|The Labradoodle Coat & DNA Testing
Hair, Fleece or Wool?
Curl Genes, Long Hair Genes and Furnishings...
What does it mean?
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!
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 .
|What is a Coarse Wavy Hair Coat?
|What is a Soft Fleece Coat? (see photos below)
| What is a Curly Coarse Coat? (see photos below)