At Agape Labradoodles in Denver, we understand that the basics of Labradoodle grooming are important to your Labradoodle’s care, but not everyone knows just what this breed requires. Today, let’s cover a few tips to keep your doodle looking and even smelling their absolute best. We know these dogs will feel great with an ongoing and consistent grooming routine.
Labradoodle Coat Overview
Generally, Labradoodles have fleece and wool type coats. The wool type coat is much like sheep’s wool. Because it can mat very easily, it is best kept at a short length. There are three kinds of fleece coats:
- The loose fleece coat is the straightest and involves the least amount of maintenance.
- The wavy fleece coat is much like the loose fleece, but it is curlier.
- Curly fleece coat is the curliest of the three. You might think it would be frizzy, but this type of coat has smooth and distinct curls.
All Labradoodles have allergy friendly coats, which is one of the great things about Labradoodles.
If you have the right tools, a calm Labradoodle, and a steady hand, it can be easy to groom your Labradoodle yourself. The basics of Labradoodle grooming require some blunt cut scissors (sharp ended scissors are never recommended for cutting your pet’s hair), a pin brush, and a buzz trimmer.
First, you should brush your Labradoodle’s coat once a week. If you want your Labradoodle to have a long flowing coat, a weekly full-coat brushing is a necessity to making sure there are no mats. Though it may sound time-consuming, a full coat brushing can be done in as little as 5 minutes.
Sometimes, in spite of your best regular efforts, your dog’s coat can get knotty and tangled. Brushing out a knot should be done slowly and gently because it can be painful for your dog. Because you want the grooming experience to be a positive one, it may be best to simply cut the knot out of your Labradoodle’s coat.
Puppies: a Special Note
If you have a Labradoodle puppy, you should brush their coat weekly. This not only does a great job of familiarizing your puppy with one of the basics of Labradoodle grooming, but it will keep the puppy hair from matting into the adult coat as it grows. Not doing this may result in needing to shave your puppy.
Areas of Special Attention
Regardless of whether your Labradoodle has a short or long coat, you may need to make sure that the hair over your dog’s eyes is trimmed short enough so your dog can see. Also, the hair at the bottom of your dog’s ears may be better off when trimmed short. Additionally, you may need to trim the hair inside your dog’s ear to prevent waxy buildup and infections.
Finally, trimming the chin area will help keep your Labradoodle neater (and out of their water bowl). In general, it is best to not shave your Labradoodle’s face, head, or tail. These areas can be trimmed if needed, but shaving is not recommended.
The basics of Labradoodle grooming can help you keep your Labradoodle healthy and happy. At Agape Labradoodles in Denver, we hope some of these grooming tips are helpful to caring for your Labradoodle’s coat.