I recently found a grooming forum, while looking for tips on grooming my Maltese. There were several posts about Labradoodles and Goldendoodles. Apparently most of the groomers can't stand them or their owners. There really isn't one standard coat type and yet they all mat terribly. "Even the dogs whose owners brush them out every night, have an occasional mat." Many of the people that own the dogs don't bother to brush them at all b/c the breeder told them they don't need to. I've never understood how any person could be intellegent enought of to function could possible think a long haired dog doesn't mean tons of brushing. Their breeders also tell them to never have the dog shaved. If you don't brush a coated dog, the only options are shaving it or letting stay matted up. Letting a dog stay matted up is cruelty, by the way. The groomers talked about how annoying it was that the owners repeatedly said, "Don't make em look like a poodle." Yep, that's right, they don't want their dog, that's half poodle, to look anything like a poodle. No wonder the "breeders" are able to convince the half wits that this "breed" is "the perfect family pet" is "hypoallegenic" and "doesn't need to be brushed." One doodle owner kept insulting the poodle breed and look, while the groomer's standard poodle was right there in the shop! I've thought that the "breed" looked like a grooming nightmare and now I feel vindicated. The groomers also mentioned that none of the dogs seemed to have any of the intellegence that poodles are famous for. Something to chew on before you spend thousands on a mutt.
As a groomer, I have to agree. Most poeple who buy the doodles are idiots. They insist on how they want them groomed, and then only bring them every 6months. No matter what we say, they have an anwser for it. They are all different, and one guy I do is huge, he probably weighs 150+. They bring us pics. of what they are supposed to look like, and they dog they have doens't even have the same kind of coat. I do shave a few down, and there are some who have great owners who just enjoy their dog. A couple people complain becuase of the shedding.