The Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog breed or crossbreed dog resulting from mixing the Poodle with the Golden Retriever. This crossbreed’s popularity has increased tremendously in the past years. And we can see why!

The Goldendoodle is not only a fluffy, cute, and low-shedding breed. It’s personality is what makes it a great family dog. The goldendoodle is loving, affectionate with family, intelligent, kid-friendly, and even dog friendly. It actually inherits some of its best traits from its parent breeds.


The goldendoodle requires the right grooming to keep its coat healthy, shiny, and fluffy. But a goldendoodle’s grooming needs are often overlooked by the family that is focused on the cuteness of a fluffy puppy. Many goldendoodle owners think that because this breed is mostly low shedding, it is also low maintenance. But this could not be further from the truth.

The truth is that goldendoodles do require daily grooming. This includes brushing and combing everyday or at least 3 times a week. Creating a grooming routine with your goldendoodle is vital to keeping their fluffy coat mat-free! Matting is the number one grooming problem that goldendoodle owners encounter.

Matted fur does not only look bad, but it is very painful for goldendoodles. If not removed, it can also cause other health issues including discomfort, skin disorder, flea infestation, mites, worms, and other parasites. And severe matting usually leads to a shavedown, right to the skin. Shaving a fluffy goldendoodle is actually very frustrating for a doodle owner because they may not know what they are doing wrong. So as a goldendoodle owner you need to learn how to properly care for your dog’s coat.


Before brushing and combing your goldendoodle, you need the right grooming tools. These are the top three tools that will make grooming so much easier.

1. A High Quality Slicker Brush

The slicker brush is the number one dog brush recommended by grooming professionals for goldendoodles or any type of doodle hybrid. It is actually the type of brush you want to start with when grooming your dog because it will help break up any knots and prevent matting. 

The slicker brush is perfect for doodle coat maintenance at home. However, there are different types of slicker brushes, and not all slicker brushes work the same. After testing a variety of slicker brushes, we came to the conclusion that the Freshly Bailey long pin curved slicker brush for doodles is the best brush for goldendoodles and goldendoodle owners. 

This long pin slicker brush is great at working through dense and thick coats because of its larger than standard pins. It smoothly works its way through your goldendoodle's coat making coat maintenance much easier. It removes tangles and mats, and it's the perfect brush for achieving that fluffy look effortlessly. But most importantly, it is loved by dogs!

The Freshly Bailey slicker brush is extremely lightweight, the extra-long handle is ergonomic, and it is very comfortable and effective. The extra long pins and curved design make brushing a gentle and positive experience. Plus, it is reasonably priced compared to the Chris Christensen slicker brush. 

 Freshly Bailey Doodle Slicker Brush

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Groomer's tip: When brushing your dog with the slicker brush, do not just brush the top of the coat. Make sure you brush the hair closest to the skin as this is where all the mats are formed. (Keep reading for detailed instructions on how to “line brush” your doodle)

2. A Metal Comb

A metal comb should be used after you have brushed your goldendoodle thoroughly with the slicker brush. The end result should be the ability to get the comb from the root to the tip of the hair.

We like the Dual-length Dog Metal Comb. It is the perfect comb to add the finishing touch to your goldendoodle’s coat. It has long and short stainless steel teeth to quickly and painlessly remove any remaining tangles or knots. Its rounded head pins keep your doodle’s skin from getting scratched. And the anti-slip handle protects your dog from any slippery accidents.

3. A Dematting Tool

A dematting tool should be your last resource when grooming your goldendoodle as it is specifically designed to remove mats. That said, if you are keeping up with your grooming routine by brushing and combing your doodle at least 3 times per week, you should not need to use the dematting tool. But if for some reason, you do forget to brush your dog, the dematting tool can come in very handy before having to take your pup to the groomer for a shavedown.

The 2-in1 Dematting Tool can be a great option. It is effective at removing mats and getting deep into the dog’s coat.

Other Must-Have Goldendoodle Grooming Tool

One grooming tool we highly recommend to make each brushing routine much easier and smooth is a detangling spray. The detangling spray will help loosen all the tangles and give your dog a fresh smell between baths.

Detangling Spray 16 FL OZ - Freshly Bailey



ALWAYS brush a completely dry coat. If you bathe your dog, make sure you brush your dog's hair before the actual bath and use a high quality shampoo and conditioner. We love the 5-in-1 Pet Shampoo, it is great for goldendoodle hair.

If you bathe your dog's matted hair without detangling it, it will just get worse! Wait for the fur to dry after the bath, and then brush it again. 


Grab your slicker brush to brush your dog’s hair. Do not just brush the top of the coat as this does not really do anything to prevent matting. Start at the bottom of the coat, grab a handful of hair, and brush a line of fur away. You should be able to see the skin. As you go, brush the hair down making sure that with each line you get right to the skin. Do not drag the brush across the dog’s skin, but do a pull-away type of stroke. Move up as you go along, and make sure you brush your dog’s entire coat. Don’t forget about the tail and armpits.

You may use a detangling spray as you brush your dog to make the process faster. 

Clean your brush after every use. Use your metal comb to remove all the hair from the slicker brush.


After brushing with the slicker brush, take your metal comb, and comb your dog’s coat thoroughly until the comb moves easily through the hair. If the comb gets stuck in any particular section, go back and brush out the tangle with the slicker brush.


If there are more tangles and matting after brushing and combing, you may want to use the dematting tool. Use the 9-rounded-teeth side. Hold the matted fur closest to the skin with your fingers before brushing or pulling at the mat. Start at the end of the mat and work your way up. Always do small strokes when combing through a matted area. 


Create a positive grooming routine and make sure you brush and comb your goldendoodle at least 3 times per week.




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Not ALL GoldenDoodles are non-shedding, or low shedding. An F-1 is like any hybrid of anything (plant, animal) it may pick up more characteristics of one breed more than the the other. My Doodles shed ALOT!


I absolutely love my Goldie dood. But holy cow the maintenance!! I groom him atleast twice a day, and I keep his coat long. All of this grooming, and I still find humongous balls of fur through-out the house. This is definately a high maintenance " breed" if you happen to end up with one that does shed.

Muddy Komodo

Aways had dogs my whole life.Had a golden .loved our Lyllee! But lots of allergies in the family ,so wanted to get non allergic dog.A little afraid of the coat Maintenance.

Suzanne Mitchell

Our first goldendoodle , picking her up tomorrow.,had golden retriever before ,best dog ever !But had alot of allergies in the family..

Suzanne Mitchell

I bought my first Golden doodle, and I can not wait to get her home. I have had many dogs. Some required a LOT of grooming , and others were easy . The Golden doodle seems like it is on the medium side for grooming. I feel you build a relationship with your dog when you do it all yourself

Kay Hardin

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