Things to Look for in a Brush for a Goldendoodle
Keeping the following in mind will help you make the best brush choice for your Goldendoodle:
You need to ensure you have the correct brush type for your Goldendoodle. The Goldendoodle has a double-layered coat that is often curly and thick. Brushes best suited to the coat of these adorable dogs include a slicker brush, a wire pin brush, a de-shedding or de-matting brush, and a bristle brush.
A slicker brush has fine, flexible wire pins which help to detangle your dog’s coat. A wire pin brush contains pins that help to separate the hairs in your dog’s coat, preventing matting and keeping their coat in a good condition. A metal comb can also be used to help you detangle stubborn mats.
A de-shedding or de-matting brush helps to reach the undercoat and gets out loose hair. When regularly used it also helps reduce shedding. A bristle brush is less popular for use on a Goldendoodle but can be helpful to stimulate the production of natural oils and keep your pup’s coat shiny and healthy.
A brush made from high-quality materials is more likely to last longer and make grooming easier. Look for high-quality plastic or wooden backs. Ensure the bristles, pins, or wires are made from sturdy, durable material that will also be gentle on your dog’s skin and coat.
Easy to Hold
Grooming your Goldendoodle can take a while, so it’s important you’re comfortable. Choose a brush with an easy to hold handle. Many brushes have ergonomic handles that are easy to grip.
Correct Size of Brush
Brushes with larger heads will help you cover the surface area of your Goldendoodle easily and quickly.
Sturdy and Strong
Since you’ll be doing a lot of regular brushing and your Goldendoodle’s coat will be quite thick, you need to choose a brush that is sturdy, strong, and made to last. It’s always a good idea to check the reviews for guidance on this.
Easy to Clean
Brushes that are easy to clean make your life easier. Some brushes will be self-cleaning, meaning the pins retract to allow you to easily remove the hair.
Goldendoodle Coat Types
Since the Goldendoodle is a cross between 2 breeds: the Golden Retriever and the Poodle, their coat type can vary depending on their genes. Some Doodles will have a coat more like a Retriever, while others will have a coat similar to the Poodle.
Goldendoodles can have straight, wavy, or curly hair depending on which genes they inherit. Their coat will typically be quite long and will usually be double layered. A Goldendoodle puppy’s coat will change as they grow up, so you typically won’t know what type of coat they will have until they’re adults.
A lot of Goldendoodles don’t shed much, since the Poodle doesn’t shed. However, once again, how much they shed depends on their genes. It’s important to note here that regardless of how much they shed, they still need to be regularly brushed.
The Importance of Brushing Your Goldendoodle
Even though the Goldendoodle doesn’t shed as much as some other breeds, it’s still really important to brush them regularly.
Let’s take a look at why it’s so important:
- Regular brushing prevents mats and tangles, which can be uncomfortable for your dog
- By grooming your pooch regularly, each brushing session will take less time and be less stressful for you both
- Brushing increases the volume of your Goldendoodle’s coat and increases shine, helping it look in top condition
- Brushing removes loose hair and prevents your dog from shedding all over your house
- It helps to remove dirt from the coat and even pet dander (tiny, microscopic flecks of skin), which is often the cause of dog allergies
- Brushing stimulates and massages your dog’s skin and coat, stimulating natural oil production and improving circulation to keep them healthy
- During brushing, you have the opportunity to spot any skin irritations, ticks, fleas, rashes, or injured areas
- Brushing your dog can be a bonding experience, helping you to connect and enjoy spending time with one another
How to Groom Your Goldendoodle
How to Brush Your Goldendoodle
You should brush your Goldendoodle at least 3 times a week. If you can brush them daily, that’s even better. When you’re brushing, take your time and use gentle but even pressure.
It’s always a good idea to keep sessions as short as possible so your dog doesn’t get frustrated. Use lots of praise and treats to make the experience a positive one for your pup. It’s best to start grooming your doodle as soon as you get them so they can get used to it as a regular process.
If you come across a stubborn mat, don’t be afraid to just cut it out if it’s easier and in a less visible place. Although, with regular brushing, mats shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Other Grooming Tips
As well as brushing, there are other important things you need to do to keep your Goldendoodle in tip-top shape.
You should bathe your Doodle no more than once a month (unless they get very dirty), as bathing too much can dry out their coat and skin. Always brush them thoroughly before a bath to make sure there are no mats. Towel dry them gently (you can blow dry them too if you choose), and brush them again after their bath.
You should regularly clean their ears with an ear cleaning solution and a piece of cotton. It’s a good idea to clean their eye area regularly with an eye cleaner to prevent matting and build-up around the eyes. Usually once every few weeks (depending on your dog’s needs) is a good timeline for cleaning their eyes and ears.
As part of their at-home grooming routine, you should regularly brush your dog’s teeth to keep plaque and tartar at bay. Your dog’s nails should be trimmed once a month. If you aren’t confident, you could ask your vet to show you how.
You can trim your Doodle’s hair at home, but this depends on your comfort level. If you aren’t very experienced, you might choose to take your dog to a professional groomer, or there is lots of detailed guidance online to help you. Your Goldendoodle should have a full groom every 6 to 8 weeks.
Brush for a Goldendoodle FAQ
How often should you groom your Goldendoodle?
You should brush your doodle between 1 and 3 times a week. Daily is even better. A full groom (including nail trim, hair trim, ear cleaning, and bathing) should be done every 6 to 8 weeks.
Can you groom your own Goldendoodle?
If you feel confident or have experience, you can groom your Goldendoodle at home. Start slowly and ease into it until both you and your dog get the hang of it. If you’re unsure, you can take them to a professional groomer.
Grooming your Goldendoodle helps to keep them happy and healthy, and keeps them looking at their best! With the right brush, your Doodle’s coat will stay looking glorious no matter what they’re up to.