One of the main reasons for their widespread popularity is the type of coat they have, which generally falls between being curly and wavy while not as kinky as that of the Poodle. Even more exciting is the fact that the coat sheds at a much slower rate than that of other breeds, which means that it is a viable option for pet lovers who are allergic to dog dander.
However, the beautiful and attractive coat of the Labradoodle does mean that they require routine brushing. In this article, we will cast our lenses at the different types of Labradoodle coats, how much they shed, any common coat problems and how to best groom and care for the coat of the Labradoodle in more detail.
Labradoodle Coat Types
Labradoodle coats come in 3 different varieties:
- Hair coats
- Fleece coats and
- Wool coats.
Deciding which type is suitable for you is a major step when choosing your best friend.
1 Hair Coats
These coats are either straight or wavy and can be of varying lengths and thickness. They are pretty low maintenance when it comes to grooming, but some can shed quite heavily. In appearance, they look more like shaggy Labradors.
2 Fleece Coats
These coats are generally soft with loose curls or waves over the entire body. They are very low maintenance but can become high maintenance as the puppy becomes an adult. They also tend to be non-shedding, but some have been known to have light shedding. The best part is that they are pretty hypoallergenic and have no odor.
3. Wool Coats
These coats have tight curls like a Poodle, though sometimes they can have looser curls. They are high maintenance when long, but can be kept trimmed for low maintenance. They are non-shedding and only require brushing once or twice a week. Additionally, they are hypoallergenic.
Tips on Grooming Labradoodle
Every Labradoodle should ideally be brushed and groomed weekly, and this process should not be particularly difficult if you keep on top of it. In fact, it should just take a few minutes of your time.
It is advisable to begin getting your pet used to daily brushing while it is still young so that it can become comfortable with being brushed early on, and even see it as an enjoyable part of its daily routine.
When your Labradoodle has short hair, say an inch or two, regular brushing using a pin brush can work just fine.
Once the hair becomes longer, it’s important to ensure you are brushing all the way from the roots of the hair. If this is not done, loose hair will not be removed from the coat. As the loose hair builds up, it’s going to be impossible to clip the hair, and the only alternative will be to cut the hair close to the skin.
Most Labradoodle owners prefer to have their dogs clipped 2 to 5 times every year depending on the level of curliness and their personal preference. To do this, you may want to have a set of small, basic clippers for clipping off any areas that are tangled to the point that you cannot work a brush through them. Never use scissors to cut at knots and mats, as you may inadvertently cut your dog’s skin.
The Labradoodle is a type of dog that benefits from regular bathing. You should ensure that your dog has a full bath every few weeks to keep it smelling fresh. A good bath also ensures that any loose hair is removed from the coat. If your pet is primarily indoors, you only need to bath after every few weeks. If your dog spends a great deal of time outside, you may have to bath more often.
Here are Some General Tips for Basic Grooming Labradoodle at Home
Your dog should have clear visibility and not have hair growing up into the eyes and blocking vision. Using blunt baby nail scissors or round tipped dog scissors, trim any hair hanging over the eyes and the nose so that it can see clearly. In case your pet gets eye gunk, you should use eye wipes to clean them every few days.
Hair on the ears should not be longer than 1 inch. If it’s longer, it should be shaved and shaped above the head. Keeping the hair away from the ear will prevent infections and allow free flow of air. To clean the inside of the ear, you will need a ball to remove and wipe dirt.
Trim paws into a nice rounded style so that hair doesn’t hang on the paw. To do this, you need an electric clipper and a blade. Trimming your dog’s paws will help in reducing debris that attaches to feet when outdoors and being drudged into your home.
Nails should also be cut every six weeks.
Labradoodles will need a haircut all over their bodies as well. Labradoodle grooming styles vary. Some people prefer the hair cut short while others prefer it long and curly. Shorter hair mats less frequently, while longer hair requires regular maintenance to prevent matting. In general, a haircut should be done to:
- Trim the ears especially along the length of the ear and the back edge of the ear tight
- Trim the head top about an inch or two long
- Layer the muzzle about two inches all the way around
- Shave the body but leave the part below the knees, what is commonly referred to as ”doodle boots.”
- Shave the entire dog’s body
Basic Grooming Tools You Will Need
- For bathing: Shampoo
- For brushing: Slicker brush
- To trim nails: nail clippers
- To work on the ears: ear cleaner, ear powder
- To trim above and below eyes: baby nail scissors
- To work all over the body: a pair of thinning shears
Summing Up How to Groom a Labradoodle
Your dog will require regular grooming and maintenance. Establish a regular schedule that you will adhere to in order to ensure you have a clean, healthy pet. If you can’t maintain basic grooming, then you need to consider using a professional. However, you should always clean eyes, ears and nails weekly at home, as well as give your dog a good brushing.
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