How Often Should A Labradoodle Be Groomed?

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
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One of the most popular designer dog breeds, the  Labradoodle, might be best known for their unique coat. In fact, one of the main reasons the breed was created in the first place is their coat, as the goal was to create a guide dog with hypoallergenic fur. Of course, to keep their beautiful curls in top shape, you’ll have to put in some work – after all, regular grooming is important, both for appearance and hygiene. But how often should you groom your Labradoodle? Is there a thing as too much grooming? Let’s delve deeper into the matter as we try to answer these questions - and then some!

How Often Should I Brush a Labradoodle’s Coat?

Brushing a Labradoodle's coat is an essential part of their grooming routine. These dogs should be brushed at least 2 to 3 times per week to prevent matting and remove any loose hair. This helps maintain a tidy coat, free from tangles. If your Labradoodle has a longer or curlier coat, however, daily brushing may be necessary to prevent mats from forming. Of course, it is always great to have a steady routine that you will always follow, so try to establish a regular brushing schedule that suits your Labradoodle's specific coat type and needs. After all, not all Labradoodles have the exact same type of coat – designer dogs are all about diversity and uniqueness – so you might have to tweak your pet’s grooming routine accordingly. 

Should Labradoodles Bathe Often?

How often you should bathe your Labradoodle depends on their activity level and how dirty they get. Generally, a bath every 4 to 6 weeks is sufficient for most Labradoodles. Using a dog-specific shampoo is recommended to avoid skin irritation. A good option is all-natural dog shampoos that are specifically designed to moisturize and soothe the skin, such as  Organic Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s one of my favorite options because it is formulated with natural ingredients that have a cooling and calming relief, keep their skin smooth, and their hair silky and conditioned. It’s proven to be particularly great for my Poodle mix, as it keeps the curls quite soft and makes brushing much easier – and the grooming process faster. 

Still, even when using a mild dog shampoo, it is important to remember to utilize moderation when bathing a dog. Overbathing can strip the coat of its natural oils, so it's important not to bathe them excessively. If you do, you risk causing dry and itchy skin, brittle coat, irritation, and sores. It is a simple fact that some dogs may have more sensitive skin and coats than others, and washing them often can lead to a myriad of issues.

What Are Some Other Important Aspects of Labradoodle Grooming?

It’s no secret that Labradoodles have high-maintenance coats – the most demanding thing about it is the fact that it will require clipping and regular trims, which often have to be done by a professional groomer. Their coats grow at a steady, natural pace, and it can take at least a month before they become ready for a trim, and often more than that for most Labradoodles. If you’re more comfortable handling your pet by yourself than having a stranger do it or if you're on a budget, you can opt for trimming their coat at home instead of going to a dog salon. In case you want to try your hand as a groomer,  this high-quality dog grooming kit can give you the edge you need. It has all the important tidbits in one place, the clipper is suited to Labradoodle’s hair type, and it’s not expensive – which is important if you decide that the role of an amateur dog groomer is not for you.

In addition to regular brushing, bathing, and occasional trims, it is important to check your Labradoodle's ears regularly for signs of  infection or excess wax buildup. Nails should be trimmed as needed, usually every 4 to 6 weeks, and daily teeth brushing should be a part of their “beauty” routine. 

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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