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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.

  • 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

  • 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…

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