How Often Should I Groom My Doodle?

One of the biggest choices when adopting a puppy is what breed of puppy to adopt. That may seem like a simple task, but there are many factors to consider, mostly due to the significant differences between breeds.

One important difference is the amount of grooming your puppy (and adult dog) needs. A Jack Russell terrier, for example, needs less grooming as they have short hair. On the other hand, A Great Pyrenees requires regular, constant grooming, usually by a professional groomer.

One type of dog growing in popularity over the last few years is doodles, poodles that have been mixed with other dog breeds. (Labradoodle, Goldendoodles, Aussiedoodles, Schnoodles, and even Whoodles!) 

Most of these new and admittedly gorgeous dog breeds need more than their fair share of grooming. That brings me to today’s question, how often should I groom my doodle?

According to many pet groomers, the answer is that you should groom your doodle every 4 to 6 weeks. When you do, their beautiful, fluffy coat will look beautiful, stay clean and keep your puppy cool.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that different doodles demand different amounts of grooming. For example, you should brush a Goldendoodle at least once a day. Other doodle varieties demand more or less grooming based on their coat, breed, etc.

Now that you know how often you should groom your doodle, I’m betting you have more questions about this interesting subject. How often do you need to take your doodle to the groomer, for example, and how often should you bathe your doodle?

For the answers to those questions and several others, please read on. I’ve got them below, plus tips and advice on keeping any doodle looking dandy!

How Often do you Take a Doodle to the Groomer?

From what I have read, most groomers recommend taking your doodle for grooming every 4 to 6 weeks. This timetable assumes that, between grooming sessions, you will be grooming your doodle puppy at home.

The thing about most doodle breeds is that their coat can become a bit of a mess without regular professional grooming. Also, if you have a doodle puppy that loves digging in the dirt and is very active, they will inevitably get filthy.

One thing to keep in mind is that, since all dogs and doodles are different and have different coats, some may be able to go longer between grooming sessions. Others, however, may need to be groomed more often. As a rule of thumb, once a month is a good way to go, grooming-wise.

How Often does a Goldendoodle Need Grooming?

One of the more popular doodle combinations is the Goldendoodle, part Golden Retriever, and part Poodle. Goldendoodles typically need to be groomed about every 6 to 8 weeks. 

However, since many Goldendoodles are kept in hair clips, you can take them for grooming every 8 to 10 weeks if you keep their clips shorter. As with any dog breed, however, each puppy is different.

By the way,  professional groomers very much appreciate it when Goldendoodle owners give them a picture of how they want their pup’s hair to be clipped. (It takes away the guesswork.)

Can I Groom My Own Doodle?

The typical doodle needs quite a bit of regular grooming, including home grooming sessions and professional sessions. However, if you want to groom your own doodle, you certainly can, although it takes a bit of experience and skill.

Since most doodles have a thick coat, the first thing you want to purchase are clippers specifically designed for grooming dogs with thick coats.  Clippers used for humans typically won’t be up to the task and will often overheat and wear out much faster.

One benefit of grooming your doodle at home is that, once you become adept at it, you’ll be able to reduce the number of visits to your groomer substantially. Over the years, that could save you a considerable amount of money.

If you want to trim your doodle yourself, I would suggest that you take a look at as many YouTube videos on doodle grooming as possible. There are hundreds of them, and some are exceptionally well done with excellent information, tips, and advice.

How Often should you Brush a Doodle?

Dog groomers recommend brushing your doodle every other day at least. Their heavy coats can quickly become a mess if you don’t. That involves quite a bit of time and energy, to be sure, as brushing out your doodle’s coat can take between 10 to 30 minutes.

You need to brush your doodle’s coat so often because, if you don’t, their hair begins clumping together. That clumping can, in short order, cause painful mats.

A doodle with a matted coat will not be a happy doodle. Matted coats can pull strongly on their skin, causing them a good bit of pain. In time, they can also cause a skin infection and even more pain for your precious doodle pup.

Even worse, if you let it go too long, there’s no way to reduce or reverse your doodle’s matted fur. In that case, it will need to be shaved off, which can be a painful procedure if the matting is heavy.

One last thing to remember is that a matt can form under your doodle’s top coat.  For that reason, when you brush them, be sure to brush all the way (albeit gently) to their skin for the best results.

How Often do you Bathe your Doodle?

Most of the groomers I have talked to recommend bathing your doodle once a month at the very least. Interestingly,  most recommend this once-a-month doodle bathing regimen whether your dog is active and gets dirty or not. 

Like many tasks connected to being a pet parent, bathing your doodle will be different for everyone. Some will need to be bathed more often, while others a little less frequently. 

Still, as I mentioned earlier, groomers recommend bathing them at least once a month, no matter how clean or dirty your doodle might be. 

Do All Doodles Need Grooming?

There’s a rumor in the dog world that doodles are low-maintenance dogs.   In my experience, however, just the opposite is true. Most doodle varieties have extremely curly or wavy coats and, for that reason, require brushing and combing almost daily.

As I mentioned, along with daily grooming at home, most doodles need to be professionally groomed once every 4 to 6 weeks. That’s a rather large time and financial investment and something you need to know before adopting a doodle. 

As I also mentioned earlier, your doodle’s coat can become severely matted without daily home grooming and monthly professional grooming and cause them a lot of pain and even skin infections.

Final Thoughts

How often should I groom my doodle is a question I hear frequently. The answer is that most doodles should be groomed about once a month, give or take a week or two.

Also, most doodles should be groomed (aka brushed) at home every other day and, in some cases, every day.  Grooming will prevent their coat from matting and causing other, more serious problems for your doodle pup.

I hope today’s article about how often you should groom your doodle has been informative and helpful. Please see my other blogs if you have more questions or would like to learn more about being a pet parent. They run the gamut of puppy and dog issues and are filled with valuable tips, advice, and insight.