#2Doods A to Z: GROOMING

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Ah, the life of Goldendoodles, grooming needs. Most people want a doodle because they believe they won't shed. Well, yes and no. It depends on their heritage and they can still be throwbacks. Cooper is an F1B, or a second generation Goldendoodle. His fur (um, hair) is like a Poodles - very curly.

The good: He doesn't shed.
The bad: He has to be clipped every 4-6 weeks.

Murphy is a different mix and his fur is still to be determined. His puppy coat did shed whereas Cooper's didn't seem to. His fur is coarser and very thick. He seems to have the Collie undercoat as well. Spring and warmer weather is coming and we will see how much shedding we have to deal with.

Fresh from the groomers... Cooper (left) at 9 months and Murphy (right) at 6 months
Cooper get clipped shorter to last longer but still retain the Doodle face.
Murphy, in this photo, was still getting a puppy cut
Both pups started formal grooming at five months old, just bathing and trimming face, feet and hiney. That got them used to it. They get brushed at least every other day, sometimes less for Murphy since he is less prone to matting. Grooming isn't cheap. We've done baths but not getting into clipping them. We'll leave that for the professionals.

We use several products that are necessities. The first is a slicker brush recommended by Cooper's breeder. It has extra-long bristles to get through the thick curls on the doodle fur.

Next is a finishing comb, often called a Greyhound comb (no idea why).
When Murphy was shedding his puppy coat, we picked up a self-cleaning rake or deshedding tool. It helped a LOT.

The final item is Cowboy Magic Detangler and Shine - works wonders! Of course there have been puppy wipes, no-tears shampoo and an assortment of other sundries. Oh, and cheap beach towels! A must have for pups coming in from outside in rainy, muddy, snowy weather!

Doodle on!

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  1. Have you found a dood trailer to pull behind the Harley trike yet?

  2. That's lot of grooming, definitely don't sound like low maintenance. But so cute! :)

    1. No, not a low maintenance breed but we knew that going in. ;)

  3. Good thing you knew going in that they were not low maintenance. What a great resource you are creating this month for future Doodle parents!

    1. They are definitely not the dog for everyone, but we wouldn't trade them!

  4. this breed seems to be gaining in popularity. someone in Rock Choir got one as a pup. Dogs are popular on my local beach too. I love their joy of life.

    1. The Labradoodle is probably the most popular but the other doodles are gaining! Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated!

  5. Beautiful, love the information. I can't believe you're doing two blogs for the A to Z! Wow!

    1. Fortunately, the Doodle blogs were fairly easy to pull together ahead of time. The flash fiction, I'm still working on those. Thanks for stopping by to read & comment!

  6. Such an adorable photo of the Doodles! We used a finishing comb most of the time to groom our cat, and she really loved being brushed with it. I'm not sure I would have the dedication to do the grooming for a Labradoodle.


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