How much grooming do they need?


There are two different coat types for the Australian Labradoodle, the grooming requirement varies depending on the coat length, lifestyle and grooming routine a simple guide is below see below:




This coat is the most allergy friendly. This is a luxurious, thick and dense coat. The curls are like that of a poodle and this coat is considered to be non-shedding. Wool coats are easy to care for; clipping approx. 4 – 5 times a year should do the trick in addition to regular brushing.




Fleece is very soft and silky, a sort of chenille to touch. It is absolutely gorgeous! A true fleece should not shed. The curliness of this coat can range anywhere from wavy to a spiral. This coat requires medium level of maintenance depending on the length of the coat. It can be scissored or clipped, most families have this carried out 3 – 4 times a year. Regular brushing is also necessary to keep the coat healthy and flowing.


N. B Fleece and Wool adult coat comes in around 10-14 months old. Because the puppy coat doesn’t shed on its own, it will need to be stripped out or it will cause severe matting. During this time of coat change, which could take anywhere from 1 to several weeks, it is recommended that the puppy receive daily grooming.


The most common mistake made when grooming is to brush over the top but not get in underneath and close to the skin. It can be quite a shock to discover that although your dog looks beautiful ‘on top’ underneath there is a host of matting you haven’t seen. Although it ‘poofs’ up and looks very fluffy, a light spraying with water will settle it right back down into its curls. If you brush thoroughly first, you will save the groomer a lot of time and yourself a lot of money. Your Australian Labradoodle is also more likely to come back looking beautiful instead of shaved like a rabbit.

Daily brushing with a comb and slicker brush is a great bonding activity.
Part of the poodle trait Labradoodles do can have a tendency towards ear infections. With regular cleaning, and the hair trimmed away from the underneath of the ear flap and on the cheeks beneath the ears, better air circulation will help prevent ear infections from developing. You can help prevent your Labradoodle from ear infections by having the hairs plucked from the insides of their ears. If you do not feel confident, a groomer can show you how.


Some puppies do tend to have more wax than others, which again can lead to an ear infection, I highly recommend an ear powder called Thornit you just sprinkle a small amount onto the inside of the ears, and massage in.
The Australian Labradoodle doesn’t require frequent bathing, as their coat repels moisture and dirt. When you bath your Labradoodle, do not scrub the coat dry around in circles or up and down. This causes matts. Squeeze out the moisture with a towel and then brush with a hair dryer. If the coat looks too fluffy and huge after blow drying, a misting of water from a bottle will settle the waves/curls back into place. We use a mild Aloe Vera Shampoo and conditioner called K9


See below for examples of the basic grooming items we recommend.

Automatic Dog Brush

We highly recommend and love the Automatic Dog Brush


Slicker Brush

Shampoo & Conditioner

Thornit Ear Powder

Ear Cleaner


Nail Clippers

Rounded Safety Scissors

Toothbrush and Paste

Thinning Scissors

Take a look at this video on how to groom your Australian Labradoodle.

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