Goldendoodle coats come in three different varieties: Wavy, Curly, and Straight. The most consistent indicator of coat type is the amount of Poodle in the parental lineage. However, there is no hard and fast rule for predicting coat types. A Goldendoodle’s coat type may also change as they mature, so be careful if choosing a puppy based on their apparent coat type.
Wavy / Shaggy Coats
The wavy or shaggy coat type is the most common Goldendoodle coat type. It occurs in all types of Goldendoodle generations and is considered the easiest to maintain. It requires brushing a minimum of once a week, but more might be necessary in high friction areas (like under the collar or around the ears). The wavy/shaggy coat is usually low to non-shedding, but not always (particularly among F1 generation Goldendoodles).
The curly coat is also quite common among Goldendoodles, but is particularly prevalent among F1B generation Goldendoodles (more on F1B Goldendoodles). The tightness and length of the curls will vary depending on parental lineage, but can be anything from a loose barrel curl to a tight kinky curl like a full bred poodle would have.
This coat type requires daily brushing if it is to remain unmatted, although it can be shaved down to create a maintenance free coat if the owner prefers. The curly coat type is almost always non-shedding, especially if the Goldendoodle is an F1B generation.
The straight coat is much less common than the shaggy or curly coats. It does not occur in F1 or F1B generations, but is fairly common in F2 and F2B generations (more on F2 Goldendoodles). Often referred to as the Golden Retriever coat, it’s very easy to maintain and requires minimal brushing. However, this Goldendoodle coat type does not produce the “teddy bear” look that Goldendoodles are renowned for displaying, nor will it produce a “beard” around the muzzle. This coat type is usually low to moderate shedding.
As puppies, it can very difficult to determine what kind of coat type a Goldendoodle will have once it’s fully grown. A general rule of thumb is to 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.