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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 c zoomer on March 6, 2018 at 9:45am

Has anyone allowed the hair above the eyes to be long enough to put in a top knot?  I'm looking for solutions to keep eyes hair free.

what about using a human tiny beard trimmer close to the eye area?  I'm concerned about her constant wiggling and jerking away when using scissors.

thanks to all,

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on September 3, 2017 at 6:47pm

Yes, yes he does.  And, if he doesn't actually have a turn being brushed, it is obvious that he feels slighted.  Go figure.

Comment by c zoomer on September 2, 2017 at 8:35am

"He reappears, however, if I brush the other doodles."  I wonder if in Doodle-think Ned is "safe" when the others are under the gun (brush).

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on September 1, 2017 at 7:06pm

Lots of progress, c.  Ned hates to be groomed.  As soon as the brush is in my hand, he disappears.  He reappears, however, if I brush the other doodles.

Comment by Bonnie and Kona on September 1, 2017 at 6:36pm

c zoomer, Congratulations! Baby steps. ;o)

Comment by c zoomer on September 1, 2017 at 6:23pm
The power of prayer. This afternoon dinah cuddled up and I removed her collar, and she allowed me to work on the mats under the collar. She was content to lie there while I expanded to other areas, but the ears need the detangler and she wasn't keen on my trying, but did allow a little bit.
Comment by c zoomer on September 1, 2017 at 5:35am
I recently acquired a grooming arm, but hate using it as there's no place to use it except the kitchen..and the fuzz is so fine it will be everywhere. Saving it for "just in case".
Comment by c zoomer on September 1, 2017 at 5:10am
Chee! I need to vent. My perfect pup is overly sensitive to any sort of grooming. It's taken me this long to work on trust...all I did was snip off a bit of bangs above one eye. No pulling, nothing...and she started turning her head so I couldn't continue. I got one more snip in and wanted to trim above the other eye and she moved away. Yesterday when I began detangling mats she headed for a safe spot. The plan was to have a daily routine for grooming. Ok, I'm feeling better having said all this.

She has a very strong sense of self and it's taken 8 months for her to cuddle. She's back on my lap again, after heading off...and I hate to do any grooming when she does this.

Thank goodness she lets me brush the surface. Better than nothing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...heck I think I need prayer that all of this will resolve when the full shed is in progress.
Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on August 31, 2017 at 6:17pm

You are welcome.  I really like Cowboy Magic for specific matts and Horse Mane 'N Tail for overall detangling.  There are many other products out there that work, these are just the ones I have found work best for me.  Ned has a high maintenance coat that constantly mats.

Comment by c zoomer on August 31, 2017 at 6:59am

Thank you Nancy, that's just the info I needed.  So often, we (me included) mention a product without further info. This is the first time I'm reading what the product is like so I know what to expect. I'll try to do the same if I mention something like this.


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