How Long For A Shaved Goldendoodle To Grow Hair Back?


Perhaps your Goldendoodles’ hair became too matted and you had to shave him. Maybe it was summer, and you thought it was a good idea to give them a better cut for the weather. You might just be considering a cut for your Goldendoodle. Whatever the cause may be, you have come to the right place.

How long does it take for a shaved Goldendoodle’s hair to grow back? From a full shave, the hair will take one-and-a-half to three months to be shaggy again. For the hair to be close to its full, long length, it is likely to take five or even more months. Although it takes this long, within 2 months, they are usually looking fluffy and vibrant again.

Before shaving your Goldendoodle, this time or next, there are considerations to be taken. Although it is a solution, it is not always (or usually) the correct solution. Make sure you have exhausted, or at least know all of your options before shaving him or her.

Should Goldendoodles Be shaved?

This is the first question to ask yourself. While Poodles often get shaved down, fully, and just on single areas, the Goldendoodle should not be shaved whenever it’s avoidable. Goldendoodles are a double-coated breed. This means they have very fine hairs under the long, protective hairs. These hairs actually help protect the Goldendoodle from both heat and cold, in a sense. So before rushing to have him or her shaved at a pet store, make sure you understand what is going to happen.

During the summer months, your Goldendoodle will actually lose the undercoat of the finer hairs. This will help them stay cooler. The top hairs continue to offer protection from the sun while allowing the air to circulate. If you were to shave them down, the under hairs would grow faster than the outer hairs, and the coat texture will change permanently.

Due to these factors, I would recommend that you try to never shave your Goldendoodle all the way down, although it may be unavoidable if the matting gets too far gone.

Is There Ever A Reason To Shave A Goldendoodle?

Unfortunately, if you do not groom your Goldendoodle regularly, their coat can get very matted. When this happens, it is challenging to recover the original, sleek coat. In these cases, there are times where shaving your dog’s hair may be the only option, or at least the “kind” option.

What is matted hair? 

Matted hair is when a Doodle’s hair gets tangled so tightly it looks like a steel wool pad. It gets especially bad because the top layer, bottom layer, and any loose/shedding hair all get tangled together, creating a very difficult mess to clean up. Fleas and other parasites find this condition a pleasing environment to hide and flourish in as well.

Can I fix matted hair without shaving?

Of course, this is possible! Depending on how bad the matting is, it could take hours and cause the dog pain from all the hair-pulling. This is when to consider changing plans and going for the shave. Of course, I recommend talking to a professional groomer (not just a Petsmart employee) about this ahead of time.

How to Prevent my Goldendoodle Matting?

The best way to make sure your Goldendoodle won’t get matted fur is to have a regular grooming schedule. After a good bath, use a coat conditioner to aid in de-tangling, then brush the coat out as you dry with a blower (set on cool). Brushing should be done just about every day. Investing in a good slicker brush, or a few specialty types of brushes can help prevent and fix matting hair before it happens. Taking them to a professional groomer (or at least learning to do some professional grooming) should be done every 6 – 10 weeks, depending on hair length.

Is bathing my Goldendoodle helpful for preventing matting?

Unfortunately, no. Although regular bathing is good for your Goldendoodle, it actually can worsen the matting unless you follow up with hair treatment and brushing. The water causes the tangles to be more prominent and less likely to untangle. Before bathing, make sure you brush your Goldendoodle down well and look for any areas of concern! Follow the bath with a conditioner and work it into the coat well.

How Do I Find A Groomer for My Goldendoodle?

When looking for a groomer, you want to make sure to find someone who is experienced with at least a Doodle type dog. Someone who is just trained to cut hair may not know the ins and outs of Goldendoodle styling. Typically, in a pet store, the “groomers” are going to be trained technicians that are overseen by a single, certified groomer. I recommend finding a grooming-specific store that is run by a professional.

Once you find a groomer that you like, try to get to know them. Make sure they know Doodles and can offer advice. You want your groomer to be a regular that knows your dog, not just your breed, well. Once you have a regular groomer, caring for your Goldendoodle will become much easier.

How to Care for My Goldendoodle If They Need To Be Shaved?

When shaved, your Goldendoodle may go through a few different issues. The biggest fear is that the Doodle will be subject to climate conditions. In the summer, they may be subject to getting sunburnt and not being protected. In the winter, the obvious issue will be the danger of them being too cold.

Aside from just keeping them warm or safe from the sun, the Goldendoodle may actually face some anxiety issues. Goldendoodles do love and know their hair, and when it is gone they may feel incomplete. There’s not much you can do about this except to be aware and try to give them extra attention.

How Long Can A Goldendoodle’s Hair Grow?

Goldendoodles have long hairs, often reaching lengths of 8 inches. As a puppy, it will almost certainly not get this long, and then when the puppy coat sheds (between ten and twelve months), it could take anywhere from 2 months to a year to grow to full length. If your Goldendoodle has curly or wavy hair, it may appear to be much shorter than that.

Related Questions

How expensive is it to groom a Goldendoodle? 

Any of the Doodle-style dogs are going to have a high grooming cost. Because of the genetic makeup, they have a double coat. It is also a very thick coat. You should expect to pay anywhere from $50 – $120 for each grooming session (6-10 weeks). The other option, which will definitely save you money, is to learn to do the basic grooming yourself. The upfront cost will be a little more for the equipment and learning, but after a couple of months, you will quickly begin to earn it back.

How often do I need to bathe my Goldendoodle?

Although there is not a hard limit, it is recommended that you bathe your Goldendoodle every 1 – 3 months. This will help keep their coat nice, without causing it to matt. It can be helpful to time this with your grooming appointment to be doubly safe about the matting. Speak to your professional groomer about the best time, before or after, to give your Doodle a bath.

Chuck Wilson

I am a dog parent in Hot Springs Village, Ar. with over 45 years of raising and training dogs. I created this site to help fellow Doodle owners with up-to-date information and tips for raising your puppy right!

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