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Top Tips For Grooming A Labradoodle

Grooming a Labradoodle is an important part of your dog’s daily health routine. Grooming a Labradoodle has benefits for your dog’s skin as well as the coat. Since Labradoodles tend to need a lot more grooming than many other dog breeds, you will want to get yourself set up for success right from the start. Today we’ll outline what you need, and the steps to take to keep your dog looking their best and feeling it too. We’ll share videos, tips and ideas for Labradoodle grooming, brushing, haircuts and tools.

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Grooming a Labradoodle instantly gets much easier and faster when you know what tools to have on hand and how often to use them. This helps you and your dog stay calm and relaxed during grooming sessions so this time can become a cherished bonding ritual for you and your pup.

Labradoodle Grooming Video

Do Labradoodles Need Grooming?

Labradoodles definitely need grooming! But the reasons may vary depending on what coat type your Labradoodle grows up to have. The truth is, the wide world of Labradoodles has expanded quite a bit since the breed was launched in the late 1980’s by Wally Conron.

Back then, just one type of Labradoodle existed – the Labrador Retriever cross Poodle with a non-shedding coat type. Today, Labradoodles are divided into three different breed lines and can have three different coat types. Some coats shed little if at all. Some shed a lot.

This is important because the coat type your little puppy grows up to have will determine how frequently you need to groom your Labradoodle.

What Type of Coat Does a Labradoodle Have?

As we mentioned, modern Labradoodle dogs can have three distinctly different major coat types. Yet within these categories, coat types can vary from puppy to puppy even within a single litter. The reason for this is simple: canine genetics. It is not always possible to precisely predict what genes from each canine parent will most influence a given pup. So let’s review each major coat type category so you can get a feel for how grooming needs differ between each.

Hair coat type

The hair coat type is most like the traditional Labrador Retriever coat, being short and flat and sometimes double layer. This is a shedding coat, although typically not to the degree an actual Labrador Retriever coat might shed.

Allergy sufferers will not be well served by this coat type, but if you are grooming-averse you will love it as it requires less maintenance than the other two coat types.

Fleece coat type

The fleece coat type can be wavy or curly. The general rule of thumb here is more curl equals less shedding and more grooming.

Wool coat type

The wool coat type is most like the traditional Poodle coat, being low to non-shedding (at least visibly) and always single layer. The wool coat is the most desirable for allergy sufferers but also the most maintenance-intensive Labradoodle coat type in terms of grooming.

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How Often Should You Brush and Groom a Labradoodle?

When it comes to Labradoodle grooming, the general rule of thumb is that the curlier the coat is, the more often you need to groom your dog. Curly fleece and wool coated Labradoodles need a minimum of once-daily grooming and brushing. This keeps tangles from forming into mats, which can in turn create skin abrasion that leads to infections.

Wavy fleece coated Labradoodles can be groomed once daily or once every other day in periods of indoor-only activity.

Hair coated Labradoodles can easily go a day or two in between without being brushed or groomed. However, be mindful that skipping a day or two will create longer grooming sessions when you do decide to groom them.

Labradoodle Grooming During Puppyhood

The Labradoodle puppy coat is softer, finer and thinner than the adult coat will be (regardless of adult coat type). While your Labradoodle puppy is young, you can get away with a weekly brushing with a fine-tooth puppy comb. Labradoodle puppies typically begin to grow in their adult coat between the age of six to 12 months.

You will know your Labradoodle is starting to get their adult coat when you start to see some shed hair and it begins to tangle a bit. You can use scissors to cut out the puppy coat but never shave or shear the coat with clippers.

Labradoodle Grooming in Adulthood

Adult Labradoodles typically have their full adult coat by the age of 14 months old. This is when you want to start grooming daily or every other day depending on coat type.

Labradoodle Grooming Supplies You Need

Here is your basic shopping list of Labradoodle grooming supplies to have on hand at home.

  • Detangling spray
  • Wide-tooth blunt-end comb
  • Dematting rake
  • Slicker brush
  • Trimming scissors
  • Dog treats

How to Groom a Labradoodle

Grooming your Labradoodle may take a bit longer the first time you do it. Don’t forget to have some tasty treats on hand to encourage your pup to relax and enjoy the experience. You want to start by spritzing on some detangling spray to make it easier to work out any tangles or mats you may find.

Next, begin running the de-matting rake or stripper over your dog’s whole coat. This tool strips out shed dead hair that is trapped in the surrounding coat. You can then use the slicker brush to brush out your dog’s coat, working section by section until the coat is smooth and shiny.

As a final touch, run the comb through your dog’s coat to work out smaller tangles the other brushes may have missed.

If you notice the coat growing over your Labradoodle’s eyes, around the private areas or in between the paw pads, you can use the trimmer scissors to tidy up these areas for your dog’s hygiene and comfort.

Grooming A Labradoodle

As you can see, grooming your Labradoodle is an important daily responsibility to keep your dog’s coat and skin looking and feeling great.
Do you have a Labradoodle or want one of these amazing dogs? What are your favorite grooming tools and tips? Post your favorites in the comments!

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References

  • Woods, R. “Grooming Your Labradoodle,” Spring Creek Labradoodles breeder, 2018.
  • Easter, D., et al. “Breed & History of the Australian Labradoodle,” Majestic Labradoodles breeder, 2022.
  • McKinney, L. “About the Breed: Coat Type,” Lomond Hills Labradoodles breeder, 2022.
  • Derwey, M.A. “The Labradoodle Coat,” Gorgeous Doodles breeder, 2022.
  • Pinto, J. “Labradoodle Grooming and Coat Types,” Over the Moon Labradoodles, 2022.

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