Last Updated on December 28, 2021 by Marco
If you love the coat of the Siberian Husky yet they make you sneeze, then you are not alone.
In this case, we will take a look at the pairing between the Husky and the Poodle – the Husky Doodle.
Is a Husky Poodle hypoallergenic? Read on to find out.
The Husky Doodle
The Husky Doodle is the name sometimes given to a dog that is a cross between a Husky and a Poodle. Poodles come in three distinct sizes – toy, miniature, and standard. So the standard Poodle is the best dog to mix with a Husky from a size perspective because they are both medium-sized dogs.
Why Are Poodles Hypoallergenic?
Poodles have a tightly curled and oily coat that does not shed, but rather, keeps growing and therefore needs to be clipped regularly.
For the past 30 years or so, lovers of all dog breeds have been pairing them with Poodles, in the attempt to try and create a ‘hypoallergenic’ dog. This dates back to a Hawaiian woman who implored an Australian breeder of Golden Retrievers to create a dog that would not trigger her husband’s allergies. This breeder did some research, and finding that Poodles were hypoallergenic, he paired his Golden Retrievers with Poodles. The Groodle was born, and from then on very many purebred dogs were bred with Poodles in an attempt to create a hybrid dog that retained some of the looks of the original breed, with the hypoallergenic properties of the Poodle.
Dog lovers can own Poodles because this type of coat does not cause as much of an allergic reaction in allergy sufferers if any. This is what the term hypoallergenic means – a dog who does not make an allergy sufferer cough, wheeze, sneeze, or itch.
Being allergic to animals is no laughing matter. Other than the irritation of sneezing and itching, having an asthma attack that is triggered by animals is frightening and can be deadly.
This is sad when the sufferer also loves dogs and cats. It is a combination of the pet’s dead skin cells, saliva, and loose hairs that cause someone to have an allergic reaction.
Now that we have discussed what hypoallergenic means, and why Poodles are hypoallergenic, let’s look at whether or not a Husky Poodle mix is hypoallergenic.
Is The Husky and Poodle Mix Hypoallergenic?
Sadly, no they are not. Experts say that there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog, but certain breeds (such as Poodles, or any dog with a coat that does not shed but grows continuously) do come close.
The reason why is because the Poodle genes simply do not cancel out the Husky genes. In fact, any pup from this pairing may throw strongly to the Husky parent, which will mean that they will be double-coated, and therefore shed their undercoat a great deal.
A Husky Doodle might be less likely to trigger an allergic reaction than a purebred Husky – but like anything in life, there are simply no guarantees on this.
Alternatives To The Poodle Mixed With Husky
Whilst the Husky Poodle may not be an ideal dog for allergy sufferers, there are lots of other dog breeds that people with allergies can successfully own.
However, please be careful and spend time with the dog in question, and preferably their parents, before you commit to buying to see if they trigger your allergy. This is just one of those things – some animals trigger us and some do not.
Here are some dogs that may interest you, that are medium to large dogs, like the Siberian Husky.
- Afghan Hound
- Standard Schnauzer
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Poodle (of course!)
- Portuguese Water Dog
More About The Husky Doodle
If you are still keen on this hybrid dog, then here is some more information about them.
Learn more about: Siberian Husky Coat Types
If you conduct a quick Google Image search on the Husky Poodle mix, then you will soon discover that these dogs can look very different from dog to dog!
Some have the pointed ears of the Husky whilst some have the floppy Poodle ears.
Most do seem to have the multi-colored coat of the Husky, with white and gray marking being quite common.
They may very well inherit the beautiful blue eyes of the Husky.
In terms of their coat, some of these dogs have the long and curly coat of the Poodle, while others have the thick and straight coat of the Husky.
They are medium-sized dogs.
One thing that can be said for certain is that they are all gorgeous!
This is a high-energy dog who does need you to cater to their needs for both mental and physical stimulation. For this reason, apartment living will not really suit them. If you prefer to sit on the couch all day, this dog will not be happy with that!
The Husky Doodle makes a lovely family dog because both parent breeds are good with children. An active, sporty family with older kids who love to get out for a long walk would be ideal. They will not like being left home alone and may destroy your yard or tunnel their way out under a fence if you do, in search of some adventure. They really want to be with you!
This dog can be somewhat stubborn, so is not really ideal for a novice dog owner. Training is a must, to keep the Husky side of this dog’s personality in check. And this needs someone with confidence.
Huskies can be clownish while Poodles are rather dignified, so each pup will be different!
The Takeaway On Husky Doodles And Allergies
If you see Husky and Poodle mix puppies advertised as being ‘hypoallergenic’, do not be fooled. They are not.
They may be less likely to trigger an allergic reaction than a purebred Siberian Husky, but they are still not hypoallergenic.
If you are keen on this dog, then go and spend time with the breeder’s dogs to see how you react to them. This way you can be sure. It is a terrible thing to see a dog surrendered to a shelter or rescue simply because they make their owner sneeze. This could have been avoided, and of course, the dog cannot help it that they make some people sneeze.