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    Hi all.

    I have a 4 year old Doodleydog who is currently on her way here to Perth from the UK.
    In the UK I'd never had her professionally clipped. Instead I would religiously brush her every week. This seemed to help her deal with a hot UK day.
    I'm concerned that due to increased heat levels here, brushing won't be enough. But, on the other hand I worry that clipping back the coat may affect its waterproof qualities (like most LD's, she loves a good swim).
    Any advice?

    Thanks.

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    As a groomer, I've seen countless Labradoodles, but I have NEVER seen one with a long coat that has actually been brushed, most of the labradoodles that is see are extremely matted. I'd be interested to see what a well maintained one looks like with such a long coat! How old is she and how long is her coat? I'd love to see a photo of her if you have one

    I was always under the impression that these dogs are supposed to be clipped. Poodles are clipped regularly and i've never heard of people saying it changes the texture of the coat. So i would assume it would be the same for a Labradoodle.

    Personally, I'd say clip her, I don't think it would affect her coat, but i guess it depends on what type of coat she has. You are not supposed to clip dogs who have a double coat because it can change the texture and appearance of the coat. A Labrador has a double coat, however a Poodle does not, so your dog could lean towards either of these. But as I said, most Labradoodles are clipped with no problems at all.

    If you don't want to get her fully clipped, you could get her belly clipped. that would allow her to cool herself down by laying on the cool ground, but wouldn't alter her appearance much if at all.

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    I've seen a couple of lab x poodle things with a coat akin to a terrier coat - they shed and the coat stays short and rough... but the ones with curly coat that don't shed so much - need clipping or they become dreadlocks.

    Not sure about "waterproof" - I've not noticed this in labs or poodles or the crosses.

    My dog (some sort of cattle dog mix) is Teflon coated... but if she goes swimming she does get quite wet. If it's just a bit of rain - not so wet. Like a duck. But she sheds and she has a top coat and an undercoat. I dry her off with a chamois leather which does double duty of getting the water off, and some of the coat shedding...

    Most poodle crosses here need clipping just to deal with the dreadlocks. Other dogs with thick coats - they're better to keep them in Aus summer as they work just as well to keep the heat out as the heat in. Ie clipping a malamute or husky is bad.

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    Depends on the coat..if a poodle coat clip..but it sounds like it is not, so groom

    My newfies survive the heat and love just swimming and lying in front of a fan in Summer....i groom out their heavy undercoat
    Pets are forever

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    This is Frankie. She looks more like a very scruffy Lab than a poodle. Though when she gets wet her fur curls into ringlets and she looks very Poodle like; she definitely looks like she has a layered coat then.

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    That coat is definitely different from a lot of the Labradoodles I see around.

    I reckon she'd cope alright in the heat, just keep up with the brushing, and maybe a light trim up around the face. But if you find she's not coping you can always at least trim up her belly so she can cool down on the ground.

    My dog has a thick double coat which is longer than that, and probably thicker than that. He copes fine in the summer heat. I just provide him with a shell pool, ice blocks in water, frozen beef stock to lick, and on the really, really hot days i'll actually wet his coat right down to the skin with cold water so that he's totally drenched and dripping. That cools him down in no time.

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    Does look a bit like a wire haired dog...

    Can you strip the coat out (does it come out in little tufts when you pull it at change of seasons?)

    I would make sure that she's crutched so she doesn't get dags but apart from that - if she's not picking up burrs and grass seeds or you can brush them all out, then maybe she doesn't need clipping.

    If she starts to collect lots of seeds, or matt up into dreadlocks - I'd be getting it clipped.

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