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Coat types

Doodles come in three main coat types. Wool, fleece and hair. If you consider a woolly wool coat to be at one end of a scale and shedding coarse hair coats to be at the other end, your doodle could have a coat anywhere in-between. Not only could be a combination of more than one type. Coats can also be very curly, somewhat curly, spiral curls, wavy or quite straight.

Hint for maintaining your favourite look.

You will find lots of pictures on this site of great looking doodles. Use them to take to your groomer to show what look you like or use them to follow for home grooming.

Coat Change from Puppy to Adult
Somewhere between 8 and 12 months doodles start growing their adult coats. Matte time! Since they don't shed, you need to comb the puppy coat out. This takes quite a bit of dedication and this stage can go on for several months. If you let your puppy mat at this time and resort to shaving, you STILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. You cannot shave it away. At some point, you must comb that puppy coat out. To make this stage easier, scissor the coat to about 2 inches in length so there is less to tangle. A seriously good way to reduce brushing is to buy a high speed blower. It produces cool air at high volume and really helps clean and untangle the coat.

Combing your doodle.
Use a steel comb. Start from one foot and brush..yes brush with a brush..the hair up. Then  start down at the foot again and brush down in layers, making sure to always get to see the skin in the area you are working on before you go on. After about and inch or two, comb where you brushed. If the comb won't go thru, start again. Work thru the whole coat in this fashion.
Make sure you hit all the areas.
inside, outside and back and front of legs
upper and lower chest
sides, back and under tail
top of head and neck all the way around
under ears, chin and face
If a wool dog is very matted, it can take 10 hours to demat. If you have a fleece coat that is in good shape, it should take an hour or less to brush and comb the whole dog thoroughly.
Worst trouble spots: in front of hind legs, armpits, under tail and neck

To Do List for regular maintenance.
1. brush and comb twice a week or when ever you feel mattes ..dampen after brushing
These things to be done every 4 to 6 weeks
2. trim hair from between eyes as required to keep it from poking into the eyes
3. shave belly
4. trim hair from around anus and on male or female parts to prevent messy mattes that can get infected from bacteria
5. clip nails
6. trim feet ...inside of feet, around toes and trim length so it just barely touches the ground.
7. trim hair above eyes so it does not obstruct sight
8. pull hair from inside ears and clean with ear cleaning solution
9. shave hair from base of ear to increase airflow into the ear 

Links to Grooming Information from this forum. 


How to trim feet
You can trim feet with scissors or clippers. I prefer to use a combination of both. I first cup the dog's foot in my hand so the bottom is visible and keeping my scissors flat to the bottom of the foot, I trim all hair sticking beyond the foot. Next I take my clipper with a number 10 or 40 and trim inside between the large pad the the small toe pads. From the top of the foot looking down, I pull a hair back from toes and scissor hair from around nails and between toes. You can to this with a clipper too and make 'poodle toes'...not to be confused at all with poodle feet. You want the foot to have lots of volume from the top, but look clean underneath.

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Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on May 31, 2019 at 11:28am

Anyone have a quick tip for mats in between the toes? It's kind of too cramped to use a comb, I think it's just the remnants of Riley's winter undercoat coming out though so it shouldn't happen again.  She has needed very little brushing since we aggressively removed her undercoat lol, hopefully it will just be a couple rough weeks a year.

Comment by Diane, Hurley and Sidney on May 1, 2019 at 8:19pm

Is there a groomer anyone would recommend to groom/ trim a  Berniedoodle in the Henderson or Las Vegas area?

Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on January 8, 2019 at 12:33pm

Thanks :) I didn't quite get it all but I wanted to at least let her see a bit better lol.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on January 8, 2019 at 12:31pm

GREAT job, J.  It really took me forever before I attempted to trip around the eyes.

Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on January 7, 2019 at 10:16am

I finally stopped being a big chicken and trimmed between Riley's eyes a bit.  She was quite wiggly and started making frustrated noises so I only did a little but I think we can see her eyes much better (and I'm sure she can see better).  "Before" pic in the snow is pretty blurry but you can see her eye fluffies.

Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on October 29, 2018 at 3:57pm

Riley might be like that too in the end - Bernese have double coats.  She may have a longer topcoat that doesn't shed and an undercoat that sheds.  We will see!

I need to maybe trim her face a bit soon though because the scruff is getting a bit out of control in front of her eyes.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on October 27, 2018 at 6:17pm

Clancy has long hair and sheds. It’s like part of him sheds and part doesn’t. The hair on his face especially doesn’t shed but grows. He must be trimmed or he couldn’t see. 

Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on October 26, 2018 at 11:19am

I'm somehow still finding Luna's hairs on my clean clothes sometimes LOL... 5 months later.

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on October 26, 2018 at 9:28am

JD had a lot of hair breakage, partially due to his allergies, so we had all lengths of hair all over. And I do mean all over. Clean washcloths and towels had blonde hair embedded in them. 
And I'd take all that back again in a NY minute. ;)

Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on October 26, 2018 at 9:16am

Ok, so JD had determinate length hairs then I guess, just much longer than Luna's were.

Must have been "fun" cleaning up super long hairs all over ;) 

I keep expecting to find tumbleweeds all over the house like we had with Luna but they haven't appeared yet.


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