The special characteristics of white Labradoodles and Goldendoodles
The first thing you look at when you want to buy a Doodle is its appearance.
Yes, personality matters a lot, but be honest: you pictured the perfect puppy in your mind beforehand
and if you have the option (which isn't always the case with Australian Doodles), you will choose the puppy that best matches that ideal image.
And who doesn't melt when they see that playful, lively, little white ball of fur?
I'm guessing that next to brown, the colour white is most popular for Doodles. Pure white or partially white.
But what many future owners don't know is that white coats aren't just remarkable to see.
They are also the most maintenance-dependent coats.
This is because white hairs are more porous and dry than brown or black hairs, and so they tangle more easily.
Many curly and curly fleece white coats have a fuzzy layer, which felts easily if you don't know how to provide the coat with optimal care.
These aren't the first things that come to mind when selecting a puppy. But they can cause a lot of misery later on.
Even if Doodles are like little candy balls and even if you can't predict what a puppy coat will turn into.
What you can predict, though, is if the pup will develop a thicker or thinner coat, or a coarse or curly one.
Pay attention to it, as a felted coat doesn't benefit anyone, least of all your dog.
Another essential must-know is that dogs with white coats are more sensitive.
To sunburn, because of the lack of pigmentation in the skin.
But especially, and more importantly, to skin problems and allergies.
A white dog will be much more prone to ear issues, atopy (environmental allergy, including to house dust mites or pollen) or food allergies than a brown or black dog would be.
And these allergies manifest in itchiness or stomach/bowel issues.
Or through an ear infection, as they are often paired with other allergy symptoms.
The annoying part is that I can't find any literature to bolster my theory, but practice (years of working with dogs, mostly Doodles) tells me all I need to know in this regard.
I even dare to take it one step further and claim that white dogs react more sensitively to stimuli.
Not just internally, but externally as well compared to dogs with different colour coats.
They can be more shy, extremely squeamisch, struggle with new surroundings, other dogs or commotion in general, and be very sensitive to noise.
It makes sense, then, that these Doodles require a different approach and upbringing than what you might be used to.
Don't mistake this for propaganda against white Labradoodles or Goldendoodles.
On the contrary, I feel that the more sensitive a dog is, the more rewarding having it in your life will be.
But I do believe that you can't make a solid, well-weighted choice for a puppy until you know all the ins- and outs.
And that if you have a white Doodle that shows some of these symptoms, that you find some recognition in this blog to let you search for a fitting solution.
Because solutions do exist, and should you have any questions about them, please mail me through the contact page.
And if your Doodle has a white, maintenance-dependent coat of which you wonder how on Earth you should keep it tangle-free?
In that case, please consider purchasing my online grooming program: http://www.fromscruffytolovely.com/professional-doodle-home-grooming-programs
Because it's not that difficult to do these things yourself, as long as you know how. ;-)
Have fun grooming and choosing your puppies, and I'd love to hear from you if you have a white Labradoodle or Goldendoodle, or if you recognise any of what I said in this article,
Please leave a reaction below and I'll reply as soon as possible.
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Lots of Doodle love,
Wanda & Joy