The Groodle’s coat is considered to be very light shedding, making this breed a good match for people suffering from allergies. Coat types are dependent on the parents, and while it is possible to predict to an extent whether a puppy is likely to shed, this cannot be completely guaranteed.
Coat types fall into the categories of:
- Fleece Coat (straight and thick)
- Wool Coat (tight and curly)
- Short Coat (less dense and short)
Although Groodles are considered low or non-shedding; any of these coat types may shed. No studies have proven that any canine is completely hypoallergenic. This is because dog allergies are triggered by a protein shed from dog skin, not fur or wool.
Groodles Australia staff assess the potential for a dog to shed by looking at the length of an individual’s eyelashes at approximately 6-8 weeks of age. The shorter the eyelashes, the more likely the dog is to shed. Groodles Australia staff always assess coat types to ensure we match appropriate pups with the needs of the individuals adopting them.
Coat types and lifestyle play a large role in the frequency of grooming required. The Groodle coat will naturally pick up small amounts of debris from the immediate environment and regular brushing should be performed to avoid tangles and matting, particularly behind the ears, in the tail plume, and around the mouth.
Some owners choose to shave their Groodle’s coat completely twice a year, and if this is the case, not a lot of grooming is required in between. Those wishing to spend time pampering their pooches may enjoy allowing their Groodles coat to grow longer – we think they look gorgeous either way!
Allow your pup to get used to grooming early in life so it becomes comfortable with handling, grooming exercises and grooming equipment. Regular, minor grooming exercises for short periods of time, and in conjunction with positive reinforcements (such as treats or cuddles) are a good place to start!
Examining your Groodles’ ears regularly is a good idea, as the structure of the ear is ‘floppy’ and does not allow for much ventilation. Make a habit of flipping the ears back and taking a quick peek underneath to ensure the openings are clean and are not omitting any odours.
Cotton buds are not recommended for ear cleaning as they can cause damage to the structures inside the ear if used incorrectly. Instead, try wiping the insides of the ears with some soft cotton swabs, lightly soaked in a suitable ear cleaner and wrapped around your index finger.
Groodles must have their ears properly dried after an ear clean, bath or swim to avoid infections which can be caused by the build-up of moisture left behind.
The eyes should be cleaned daily with a warm, wet cotton ball to prevent a build-up of eye discharge and to reduce tear staining. A small amount of daily discharge can be normal for this breed. Trimming carefully around eyes on a regular basis can also help to keep them clean.
Bathing is only required as necessary and is usually not required more often than once a month. When you do bathe your Groodle, it is important to use a gentle, veterinary-recommended shampoo that will not harshly strip any natural oils from the skin or coat.
A towel dry followed by a quick blow-dry should have your Groodle set in no time! Brushing the coat as you blow-dry can reduce drying time, and make your Groodle’s coat super fluffy!
Most dogs that have an active lifestyle do not require routine nail trimming. If and when they do need a trim, you may do this yourself, or have a professional do it for you. It can be tricky to master nail clipping, as some Groodle’s have black toenails, making it difficult to see exactly where to clip without causing the nail to bleed. Our Groodles Australia and Greater Springfield Veterinary staff are happy to give you a lesson if you are feeling unsure!