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Labradoodle Grooming

When it comes to Labradoodle grooming it doesn't matter whether you have an American Labradoodle or a Australian Labradoodle, these dogs need grooming throughout their lives in order to keep their coat in the best possible condition, and to avoid excessive tangling and matting.

A Labradoodle's coat does not shed much, however due to the breed's hair growth, this breed of dogs needs grooming on a regular basis in order to keep the coat from matting. At approximately seven months, this breed gains its adult coat and it is at this age you should begin grooming the dog.

How To Groom a Labradoodle

When considering Labradoodle grooming, you have two options. You can use either a professional groomer's services or you can do it yourself. If you decide to tackle the job yourself, then take note of the following tips.

Here's Adam Ford of Mt. San Blas Australian Labradoodles with a lesson on grooming a Labradoodle.

Make sure to not use a brush or comb that can damage the coat, as this causes future issues with the dog's coat.

If there are mats that cannot be brushed out, then thin them out with thinning shears.


Now, it's time to start getting rid of some of that hair. It's best to use a combination of clippers and shears in order to achieve a haircut that effectively preserves the dogs look and not serve to make them look like a poodle.

Of course, this temperament can't be 100% predictable, depending on any number of variables such as the type of environment they were raised it, the breeding stock, etc. But it can have a highly predictable temperament if the right sire and dam are bred together.

The intention of the Labradoodle, was to have a dog with the temperament of a service dog, like a Lab or a Golden with the non-shedding coat of a Poodle.

When grooming the ears, gently cut out the excess hair inside of the ear and then shave the hair near the ear canal on the underside of the ear.

You can shave or thin out the hair on the outside of the ear so it will not appear as shaggy, and the hair will lie flat.

When working on the muzzle, trim it an equal length all the way around. Also, trim any hair near the eyes that is obstructing the dog's vision. Now, round the feet to pads, trim the nails and trim out all hair in between the pads.

Bathing your dog. Let me say that you don't want to bathe your Labradoodle with anything but a gentle shampoo.

Also, avoid giving your Labradoodle frequent baths as this can strip their skin of oils, which causes drying. Once the dog is bathed, let the dog's coat air dry, as this reduces the possibility of any tangling that might occur.

Labradoodle Grooming Styles

LabradoodleYou can choose to have a longer, more shaggy coat, or a shorter,more manageable coat. whatever you choose, Just brush your dog on a regular basis so the hair doesn't suffer tangles and mats.

Once the hair gets into a severely tangled and matted condition, it can take a lot of effort to get the mats and tangles out.

So, make sure you keep your Labradoodle grooming practices in order so you can keep your dog looking good.


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