Poodle Mix Coat Textures & Care
We're looking at the term "hypoallergenic" and explain the difference between shedding and non-shedding.
Learn how to brush and bathe your puppy, keep ears checked and clean and how to safely clip the toe nails.
About Professional Grooming: Grooming suggestions & groom style photos to take to your professional groomer. What to ask your groomer.
Allergies: Best groom styles and shampoos to use if someone in your family has allergies and you need a dog that does not trigger them, and much much more...
Hypoallergenic or what?
Let me first get the word hypo- allergenic out of the way [SEE FULL INFO SOURCE HERE].
"HYPOALLERGENIC" is used to describe items (especially cosmetics and textiles) that cause or are claimed to cause fewer allergic reactions.
Hypoallergenic pets still produce allergens, but because of their coat type, absence of fur, or absence of a gene that produces a certain protein, they typically produce fewer allergens than others of the same species. People with severe allergies and asthma may still be affected by a hypoallergenic pet.
With regard to allergy sufferers, a hypoallergenic pet would presumably enable them to have a pet in their home, whereas most dogs, cats, rabbits, and other fur-bearing animals can cause an allergic reaction. The proteins that cause allergies are found not only in the animals' fur or hair but also in saliva, urine, mucous, and hair roots and in the dander sloughed from the animals' skin. Thus, the widespread idea that "hypoallergenic pets" are those that have less hair or shed less is a myth.
A fact is however, that PekePoos and other poodle hybrids can be non- or low-shedding and reducing dander production and hair irritation that occurs with other breeds in allergy sufferers. Coupled with shorter hair styles, frequent bathing [or trips to groomer] and use of shampoos that are natural and designed towards a healthy PH value skin care, can make the difference between a dog causing you allergic reactions or being "just fine".
Be sure to visit this page here on my website - there is important information on this page for allergy sufferers, that will help you with your new puppy.
PekePoo + Other Poodle Hybrid Coat Texture
Allow me to explain what non-shedding really means - it does not mean that the hair will never come out or never loosens. It means that it will remain in the coat until brushed or combed out.
If you do not brush your pup regularly, that also means that you may experience matting [hair forming clumps and dreadlocks] and in cases of neglect - felting of the coat [a very sad thing, that can only be remedied by having the dog professionally shaved by a groomer and starting all over again with new hair!].
Parenting Combinations or Poodle Percentages
Coat texture depends on the parents and the parenting percentages and can go from plush and short, with only fringes along the ears, tail and legs, to medium length curly, to long wavy or straight.
On 50/50 mixes [either pekepoo x pekepoo OR pekingese x poodle] we usually have a fair percentage of non-shedding pups.
On a 75% poodle x 25% pekingese cross [pekepoo x straight poodle] we mostly get all non-shedding but curlier coats, but also have longer noses and some pups resemble the poodle side of the parents.
On 75% Pekingese x 25% Poodle cross [peke-poo x straight pekingese] we tend to get prettier snub nosed faces, but these pups are more likely to seasonally shed than not.
Tell me if you have an allergy sufferer in the family, and I will help you select the puppy that is likely to be non or low shedding, vs one with a huge undercoat!!! I can't help you if you are not talking to me!!!
Learn more about Coat Care & Maintenance...
For the longer haired or heavy coated pups, you'll want to schedule regular trips to the groomer to help you stay on top of the coat care and keeping the pup in a nice clip.
One of the things you want to do now with your puppy while it is young - is to continue brushing and bathing it. This will make eventual trips to the groomer less stressful for the pup when it is time to go, as it is already used to being handled and cared for.
I prepare our pups for grooming and coat care while they are here in my care - they get brushed or combed at least once each week [more so if they are 10+ weeks and the coat is getting really long], regular baths at least every other week, or more frequently as needed during potty training. There is nothing as stressful for both a puppy or adult dog as well as for the poor groomer that has to work on it, to go for a "beauty make over" and not being used to being handled by anyone else but you. Getting ears cleaned or plucked, toe nails clipped, bathed, brushed and blow dried, never mind getting groomed with electric clippers or supposed to stand still for a scissor finish is a lot to ask for from a dog that is not used to being handled, brushed and fussed with.
You are doing your puppy/dog a disservice if you neglect this facet of its upbringing, and you may create a dog that is a horror for a professional groomer to work on, and that will hate going to the groomers.