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Teddy Bear Labradoodle Coats and Care

Teddy bear Labradoodle puppies have the cute looks of your favorite plushy, with the personality of a lively Labradoodle. They are affectionate, loyal and active dogs that make amazing family pets. Today we look at the different ways you can find a teddy bear Labradoodle to join your family. From F1b bred Labradoodles, to teddy bear grooming, haircuts and colors.

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Just the name teddy bear Labradoodle sounds divine, doesn’t it? A real life canine teddy bear to call your own! But what exactly is a teddy bear Labradoodle? What distinguishes a teddy bear Labradoodle from other types of Labradoodle?

What Is a Teddy Bear Labradoodle?

The Labradoodle dog breed has gotten immensely popular since the breed got its start back in the 1980s in Australia. Today, there are different breed lines and different coat types and lots to learn before you choose your forever dog.

A teddy bear Labradoodle is a term that may mean different things to different people. Here are the five main reasons you may run across this term to describe a Labradoodle.

Teddy Bear Labradoodle Haircuts

In the world of dog grooming, there is such a thing as the teddy bear cut. It is also sometimes called the puppy cut.

Trained professional dog groomers often recommend the teddy bear cut. This is because it is relatively easy to maintain and it looks very cute on the dog.

Teddy Bear Labradoodle Coat Types

Labradoodle dogs were originally bred to produce a non-shedding coat that would not trigger pet allergies. But canine genetics can be complicated. And it can be hard to predict in advance exactly which coat quality genes each puppy inherits from the parent dogs. This has resulted in Labradoodles with three different coat types: hair, fleece and wool.

The fleece coat type represents the most even distribution of genes. This is because the adult coat is less like hair than the Labrador Retriever breed line and less like curls than the Poodle breed line.

The fleece coat also sheds less than a high shedding purebred Labrador Retriever coat. But more than largely non-shedding purebred Poodle coat. The fleece coat has that wavy, soft teddy bear look and feel that gives these Labradoodles their nickname.

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Fab Teddy Bear Labradoodles

Hybrid dog breeding or crossbreeding in dogs follows a specific system. The first mating, an F1 mating, is between two purebred dog breeds, the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. The second mating, an F1b mating, is what is called a back-cross. These puppies have one purebred parent dog, usually the Poodle, and one crossbred parent dog that is a first generation Labradoodle.

F1 and F1b Labradoodles often sport a variety of coat types because of the inherent uncertainty of genetic expression. Labradoodle puppies that inherit the fleece or wavy coat type are the ones most likely to be called teddy bear Labradoodles.

A Labradoodle with one English Labrador Retriever parent

The term teddy bear Labradoodle can also refer to a puppy with one Poodle parent and one English Labrador Retriever parent. A dog often called the English Teddy Bear Labradoodle.

Why? Because the block head type of the English Labrador Retriever genetic line further enhances the round facial appearance of a real live teddy bear.

Any Labradoodle!

Finally, the term “teddy bear” is often used to simply describe any Labradoodle regardless of coat type or parentage. This is because these dogs so often have features associated with the child’s toy by the same name.

Teddy Bear Labradoodle Colors

The teddy bear Labradoodle is bred in a wonderful array of solid and parti colors. Classic Labradoodle solid colors include cream, red, apricot, brown, blue (grey), parchment, chalk, café, silver, lavender.

Labradoodles can also be bred in parti colors or color patterns ranging from sable to phantom, black and white to brown and cream, brindle to multi-pattern.

Grooming the Teddy Bear Labradoodle Coat

The teddy bear Labradoodle coat texture ranges from straight-wavy to wavy-curly. This is a low-shedding coat that is slightly less maintenance-intensive than the curly wool Labradoodle coat. But definitely more work to maintain than the straight or wavy hair Labradoodle coat.

However, you will still need to brush and groom your teddy bear Labradoodle at least daily. Start this routie as soon as the adult dog coat begins to grow in. To do this, you will want to invest in a de-shedding tool or rake, a wide blunt-tip stainless steel comb and a smoothing slicker brush.

You will also thank yourself for keeping a bottle of detangling spray or conditioner on hand. Just in case you find any tangles or mats. Spritz on the detangling spray or conditioner first. Next, use the rake to remove any dead, shed hair from the surrounding coat. Then you can run the comb through the coat to identify any tangles and mats you may need to gently work out.

Finally, use the slicker brush to give your Labradoodle’s teddy bear coat that signature finishing touch of shine and softness.

The Teddy Bear Haircut on a Labradoodle

The teddy bear haircut is popular for many different dog breeds for two reasons. It is easy to maintain at home and it looks very cute.

The authentic teddy bear haircut aims for a uniform coat trim. One that leaves fur about one to one and a half inches long all over the body.

Facial appearance is particularly important with a teddy bear cut. Your Labradoodle’s face should look like a teddy bear when done correctly! The groomer should aim for a smooth round facial clip. One where the eyes are visible and the ears blend in with the curves of the cheeks.

Teddy Bear Labradoodle Puppies

The original Labradoodles – the breed’s namesake dogs – were bred for two goals. To have a non-shedding coat and to exhibit service dog temperament traits. Today’s Labradoodles are bred for many different reasons and with many different goals in mind. This is why the Labradoodles of today may grow up to develop several different coat types.

If your heal requires that you choose a dog that is non-shedding, you will want to look for a breeder that specializes in wool coat type Labradoodles. This is the coat type most similar to the Poodle, which has a non-shedding allergy-friendly coat.

Your Labradoodle

Are you considering adding a teddy bear Labradoodle to your family? We’d love to hear your questions and stories – please post them in the comments section.

More Labradoodle Coat Types

References

  • Dix, B., “Generations – Teddy Bear Labradoodles,” Hope Springs Doodles breeder, 2022.
  • Ugland, A., “Australian Labradoodle Coat Colours,” Australian Labradoodle Association of America, 2022.
  • McKinney, B., “Australian Labradoodles Coat Type,” Lomond Hills Labradoodles breeder, 2022.
  • Gestes, T., “Labradoodle Coat Types,” Archview Labradoodles breeder, 2022.
  • Collins, S., “Grooming,” Juniper Ridge Australian Labradoodles, 2022.

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