Whichever of the 4 types of Labradoodle you select, there are three main coat types. These are:
If you have allergies or asthma, request a Wool or Fleece coat. These should not moult.
If your puppy has a hair coat, they will shed as badly as a Labrador Retriever. A reputable Labradoodle breeder can tell which coat type a puppy has. It’s obvious from as early as six weeks old.
Coat type is determined by the genes inherited from parents. The three main genes involved are: RSPO2, FGF5 and KRT71. These are responsible for:
Coat genes are complicated. With certain genetic combinations, it is possible for 2 non-shedding parents to have a moulting puppy. Even more confusing - a breeder could mix certain genes and cross a moulting with a non-moulting parent. This can still produce a non-shedding puppy!
Cobberdogs are typically low to non-shedding provided the parent’s coat genes
Labradoodles, in general, can vary from shedding to non-shedding. It depends on what type or generation the dog is.
Since we are working with animals, no breeder can guarantee a dog is completely non-shedding. We can offer advice about coats and which puppy is least likely to shed. Despite this, nature can be unpredictable.
There are two variations of a labradoodle fleece coat type:
Both coats are what most people associate with Australian Cobberdogs. They are non-shedding and recommended for people with asthma and allergies.
The curly fleece has loose curls and a soft texture. It's not sprung like a wool coat, so it usually straightens out a little when it gets longer. The loose/wavy fleece coat, on the other hand, only has a slight wave and is exceptionally soft.
If your dog has a wool coat, their fur will be coarse and very curly. It's sprung so sits up off the dog's body. It often makes the dog seem larger than they actually are.
This coat is very similar to a poodle and is non-shedding. Because of this, it's usually compatible with allergy and asthma sufferers.
This coat does shed; it's quite coarse, short and flat. It won't grow as long as the other coats - it feels like a typical dog's hair. We don't recommend this coat to people with asthma or allergies.
Since labradoodles have different coat types, the maintenance of each will vary. With all, you’ll need to be regularly brushing and combing to avoid their fur getting tangled or matted. This is less of an issue for labradoodles with wiry coats like hair, as they will shed.
Nonetheless, regardless of coat type, it’s always worth having something like a slicker brush available. You’ll be grateful for it if your pup gets particularly messy.
Australian Cobberdogs’ adult coats don’t change that much from when they were a puppy. However, you will need to cut them regularly - your dog’s coat will touch the floor if you don’t. You can either take them to the groomers or do it yourself.