Updated: May 17, 2019
Whatever your preference of coat color and coat type, the most important thing to remember is that the Labradoodle is best known for their wonderful temperament. The doodles are so willing to commit to serving, and loving their individual family. They are highly intelligent and intuitive, with minds that crave stimulation thus depicting a loving personality with so very much to offer. Hence the reason the doodles have always been the outstanding assistance/therapy companion as well as a devoted kindred spirit.
Something very important to know is that the labradoodle you fall in love with may not always look the same. Some people want a specific color or coat type and the truth is they may change coat types and colors several times before he dog has his adult coat. It may be as late as them being over three years old before your dog looks like he will for the rest of his life.
COLORS OF THE LABRADOODLES
The most common of the coat colors among Labradoodles have been the chocolate, cafe, cream and apricot, black, silver, and chalk. More recently through the selective breeding process there have been additional colors that are very appealing as well. Those coat colors include red, buff, caramel and blue (the blue is a variation of the black coat). Often the labradoodle's chocolate and black coat can silver as the labradoodle matures. Cafe color is the result of the chocolate color becoming lighter with age. Sometimes the apricot will fade to apricot/cream, as we also note that the red coat color may lighten as the coat transitions to apricot.
The labradoodle's famous adult coat will begin to transition approximately at eight to eleven months of age, and often will not complete the transitional stage until reaching three years of age. It is important to also note that all labradoodles can drop hair as we humans do. It is the process of replacement. While some coats have little or no shedding, others could shed heavily depending on your choice of coat type. It also must be noted that labradoodles can have a full fur coated muzzle, as well as a muzzle that has a smooth appearance.
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There are three Labradoodle coat types
-The wool coat (curly): very thick and dense, almost poodle like. The coat does not shed! Requires diligent grooming to maintain a healthy coat. The best choice for allergy and asthma sufferers. No Doggy odor.
-The fleece coat (borderline): another good choice for allergy sufferers. The coat needs little maintenance, until the puppy coat is replaced by the adult coat. It then mandates regular grooming which involves stripping the labradoodle's undercoat. The fur is almost sheeplike in texture. At it's best, the coat will have a rich buttery feel. No Doggy Odor.
-The hair coat (wavy): this coat type has a hair quality in texture. Although they are very low maintenance, they have various degrees of shedding. It's not always a good choice for families with allergy and asthma. However, for those families that want little brushing and grooming responsibilities, it is a top priority.
-The flat coat: although rare, still surfaces in the lines. This coat has the appearance of a retriever, but can also have varying degrees of feathering. Not for allergy and asthma sufferers. The flat coat is a good alternative to the other labradoodle coats which require more maintenance. The flat coat requires very minimal brushing and grooming.