I am thinking it has something to do with the coat being curly. I know that with my three Maltipoos, two have straight hair. Bentley has the longest hair and he loves to be brushed and combed. All I have to do is pick up his pin brush and he is right there. Marley doesn't mind unless her hair is need of a cut. I keep her in a puppy cut. Barkley's hair is very thick and cotton like now and the brush does catch on tangles so he doesn't like it as much as the others. I thing that I get him groomed in a more Poodle looking cut next time. Lorraine
When I got Colman he was a beautiful chocolate. The breeder told me he was an apricot. She said he would lighten up and he did. His fur was wavy. By 10 months or so his fur was curly. His fur is not very thick in my opinion.
The hardest thing for me is combing it. At 18 months he still won't stand still while I try to comb it!
Also,as a rule of thumb, dogs are not considered adults until a year old. It depends on the breed/size.
Edited by: PAPERCLIPSUE at: 1/28/2012 (13:13)
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Little April was 4 months old when I rescued her (or she rescued me really). Her coat was baby thin and just a bit curly. After she was about a year old, her coat got thick. If I bathe her myself and don't blow her dry, she is curly, but very soft. when she goes to the groomer, they blow her dry and her coat is very straight and very soft. So I think in answer to your question, a Poodle, or any dog really, is still a baby pretty much at 8 months. So the coat could change in a few months!
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I'm not exactly sure what your pup's coat is like, but years ago I adopted a shelterpoodle who turned out to be pregnant. When the pups were born 52 days after her adoption (normal gestation is about 60 days and she had been in the shelter a week), we wondered what they would turn out like. Their fur had barely a curl for the first three months (as 3/4 were being adopted out). Still, a local trainer with considerable puppy and poodle experience suspected they were all poodle despite the nearly straight fur.
Mama poodle's fur wasn't very thick for a poodle, since if cut too short we could see her skin freckles, and a mixture of curly and somewhat wirey strands, but all the pups endded up with thick and curly poodle fur. The strangest thing was that between 9 months and a year, the two pups who started out the darkest (chocolate lab color, with the others being cream and light apricot) turned near white. Also, maltese fur is straighter than poodlefur, so your doodlepups may either have inherited more of the maltese type fur, or be another mix, or may still be in the fur-changing stage.
I have a 8 month old Poodle/Maltese mix. He looks more than a Poodle than a Maltese. He has very long legs, a long muzzle and a very long straight tail. His coat is very thick and wooley. I looks like that Sherpa that is on the inside of heavy jackets. It really has nothing curly about it. I just read that his adult coat could be curly. I thought by 8 months his puppy hair was all gone. Has anyone puppy started out straight and then get really curly??
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