Labradoodle Coat Types – Everything You Need To Know

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As a vet nurse, I interact with all types of dog breeds but believe me when I say I enjoy handling Labradoodles the most. Here’s why: I find grooming these friends a breeze, and the major Labradoodle coat types are allergy-friendly.

The hair, fleece, and wool coats vary from feel to look. In this post, I will explain the characteristics of each coat type and who it best suits. Besides, we’ll also look at Labradoodle coat changes over time and answer most of your questions related to hairs.

Let’s get started.

Labradoodle Coat Types:

1. Hair or Straight Labradoodle

Hair or Straight Labradoodle

Labradoodle Hair Coat Overview:

They are not allergy-friendly

Scruffy appearance and similar to the Labrador parent

Requires low maintenance, but it may still shed

Groom the dog every week to do away with the shedding.

Mostly result from the F1 generation Labradoodle

Have a straight coat that varies in thickness and length.

Best Suited for Owners Who:

Need a dog with an easy to manage hair

Do not mind the shedding

Is not suffering from allergies

Like the labradors’ appearance

Hair-coated Labradoodles also referred to as straight coats, are less common than other hair types. The hair-coated Labradoodle is similar to the Labrador parent with a scruffy texture. A straight Labradoodle does not look similar to the wool and fleece coated sisters and brothers.

A puppy of this breed is not born with a hair-coat. The hair-coat appears when the loyal friend is about 12 weeks old. And the hair-coated muzzle area will be straight and smooth without the fluffy teddy appearance like the Labradoodle sports.

Although the straight dog sheds, it is easy to maintain the coats. The dogs are perfect for families that do not love the daily grooming process but may not be suitable for families that suffer from allergies.

The hair-coated Labradoodle is a result of the first-generation litter. According to the estimation, 89% of the first-generation Labradoodle consists of a hair-coat. Most pet owners do not prefer the hair-coated ones since they often shed the hair coat, and its texture feels wiry.

2. Fleece Coated Labradoodle(Shaggy)

Fleece Coated Labradoodle

Labradoodle Fleece Coat Overview:

They are allergy-friendly

Need a weekly brushing regimen

Loose and light locks with a  wavy appearance

The shedding is low as the typical Labradoodle appearance.

Best Suited for Owners Who:

Love the typical breed appearance

Can groom the dog on a weekly basis

Have mild or no allergies

Need a dog that with low shedding

This is my preferred coat type. The curly fleece coat or ‘shaggy’ Labradoodle is among the major coat types. This fleece Labradoodle’s low shedding needs weekly brushing for coat healthy.

The fleece-coated dog has a soft textured coat that you will love to touch. It may have a soft spiraling curl look or a wavy look. Also, they have a coarse coat (kemp) that is mostly found near a  fleece coated Labradoodles’ eyes.

3. Wool Coated Labradoodle (Curly)

Wool Coated Labradoodle Curly

Labradoodle Wool Coat Overview:

Need weekly grooming

It’s the perfect dog for families suffering from allergies

The thick and dense hair is similar to the wool of a sheep

Best Suited for Owners Who:

Need a non-shedding coat

Have allergies

Do not mind the costs of regular grooming

Can groom on a regular basis

This coat is super curly and with a coarse texture. It’s elongated and sits upon the dog’s back, which gives the illusion that your dog is bigger. It’s similar to the Poodle’s, and it’s non-shedding, making it ideal for allergy sufferers. 

You will need to groom the wool-coated dog on a daily basis or even decide to shave its hair shorter for easy maintenance. 

If you do not groom your wool-coated pet, she can easily mat the entire coat, making it uncomfortable to run or lead an active life. After six weeks, it’s good to take your wool-coated friend to the professional groomer for healthy coat maintenance.

The wool-coated Labradoodles have soft coats to touch, and the coats are similar to the lamb. Most wool-coated dogs feature thick and dense fur. Its wool hair hangs with a hollow spiral when properly groomed.

Labradoodle Coat Changes

Parchment color Labradoodle

The Poodle genetics in a Labradoodle may cause the color of a Labradoodle pup to fade. As Labradoodles grow into adult dogs, their color fades or changes. Due to the fading,  the adult coat can have several lighter shades or have a unique color. The puppy can change to red, white, black, apricot, or chocolate, depending on the original coat color.

