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Have you ever seen a Goldendoodle with a smooth straight coat? For years I think I have but just didn’t realize it. Pawhaps you have too – but you didn’t know it either.

Straight coat Goldendoodles have a stronger resemblance to the Golden Retriever and are absoDoodletutely gorgeous.

Meet Samford, an 8 month old straight coat Goldendoodle…


Photo courtesy of Mary Matus (Samford’s Doodle Mom!)

Most people are only aware of “two” coat types found in the Goldendoodle but there are actually three…

  • Loose and wavy  – Jaxson…


  • CurlyHarley…


  • StraightSamford…

Photo courtesy of Sully and Sammy’s Instagram page.

All coat types inherit the personality traits of both the Poodle and the Golden Retriever. They all possess the pretty face, large eyes, long lashes and that endearing smile.


I’ve read articles and have seen this particular coat type described three ways – smooth – straight and flat.

Of the three types of coats found on a Goldendoodle – I believe the straight coat is the rarest of them all. However, Goldendoodles with straight coats are becoming very popular.

Straight coat Goldendoodles rarely occur in F1 or F1B generations. They’re more common in F2 and F2B generations. Referred to as the “Golden Retriever coat” – they are very easy to maintain and require minimal brushing.

There’s no “Teddy Bear” look nor will they have the “beard” around the muzzle, They will not show any signs of “crimping” or curl on the forehead. Their coat is silky smooth and classified as low to moderate shedding.


For Goldendoodles – as puppies, it’s difficult to determine what kind of coat type your Dood will have once he/she is an adult. Experienced Doodle breeders are able to tell you because they understand the DNA of their doods along with the generations.

The best rule of thumb is –

look at the fur around the face and muzzle, not the body.  Puppies with crimping or waves in their muzzle hair will typically have either wavy/shaggy or curly coats, although it’s not possible to tell which until they’re older.  Smooth face and muzzle fur indicates a straight Goldendoodle coat type. Source: Everything Doodle


Photo courtesy of Sully and Sammy’s Instagram page.

Goldendoodles will have several different “hair moments” before their first barkday. It’s interesting to watch the adult hair move in and take residence. For weeks Harley the puppy looked like he licked an electrical socket. Hair was sticking out everywhere!


The Goldendoodle continues to be a well liked, sought-after family pet. We receive many emails about coat types because people are still learning about this cross breed.

No matter what their hair does – curl, wave or lay still – I adore their playfulness, cuddliness, and loyalty. They are great companions for all human lifestyles. #especiallymine

*GOLDEN hugs & DOODLE kisses to Mary for letting us use photos of Sammy.

You don’t need a new year to make a change, all you need is a Monday ❤

  • Debbie Matos
    April 1, 2018

    My love.. Gracie Mae a soon to be 4 year old Goldendoodle! She rocks our world everyday❣️Wish I could share a picture.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 1, 2018

      I’d love to see a photo – feel free to email it to me, Thanks for stopping by, please come back again real soon.

      • Patrice
        January 28, 2019

        I have two Goldendoodles. One has wavy hair and the other is straight. Love them both.

        I tried to attach a pic but can’t.

        • Cathy Bennett
          February 3, 2019

          Aren’t two Doods just the best? I love having two in my life. Thanks so much for reading, please come back again soon.

          • Lori Clark
            August 9, 2019

            I have a flat golden doodle named Bailey. She is almost 2 years old. I don’t know what to do with her as far as grooming goes. She does shed unfortunately, and was wondering if getting her groomed would help?



          • Cathy Bennett
            August 12, 2019

            Hello Lori – Unfortunately having her groomed will only keep her hair shorter – but the shedding will still occur. Sounds like she inherited the flat hair from the Golden side and at close to two years old, I doubt if her coat is going to change drastically again. Perhaps a regular regiment of brushing will help – that and using the correct brush. I always ask my groomer which brush to purchase – like people, all Doodles don’t have the same texture therefore the instrument will be different. Jaxson and Harley don’t use the same brush because their hair is different. I brush them after their morning walk – at least 5 times a week. A lot of it had to do with getting them used to being handled as puppies, then it was to keep them looking fresh for the photo’s I take for this website and then so that they looked clean before entering the hospital. They are so accustomed to it, we are done in a matter of minutes. Hope some of this information is of some use to you. Thanks so much for stopping by – please come back again soon.

