Should your Labradoodle coat be short, medium or long?
Labradoodles should have a natural look even after being groomed. if you find a picture of a labradoodle cut you like, print it and take it in to the groomer. Most modify an existing pure breeds cut versus grooming them based on the labradoodle mixed breed standard.
I like to just have their body shaved all over twice a year to about an inch and thier head trimmed. This does not mean this is the only time you give them a bath or trim of course. Most owners give them a bath, nail trim and body trim about 4-5 times a year, if they can keep the matts down between trims on their own. Then I just let their coat grow out between grooming. I use thinning shears to keep the matts at minimum and a good dog shampoo and conditioner about every 2 months. I find the more you brush and fuss with their coat the more they tend to matt.
General Labradoodle Grooming
- Thin all mats with thinning shears, brush or pull the matt out, trim with scissors all over to the desired length
- Or shave the dog down to about an inch all over their body and let it just grow out. This can be done twice a year and ends with the least amount of grooming required over a year. Between these major trims have them trimmed up and bathed about every two months. I usually trim the tush area, neck, and behind their ears bi-monthly.
- Thin all mats with thinning shears and brush or pull them out
- Trim with short blade shaver just under tail
- Taper hind quarters to tail gradually with shaver or scissors don't shave the top of the tail. Make the transition from body to tail a gradual transition.
- Pull all hair from the ear canal and shave the underside of ear near ear canal. To pull out hair you can use your fingers, a tweezers or ask you vet for a pair of hemostats. Just grab and pull. Inner ears should be kept clean and the hair around the ear canal should be shaved away.
- Thin out or shave with medium blade hair on neck just under ears to allow ears to lay flat. Usually the coat below the ear flap and along the neck gets matted due to a collar, so shaving it helps with matting as well.
- Inner ears should be keep clean with ear wash monthly.
Grooming Ears (outside)
- Trim outside of ear flap to desired length, the best length is to layer the ear at about 2 inches (pictured below left). The outside of the ear should NOT be a long blunt cut like a cocker spaniel.
- The length of the ear should be cut to a lenght that when you pull the ear forward the hair ends between the nose and canines (long teeth). Pictured below right
Clean up the Muzzle
- Trim muzzle at an angle starting about 2 inches above the nose angled down into the stop (point where muzzle transitions to head). Pictured below.
- Do not trim like a Wheaton terrier where there the hair is parted between the eyes leaving the hair long on both sides, you want a rounded casual look with a slight beard.
- Trim short just inside the eyes almost to a point to allow clear vision. Pictured below.
- Trim hair along lip line to keep hair out of mouth, you can also just thin out that area. Lip line hair should be thinned and left about 1 inch below lip.
- You may want to thin out with thinning shears under chin to neck, an area that can mat easier.
Top of Head
- This area as well should be natural. Pull all the head hair forward to above the stop (where muzzle hits the head). Then trim across at about 2-3 inches above the eye. This will make the head hair shorter at the eye to allow for good sight and gradually longer towards the back.
Round off the Feet
- Gradually round feet to pads, I just round off along the lower toe line, then pull all the hair straight up and cut at about 1 inch. This leaves a natural look.
- Trim all hair under foot between pads especially in winter when snow can accumulate here
- Trim nails
Wash and Dry after Grooming
- Wash with shampoo and spray with a detangler we love Cowboy Magic Shampoo and Detangler and for a dry bath we use Dry dog Instant Clean
- DO NOT brush again, treat it like a human perm. either air dry or dry without brushing using fingers to scrunch coat as you go. This keeps hair corded not fuzzy.
- For healthy teeth brush teeth monthly
Pictured with the scarf and tongue out is one of our families pet puppy, McKenzies mom took in our directions to the groomer. I have to say they did a great job and followed directions. I think McKenzie also thinks she looks beautiful.
For the big stuff use a groomer, and please take in a photo of the cut you desire.
The person who got me started in my interest in dogs is a wonderful breeder, groomer and vet tech. I cannot thank her enough for her help in inspiration. The following pictures are of her grooming work on Callie and also some pictures of Stella groomed. Callie is an Australian Labradoodle and Stella is a F1b.