Goldendoodle Coat Care

Goldendoodle Coat Care at Home [Comprehensive Guide]

The art of grooming your Goldendoodle is both a joy and a responsibility. Whether you have a micro, petite, toy, mini, or standard Goldendoodle, the first step in this context is understanding their coat type.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a DIY enthusiast or lean towards professional groomers, your goal should be to get promising results.

Each coat type, be it single or double, requires specific tools and techniques. Setting on this grooming journey not only strengthens your bond with your Groodle but also ensures their well-being and happiness. 

Combing Goldendoodle

In the subsequent sections, I’ll make sure that you’re fully equipped to maintain that delightful Goldendoodle allure. Let’s get started. 

Understanding Your Goldendoodle’s Coat

Like all the other aspects of Goldendoodles, their coat is also an interesting blend of its parent breeds: Poodle and Golden Retriever. 

There are three different types of coats for Goldendoodles that you might have observed:

  • Straight (resembling more of a Golden Retriever’s coat but longer all over the body), 
  • Curly (like a Poodle’s coat)
  • Wavy (a mix of Poodle and Golden Retriever)
Closer look at straight Goldendoodle Coat

The straight coat resembles the coat of a Golden Retriever whereas the Curly one resembles Poodle. The wavy coat is an exact blend of the two. 

You don’t always need to take your Goldendoodle to a professional groomer every time. If you know the nitty-gritty of your young fellow, you will be able to do the rest on your own. 

The Role of Genetics in Goldendoodle Coat

Certainly, the most significant aspect in this discussion is genetics which plays a vital role. The coat of your Goldendoodle may start giving a different look as it grows with time but the genetics remains the same at every stage of their life span. Genetic makeup not only affects the looks but shedding, and eating habits as well.

Infographic on Role of Genetic Makeup in Goldendoodle Coat Shedding

Do Goldendoodles have a double coat?

Goldendoodles often come with a double coat where you will see a dense undercoat along with a  longer overcoat. It is also termed as an undercoat. You should not mix the term “double doodle” with a double coat Goldendoodle because it is the name of a crossbreed designed using a Goldendoodle and a Labradoodle. The double coat is inherited from the parents. Similarly, some Goldendoodles inherit a single coat from the Poddle parents. 

The grooming technique always varies depending on the type of coat your Goldendoodle comes with i.e. tools required to groom a double coat Goldendoodle are different from the one with a single coat. 

How to Find if a Goldendoodle is a Single Coat or a Double Coat?

If you suspect what type of coat your Goldendoodle possesses, here is a simple solution: 

Simply brush your Goldendoodle with firm strokes and compare the hairs. The brush is going to get some of the leftover hair on it. Spread these hairs on a white surface to see if there are hairs with two different lengths. If they all look the same, it is a single-coated dog. 

Please be informed, that it will change its coat over time. It will also start shedding around 6 to 8 months. 

Do Goldendoodles need winter coats?

Absolutely, many Goldendoodles do need winter coats, especially if they live in colder climates. The double coat and undercoat of Goldendoodles may not be enough to keep them from cold. Their coats provide some warmth, but an extra layer helps to keep them cozy during chilly winter walks.

Grooming Your Goldendoodle at Home

Grooming my Goldendoodle is a great joy for me. A well-groomed Goldendoodle is certainly a sight to behold. You will see a change in its nature, affection, and energy right after you are done with your grooming routine. 

Bathing Goldendoodle at home

It’s crucial to get your Goldendoodle pup familiar with grooming tools and routines soon after they’ve made themselves at home. Starting early eases them into the grooming world, making it a stress-free experience as they grow. Trust me, it’s a game-changer for their grooming journey!

