Don't get me wrong, I actually like Doodles.
I haven't met a mean Doodle yet.
I do tend to like the Goldendoodles coats more.
I have groomed some nervous, scary ones.
This one is very, very sweet, but she tends to be a cowering mess till you have worked on her for awhile.
By the time you are almost finished the groom, she has relaxed and settled in, but of course by then you are done.
I tend to like the Goldendoodle coat more than the Labradoodle coats.
The Goldendoodle coats tend to be easier to work with, although most of the Goldendoodles that I've groomed are giants.
I have also notice that the black Labradoodles coats tend to be a lot easier to work with than creme and white colored Labradoodles.
Black Labradoodles also seem to be the ones that shed.
Every creme and white Labradoodle that I groom has a thick, tightly curled coat like a Standard Poodle.
They do look beautiful when they are blow dried and groomed.
So what is the problem?
Why am I venting again?
I want to know just one thing.
Why, why, why, does every Doodle owner want their dog long and fuzzy?
I don't mean a longer version of a nice puppy cut, teddy bear cut, want ever you want to call it.
I mean that they want them left as long as possible.
The only problem is, I haven't met a Doodle owner yet that can keep their Doodles combed out and mat free.
I always find some mats.
More on some than others.
To end 2011 I had this girl come in for a grooming.
We have been grooming her for a few years now, but not continuously.
The owners will stay on a schedule for a while, then they miss an appointment and take a little while to get back on track.
A few months ago they got off track again and we were too booked up to get them in right away.
So they made an appointment for 8 weeks, and in the mean time, took her to the local chain store.
Her coat is very tight and curly.
Most of the time she comes in matted.
Of course her owner never thinks that she is matted.
It is incredible how every Dooodle owner that I have dealt with does not believe that their dog is matted.
It is like a sickness.
So I take pictures and keep mats to show the owners.
Even though she comes in matted a lot of the time, but not always, I still manage to get a longer blade through her, and save her head, ears and tail.
Back in August, when they took her to the other groomer, that groomer shaved her.
Boy, did they shave her.
From the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail with a #10 or #15 blade.
Correction... they shaved everything except for leaving a flag of long hair hanging off the bottom of the tail.
She came in last Friday for her second bath and neaten since her crew cut.
This picture shows how much she has grown out since August.
The main thing that gets me, is that every time her owner brings in this dog, he says the same thing.
"You know that these dogs are supposed to be long and fluffy."
I really want to know.
Who in the world said that these dogs are supposed to be long and fluffy?
They are half Labrador right?
Last time I checked that breed was short haired.
And most Goldens coats are about medium length.
So, who is the pain in the a** telling Doodle owners that their dogs are supposed to be left long, natural, and fluffy?
It's the same pain in the a** that is telling these people that these dogs don't shed and are Hypoallergenic.
I wonder... if I asked a Doodle rescue how many dogs they get because the family is allergic to the dog or that the dog is shedding, would they tell me the truth.
My vent is not against the breed. (mixed breed)
My vent is against the breeders that are telling their customers not to clip their dogs hair.
It's against the breeders that make us groomers the bad guys because we have to clip the dogs do to matting.
It is against the breeders that tell this Doodle owners that their dogs coat won't mat.
It is against any breeder that does not take the time to educate a potential owner about the excessive grooming that is needed to take care of some breeds.
I am done.
I am sorry.
First vent of the year.
At least I waited till January 2nd. :)
Happy Grooming, MFF