        • Veronica Lynn Kummer
          November 2, 2019

          I have a Goldendoodle that is 8 months old, her hair looks like it is crimped! I’ve never seen anything like it!? I’m also the breeder of this pup. She’s very unique! Have you ever seen one like this before??

        • Susan
          November 18, 2019

          Hi , I am interested in a petit Goldendoodle with straight/ flat coat. Is there a lot of shedding with straight/flat coat?

          • Cathy Bennett
            December 2, 2019

            Susan, I am no expert, but from all that I’ve read, the flat coat is coming from the Retriever gene, therefore I would imagine (although I could be wrong) that there would be more shedding then the average Doodle, but probably not as much as a purebred Retriever. Have you spoken with a reputable breeder about that? I am sure they would be the experts on answering your question.

      • Hilary
        October 12, 2019

        My f1b Goldendoodle is 4 months old and has zero curls. He has a few crimps around his ears but that’s it. If I didn’t know the breeder I’d swear their was no way his pooch is 75% poodle.

        • Cathy Bennett
          October 14, 2019

          The hardest thing about doodles is waiting an entire year for their adult coat to come in. We all have been through it – just remember what you see now (whether you like it or not) is not what you will see next year this time. Have fun loving your Dood instead, they are all adorable in my book!

    • Brian Robinson
      October 25, 2019

      How can I find a straight haired labradoodle puppy

      • Cathy Bennett
        October 27, 2019

        Brian – unfortunately, I cannot help you with that one. The majority of doodle breeders I have had the pleasure of talking to, are quite honest about how rare these beautiful creatures are. I think you would have to start contacting breeders and/or find someone who has one and ask about their breeder. I wish you the best of luck! Please keep me posted.

  • Emma
    April 2, 2018

    We are supposed to have flat coats, but when I get wet, mine curls up and Mom goes mad. The thinning brush comes out and my furs get straight again. I like the look of the flat doodle, but we normally only notice the curly ones like you guys.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 11, 2018

      I don’t’ think I’ve ever seen your coats curly, I’ve got to go back to your website now and look at some photos! Either way, I think you’re the prettiest girls with fluffy tails I’ve ever seen 🙂

  • Monika & Sam
    April 2, 2018

    Fascinating. I guess I’m i the group that probably has never seen this type of coat. Although there are scads of doodles in my ‘hood, they tend to be the curly variety.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 11, 2018

      Well now you’ll be on the look-out when you’re walking through your “hood.” LOL

      • Brenda
        May 15, 2019

        Hi I just acquired my double doodle Buckeye he has a smooth muzzle and head but his body is wavy , he is 4 months old so gentle not boisterous at all a little frightened acting do you think this is because the breeder adobted them out at 4 months . He is quite a big dog now I have his
        Papers. Can you tell me anything about why he won’t come to me won’t walk laying sleeping on the rug mostly I just got him I’m a little worried about him since he is a pup still at 4 months and should be very active. He is an adorable dog.

        • Cathy Bennett
          July 23, 2019

          Hi Brenda – first let me ask you – have you taken your puppy to the vet for a full exam? If not, that’s where I would start. If you have, did you discuss your concerns with your vet? Often puppies are shy, cautious and may sleep a great deal. That doesn’t necessarily raise a red flag. But if after a decent period of time in your house – around your family, you don’t see his confidence growing and/or he is still not progressing I would definitely call for another consultation with the vet. As far as his coat – Doodles will display several different coats up until about 15 months of age, smooth, flat and a little wavy could mean anything at four months old. It’s a waiting game, but what I’ve found – at the end of the day I have yet to see a doodle that isn’t absoDOODLEtutely PAWdorable. Hope I’ve helped – if even a little bit. 🙂

  • Jan K
    April 2, 2018

    I did not know about the flat-coated! That appeals to me since I love goldens so much, and Sammy is so cute! However, I love the looks of your boys too.
    It would be fun to just pick a puppy, sight unseen, and see what you ended up with! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 11, 2018

      When I first brought Harley home, I remember waiting for his hair to get curly, but it never did. As I watched him grow I grew to love him with his fluffy hair. You’re so right, anyway they come, they are adorable. The flat haired Doods are adorable, and like you – they tend to appeal to the Golden Retriever lover with out all the loose hair. Hope all is well with you – hugs to Luke!

