The Labradoodle Coat
Hair, Fleece or Wool?  What does it mean?


F1 labradoodle Hair coat sheds some

Doodle Sweethearts Liberty                                 Doodle Sweethearts Ryely                         Doodle Sweethearts Charlie Brown

F1 labradoodle Fleece coat little to no shedding

Doodle Sweethearts Molly                                      Doodle Sweethearts Willow                

Borderline F1 labradoodle fleece/hair combo minimal shedding

Doodle Sweethearts Scout                                 Doodle Sweethearts Tally


    The dogs below are all Doodle Sweetheart F1b American labradoodles with varying fleece coats.

Doodle Sweethearts Piper                                Doodle Sweethearts Reese                                Doodle Sweethearts Poppy

    F1B Curly or Wool coat   
    Tight curls like a poodle but can have looser curls as well.

Doodle Sweethearts Coco                                Doodle Sweethearts Beauregard
mini F1 cream yellow apricot labradoodle
mini F1 cream yellow apricot labradoodle
mini F1 cream yellow apricot labradoodle
mini F1 cream yellow apricot labradoodle
medium black labradoodle
mini F1 chocolate labradoodle
mini F1 apricot yellow labradoodle
standard F1B chocolate labradoodle
standard F1b chocolate labradoodle
mini F1b chocolate parti labradoodle
standard F1b chocolate labradoodle
standard F1b chocolate labradoodle

    NOT all labradoodles will have non-shedding or allergy friendly coats regardless of generation.   Labradoodles can
    have coats that shed a lot,  shed a little, and that do not shed at all.  There are differences you should be aware of
    to help you determine which coat would be better suited for you and your family.

    It can be difficult for a breeder to predict coat types for first and second generation (F1 or F1b) labradoodles.
    Some pups are wavy when born and have produced very fleece type coats when they got older.  Some pups are
    straighter haired when born and end up with a beautiful fluffy non shedding coat.   Then there are some pups
    that appear like they have a wavy coat, but end up shedding. The only way to know for sure what coat you are
    getting from an F1b litter, is to have the coats DNA tested.  Doodle Sweethearts is including this in our breeding

          We are excited that we can offer you the service of DNA coat testing for our F1b puppies!  This will help us serve
    you better!  This DNA test, done by a cheek swab will tell us which coat trait genes it is:   if it is 1) very low to
    non shedding, 2) low shedding or 3) moderate shedding.  This test will also tell us if the coat will be 1) curly to
    tight curls  2) wavy fleece to loose curl 3) or straighter wavy hair.   

   Please understand that we cannot predict what type of curl a curly coat will have (loose curls or tight curls) or
   how wavy a wave/fleece to loose curl coat will have.  We will only be able to give you a general idea.  There are
   still many factors (genotypes) that play into the genes, that are not known yet!

    Listed below are some of the coat description terms being used.  Hopefully understanding these terms are will be
    help you understand what labradoodle coat-types there are .

    What is a Hair or Wavy coat?  (see photos below)
  • A hair coat varies in thickness and length, but typically is straight or minimally wavy.  
  • Very low maintenance as far as brushing goes, apart from a weekly wash and brush to remove the dead fur.
  • Some will be heavy shedders, others very light shedders.  We can determine this with DNA testing!
  • This coat is typically seen in F1 labradoodles, but is possible to have 25% puppies in an F1b litter.
  • Resembles a lab puppy with a shaggy scruffy appearance.  
  • These dogs are great for the family or person who loves the Lab but wants less shedding than a lab.
  • This is a low maintenance option for someone who wants the personality and health benefits of the Labradoodle
    breed but don’t mind the shedding.

         What is a Fleece coat?  (see photos below)
  • The fleece coat is low to no shedding; tends to look shaggier than wool and it hangs in silky, light, loose locks
    which flow and ripple when the dog moves.

  • Some feel this is the "ultimate labradoodle coat".  
  • Puppy coat is easy to care for, but during transition to the adult coat can become very high maintenance due to
    matting.  The final adult coat may or may not be easy care after puppy transition has been completed.
  • Mostly non-shedding, but some have been known to shed minimally.  
  • Should be fairly allergy friendly
  • Should be no doggie odour.
  • Typically seen in F1B labradoodles or second generation and mutigen lines.  
  • There are different types of fleece coats as well, some fine or thick, some wavy, curly or straight.
  • As a puppy this sometimes can be hard to differentiate between a fleece coat or a wool as an adult.  
  • Fleece and wool coats can be kept short or long depending on your lifestyle but generally need to be clipped
    3-4 times a year (every 8-10 wks)
  • Weekly brushing is required to clear any mattes

    What is a Wool coat?  (see photos below)
  • Wool is generally no shedding; it is denser and thicker, curlier, similar to sheep’s wool and looks more poodle.
  • Fleece and wool coats can be kept short or long depending on your lifestyle but generally need to be clipped 3-4
    times a year (every 8-10 wks)
  • Weekly brushing is required to clear any mattes
  • Unlike some other breeds, dogs with fleece and wool coats shed very little dander (skin cells) a common cause of
    allergies in humans which makes them excellent for households with allergies.
  • Both of these coats have less ‘doggy’ smell, and when wet they tend to have a more “wet wool” odour.

See Photos of Different Coat Types of
Which Labradoodle Coat is best for you?

You need to decide what is most important to you.  The questions below are designed to help you determine          
which coat is probably the best for you in regards to shedding, allergy issues and grooming needs.

Is the wavy/hair coat best for you?
1)  Do you really love the lab but you just don't want all the shedding of a lab?
    2)  Do you want an easy care coat that needs very little grooming or brushing on a regular basis?
    3)  Allergies are not an issue?
    4)  Are you okay with a coat that may shed some (though little compared to a lab!)?

    Is the wavy fleece coat best for you?
    1)  Do you have only mild allergies that tolerate some dogs, but not others?
    2)  Would a coat that may or may not shed very minimally be okay?
            3)  Are you willing to spend an average amount of time grooming your dog’s coat? 2-3 times weekly. This coat can
     matte up if not groomed, especially during transition.  A shorter clip helps a lot with this coat and is very elegant in
    4)  A professional groomer can be a blessing here as well, but then again an additional expense.

Is the curly/wool coat best for you?
1) Do you absolutely want or need to have a non-shedding coat?
2) Do you have severe allergies that require the most allergy friendly coat?
3) Are you willing to spend a significant amount of time grooming and keeping a coat matt free?  Or, willing to keep   
    your labradoodle clipped very short?
4) Curly coats (especially wool coats) need trimming and grooming to keep optimal.
5) Paying a professional groomer is an added expense but can be a blessing for those who love this type of coat but
    can't maintain it without assistance.

    Once you have determined which things are most important to you, then you can better communicate with a
    breeder about what you are looking for in a coat.  What it boils down to is what you are looking for in regards to
    grooming maintenance, allergy needs and shedding issues.

                              A Labradoodle Puppy Loses its puppy hair!

 NOTE: A puppy's coat does not completely come in until they have transitioned or 'blown" their initial puppy coat,
                   somewhere between 6 mos and 15 mos of age.  Do not be surprised if your puppy sheds at first, or mattes
                  up during this time!    It's important that good grooming manners be established at a young age.  See
Labradoodle Grooming for more info.