Fur or hair for the Goldendoodle. That is the question!
Goldendoodles go through many, many coat phases their first year –
- From birth to 8 weeks their coat goes from flat to fluffy
- From 8 weeks on, that same coat starts to fizzle and disappear as the baby fuzz leaves and the adult coat comes in.
- Then there’s that scraggly phase – those “teenage years“ #minustheacne
By the time they’re a year old, they start to resemble the adorable shaggy, smooth or curly coat Doodle you were looking for all along.
Jaxson was a hot mess before his first haircut…
Owners of some breeds prefer to claim their dogs are covered in hair rather than fur.
Because they believe there’s a difference in the allergic reactivity. The rational behind the belief is that fur stops growing after a certain length while hair continues to grow. #false
Here’s what I’ve found that makes sense to me:
The poodle coat, and the coats of other breeds frequently recommended to the allergic, have another quality beyond the long growth period. These coats tend to be both tightly curled, and usually lacking in undercoat. This combination tends to keep dead hair from detaching and floating in the air, and it tends to retain the dander, which is the most common source of allergens. Typically in these curly coated breeds the dead hair must be manually removed by grooming or it will stay tangled in the coat causing matting.
BOTTOM LINE –
Yes, poodles are coated in hair. So are most other dog breeds. All hair, including poodle hair, has a natural length. The term “hair” is not properly restricted only to that which has a long period of growth. Fur is a reasonable description for the plusness of a coat, it is not a reasonable description for hair that merely has a short growth period.
IT’S ALL JUST HAIR! –
In many dogs with naturally short hair, it is typical to call this fur, though not always. But if the dog’s hair gets naturally long, we tend to call this hair, even though the only difference is in the length of the anagen period of the hair follicle growth cycle. Dogs such as the Poodle or Havanese tend to have a very long anagen cycle, which is why most pet owners will have their hair cut. Other dogs, such as a Labrador, have relatively short anagen periods, so their hair never gets that long.
HAVE A DOODLE*LICIOUS DAY
I’M OFF TO BRUSH WHICHEVER IT IS (FUR/HAIR) ON THE BOYS 🙂
*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.
BEFORE WE GO –
The final match-up saw Charleston jump out to a significant lead, and with just 12 hours remaining in the round, she appeared to be walking away with the win. But Colorado Springs wasn’t going down without a fight. All day she steamed along until, with just a few hours to go, she’d taken the lead! More than 1,000 people had voted, and with just two minutes remaining, only four votes separated the two cities. And then they were tied – dead even with just seconds remaining! Charleston claimed the win in a buzzer-beater, edging out Colorado Springs by just three votes. Go Pet Friendly
Groovy Goldendoodle friends and Charleston fans you played an incredible tournament
GOLDEN hugs & DOODLE kisses