• Debby Palencia

Do labradoodles have hair or fur?

Updated: Mar 7

Labradoodles have hair as opposed to fur, which means it consistently grows instead of falling out like fur.

Another reason labradoodles are known for having minimal shedding and being hypoallergenic is because Australian Labradoodles shed less frequently than many other dog breeds.


The total hair length on different parts of aa dog’s body is completely determined by genetics and breed.

Each hair follicle grows for a time and then stops its growth in the state of halt – means, not growing.



Just as us humans have variations in hair across different parts of our body, dog fur is just another way for hair to present itself.

So why doesn’t Labradoodle hair seem to grow as fast as the hair on your head? This is because of different hair patterns. It’s the same reason why your eyebrows don’t grow down your face. Genetically, hair understands where and how long it needs to grow.



Most dogs have three types of fur: Undercoat, guard hair and whiskers. The undercoat lies closest to the dog’s skin and grows in clusters from a single follicle. The undercoat has a soft, downy appearance and works to protect the skin from cold weather.

Hair usually grows in a single layer, so the top of the hair won’t feel much different than it would closer to the skin.


Grooming requirements vary depending on the length and type of coat the labradoodle has. Generally speaking, you can expect to brush a Labradoodle about once or twice per week. Some can be clipped or trimmed every six to eight weeks to keep the coat easy to maintain. A Labradoodle should only be bathed when necessary--which isn't often, as many of the coats don't have a noticeable doggy odor.

 


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