The Labradoodle Coat & DNA Testing


Hair, Fleece or Wool?  

Curl Genes, Long Hair Genes and Furnishings...  
What does it mean?
medium black labradoodle
standard F1B chocolate labradoodle


    NOT all labradoodles will have non-shedding or allergy friendly coats.   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, or a pup that looks wavy but ends up curly as an adult.

    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 includes this in their breeding program using Paw Print Genetics!  













       We are excited that we can offer you the service of DNA coat testing for our F1b puppies!  This helps us serve you
     better!  This DNA test, done by a cheek swab will tell us which coat trait genes each puppy has:   if it is
     1) non shedding,
     2) low shedding or
     3) moderate shedding.

     This test will also tell us if the coat will be
     1) coarse wavy coat
     2) soft, wavy, fleece coat
     3) coarse, curly coat
     4) soft, curly wool coat

      Please understand that we cannot predict exactly 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 will help you
     understand what labradoodle coat-types there are .

Hair  / Wavy Coat
Curl Gene
Long Hair Gene
Furnishings

Coat-Type
1
1
1
coarse, lab-like feel, wavy,
low shedding
1
1
2
coarse, lab-like feel, wavy,
non-shedding
Curl Gene
Long Hair Gene
Furnishings
Coat-Type
1
2
1
soft, fleece, wavy, minimal
shedding
1
2
2
soft, fleece, wavy,
non-shedding
Wavy Fleece / Teddy Bear Coat
Curl Gene
Long Hair Gene
Furnishings
Coat-Type
2
1
1
curly, coarse, lab-like feel,
non shedding
2
1
2
curly, coarse, lab-like feel,
non shedding
Curly Coarse Coat
Curl Gene
Long Hair Gene
Furnishings
Coat-Type
2
2
1
curly, soft, wool-type,
non- shedding
2
2
2
curly, soft, wool-type, non
shedding,

the ultimate hypoallergenic
coat.
Curly Wool Coat
Doodle Sweethearts Scout
Doodle Sweethearts Piper
What is a Coarse Wavy Hair Coat?  
  • A coarse, wavy coat varies in thickness and length, but typically is wavy and feels more coarse like a lab.  
  • Very low maintenance as far as brushing goes, apart from a weekly wash and brush to remove the dead fur.
  • F1b labradoodles with this coat are usually light to minimal shedders.  We can determine this with DNA testing!
  • This coat is typically seen in F1 labradoodles, but it is possible to have 25% puppies with a coarse, wavy coat in
    an F1b litter.
  • Resembles a lab puppy with a shaggy scruffy appearance.  
  • These dogs are great for the family or a 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 a bit of shedding.
What is a Soft Fleece Coat?  (see photos below)
  • The fleece coat is low to non shedding, depending on 1 or 2 furnishings; 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" or the "teddy bear" coat.  
  • Puppy coat is easy to care for, but during transition to the adult coat, it 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 multigen 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, but with DNA
    coat testing, this can be determined.  
  • Fleece and wool coats can be kept short or long depending on your lifestyle but generally need to be clipped
       6-10 times a year (every 6-8 wks)
  • Weekly brushing is required to clear any mattes
    What is a Curly  Coarse Coat?  (see photos below)
  •        A curly coat is generally non shedding; it is coarse-feeling like a lab, but curly like a poodle.
  •        Curly coats can be kept short or long depending on your lifestyle but generally need to be clipped every
              6-8 weeks, or they will develop mattes.  
  •        Weekly brushing is required to clear any mattes
  •        Unlike some other breeds, dogs with fleece ,curly, and wool coats shed very little dander (skin cells) a
              common cause of allergies in humans which makes them excellent for households with allergies.
  •        All 3 of these coats have less ‘doggy’ smell, and when wet they tend to have a more “wet wool” odour.
    What is a Wool coat?  (see photos below)
  • Wool is generally non 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.
Labradoodle Coat & DNA Testing