Poodles grow hair like humans and not fur. Therefore, this needs to be considered and adjusted to determine the level of grooming pertaining to doodles. For a poodle, they must be brushed and bathed regularly and clipped every six to eight weeks. Clean and check the ears frequently for wax or mites or infection and pull out hairs growing inside the ear canal. The teeth need regular scaling. Since the poodle coat does not shed it needs to be clipped (for doodles, shedding varies on the generation and genetics *see further down for more on this). Haircuts and styling can be an area of fun and expression as there are several different types of poodle and doodle clips to choose from. The most common clips for pet owners is an easy-care clip called a “pet clip,” “puppy clip” or “lamb clip,” where the coat is cut short all over the body much like the “doodle clip”. Popular show clips are the English saddle and the Continental clip: the rear half of the body is shaved, bracelets are left around the ankles, and pom-poms are left on the tails and hips. The AKC poodle standard allows for a dog under a year old to be shown in a show-style puppy clip which has special requirements such as a pom-pom on the end of the tail. Other clip styles are the modified continental clip, town and country clip, kennel or utility clip, summer clip, and the Miami or bikini clip.
Poodles (and doodles varying on the care and proper attention paid to genes and coat-type) are fabulous for allergy sufferers. While the hair coat of a poodle has superior hypo-allergenic properties to a doodle and does NOT shed, here at Paw Haven Puppies we aim for the highest level of a genetic and coat tendency for hypo-allergenic properties in all our doodles.
*Please ask for a t-shirt test for any allergy concerns.