• hard to say for sure, here is mine at 7 months old.



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    • Posting for anyone who happens across this doing research! She's Definitely a shedder, but it looks like she will have a curly, or at least wavy coat. I will try to update with pictures of her coat as she grows, I know it has been helpful to me to see how these "flatcoats" change!

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    • PS- She's just the sweetest and we love her however her coat turns out! 

  • Here is some information I wrote for an article in the WSJ about doodles and allergies. It explains all this pretty well.

    Okay, allergies.
    Probably the most misunderstood common health issue out there, with the most widely distributed misinformation available on a daily basis via social media and advertising.
    So let's go over some basic facts about allergies.
    An allergy is a disease of the immune system. Allergy symptoms are an immune response to a protein which enters the bloodstream via inhalation or ingestion. For some reason, the immune system is identifying common substances like pollen as dangerous invaders in the body, and is launching an attack against them. The allergy symptoms are the result of the immune system attack, for example, a histamine response. (Runny nose, eyes, itching, etc.) An antibody is formed to the specific offending protein. For this reason, you cannot be "allergic" to anything that isn't organic, i.e. something that doesn't contain protein molecules. All living things, both plant and animal, do. Things like perfume and carpet cleaner do not. Their molecules cannot get into your bloodstream, and if they did, they could not bind to antibodies. They may irritate you, they may bother you, they may even make you sick in some way, but you are not allergic to them.
    Most individuals who do have allergies are allergic to multiple allergens. And there is reliable testing available to determine what if anything you may actually be allergic to. A true allergy will produce what is called an IgE response when tested. More on that later.
    Allergies are very specific. You are not allergic to "trees". You may be allergic to maple trees, or birch trees, or both, but you are not allergic to every single tree on the planet. You have not formed an antibody to every single tree protein, you have not been exposed to every single tree pollen. Same with grass, same with mold, etc. In individuals with grass allergies, it is the proteins in the pollen in the air that is inhaled when the grass is pollinating that enters the bloodstream and that causes the allergic response, not coming into contact with grass. This is an important distinction.
    In dog allergies, it is a specific protein, Can F1 primarily, along with Can F 2 through 5, that cause the allergic response. These proteins are present in the dog's blood, saliva, dander, and even his urine. And microscopic bits of these bodily fluids and skin cells get into the air and onto surfaces, are breathed in, and enter the bloodstream. So when you hear people say they are allergic to the dog's saliva OR his dander, keep in mind that it's all the same protein that they are allergic to. And the reaction that someone may have to being licked by a dog is a different thing; that's a contact allergy, and it doesn't involve antibodies.
    All dogs carry the Can F proteins, but different dogs carry different amounts. So it's true that no dog is totally hypoallergenic, but some dogs are less hypoallergenic than others. Obviously, the ones that produce lower amounts of Can F 1 and it's relatives and the ones that put less of themselves (their cells) into your environment, i.e. they don't shed or slobber drool all over, will be more allergy friendly. Dogs who have their own skin conditions also put more dander and therefore more allergens into the environment. A few studies have been done to try to determine which breeds have lower Can F levels, and the results have been surprising. Some of the breeds that don't shed carry more Can F proteins than some breeds that do. Believe it or not, of the dozen or so breeds studied thus far, Labrador Retrievers had the lowest Can F1 levels. One study was to determine whether Labs, Goldens, or a mix of the two breeds would be the best candidates for the programs that breed and raise puppies for service work, i.e. REAL service dog programs, lol. The Goldens had more than twice the amount of the Can F allergens than the Labs, and the mixes were right in between. They also found that males' urine generally had higher Can F levels than females.

    So, if no dogs are truly "hypoallergenic, what can someone with dog allergies do if they want a dog?
    First, how about finding out if they really do have dog allergies?
    There have been multiple studies for many years on a phenomenom called "Perceived Allergies". One study done in Ireland found that 60% of the people who believed that they or their children had allergies were mistaken. As previously discussed, many people use the term "allergic" for anything that bothers them. If a food upsets their stomach, they are allergic to it. If someone's perfume makes them nauseous, they are allergic to perfume. Nope.
    Others may actually have allergies, but not to what they think. An example would be someone with pollen allergies who thinks she is also allergic to dogs. This happens because the pollen is in the air outside, and it gets on dogs' coats. It sticks to dogs' coats pretty well, unlike our skin. The dogs then bring it into the house, lie on your rugs and bed, etc. A person with pollen allergies comes over and has a reaction to the pollen in your environment and immediately believes she is allergic to your dog. You get the idea.
    Well, any dermatologist can test you or your kids for allergies, and those tests will show exactly what the specific allergens are. Maybe it's not dogs at all. Maybe you can have a dog, any dog, and just take precautions. Wipe the dog down every time he comes into the house from outside. Wash his feet. Don't let him sleep in your bed. Brush him outdoors. Dermatology websites have lots of tips like this. But for people who have severe allergies to things like pollen and dust, a dog of any kind may just not be right for them, because any dog, non-shedding or not, is going to increase the amount of allergens in your home by carrying them around on his paws and his coat.
    The fact is that while dog allergies are nowhere near as common as people seem to think, dermatologists estimate that UP TO 20% of people do have dog allergies. So what about them?
    If someone with dog allergies just cannot live without a dog, they need to find a dog who puts as little of himself as possible into their home environment. You want a breed that doesn't drool and doesn't shed, period. Not just sheds less, doesn't shed period. The only way you can know for a fact that any given puppy doesn't shed is to either get a purebred that is guaranteed non-shedding, like a Poodle, or a mix in which there are only non-shedding breeds. 

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    • Real curly hair on the ears and top of the head are very common in unfurnished doodles. In fact, they are actually predictors of it. 

    • You know what else I think is a predictor of it or at least always a feature... short hair on paws.  They can be fluffy all over but they have the paws of a aussie/golden.


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