Coats & Textures of the Labradoodle
Grooming Tips for your Labradoodle
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The coats come in a variety of colors including: Black, Silver, Cream, Apricot Cream, Chalk, Gold, Red, Apricot, Chocolate,
and Café. and now we are starting to see the Party coloring of the Poodle along with the Sable & Phantom colorings in the
The Hair Coat
Hair coats usually resemble a Labrador Retriever in the coarseness of the texture. It can vary from very short and straight
like a Labrador Retriever to a more wavy to even large curls. This is the coat that is more likely to have the highest volume
of shedding. Least Grooming Maintenance
Wavy Hair Coat
Straight Hair Coat
The Wool Coat
This coat type is non-shedding and allergy friendly. The Wool Curly coat resembles that of a poodle and feels like a soft woolly
Wavy Wool Coat
Curly Wool Coat
Very Wavy Fleece Coat
Loopy Spiral Fleece Coat
The Fleece Coat
This coat type is non-shedding and allergy friendly. The Fleece coat has a distinctly soft fleecy feel unlike any other dog
coat. It hangs in loose loopy spirals like that of the Angora goat.
A Premium Quality Diet is Essential for a
Happy Healthy Doodle!
I have been in search of a high quality dog food that was based on what a dog's diet
would be if they were living in the wild and was very blessed to find this particular
brand, "Taste of the Wild" I am personally very pleased with the results in feeding
this to all of my breeding dogs, not to mention, they absolutely LOVE it! This food is
a grain free - all life stages food meaning that you can feed it to puppies and adults
alike. Here is the website for products, ingredients and nutritional values.
Fleece coats are moderately curly, and long. They require little grooming until the puppy reaches between eight and
fourteen months, at which time the adult coat replaces the puppy coat. Since the puppy coat does not shed, it must be
stripped out completely to prevent matting. During the change from puppy to adult coat, your labradoodle must be
brushed thoroughly each week.
Wool coats are very easy to care for and require little weekly care, especially if regular grooming is
performed. Clipping 2-3 times per year depending on preference and a complete monthly brush out will
usually keep a wool-coated labradoodle free of mats.
Hair around the muzzle should be kept trimmed, especially around the mouth and chin (this will keep food in the dish and
not on the labradoodle and in the home). Hair should be kept trimmed around the eyes for clear vision and eye health.
Special attention should be paid to the health of your labradoodle's ears. Hair can grow in the ear canal and needs to be
plucked. To improve air flow and reduce the risk of ear infections, hair should be shaved around the ear canal opening and
kept short on the neck.
Nails should be trimmed year round and hair around the bottom of the pads should be trimmed. Snow
balls up around the bottom of the feet and in between the pads, so keeping the hair trimmed keeps your
labradoodle and your home cleaner.
To keep your labradoodle's teeth shiny, free of tartar and bright white, raw meaty bones are recommended. Bones must
never be cooked!
Your labradoodle requires little to no bathing. Even when covered in mud, if your labradoodle's coat is left to dry, the mud
will fall out or can easily be brushed out. If you do bathe your labradoodle, shampoo should be squeezed through the coat,
not rubbed, and then rinsed thoroughly. Your labradoodle should then be allowed to air dry completely before brushing.
Whether you keep your labradoodle trimmed short or long and free-flowing is a matter of personal
preference and circumstances.