As an AussieDoodle breeder you will almost never catch us saying anything negative about our breed, except for now, but not really. If you have a Doodle in your family regular grooming is going to be an important part of your life. That is whether you decide to leave your dog long-coated or if you decide you want to have them clipped.
As noted on our Training page, we do not claim to be experts on training, or grooming, but we have done a lot of reading and tried out a lot of plans and products for our dogs. Below are some of the things that we would highly recommend.
We are of course always available to answer any questions for the lifetime of any of our pups but having these resources handy will help you have different options immediately available from professional trainers. We have most of these tools ourselves and continue to reference them when new situations present themselves.
Here is a good overview of ‘the doodle coat’ and below are some of our grooming recommendations.
Padme in fluffy coat
Ingrid clipped close
Basic Grooming Tools
Sturdy Metal Comb
We have one of these in about every room of our kennel. I also keep one in my fanny pack. This should be in your grooming tool kit. You can search for a greyhound comb and you will get a lot of options like this one made by Andis. You will want one that is 2-sided with finer teeth on one side and wider on the other. This is basically to comb puppies and shorter coated dogs. It is also great for detangling.
When your pup is a little older, and their coats are longer and thicker, a ‘coarse comb’ is very handy to have. Here is a good example.
The type of brush you choose will depend on your dog’s coat and desired outcome. If your dog is more wiry or has thick, longer hair you will want to use a slicker brush, but if you are just looking to style their top coat you might be able to just use a pin brush. This page will give you a lot more detail on these types of brushes.
Pin Brush (combo)
We recommend getting a slicker brush whether short or long and ensuring you get the shorter bristle type for puppies, or shorter coats, and the longer bristle style as the coat grows. A good pin/combo brush is a great choice whether short or long.
Advanced Grooming Tools
If you prefer a more groomed look, and want to try it yourself, then check out our recommended tools below for DIY grooming.
Note: even if you do not plan on doing a full grooming we do recommend you clip the pads of their feet and from their bellies to their bottoms to help keep these areas as clean as possible. This can be done once every six months at the groomers if you don't want to do it yourself.
Poodle Clipping and Grooming: The International Reference
by Shirlee Kalstone
If you want to clip your dog yourself this book is fantastic to learn the ins and outs.
If you want to attempt clipping your pup you will need something like this (or any good clipper brand) to use with the blades detailed below.
You can use this blade to clip all over once every 4-5 months. We use this for our older breeding dogs.
This blade can also be used all over the body for a closer cut.
Finally, the 10 blade is what we recommend for bellies, rears and bottoms of feet.
Grooming is both an art and a skill and professional groomers deserve all they charge for their craft. Particularly with our doodles! There is no shame in deciding to opt out of DIY grooming and leave it to the professionals. Depending on your pup’s coat, you could probably plan to visit a professional 2-3 times a year to keep your pup in great shape.