There are many different types of Labradoodles. Each Labradoodle has a unique color and coat.
One of the softest coats of the Labradoodle is the fleece coat. Provided the coat is well cared for, this feels like satin. The fleece coat is slightly longer than the other type of Labradoodle coats. Furthermore, it differs in thickness, structure and density from the other types of Labradoodle coats. This article will guide you on how to groom a Labradoodle with fleece coat.
Characteristics of the Labradoodle Fleece Coat
The special thing about the Labradoodle fleece coat is that there is no undercoat. As a result, a Labradoodle with a fleece coat does not give off odors and does not shed.
Fleece-coated Labradoodles do lose hair, but new hairs grow through the ‘old’ hairs. The lost hairs remain behind in / between the coat.
Because your dog will not lose these hairs on its own, it is important to take good care of the coat. Regular brushing of your dog’s coat ensures that the lost hair ends up in the brush.
And since Labradoodles with a fleece coat don’t have an undercoat, brushing is pretty quick. If you brush your Labradoodle three times a week from an early age, you will notice that your dog will quickly get used to this.
Keep in mind that your dog will undergo a coat change between 9 and 14 months of age. This means that the coat will move from a puppy coat to an adult coat. Do not be alarmed, this is very normal.
How to Groom a Labradoodle with Fleece Coat
If you want to groom your Labradoodle with fleece coat, it is best to do this in a certain way — brush from bottom to top, and work in layers.
This is how to groom a Labradoodle with fleece coat:
- Start with brushing the legs.
- Then brush one layer higher than the legs.
- Work from the legs and tail to the back and to the front of your Labradoodle.
- End at the head of your Labradoodle.
Brushing this way will get the best tangles and mat out of your Labradoodle’s fleece coat. This way you can get a perfectly groomed and shiny coat.
Make a routine of brushing your lovely four-legged friend. For example, do it on 3 fixed days a week, at fixed times during the day. This will reduce the chance that you will forget to brush your dog.
Always brush your dog in the same way, from bottom to top, layer by layer. This allows you to work accurately and your dog knows exactly what will happen the moment you pick up the brush. Your dog will get used to the feeling and your routine.
A Visit to the Grooming Salon is Vital
In addition to brushing the fleece coat, it is important to visit the groomer from time to time. On average you will do this twice a year, but how often you go to the grooming salon also depends on your dog and your wishes.
Find a good, professional grooming salon for this. There are grooming salons that specialize in the fleece coat of Labradoodles. At such a grooming salon you can be sure that they know exactly how to handle your fleece-coat Labradoodle.
Besides, you can also get valuable tips and tricks on what to do in between grooming appointments to take good care of your Labradoodle’s coat.
Also, you can consider to have your Labradoodle coat cut extra short. This saves you time in taking care of your Labradoodle after visiting the groomer.
Grooming is Crucial During a Coat Change
A fleece-coat Labradoodle loses their coat at least once in their life. When a Labradoodle is born, such a dog has a puppy coat like any puppy. This will change into an adult coat when the Labradoodle is between 9 and 14 months old.
Most dogs get their adult coat from shedding. They will then lose their puppy coat and develop adult fur.
This works slightly differently for a Labradoodle. A coat change takes place in this type of dog. The new coat will slowly grow through the puppy coat. As with the normal grooming of the Labradoodle, brush the shedding hair out of the coat.
So when a fleece-coat Labradoodle is undergoing coat change, brush the puppy coat out of the Labradoodle coat. During the coat change, the care of your Labradoodle’s coat is extra important. By paying a lot of attention to this, your puppy will get through the puppy coat nicely and quickly.
Difference in Care After a Coat Change
When your fleece-coat Labradoodle is undergoing coat change (between 9 and 14 months of life), you will start to notice a difference in the texture of the coat. This will be noticed during brushing, for example.
The puppy coat is very soft and loose. This has less tangles and matting. When the adult coat comes through, it is often a bit firmer and has more tangles.
The strength of the hair ensures, as it were, that the coat also becomes more tangled. Tangles can hurt the dog. It is therefore important to brush well, especially in the transition phase between puppy coat and adult coat. This allows you to keep track of the coat right from the start.
Once there are heavy and large tangles in your Labradoodle’s coat, there are only drastic measures to take to get them out.
Shave as a Last Resort
If you don’t take good care of your Labradoodle’s coat, you will soon be told in the grooming salon that your dog is covered in tangles and appears to be matted.
In an advanced stage of tangles and matting, even the trimmer may not be able to solve this anymore. There is only one solution left: Your dog must be shaved.
Shaving the fleece fur is really a last resort. It is only done when there is really no other option.
Be absolutely sure to visit a good licensed groomer to get your Labradoodle fleece shaved. Here they know exactly how to do this. Search online for a groomer that specializes in fleece-coat Labradoodles.
In short, a fleece-coat Labradoodle is a wonderfully fun and beautiful dog that has a sweet, social and loyal character. Due to its coat, the fleece-coat Labradoodle is a dog that is ideal if you are allergic to dust mites and certain types of asthma.
It is important that you properly maintain the fleece coat and there are several ways to achieve this. In addition to regularly visiting a good groomer, it is important to brush your fleece-coat Labradoodle regularly.