|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
Tight curls like a poodle but can have looser curls as well.
Doodle Sweethearts Coco Doodle Sweethearts Beauregard
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
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)
|See Photos of Different Coat Types of
DOODLE SWEETHEART LABRADOODLES Below:
|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?
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?
matte up if not groomed, especially during transition. A shorter clip helps a lot with this coat and is very elegant in
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.