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Labradoodle Coat Types

MultiGen Australian Labradoodles have two distinct coat types:
Fleece
and Wool.
The fleece is characterized by being more of a smooth looking coat compared to wool, as it is much more straighter and easily maintained. Furthermore, there are different types of fleece: curly, wavy and loose, with loose being the straightest and the easiest maintenance coat type. Wavy and loose look very similar but wavy is slightly more curlier. Curly fleece is not frizzy, it has distinct smooth curls. The wool coat is best kept at a short length because it is so curly like a poodle or sheep that it mats very easily.  If the dog is a mulitgenational Australian Labradoodle then it will have an allergy friendly coat regardless of coat type.

Grooming your Labradoodle

It is actually very easy to groom your Labradodle yourself if you have the right tools. You will need a pin brush, blunt cut scissors (never use sharp ended scissors when cutting your pets hair) and a buzz trimmer, we like using the Andis AGC Super 2 speed clipper 4400 spm, it can be found at the Red colored link at the bottom of all pages on this website.
If you want your labradoodle to have long flowing hair schedule a full coat brushing once a week to ensure that mats wont build up.
A labradoodles coat is really easy to maintain if you take just 5 minutes once a week to brush it out. My dogs love the time and extra attention they get during this time. Be careful when brushing knots out, it can really hurt them. Sometimes it is best to cut the knot out. Make sure you make this time enjoyable for your dog. Give lots of praise and be patient with them, it takes them a while to get use to this regime and if it is unpleasant for them they will never get use to it.
If you want to keep your labradoodle in a short cut then brushing isn't that important. Their short hair cut should be maintained every 3-4 months.

The puppy coat will need to be brushed out weekly, especially from 6-9 months old. That is when the adult coat will come in and if the puppy coat isn't brushed out it will matt into the adult coat and need to be shaved.
TELL YOUR GROOMER NOT TO SHAVE THEIR HEAD OR FACE, also their tail, if they can help it. Ask them to cut out any knots and not shave these areas, as they will feel very naked and cold. 


What to keep trimmed short on your Labradoodle:
Eyes: Use blunt cut scissors to trim hair once a month or so, for your dog to be able to see.
Ears: Use blunt cut scissors to trim the bottoms of the ears straight across so they wont drop in the water dish, also for sanitary purposes. NOTE: Some Labradoodles have more ear hair then others, those with a large amount of hair inside of the ear canal needs to be removed or it may create infection or a blockage. The hair is very shallow rooted and can easily be pulled out using your thumb and index fingers.  
Beard: Use blunt cut scissors to trim your dog’s beard so they don’t have a goat beard and wont drop in the water dish, also for sanitary purposes.
Private areas: Use the buzz trimmer for this and make sure to wipe it clean after every use. I use alcohol preps. 
This should be done every month to every other month. 

Bathing your Labradoodle should be done once a month but can be left unwashed longer because of the labradoodle's fabulous quality of low to no odor. Its easiest to just put them in the shower with you but make sure you don’t get your shampoo or soap in their eyes while rinsing yourself. Only use baby shampoo or dog shampoo that is tearless on your pet so they don’t hurt their eyes.
Also make sure to dry them very well because their hair says wet for a long time, blow-drying coat is highly recommended.





WHAT IS AN ORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE?

The Australian Labradoodle is different from all other labradoodles. 

In the early days, the Australian Labradoodle was simply a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle.  Dogs from this cross typically were bred to each other over future generations, whereby the Australian dogs are also know as "Multi-generational" Labradoodles. 

Then, in the late 1980's, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament, coat, conformation, and size.  The infused breeds include Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel.  The resulting labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.

Today, Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs with lush coats that are more reliably low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than other types of Labradoodles such as first generation Lab/Poodle crosses, or first generation crosses bred back to Poodles. Even when the other types of Labradoodles are bred on for generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the attributes of the infused breeds were not included in their ancestry.

-Information from the Australian Labradoodle Club of America






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