Coat Types

How to Tell the Difference in the Coats

The English Goldendoodle should have a loose wavy to a curly coat of about two to three inches in length. He has longer hair on the tail, body, ears, and legs (legs may be slightly feathered); the hair on the head and muzzle tends to be shorter.

The coat can be black, copper, ultra cream, champagne, gray, golden, apricot, red, red & white, or parti colored. Ultra cream to champagne is our most common coat color. Lighter highlights can often be found on the feathering, and the English Goldendoodle's coat tends to lighten with age.

Although he's considered a non-shedder to light shedder, the English Goldendoodle still requires some grooming to keep his coat in the best shape possible. Owners generally opt to clip the coat for easier maintenance; but if you choose to leave it in its natural state, expect to brush it about once every week or two. If he's clipped, he'll still need a good brushing every few weeks.

They only require a bath when it's necessary. Otherwise, his coat and skin will lose necessary oils and moisture. 

His ears should be checked weekly for redness or a bad odor, which can indicate an infection. When you check your dog's ears, wipe them out with a cotton ball dampened with a gentle, pH-balanced ear cleaner to help prevent infections. Don't insert anything into the ear canal; just clean the outer ear.

Begin to get your Goldendoodle accustomed to being brushed and examined when he's a puppy. Handle his paws frequently — dogs are touchy about their feet — and look inside his mouth. Make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, and you'll lay the groundwork for easy veterinary exams handling when he's an adult.

As you groom, check for sores, rashes, or signs of infection such as redness, tenderness, or inflammation on the skin, in the nose, mouth, eyes, and on the feet. Eyes should be clear with no redness or discharge. Your careful weekly exam will help you spot potential health problems early.

  • English Goldendoodle coats will change as the puppy matures. Most will grow longer and many will fill out and become very plush and full.
  • Loose wavy and straight coated puppies will not show any signs of “crimping” or curl on the forehead or back at birth, see photo below (click to enlarge):
  • Curly coats can be easily identified by the “crimping” or beginning of a curl on the forehead, ears, or back of a newborn puppy. See photo below (click image to enlarge)

* As an experienced breeder, we are very knowledgeable and capable of determining what type of coat a puppy will have as an adult from a very young age.

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Loose Wavy / Shaggy

This is the most common coat found in the English Goldendoodle breed. It can be produced in any of the English Goldendoodle generations and is easy to maintain. It will require brushing once a day to every other day in areas that experience heavy friction such as behind the ears, under the neck, the base of the tail, and underneath the limbs. Full body brushing should be done at least once a week. This coat type in F1, F2, and F2B breedings are usually low, moderate shedding. 

Here are examples of the Loose Wavy/ Shaggy coat:

 

Curly

Curly coats are seen more frequently in F1B and F3 breedings but can occasionally be produced in other generations. They require daily full-body brushing focusing in areas that experience heavy friction such as behind the ears, under the neck, the base of the tail, and underneath the limbs. Curly coated English Goldendoodles in F1, F2, and F2B generations are considered to be the most non-shedding of these generations. 

Curly coats can be anywhere from a loose barrel curl to a tight kinky curl, similar to a Poodle.

Here are examples of the curly coat:

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Straight/Flat

Also known as the "Sporty" or "Golden Retriever-like" coat, this coat type is not considered to be the "Teddy Bear" look. It is very easy to maintain and requires very minimal brushing. Once a week is usually sufficient in all areas of the body. This coat type is seen more frequently in F2 and F2B breedings, although it can occasionally be produced in other generations. This look in an F1, F2, or F2B breeding will likely shed low to moderately.