Labradoodle Puppy Coat FAQs

What Determines the Labradoodle’s Coat Type?

The parents’ genes determine the hair type of a Labradoodle puppy. The first-generation mixes result from Poodle and Labrador parents, increasing the possibility of variety. But in later generations, most breeders may increase the possibility of particular traits, such as a low-shedding, curly coat.

Up to six different breeds can impact the genetic characteristics of the Australian Labradoodles. But, the Poodle’s genome forms a greater percentage of Australian Labradoodles. Thus, they typically have wool or fleece coats that are low shedding or single-layered, like the Poodle.

When Do Labradoodles Lose Their Puppy Coat?


At around 6-12 months, the puppy will start developing the adult coat colors. The doodle coat will begin to mat and thicken, and you will need to start grooming them. And please use scissors to cut it short.

What are Hypoallergenic Dog Coats?

Hypoallergenic dogs don’t have a thicker coat compared to most breeds. So, they don’t shed much, making them allergy-friendly. 

Which Labradoodle Coat is Best?

The fleece curly coat is the best dog to have. Most people believe that the curly hair type is typically an Australian labradoodle appearance. This type of hair is non-shedding and asthma and allergy-friendly.

Which Labradoodle Hair Type is Hypoallergenic?

Labradoodle Mini Puppy

Wool and fleece coated Labradoodles may be low-shedding, but not 100% hypoallergenic (you can’t get rid of saliva!). The allergen triggering allergies may be found in the dog’s urine, saliva, and dander. 

The thing is, hypoallergenic breeds usually have this allergen at low levels, but it’s still there. So, I recommend you take some precautions. First, spend some days with the Doodle before committing. See whether you react to allergens or tolerate them.

Also, observe a good cleaning routine. Don’t let the dog on your couch, clean any toys and soft bedding after a few days, and ask another family member to groom the dog from outside.

Which Labradoodle Hair Type is Best for Me?

The wave or lose fleece coat has a softer texture with a slight wave. When this dog runs, it blows wind in. 

Many people love this coat since they take it as a ‘typical’ Australian Labradoodle appearance. Besides, it’s asthma and allergy-friendly and has non-shedding hair.

How Do I Know What Type of Labradoodle Coat I Have?

With the three major coat types, you can easily tell the type of Labradoodle hair you own. They are Labradoodles with coats that do not shed, shed a little, and shed a lot. Straight coat (hair) furry friends shed a lot, shaggy coat (fleece) dogs shed a little, while curly coat (wool-coated) loyal friends are non-shedding.

What is the Difference Between Fleece and Wool Coats in Labradoodles?

black and white Labradoodle in the forest

Since the fleece and wool coats are asthma and allergy-friendly, their grooming and shedding differentiate them. While the fleece-coated dog sheds a little and needs weekly grooming, the wool-coated is non-shading and needs daily grooming. 

Besides, the fleece coating’s soft texture is similar to that of angora, while the wool coat’s texture looks and feels like a poodle.

Why is My Labradoodle Not Curly?

The hair of this dog breed may be straight and not curly. Most of the dogs precisely look like the Labrador color or hair. Sometimes, you may view some lithe/skinny or thinner skull poodle and the body features.

Which Labradoodle Coat is Most Hypoallergenic?

Fleece coated (shaggy) Labradoodle is the most hypoallergenic. This dog does not shed much hair or fur that typically contains the dander-an allergen. This characteristic makes the coat allergy-friendly.

What is the Most Popular Labradoodle Color?

Labradoodles are notorious popular dog breeds for changing and fading their coat colors. Other than apricot coat color, the most popular colors are four: chocolate, red/cream, caramel, and black.

Wrap Up

As a potential owner, you can choose from hair, fleece, or wool coat types. Whether you need non-shedding or allergy-friendly coats, a high-shedding one, or one that requires regular grooming, you’ll find a great fit. 

If you’ve got dog allergies, then I recommend the low-shedding fleece- or wool-coated Labradoodles. On the other hand, if you aren’t allergic and want a low-maintenance dog, a hair-coated dog would do.

In case of questions about Labradoodle hair type, please leave a comment below. 

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Tammi grew up in the countryside on her parents’ farm where animals, including dogs, always surrounded her. Tammi Avallone is a lifelong dog-lover and the Managing Editor of

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