  • Cathy Armato
    April 2, 2018

    I’ve never seen or heard of a Goldendoodle with straight hair! Your friend Samford looks like a Golden Retriever, I’m trying to see the difference between him & a Golden. I think I like your beautiful wavy, curly Doodle fur best!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 11, 2018

      Cathy, if you look at the face of both of them – you will see that the flat haired Dood’s face is slightly boxier than a standard Golden. That’s the way I see the difference. Many people gravitate to the flat haired Doods because of their love for the Golden Retriever without the loose hair.

  • Lindsay
    April 3, 2018

    I never knew what a straight coat doodle looked like until this past weekend… at least I think that’s what Maisy is. I’m not entirely certain but she’s different than the wavy or curly doodles I’ve seen/looked after before. This little girl is 5 months old and holy cow Cathy, you should see my hands from her sharp, tiny little razor blades in her mouth. I LOOOOOVE puppies but I don’t miss those teeth. LOL

    I gotta say, Samford (love the name) is such a handsome dude. What do the fellas think of Sammy?

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 11, 2018

      Those teeth can be murder can’t they? LOL Sammy is a FB friend, we’ve never met him in person. I love the flat haired look, but I suspected many people don’t know anything about that option. They have a strong appeal to those who love Golden Retrievers, and I can see why, they look so much like them. Less loose hair to deal with also. How have you been?

  • Shadow and Ducky's Mom
    April 4, 2018

    Aw, your friend Samford is adorable with his straight fur! Though your boys are just as adorable! And, really, you can’t lose with either a Poodle or a Golden Retriever personality! I grew up with poodles; my own first dog was a poodle; and of course Callie and Shadow were/are Goldens. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 11, 2018

      He sure is. I can now spot them on the street by studying their faces. To me, they are boxier than a pure bred Golden Retriever, and that helps me get it right. Such sweet pups too.I agree, these two breeds make my heart melt – in any form or fashion.

  • Bill
    May 2, 2018

    My doodle puppy has the flat “wirey”/wavy hair currently. He’s only 4 months so his coat is still going through lots of changes. I just got him groomed today, so the flat/wavy coat is even more obvious. When his fur is grown out he gets recognized more as a doodle.

    Enjoy the site, lots of good and fun stuff to read here.

  • Leonora Simmons
    May 8, 2018

    I’m looking for a red mini goldendoodle …male .My dog which was a poodle just went to rainbow bridge after 18 years. I have lots of love to give and time. Or another toy poodle dark red male .

    • Cathy Bennett
      May 9, 2018

      Hi Leonora – thanks so much for stopping by, unfortunately I do not have any connections with adoption. I do however, highly recommend for Goldendoodle / Labradoodle re-homing! I wish you the best of luck.

  • Devan Jones
    August 3, 2018

    I was wondering if you could give me any further information on straight coated doodles. Mine just turned 7 months and started shedding like crazy!! She didnt do this before so I dont know if this is just her puppy fur or summer shed or what. Would you please be able to help!! Not many people have info on straight coated doodles. Thanks!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2018

      Hi Devan – so sorry for the delay. I was trying to do as much research as I could regarding this subject. There are many different theories (as I am sure you have already figured out) as too the straight haired goldendoodle. Here is a link that defines the “furnishings” connection to the various coats of the goldendoodle: I will tell you – because your doodle is still so young, there are many phases that she will go through before she’s at least 12 months old. So if there’s more shedding than you anticipated, don’t leap from the ledge yet. This could be temporary. Have you reached out to your breeder yet? Look at the link, then give them a call. Please keep me posted…

  • Sarah Maloney
    December 2, 2018

    We just welcomed Oliver in to our family. He’s a multi-gen red Goldendoodle and currently 4.5 months old. He has a liver nose and paw pads, and super light eyes. And the smoothest, softest coat ever! He has facial furnishings. I’m so intrigued by what he will look like as an adult. In any case, we are madly in love with him!

