to our own hair and doesn’t fall out in nearly the same amount/in the same seasonal pattern as fur.

 

 

Poodles, Yorkshire terriers, and many Crossbreed between Poodle and Other dogs are all hypoallergenic. 

When Poodles shed, their hair primarily gets trapped within the other curls. … This is because Poodles have hair as opposed to fur, which means it consistently grows instead of falling out like fur.

Poodles Have Hair or Fur and Poodle Fur different from other Furry dogs

Poodles have hair, not fur. While most dogs have furpoodles are one of a handful of breeds that are considered to have hairPoodles only have a single layer coat that does not shed, and their hair can even respond to hormonal changes in the body, like human hair.

Difference between Fur and Hair

You may wonder, “What’s the difference?” at first glance. It still needs to be brushed. Isn’t it the same for everyone?” In a way, indeed. There are several subtle variations and slight distinctions between the two, but at their heart, hair and fur are the same.

 

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City’s Ross McPhee was asked about the distinctions between hair and fur in this article. When asked whether there was a significant difference between the two, he said no. The following is his answer to this question

When we compare the hair on poodles to the fur on other dog breeds through the scientific lens, we see that while fur and hair are similar, they both have unique characteristics that differ from person to person and dog to dog.

Keratin, a protein compound, is used to make both fur and hair. Both have a similar genetic make-up.

The distinctions between the two are primarily based on how they appear, feel, and are cared for.

Texture Differences Between Poodle Hair and Fur

What is Poodle Hair Texture like?

Hair is the thicker of the two and has the ability to develop longer. Hair can grow for as long as you want it to, unlike fur, which must shed at specific lengths.


Hair can be straight, curly, or wavy, and it can quickly get tangled if you are not diligent and attentive to their grooming requirements.

What is Dog Fur Texture Like?

Dogs with fur have a top coat and an undercoat, which gives them a heavy, fluffy appearance. Fur is almost always denser and shorter in length than hair. This is due to the fact that proper fur growth necessitates more follicles on their skin.

 

The undercoat of a dog’s fur is typically a fluffy, fine coat that aids in body temperature regulation in any season. This double coat isn’t always present, but it is a typical trait of most dogs with fur.


When it comes to hygiene, both fur and hair have their own set of challenges and benefits. Later in this post, we’ll go over grooming requirements in greater detail.

Growth Cycle Differences Between Fur and Poodle Hair

There’s a big difference in how fur and hair grow. Their different development cycles explain why they have such different looks and feel, as well as different ways of managing and caring for them.


Poodle hair grows longer, but the growth period is shorter, resulting in less shedding. Hair and fur must go through the same growth stages, but they do so at different rates.

Poodle Hair, Fur and Allergies

Since poodles have hair not fur, they are generally thought to be a safer breed for allergy sufferers. However, this isn’t always due to the differences between the fur and hair types. There are some perspectives on this.

 

The curly coat of a poodle’s fur can easily trap dander underneath it, but poodles do not shed their hair. Anyone who suffers from dander-related allergies can be harmed by the build-up of dander just underneath the layer of fur. As a result, they must be groomed on a regular basis to allow dander to escape and prevent build-up.

 

The curly coat of a poodle’s fur can easily trap dander underneath it, but poodles do not shed their hair. Anyone who suffers from dander-related allergies can be harmed by the build-up of dander just underneath the layer of fur. As a result, they must be groomed on a regular basis to allow dander to escape and prevent build-up.

 

On the other hand, dog fur sheds constantly and collects dander as it spreads around the home. So, if your dog sheds a lot and you notice your allergies are getting worse, it’s probably not due to the extra fur in the yard. Sneezes and watery eyes are caused by dander and protein compounds on their skin.

Poodle Hair Spreads Less Dander Than Dog Fur

About every 3-4 days, most dogs with fur shed dander from their fur. This is a major problem for allergy sufferers because allergens are constantly circulating through the air.

Poodles shed their dander and unwanted skin particles every 21 days on average.

 

Poodles are a popular dog breed for allergy sufferers due to their low shedding. However, if your poodle has curly hair, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing whatever you can to keep the dander under control and their hair and skin safe.

Poodle Shedding

A Poodle, it is said, does not shed. There are two ways to look at this.

A Poodle lacks the plush double coat that many other breeds have. Poodles have a single coat of curly hair that is densely curled. 

 

It grows and some hairs fall out just like human hair. When hairs fall out of a Poodle’s coat, they frequently fall back in. As a result, a Poodle does not shed in the traditional sense of a dog.

Hypoallergenic Facts

While Poodles are said to be hypoallergenic, some people (very few) can still be allergic to this breed.

Why is this so? Because varying amounts of dandruff can be found in hair, and some people may be allergic to it. Furthermore, allergens, which are microscopic dander elements, are present in all dogs.

 

Many dog breeds shed this dander every 3-4 days, causing allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to it (roughly 10 per cent of people).

 

Poodles and other dog breeds, such as Schnauzers, shed their skin every 21 days, reducing the number of allergens that could cause an allergic reaction.

Important General Care for the Poodle's Coat

Shampoo:  is one of the most important products to use on your Poodle’s coat. We have a section dedicated to the best shampoo for Poodles.

 

Conditioners: A coat conditioner should be applied to the Poodle’s hair to keep it soft, moist, and tangle-free. High-quality brands will contain anti-static compounds to keep the dog’s hair from becoming fly-aways, as well as mink oil, which adds a gloss or lustre to deepen and enrich the natural coat colour.

 

Finishing Sprays/Coat Dressings:  These products contain a variety of ingredients designed to make the Poodle’s coat shine, as well as anti-static compounds to control fly-aways and non-oil conditioners. They also help to repel dirt that would otherwise adhere to the coat, and many contain the necessary ultraviolet sunscreen. When no oil is desired on the Poodle’s coat, finishing spray is used during brushing and combing.

Other Dog Breeds That Have Hair, Not Fur

Here are some of the other popular breeds that have hair, rather than fur:

  • Portuguese water dog
  • Irish water spaniel
  • Bearded Collie  
  • Giant schnauzer
  • Xoloitzcuintli (commonly referred to as the Xolo) and Peruvian Inca orchid are mostly hairless, but what they do grow is hair, not fur
  • Bedlington terrier
  • Kerry blue terrier
  • Wirehaired fox terrier

Wrapping Up:

Despite our desire to believe that every dog has fur as a knee-jerk reaction, poodles do have hair. Their curly locks need a lot of care and upkeep, and they should be groomed on a regular basis. If the hair is well handled and cared for, the single layer of hair, rather than a double layer of fur, may benefit those with allergies.

Those with allergies to pet dander can appreciate the reduced shedding and dander emitted into the air.

But keep in mind that hair and fur are both made up of the same thing. Although the appearance, feel, and care requirements vary, they are scientifically equivalent.

References

  • AVMA– Vet 
  • The Everything Poodle Book (2004) by J.Adams
    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (2014) by H. Bowler
    The Complete Standard Poodle (1998) by E. Geeson
    Cavapoos or Cavoodles: The Ultimate Cavapoo Dog Manual (2014) by G. Hoppendale
  • Poodle Clipping and Grooming: The International Reference (2001) by S. Kalstone

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