Goldendoodle Puppy Coat Transition—When Will They Shed?

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Goldendoodle puppies may start shedding as their adult coat comes in, a transition that can vary from dog to dog but typically occurs around 6 to 12 months of age.

Goldendoodle puppies can shed, but the amount of shedding can vary depending on the individual dog and their coat type. While Goldendoodles are often considered low-shedding due to their Poodle ancestry, some may still shed lightly, especially if they inherit more traits from their Golden Retriever parent. Regular grooming can help manage shedding in Goldendoodles.

This article delves into the compelling process of the Goldendoodle puppy coat transition. We’ll explore its definition, the key stages involved, and signs to look out for, all backed by expert advice. It’s an incredible journey that offers insights into the unique traits of this adorable breed.

Continue reading to uncover the fascinating world of Goldendoodle’s coat transformation and learn how to navigate this phase with your furry friend.

When Do Goldendoodle Puppies Shed Their Coat?

Goldendoodle lying on carpet

You can expect your Goldendoodle puppy to transition from puppy coat to adult coat when he’s between 6 and 12 months of age.

The change can be sudden or gradual, and sometimes the texture of the coat will change completely. Often, the puppy will have an adult coat that’s totally different from his puppy fur. However, every puppy grows an adult coat that’s stiffer and thicker than his puppy hair.

What Are the Different Coat Types of Goldendoodles?

There are three Goldendoodle common coat types:

Curly Coat

A black poodle on a checkered tile floor

Curly-coated Goldendoodles take mostly after their Poodle parent. The fur grows in dense curls that can be tight, kinky curls, or loose barrel curls.

Generally, curly coats have virtually no doggy odor and are usually very low shedding.

Wavy Coat

English Goldendoodles have wavy coats that are also sometimes referred to as fleece coats. This coat type is typically very low shedding, but it does need plenty of regular grooming to prevent matting.

Straight Coat

Goldendoodles with straight coats take mostly after the Golden retriever parent. These Doodles are the heaviest shedders, making them unsuitable for life in a home with allergy sufferers. 

These coat types tend to need a little less brushing than the curly or wavy-coated types, and they are slightly less prone to tangling and matting.

What Adult Coat Type Will My Goldendoodle Puppy Have?

Tan Goldendoodle dog laying down on grass.

It’s virtually impossible to predict what adult coat type your Doodle puppy will finish up with. That’s what makes owning one of these amazing dogs such a fun thing!

To make matters even more interesting, Goldendoodles commonly change coat colors or get a brighter coat as they age, so it really is a total lottery!

What Is a Goldendoodle Puppy Coat?

Goldendoodle puppies have a fantastic coat! Your puppy’s coat is soft, silky, and fluffy, making these cute little bundles of fun so adorable and cuddly!

For their first few months, your puppy’s coat is extremely easy to look after. You don’t really need to worry too much about matting, so you won’t have to brush a very young puppy every day.

But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security!

Uh Oh, What’s That Mat?!

Suddenly, mats appear in your puppy’s beautiful soft coat!

When the puppy’s coat begins transitioning, you’ll discover a few mats starting to form. The usual areas where mats form are underneath the puppy’s armpits, under his ears, and beneath his collar.

If you’ve not owned a Goldendoodle before, you’ll be amazed just how much hair your puppy loses when he’s getting his adult coat. Brushing your puppy removes loose, dead hair that would otherwise turn into immovable mats.

So, even though one of the reasons that Goldendoodles are so popular is that they are extremely low-shedding, they do shed. For that reason, you will need to brush your puppy as soon as you spot that he’s begun to change his coat. 

Do All Goldendoodles Get Puppy Coats?

Regardless of what size or generation of Goldendoodle you have, all these puppies will change their coats.

However, in many breeders’ experience, F1, F1B, or F2 Doodle puppies can show a pretty subtle change. These generations typically have soft adult fur, so when the puppies do change their coats, it’s often not especially obvious, and many Goldendoodle parents don’t even notice the change!

Often, Goldendoodles that enjoy swimming and generally get grubby so that they need regular bathing can often lose their puppy coat almost invisibly.

What’s the Difference Between Puppy and Adult Coats?

Generally, when Goldendoodle puppies change their coats, the mature adult coat they grow is denser and stiffer than the puppy fur. The coat quality will vary pretty widely between dogs, and you won’t know what that quality will be like until your puppy’s adult coat is fully in.

When you’re choosing your Goldendoodle puppy, ask the breeder to learn more about the coat characteristics of the generation of puppy you’re taking. The breeder should be able to give you a good idea of what you can expect during the coat transition period.

When Will Your Goldendoodle Puppy Shed His Coat?

