Goldendoodles continue to explode in popularity due to their loving nature, intelligence and beauty. The fact that they come in a variety of sizes and wide range of appearance doesn’t hurt either. You can practically find one that seems made to order for you. This extends to selecting a doodle with the coat type that most appeals to you. In general, there are three main types due to the fact that the Goldendoodle is a Poodle-Golden Retriever hybrid, which allows for variation. Let’s take a closer look and see which is the best fit for you.
The first coat we’ll discuss is the straight coat. It shares most of its characteristics with the Golden Retriever. This relatively short and straight fur is the easiest to maintain, which makes it better for people with less time for brushing. On the downside, the reason for this is often due to there being some shedding with this type. That also means it’s the most likely variety to be reactive for allergy sufferers. The following post has more about this coat type:
Sometimes the straight coat is called a hair coat or loose coat. These Goldendoodles share the most coat characteristics with a Golden Retriever.The straight coat can be extremely low maintenance. These dogs are often shedders.
This type of Goldendoodle is the most likely to cause trouble for allergy sufferers.
Test individually as many allergy sufferers cope well with lots of different types of Poodle Mix breeds. Even though this coat is typically the least amount of maintenance – you may still need to brush. And more often than you think. If there is a dense undercoat it will be necessary to brush at least once per week to avoid knotting. Read more at Oodle Life
As you can see, many of the same traits one would find in Golden Retrievers are present in straight coat doodles. If you have allergies, make sure you’re not affected by the fur of any such pup you may be considering adding to your home.
The next fur type is the wavy coat. It is the second-longest coat and requires some grooming, especially around the collar and ears where there typically is more friction. Wavy coats tend to be low to non-shedding and less allergy reactive, as the following post explains:
The wavy or shaggy coat type is the most common Goldendoodle coat type. It occurs in all types of Goldendoodle generations and is considered the easiest to maintain. It requires brushing a minimum of once a week, but more might be necessary in high friction areas (like under the collar or around the ears). The wavy/shaggy coat is usually low to non-shedding, but not always (particularly among F1 generation Goldendoodles). Read more at Everything Doodle
Being the most common type, it is easy to find a wavy coated Goldendoodle. The challenge can be trying to decide which coat they have while they are puppies, because the difference in fur length with the straight coat is less noticeable.
The last Goldendoodle coat we’ll talk about is the curly coat. It typically requires the most maintenance — daily grooming is ideal to keep curly coats knot free. On the plus side, this is also the least likely type to shed or create problems for people with allergies. Many Goldendoodle owners consider the need for brushing an acceptable trade-off for the benefits of this coat. The following post has more:
This type of coat is characterized by the curls. Each curl varies greatly on tightness and length depending on their lineage. You can have anything from a loose barrel curl to ones that you’d see from the purebred Standard Poodle. This coat type will need to be brushed daily so you won’t get matting. If you don’t have time for that though, you can always keep the fur cut short. Despite this, however, they almost always never shed. Read more at Barkstory
On the opposite end of the spectrum from the straight coat doodle, the curly-coated Goldendoodle shares most of its traits with the Poodle.
With the information presented here, you can make a more informed choice about the Goldendoodle coat(s) that work for you. Whatever the decision, Blue Ridge Goldendoodles can provide you with a second-to-none pup that meets your needs. Check our Available Puppies page often to see when we have new litters, or call us at 865-286-5338 with any questions you might have.