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