Grooming a Labradoodle

Introduction

Labradoodles usually come in the main coat types: fleece (like an Angora goat), wool (like lamb wool in texture) and hair (more similar to Labrador’s coat type but longer). No matter what type of the coat you Labradoodle has – it will need careful grooming.

In this article we will tell you about Labradoodle grooming styles and how to groom a dog at home.

Grooming Styles

There are many hairstyles for Labradoodles who inherited the Poodle-like coat or fleece coat:

  • Continental clip – face, belly and legs are shaved completely. Other body sections are allowed to grow out.
  • Puppy clip – this hairstyle involves shaving the face, tail and feet. The rest of the body is trimmed.
  • Lamb clip – face, feet and tail are shaved. The rest of the body has the coat of the same length.
  • Town and country clip — grooming style, with a shaved face, feet, belly and neck. Elsewhere on the dog’s body, hair is trimmed to the desired length.

Labradoodles with hair coat type is usually groomed in four different variations:

  • ‘A number one’ haircut (i.e. totally shaved) with tail, feet and face trimmed to the desired length. This hairstyle also fits Labradoodles with fleece and wool hair types. Perfect for summer season.
  • Short, medium or long shaggy style – the overall coat is trimmed or cut to the desired length.
Advice: most of these haircuts should be performed by a skillful groomer and may be costly. Some haircuts may be done at home if you have all necessary tools.

At Home

There are basic grooming tools you will need at home for grooming needs:

  • slicker brush;
  • Mars Coat King (to remove matters);
  • blunt tipped cutting shears (to use between the eyes and on face);
  • thinning Shears (for muzzle and head);
  • scissors.
Recommendation: to make a grooming session for your Labradoodle, make sure you have nail clippers, ear cleaner, SLS-free shampoo and conditioner. Use only soft puppy shampoos for young Labradoodles.

Basic Tips Grooming

Warning! If you are not sure whether you are able to cut the coat of your dog, please, visit a professional groomer.

Start from the ears: this area should be trimmed monthly to avoid ear infections. Pull all hair from the ear canals and shave the underside of ear skin near ear canal, trim outside of ear flap. After the procedure, ears should be cleaned with a special solution.

Trimming a muzzle: usually hairs on the muzzle are not completely removed. Just cut them 1-2 inches long with scissors to ‘open’ the eyes and the mouth. Trim across the top of the head at about 2-3 inches above the eyes.

Feet: pull all the hair straight up and cut at about 1 inch. Remove all the hair between fingers (especially in the winter). Clip the nails.

Body: remove all mats with thinning shears, brush or pull the matts out, trim with scissors all over to the desired length or shave the dog down to about an inch all over the body.

Be careful! Make sure that the dog’s head is fixed when you trimming its muzzle, since the eyes and the ears can easily get hurt.

What’s Next?

After you have done the trimming/shaving procedure, it is a high time to give your Labradoodle a bath. Make sure you have only high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner.

Dry your dog with a towel or with hair dryer. Never comb wet coat. After washing you can clean the eyes and the teeth of your Labradoodle.

Conclusion

We hope that these tips were useful and now you will be able to groom your Labradoodle at home without visiting groomers. Let your Labradoodle looks perfect.



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