Australian Labradoodle coats and colors

CHOCOLATE

As you can see the cho­co­late color is really deep, shiny and looks like a real cho­co­late
Muz­zle of the cho­co­late color dog can be a lit­tle ligh­ter — light brown.

Pig­ment: nose, eye rims, muz­zle and paw pads– rose or red-brown color.

Chocolate Labradoodle

Cho­co­late Labradoodle

BLACK

Pic­ture never visu­alize the true charm of black Labra­do­odle. When I saw the black female for the first time – I instan­tly fell in love with her. I am ama­zed of the nobi­lity of this color.

Pig­ment: black

Eyes: Black or dark brown.

Sha­des of brown and silver are often visi­ble thro­ugh the black coat.

Black Labradoodle

Black Labra­do­odle

COFFEE WITH MILK

True cof­fee with milk is a very deli­cate shade of brown.

Pig­ment: rose, red-brown.

Eyes: brown or honey brown.

APRICOT

Often con­fu­sed with gold, red or caramel.

Apricot Labradoodle

Apri­cot Labradoodle

CARAMEL

One of the most beau­ti­ful colors. There are dif­fe­rent sha­des of cara­mel from light to dar­ker. Very often, at a later age (aro­und the twel­fth month), the color darkens.

Pig­ment: pink-reddish (rims of the eyes, muz­zle and paw pads)

Eyes: hazel­nut or gre­enish gold

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RED

Pig­ment: red or black.

Eyes: dark brown

Red Labradoodle

Red Labra­do­odle

CREAM

Cream color has many dif­fe­rent sha­des – inc­lu­ding gold.
Pig­ment: black

Eyes: various sha­des of brown or black

OR

Pig­ment: Rose

Eyes: brown, a uni­que expres­sion of the human eye

Cream color of a good coat does not need bathing as often as the other bre­eds. Mud and dirt dries of and falls down of the coast — it’s still one of the ama­zing advan­ta­ges of Austra­lian Labradoodles.

Cream Labradoodle

Cream Labra­do­odle

PARTI COLOR

Dif­fe­rent color pat­ches on various parts of the body.

FACTORED COLOR

Fac­to­ring basi­cally means that the dog is ble­aching out in some pla­ces (feet, face, ect.) While mating to fac­to­red dogs toge­ther there will be some parti-colored pup­pies in a litter

This is the exam­ple of brown fac­to­red dog:

Brown factored Labradoodle

Brown fac­to­red Labradoodle

TYPES OF COAT

There are few types of coat of an Austra­lian Labra­do­odles: wool coat, curly fle­ece, wavy fleece

Wool coat (curly) — thick and coarse, simi­lar to the poodle coat. Very com­mon in first gene­ra­tions. Allergy frien­dly coat, do not shed and does not emit the cha­rac­te­ri­stic odor. The cha­rac­te­ri­stics — when the dog runs his fur does not wave in the wind. It is requ­ired to trim and cut them 2–3 times a year in order to keep the hair in good condition.

Wavy fle­ece coat

One of the most beau­ti­ful views to see the coat waving on the wind. Puppy coat is very easy to main­tain – it does not requ­ire bru­shing too often. Howe­ver when the dog chan­ges its puppy coat to an adult coat it is very impor­tant to brush him every week. This can hap­pen any­time between 8 – 12 mon­ths (for some dogs even later that that). During that time it is very cru­cial to do not let the hair mat as mats are usu­ally hard to remove. Of course you can always go to the hair­dres­ser – but you need to find a good one that will not hurt your dog by remo­ving mats or will not leave holes in the coats (if he deci­des to cut the mat out). Some hair­dres­sers shave the coat off. I pre­fer not to do this as Labra­do­odles look very beau­ti­ful with the natu­ral length hair.

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Head is sha­ped by using scis­sors and thin­ners, the muz­zle sho­uld have the round shape. For hygie­nic reasons the beard sho­uld not be left too long (as goats beard). Also the eyes sho­uld be well visi­ble so it is neces­sa­rily to cut the hair on the muz­zle and the bang.
The coat is very good for allergy suf­fe­rers. It does not shed howe­ver it must undergo the puppy repla­ce­ment stage.

Curly fle­ece

Indi­vi­dual locks look like spi­rals. It requ­ires the same care as the wavy fle­ece coat. The coat good for allergy suf­fe­rers. It does not shed howe­ver it must undergo the puppy repla­ce­ment stage.

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PREVENT MATTING

- Take care of your Austra­lian Labra­do­odle coat by bru­shing it regu­larly
– Trim and shor­ten his coat regu­larly
– Never wash the dog that has mats on his coat, you will only make them almost impos­si­ble to remove

- While washing your dog do not make the cir­cu­lar move­ments — hair must be mashed up while making down­wards movements.

- While dry­ing with towel do not use cir­cu­lar move­ments — hair must be mashed up while making down­wards movements.

- While dry­ing hair, comb your dog at the same time (using down­ward movements)

- After dry­ing, spray the hair with water con­ta­ining a lit­tle bit of hair con­di­tio­ner (for dogs) to give it the pre­vious appearance.

The hair of Labra­do­odle pup­pies (up to 1 year) is easy to main­tain, howe­ver when the dog starts to change the puppy coat to an adult coat it is neces­sa­rily to brush him every week, in order to get rid of the dead hair. If you aban­don to do this it – coat will get mats very easily. It takes 10–15 minu­tes to brush your dog the­re­fore it is so much wiser to take care after the coat pro­perly rather than going to the hair­dres­ser to remove – or it could get worse – shave your dog off.

A good hair­dres­ser can remove the mats. Some of them howe­ver pre­fer to shave the dog off – it is so much easier and quic­ker. Do not let your hair­dres­ser remove the mats in the way that hurts your dog. If you see your dog stres­sed or in pain – take him of the gro­oming table imme­dia­tely and bet­ter find other hair­dres­ser. Nowa­days good hair­dres­sers also do a mas­sage for a dog so that some of them fall asleep on the gro­oming table. Either way your dog sho­uld feel rela­xed and com­for­ta­ble. Do not for­get to tell your hair­dres­ser to be very care­ful on their eyela­shes (which could be even 8 cm long) and whi­skers that sho­uld never be cut off!

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Elzbieta Gajew­ska
Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Bre­eder in Poland
First Pro­fes­sio­nal Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Ken­nel in Poland