Although it’s impossible to predict exactly when your puppy will shed his coat, Goldendoodle puppies typically blow their coats anywhere between 6 and 12 months old. That said, the process of healthy coat transition can last for as long as two years.

Some Doodle owners refer to the process of your puppy shedding his coat as a “coat change” or a “coat transition.” However, most breeders use the term “blowing the coat.”

What Happens When Your Puppy Blows His Coat?

When your puppy starts growing his adult coat, his silky, soft puppy fur is shed. You need to be alert to that process starting!

All puppies are born with a single coat. Goldendoodle puppy fur doesn’t simply drop off and end up on your carpets; it tends to become tangled up in the emerging adult coat. That creates tangles, which quickly become mats if you don’t brush the tangled fur out properly. 

As mentioned earlier in our guide, depending on your puppy’s coat type, you might not even notice that your puppy’s coat is changing. You might not notice any change at all, whereas other Goldendoodle parents see a massive amount of matting appearing from out of nowhere.

Where Do Mats Form?

Mats generally form in areas of friction. Particular hotspots include:

  • Under the collar
  • Under the armpits
  • Under the ears
  • Around the base of the tail
  • Around the dog’s rear end
  • The back of the elbows, haunches, and legs

Although these areas are prime candidates for mats to form, you must check all over your puppy for tangles and remove them before mats can form.

When Should You Begin Brushing Your Goldendoodle Puppy?

It’s never too soon to begin brushing your Goldendoodle puppy!

Although at first, your puppy’s fur is so silky and soft, it might not seem necessary to brush him, but the sooner you begin brushing him, the sooner your puppy will become acclimated to the grooming experience.

Goldendoodle Puppy Brushing Tips

Here are a few tips on how to introduce your Goldendoodle puppy to being brushed.

Make Brushing Fun!

Wait until you have plenty of time to brush your puppy. Every step should be taken slowly. Be patient, use plenty of praise, treats, and fuss so that your furbaby learns that brushing is a fun, enjoyable experience.

Gentle Brushing

Combed dog in grooming salon

Start by running your fingers through your puppy’s coat, gently teasing away any tangles, and taking great care not to pull at the hair.

If you encounter any stubborn tangles or mats, use a detangler spray or some cornstarch to soften the hair, and then gently comb the hair out.

Goldendoodles are naturally curious pups, so allow your dog to sniff all your grooming supplies and tools before you begin using them on him. Use a soft brush to gently brush your puppy’s coat, taking care not to press too hard and scratch your pup’s skin.

Handle Your Puppy’s Paws

A regular part of being groomed is nail clipping. Many dogs hate having their nails clipped, so the earlier you can introduce your pup to having his feet handled, the easier it will be to clip his toenails.

Take each of your puppy’s paws and gently massage them so that your furry friend learns to accept and enjoy the experience.

Arrange a Visit to the Groomer

As an adult, your Goldendoodle puppy will need to visit the professional groomer every four to six weeks to have his coat clipped, nails trimmed, ears cleared, and be bathed.

A lack of grooming or improper grooming can cause your canine companion some nasty health problems, including skin infections. For that reason, it’s a good idea to take your youngster along to the groomer for a social visit so that he’s not stressed when the time comes for a “for real” grooming session.

Generally, your puppy won’t need clipping until he has blown his coat. But if you’re not sure when to take him for his first grooming session, ask your local professional groomer.

In Conclusion

As we’ve revealed, while these delightful fluffy pooches might start transitioning to their adult coat between 6 and 12 months, they don’t usually shed in the traditional sense due to their Poodle ancestry. 

Instead, shedding varies from pup to pup, and some might exhibit light shedding if they inherit more traits from their Golden Retriever parent.

Throughout this article, we’ve delved into the fascinating world of Goldendoodle puppy coat transitions. Hopefully, this guide will equip you with all the knowledge you need to ensure your adorable Goldendoodle’s coat transition happens as smoothly as possible.

Now, isn’t it time to give your Goldendoodle puppy some love? Spend some quality time with your furry companion, admire their unique coat, and remember to adhere to regular grooming routines. If their coat is transitioning, embrace the change. After all, it’s just another step in the delightful journey of raising a Goldendoodle.

Meet our writer

Alison Page was brought up with dogs and various other pets! For a few years, Alison worked as a Practice Manager in a small animal veterinary clinic. Alison is now a full-time writer, specializing in creating articles on the care and training of dogs, cats, and fish.

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  1. Oh my goodness! Thank you for this post! Our golden doodles are 7 months old and have been blowing their coats like crazy! I had recently changed foods gradually. So at first, I thought it might be an allergy to the new food and I went back to their previous food. They weren’t scratching or anything and the hair just kept coming out. Now I know why thanks to your post! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A trip to the vet was next on my list.

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