Here is a brief outline of how I do all this including the specific tools:

Tools Required to Groom Your Goldendoodle

For top-notch home grooming of your Goldendoodle, here’s the toolkit you’ll need, shuffled for a bit of fun:

  • Dog-safe Shampoo and Conditioner: They’re your go-to for a clean, shiny coat.
  • Nail Clippers or Grinder: Essential for keeping those nails in check.
  • Slicker Brush: A must-have for banishing tangles and shedding fur.
  • Ear Cleaning Solution: Keeps those floppy ears clean and infection-free.
  • Scissors or Grooming Clippers: Perfect for a stylish trim.
  • Comb: The finishing touch to ensure all mats have been removed after brushing.

Regular Brushing

Slicker Brush is Goldendoodle’s best friend. Its design is perfect for their unique, often curly coats. In my experience, brushing those curls daily keeps them looking top-notch. 

Taking Care of Goldendoodle Coat

Wavy or straight-coated doodles? They’re a bit more laid back, needing a good brush every other day. Regular brushing is a game-changer–it keeps those pesky tangles away and spreads those natural oils, giving your pup’s coat a healthy, enviable shine.

Goldendoodle coat hair lefovers on Brush


Every Goldendoodle is unique, especially when it comes to their hair growth. Typically, a trim every 6 to 12 weeks keeps them looking sharp. Wisely choose the most suitable haircut depending on its size and color.

Grooming Session Mini Goldendoodle

But, let’s not forget the face! Around the eyes and mouth, they often need a little extra snip-snip. It’s all about keeping them neat and their vision clear, right?


Right after you are done with the haircut, I’d recommend taking it to the bath. Always use warm water to keep it from cold. Surprisingly, Goldendoodles don’t need frequent bathing sessions

Brushing Goldendoodle after bath

If you are comfortable offering one bathing session to your Goldendoodle, it’s very fine. They get sufficiently dirty after a month. Frequently bathing is also not recommended because it affects the natural oil of their coat. 

Abstain from using any human shampoo for Goldendoodles. I would always recommend you use a dedicated shampoo for dogs that maintain a balanced PH that doesn’t affect their skin. 


Start with a good towel rub for your Goldendoodle, then bring in a pet-friendly blow dryer on a gentle, low heat. Don’t forget to brush as you dry–it’s the secret to keeping those tangles at bay.

Drying Goldendoodle coat

Nail Trimming

As you know a Goldendoodle is the best buddy of your kids and entire family. Therefore, you should be trimming the nails of your little companion not only for its hygiene but for the safety of your kids. It makes it comfortable to do all the stuff and prevents frequent health issues

Ear Cleaning

Goldendoodles and their adorable floppy ears – a match made in heaven, but a bit tricky when it comes to ear health. They’re somewhat prone to ear infections.

Ear infections are surprisingly the major cause of why Goldendoodle often stinks.

Cleaning ear of Goldendoodle facing ear infection

Keeping their ears clean and checking them regularly is key. And a little pro tip: during bath time, be careful to keep water out of those ears. It’s all about keeping those fuzzy ears happy and healthy!

When to go for Professional Grooming?

Ease your Goldendoodle into professional grooming. Begin with simple trims, focusing on the face and paws. 

This gentle introduction prepares them for full grooming sessions later. And don’t overlook a sanitary trim done by a professional. It’s great for keeping their little bums clean and hygienic.

Key Takeaways

Knowing your Goldendoodle’s coat type and staying on top of their grooming is key. Whether you have a curly, straight, or something-in-between doodle, tailoring their grooming to their specific needs is crucial. It doesn’t matter if you’re a DIY groomer or prefer the professionals, the aim is to keep your mate clean. 

With the insights from this ultimate guide, you’re all set to maintain that irresistible Goldendoodle charm. Here’s to happy, stylish grooming days ahead!

Sarah-Brown Founder Goldendoodle Hub

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Sarah Brown is a Goldendoodle enthusiast. Her content makes the general audience aware of pet care, adoption, rescue, grooming, healthcare, and overall well-being. With a heart full of love and a mind rich with knowledge, she is the go-to guru for all things Goldendoodle.

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