This is a commonly misunderstood topic when talking about Goldendoodles. I do not like the term Hypoallergenic, as it is misleading. Many state that even the Poodle is not hypoallergenic. There are different types of allergies to dogs. The first thing to figure out is what type of allergy that you have. There are allergies to dander (flakes of skin), saliva and urine. Most allergies are to dog dander. Different dogs shed dander less than others. A poodle sheds very little dander, much less frequently than a Golden Retriever does, which makes the Poodle more allergy friendly, not hypoallergenic.
When talking about allergies and shedding with Goldendoodles, it is important to understand the generations of Goldendoodles and make sure you get one that fits your situation best. An F1 generations is probably not the best choice for a person with dander allergies, as there will be some in this generation that a low-shedding and therefore shed dander as well. It is recommended that if you have an allergy that you look for an F1b, F3 or multigen Goldendoodle, that is tested for improper coat (IC). Improper Coat is the gene that cause the Golden Retriever coat to shed. Golden Retrievers have two copies of this gene. Poodles do not have any copies of this gene. This is why you need to test for IC when breeding above an F1b generation because you don’t want to end up with two copies of this gene and get shedding coats like the Golden Retriever. So, if you are someone with an allergy and are looking at a F3 or multigen make sure that your breeders tests for IC. I also do not recommend an F2 generation for those with allergies, as 25% of this generation will shed just like a Golden Retriever, due to 25% having two copies of the IC gene.
Overall, non-shedding and allergy friendly dogs are very possible in Goldendoodles, you just need to know what to look for and make sure you have a breeder that understands their genetics.
Shedding and Allergies