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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.

Discussion Forum

First haircut ideas for shaggy puppy

Started by Kate Rich. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Apr 29. 1 Reply

Seasonal undercoat removal in long coat

Started by J and Riley (and Luna). Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle 22 hours ago. 55 Replies

Ear trimming

Started by Bill and Pepper. Last reply by ginny Apr 28. 4 Replies

Bridge of the nose

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Mar 14. 10 Replies

regular barber clippers

Started by ginny. Last reply by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie Mar 13. 5 Replies

Recommended Shampoos for Black Coats

Started by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Apr 3. 4 Replies

Grooming Table Recommendations

Started by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie. Last reply by J and Riley (and Luna) Apr 25. 20 Replies

How long is too long?

Started by J and Riley (and Luna). Last reply by J and Riley (and Luna) Feb 16. 12 Replies

bath hose set up

Started by ginny. Last reply by Connie Feb 12. 6 Replies

question regarding grooming - what to request for our puppy?

Started by Ellen. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Feb 5. 5 Replies

Naples FL. Groomer search

Started by Lorraine Kostinas. Last reply by Karin Frydman Feb 3. 1 Reply

Is it the color?

Started by Stacy. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Feb 3. 9 Replies

nail clipping

Started by Kate Rich. Last reply by Connie Apr 2. 3 Replies

13 Week Doodle shedding a ton !

Started by Mansi. Last reply by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle Jan 17. 3 Replies

Grooming supplies - what am I missing?

Started by J and Riley (and Luna). Last reply by J and Riley (and Luna) Nov 14, 2018. 15 Replies

Help me groom my puppy!

Started by Mindy Hillegass. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Jan 9. 23 Replies

Cowboy Magic versus Mane 'n Tail detanglers versus The Stuff

Started by Laurie, Wally & Charlotte. Last reply by Lori, Winnie, Bob and Indie Sep 22, 2018. 6 Replies

Slopper Stopper water bowl?

Started by Josh Adams. Last reply by Josh Adams Sep 10, 2018. 4 Replies

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Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on October 26, 2018 at 7:13am

Yeah we'll see how it goes in 6 months or so. ;)  So far I haven't really been seeing hairs anywhere but I get a few when I brush her.  

Did JD need clipping or did his hairs just fall out on their own?

Comment by Karen, Jasper and Jackdoodle on October 26, 2018 at 7:03am

JD shed like crazy and he had long hair.

Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on October 26, 2018 at 6:57am

It's in the "coat types" above the list of discussions.  I don't think she has a short "hair" coat it's somewhere in between, so I was interpreting that as "fleece" on the scale.  Her coat is quite a bit longer than when we brought her home so it's unclear whether the hairs are determinate (shedding) or indeterminate (non-shedding or low-shedding) length.

Comment by Lori, Daphne, Lucy & Pippa on October 25, 2018 at 7:04pm

J and Riley, I don't know what scale you are looking at but, the way I understand it is that the mostly straight, non curly coat is more like hair and more likely to shed (although, not always) The fleece coat is softer and usually more curly or wavy. 

Comment by J and Riley (and Luna) on October 25, 2018 at 9:04am

Simple silly question - a doodle with a long, mostly straight coat would be "fleece" on that scale on the main page, right?

Comment by Wanda Klomp on September 18, 2018 at 2:35am
Yes Ginny, you can absolutely cut your Doodle when shaving. On my profile page you can find my free ebook on Doodle grooming. Please use that to read more about the dangers of shaving and how to use attachment combs to prevent this AND keep the coat beautiful and fluffy. Lots of Doodle love, Wanda @fromscruffytolovely
Comment by ginny on September 17, 2018 at 2:47pm

I've never used a clipper before.  Can you cut a dog when using one?

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on May 25, 2018 at 12:04pm

Thanks for posting this.  Enlightening for those that don't know and a good reminder for those that do.

Comment by c zoomer on May 24, 2018 at 3:03pm


pH level of a dog’s epidermis…Never use human products on pets!

Did you know that baby shampoo is 150 times too acidic for a dog’s epidermis?

We recently found an interesting article about the pH level of dog’s skin. We know it’s common for people to bathe their dogs with dish soap or baby shampoo, and do “skunk baths” with products like baking soda, mouthwash, vinegar etc.

There is evidence that these simple products can severely irritate dog’s skin, because dog’s skin has a different pH level and thickness compared to ours:

 pH level in pets vs humans:

– Pets 7.0-7.52
– Humans 5.2-5.5

The dog’s skin is the most alkaline of all species making it a perfect breeding ground for bacteria (aka skin infections) if the pH is disrupted. If this happens, inflammation and infection can occur due to over-drying and eroding of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). A dog’s epidermis is only 8-10 cell layers thick, whereas human’s are 18-20 cell layers thick! The dog’s skin is thicker overall, but the epidermis is very thin and susceptible to bacteria if it is stripped away with improper ingredients that are not pH balanced for their skin.

Not everyone knows that a very alkaline product can do just as much damage as a very acidic product. Just as a very acidic product to humans like sulfuric acid would basically burn away human epidermis, very alkaline products such as Lye, can produce inflammation or even chemical burns on human epidermis. The same thing applies to a dog’s epidermis.

Here are some examples of pH levels of products some people use on dogs:

– Ivory dish soap pH 9.5
– Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo pH 5.5
– Baking Soda pH 8.3
– Vinegar pH 2.2
– Scope pH 5.5
– Listerine pH 4.2

Comment by c zoomer on May 24, 2018 at 3:00pm

hen you move on the pH scale from one number to another, it indicates a change of 10 times 10, or a 100 fold change. For example, if you went from 7 to 5, that is 200 times more acidic, or from 7 to 9, that is 200 times more alkaline.

This means that dish soap is approximately 250 times more alkaline to a dog’s epidermis.

Baby shampoo is approx. 150 times more acidic to a dog’s epidermis.

Baking soda is approx. 130 times more alkaline to a dog’s epidermis.

Vinegar is approx. 500 times more acidic to a dog’s epidermis.

Scope mouthwash is approx. 200 times more acidic to a dog’s epidermis.

Human products should NEVER be used on a pet. Pet products are specifically formulated to be pH balanced for their skin as to not cause irritation.




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