Dogs with a curly fleece coat are often sought after for their "teddy bear" appearance. Poodle hybrids who have this type of fur, such as goldendoodles and Labradoodles, have exploded in popularity recently. While they are adorable, these coats present some grooming difficulty. With proper care and a good groomer, however, you can have your curly fleeced puppy looking and feeling his best.
Prepare Your Puppy for the Groomer
Starting young is the best way to get your dog to handle the groomer without protest, because puppies generally are open to handling and learn quickly. You will want to start by grooming your pet at home to get him used to being touched and to keep him from being fearful around grooming tools. Brush and comb his whole body, including paws and face. Remember that puppy coats are much finer than adult dogs' coats, so you will need to use a softer brush.
Choose a Haircut for Your Puppy
Your puppy's face will need to be trimmed, specifically his bangs and long hair on the snout. The hair between the pads of the feet will need to be clipped as well. If you prefer a longer coat and have time to brush your pet regularly at home, the hair on the rest of the body can be left as is. Otherwise, you can opt for a puppy cut, which is a short trim over the whole body.
Maintaining Your Puppy's Style
At home, regular grooming is a must. Keep in mind that your puppy is still growing, so more frequent visits to the groomer may be necessary. For a dog with a curly fleece coat, monthly professional grooming sessions are a must. If you are attentive and brush your dog regularly, you can take longer between visits as long as the facial hair is not causing your dog any inconvenience or discomfort.
Regular Grooming Throughout Life
It is imperative that you continue to groom your dog at home and take him to a professional groomer on a regular basis. Dogs with curly fleece coats are prone to matting and tangling, which can be painful to brush out. These types of grooming issues can mean long hours at the groomer, which can cost you a whole lot more to keep your pet looking his best.