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 2, 2019

      Based on what you described – who wouldn’t be madly in love with Oliver? He sounds PAWdorable. His coat could possibly change before he’s about 13/14 months old, but then again it might not. That’s the beauty of the crossbreed. Please keep up with us (subscribe to the blog) and let me know how he looks on his first birthday. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Fidelma Killeen
    January 14, 2019

    Hi Cathy I have 2 minature goldendoodles. First generation. Will the pups look like there parent or will the pups turn out with straight hair
    Thanks fidelma from ireland

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 14, 2019

      Hello Fidelma – Your pups “should” end up with either curly or wavy hair. Chances of a first generation ending up with straight hair is super rare. Keep in mind though, a Goldendoodle will change his/her coat at least three times before the age of one. Look for the final coat to show itself around his/her first birthday. Thanks so much for stopping by, I would love to visit your country one day. Please send me pics of your mini Dood’s. Come back soon…

  • Jake
    January 31, 2019

    Can i email a picture of my goldendoodle and you tell me what you think? Some family members seem to think shes a retriever and we are confused

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 3, 2019

      Hello Jake, I understand however, I am not the right person to ask. Goldendoodles have so many different looks especially before the age of one. Have you asked the breeder for information on the parents? If you don’t know the parents, have you thought about one of those DNA tests for dogs? They aren’t very expensive and it will tell you exactly what your dogs lineage is. Best of luck to you.

  • Archer's Mom
    March 13, 2019

    We just got our baby. He is three months old from MO and appears to be flat coat. We love him. He is already going to the bathroom outside with just 48 hours of training. I am blown away by how smart he is. He is such a cuddle bug and the cat is even warming up to him. Fingers crossed this just keep going in this direction!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 23, 2019

      Hello Archer’s Mom – gotta tell you I love that name (Archer) – keep in mind his coat will continue to change up until he’s close to 18 months of age. But no matter what the final coat turns out to be, I am sure he will always be a cuddle bug – it’s just their nature. Thanks so much for reading, please come back and enjoy your new addition to the family.

  • elina Mirko
    April 3, 2019

    I have a goldendoodle micro mini f1b that is 4 month old now. He does not have a facial beard, and has been shedding allot since we got him at 2 months old. He is more a smooth coat, and wondering if anyone has had an experience with shedding, and does it ever stop. Recently i noticed his fuzzy baby hair along his neck and entire back is gone, and has developed a darker wavy, coarser hair.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 23, 2019

      Hello Elina – From everything I’ve ever read (and to some extent experienced) – Goldendoodles will change coat texture at least three times before they reach about 18 months of age. What you see now at 4 months will more than likely not be around much longer. Because these are cross breeds it’s difficult to determine so early what type of coat he will end up with. Your breeder can predict somewhat – what he thinks will be the coat from past litters of the same lineage. Time will tell. So for now, please just enjoy your pup and embrace the changes! Hope this helped a little!

  • Kahleel
    June 25, 2019

    Hey Cathy! I loved the article. I have a 4 month old goldendoodle first generation (golden retriever mom and a standard poodle dad) my little guy came out as adorable as ever! He is black with a white chest and a touch of white on his chin. There were a lot of brown and golden pups but he stood out to me. I have quickly realized how much he looks like a golden. Many people mistake him for a black lab mix. The only thing that gives the doodle away are his curly ears. It’s awesome how different doodles can be!

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 1, 2019

      Kahhleel – I’m finding more and more straight haired doodles here in SC. We just brought a cutie pie on as a pet therapy pup and she is adorable. Even though many people mistake her for a pure Golden – once you touch her there is a significant difference between the feel of the coat. The Doodle seems to maintain a softer coat – even the straight haired doodles. I agree with you – doodles are different – but they are my heart dogs for sure. Thanks so much for reading – please come back again soon.

  • Brian
    November 18, 2019

    Cathy, where are you located in SC? Im looking for breeders that have flat coated Doodles.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 2, 2019

      Hello Brian – I am in Charleston SC. I have finally found a reputable local breeder – Jenna Lee Designer Doodles. Look her up, not sure if she has any flat coated Doods, but she may be able to steer you in the right direction. Keep me posted

  • Cathy Bennett
    August 18, 2019

    Thanks for stopping by Avon! Come back again soon…

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