Goldendoodle Coat Types

Shedding and Allergies Explained:   In the past it was believed that you had to get a curly coated puppy in order for a dog to be hypoallergenic or non-shedding. This is no longer the case. BUT, breeders MUST genetically DNA test their parent dogs for the furnishings, (improper coat IC gene) as well as the shed gene. Even if a parent dog doesn't shed, they can carry the IC gene. If  two IC carriers are bred together, they can produce a litter full of shedding puppies with no facial furnishings. With the advancement of  the DNA genetic testing which we do on our parent dogs, through Paw Print Genetics and VetGen, we are able to know the parents IC improper coat and shedding propensity. Our then, carefully chosen breeding pairs allows us to produce puppies that are non-shedding and hypoallergenic in both thick wavy or curlier coats while maintaining the highly sought after, blocky retriever structure and amazing personalities that we strive for.  

**Please note that even if a dog is non-sheding, some folks are allergic to the protien in their saliva or dander. So if in doubt, always check with your allergist first before purchasing a puppy. 

Goldendoodle Coat Types:

Wavy/Shaggy Coats:

The wavy or shaggy coat is the most common Goldendoodle coat type.  It occurs in all types of Goldendoodle generations, F1's, F1b's and mulitgens, and is fairly easy to maintain.  It requires brushing at least once a week, with more frequent brushing in high friction areas (like under the collar or around the ears). The wavy/shaggy Goldendoodle coat type CAN be low to non-shedding (in the case of F1b's and multigens) IF the breeder is doing the proper coat testing on their parent dogs, Shedding is common though among the F1 generation Goldendoodles. So be sure that you choose a breeder that does the proper coat testing and knows the parents propensity shed scores.Image curtesy of www.everythingdoodle.com

Curly Coats:

The second most common Goldendoodle coat type is the curly coat, which is more common among F1b or mulitgen goldendoodles because of their poodle lineage.  The coat can be anything from a relaxed loose curl to a more curly coat. Most do not get as curly as a poodle.

This Goldendoodle coat type requires more frequent brushing, although it can be shaved down to create a maintenance free coat if the owner prefers. The curly Goldendoodle coat type is low to non-shedding and hypo-allergnic, when the Goldendoodle is an F1B or in a mulitgen where the breeder has tested coat types and shed scores.Image curtesy of www.everythingdoodle.com

Straight Coats:

The least common Goldendoodle coat type is the straight coat, (this is also known as having an improper coat), it is fairly common in F2 Goldendoodles.  Often referred to as the Golden Retriever coat, it's very easy to maintain and requires minimal brushing. However, this Goldendoodle coat type does not produce the "teddy bear" look that Goldendoodles are renowned for displaying, nor will it produce a "beard" around the muzzle. This Goldendoodle coat type can produce moderate to high shedding coats.Image curtesy of www.everythingdoodle.com

How To Tell The Difference:

It is especially difficult to distinguish Goldendoodle coat types at the puppy stage, when all coat types look fairly similar. An experienced breeder will be able to tell you the each puppies coat type as well as their propensity to shed. However, the face and muzzle area can provide some indication of what the puppy's coat will look like as an adult.  Generally, the more crimps or waves a puppy has in it's face and muzzle hair, the curlier his or her coat will likely be.  A puppy with a smooth face and muzzle fur wtihout any waves or crimps will probably have a straight coat. Always work with and ask your breeder for clarification on puppy coat types to asure you get what your wanting.