Golden Doodles, Bernadoodle, Labradoodle is different than Lab-r-doodle, Dobr-Doodles, Newfadoodles, Australian Labradoodles, Shepadoodle, SHEEPadoodle, Massadoodle
and the F numbers......there's something for everyone!!
Grooming these dogs takes a little bit of artistic talent, a little bit of scientific background, and a little bit of elbow grease.
There is a remarkable difference between an F-1 Golden Doodle and an F-10 Bernadoodle.
The coat and color genetics of this "designer" breed are COMPLIIICCCAATTEEDDD.
Before you come for grooming, take a moment to go over your paperwork again. If you can tell me your dog's "F number" and the percentage of each breed and the shed rate they were bred for, (low, mediu or high) I will have a much easier time assisting you in finding the right haircut for your dog and your lifestyle.
Curly coats are generally NO to LOW shedding, compared to the more open style or hair Doodle coats. Curlier coats are referred to as
Wool coats. Coats that are heavier curl and poodle-like are the wool coats. F1 and F2B's can have this type of coat. With proper home maintenance, this coat can be easy for your groomer to manage and trim into a very cute 1" to 2" trim. Without proper home maintenance, your groomer can have a nightmare coat to brush and demat. This coat can be maintained as little as twice a week. Black Doodles will mat easier than Gold Doodles.
Fleece coats - many NO shed (and Australian Labrdoodles) have a Fleece coat. We see these in many f-3 to f-? generation Doodles. Fleece still refers to curly coats, but this hair is less curl and a lot more wave. A Fleece coat will curl and mat within seconds of not brushed directly after bathing. Blow drying techniques are often the only way to achieve a straight plush look (like "Chewie" pictured above).
This is the type of coat that is the most difficult to manage. They don't "shed" but portions of hair will break off the shaft and get tangled up in the curls. This causes a condition called "pin mats", named so because they are the size of the head of a pin. This curly coated type can have THOUSANDS of pin mats, and eventually, these small points will grow larger and conjoin to form a solid mass of hair. When this happens it is extremely unfair to both the dog and groomer to attempt to brush the mats out of the coat.
I recommend leaving most Wool or Fleece Doodles at 1/2" to 1" long and no more, with a routine of every 4 to 6 weeks. Owner maintenance should be a consistent once a day or every other paying particular attention to the face, behind the ears, tummy and tail.
(PLEASE SEE LAYER BRUSHING VIDEO FOR THE BEST TECHNIQUES for brushing your
Curly Coated Doodle.
Open Coat - Describes a more wiry textured coat that usually does not grow more than 4-6", and is considered LOW to MEDIUM shed. To me, the coat very much resembles a terrier coat. Less routine grooming is needed for this coat as it doesn't mat as easily as the fleece coats. I prefer to "shape" the coat, leaving the outer coat as long as possible, and strip most of the under coat out.
Coat Styles and Care
Australian Labradoodle - myth or legend??
There are two different types of Two Australian Labradoodles currently being bred, - Australian Labradoodle bred in Australia that have come directly from Tegan Park and Rutland Manor breeding stock, or their offspring, and the Australian Labradoodle bred in the USA. It's risky business becoming involved in the discussion of the true version of standards for this particular type of Doodle. From a groomer's standpoint, I know the Australian Labradoodle to be smaller, lighter boned, and always have a fleece coat. The American bred are larger, heavier boned, can have a wool OR a fleece coat, sometimes showing both version on one dog.