The Labradoodle, a cross between a poodle and a Labrador retriever, has become an increasingly popular choice for people looking for a potentially allergy-friendly pet. However, it is not an officially recognised dog breed. Because this cross does not yield uniform results each time, Labradoodles can have one of several types of coats. Each type of coat has its own characteristics.
This type of coat most closely resembles that of the poodle. The wool type does have an undercoat; however, overall, this type is a very low-shedding coat and is generally allergy-friendly. It is thick and coarse, but somewhat soft, as well as rather curly, which is why this type is also sometimes known as the curly coat. The wool coat requires regular grooming.
This type of coat is specific to Labradoodles, as it is a true mix of its parent breeds' coats. The fleece coat is very soft, even silky. It can grow rather long, as poodles' coats do, but is generally straight or wavy, rather than tightly curled, as the wool coats tend to be. The fleece type does not have an undercoat. While the owner of a fleece-coated Labradoodle might find some wisps of the dog's fur around the house, this type of coat is generally low-shedding and is also likely to be safe for allergy sufferers. The fleece coat does require occasional grooming.
This type of coat has several names, among them are hair, wiry and slick. But, the most common name for this type of coat is flat. The flat coat more closely resembles that of a Labrador retriever in its length and texture. Out of all the types of Labradoodle coats, this one is the most likely to shed a great deal. This type is also the least likely to be allergy-friendly. However, the grooming requirements of a flat coat are minimal, making it the easiest to care for.