A fleece coat is made up of hair and wool finely intertwined. This coat is highly desirable as it is thought to require slightly less maintenance. Fleece coats are very low shedding and resemble the appearance of the angora goat or that classic 80's spiral perm. A fleece coat usually has a very soft texture to touch.
A wool coat is curly and the strands are long. Wool coats can be dense (like cotton wool) or fine, depending on the amount of wool. Wool does not drop out but continues to grow. People have found that labradoodles with wool coats are best suited for those suffering from allergies. Choosing a labradoodle with a wool coat does not guarantee that the person with allergies will not have an allergic reaction. People can be allergic to the sweat, urine, saliva and skin cells of the labradoodle so may still suffer an allergic reaction.
A hair coat consists of straight, short strands of hair. This is the coat of a labrador. It feels a little wiry to touch and it does shed.
Another possible coat type is a "mixed" coat type that consists of both fleece and hair. This coat type is also referred to as a 'flat' coat. Puppies with a flat coat will shed but to a lesser extent than a hair coat. The offspring of an Early Generation Labradoodle are much more likely to have a hair coat or a flat coat.
Occasionally labradoodle genetics combine to create individual puppies that have an open face. In this variation, puppies will not develop the long hair around the face that is normally associated with a labradoodle's appearance. Labradoodles with an open face variant are often mistaken for a Curly Coated Retrievers. Puppies with an open face are appealing to the heart as one can clearly view those soulful puppy dog eyes without the obstruction of facial floof.