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I have had my f1b mini golden doodle, The Governor (we're british) for nearly 3 weeks now. We picked him up when he was 11weeks old and this weekend he'll be 14 weeks! I feel he has changed so much in that time already. He is so great with potty training, he bites like crazy but he his learning and we are giving him lots of toys to keep his mouth busy! He also has huge amounts of energy so we are getting him out and about and socialising as much as possible - it's so much fun to see him making friends! 

I am however mystified by his coat as I just haven't seen others like it. I expected him to be the typical 'teddy bear' looking Goldendoodle you see in so many pictures but mine has much more thin and wispy hairs flying away from his coat and not much in the way of a beard although he does seem to be sprouting little 'wings' in this last week and has a VERY curly neck and chest and top of legs. The only dogs I've seen that have the 'wispiness' of mine are also flat coated so I'd love it if anyone else has had or has seen one similar to mine and can tell me what they think mine might turn out like? Also I know doodles go through many coat changes and I find this fascinating so would love to see anyone who's had a super drastic coat change too! 

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Comment by Barbara Alexander on October 27, 2016 at 4:40pm

Hi Emma,

My Izzie looked like your Governor when she was little with spiky hair. I don't know if he has the same issues Izzie had but it was a long and arduous process to find out what was wrong. I have posted pictures of when she was small and now at 9 and fully grown and beautiful and healthy. I omitted the interim stage when her hair fell out every spring and also I noticed she wasn't a very happy little girl. I don't think she wagged her tail very much at all. I didn't know the difference until everything changed and she was soooo happy and full of energy.

From 3-6 years old her coat was thin and wispy and we just thought that was her. It turned out that after years of hair issues and tests we still had no answers.  Then our vet wanted to try something he had read about. He gave her some thyroid support to see if there was a change. She was borderline hypothyroid and it caused her autoimmune system to be challenged. Her skin would develop little black blisters from the out of control bacteria that the first vet just called "Beaufort rot" because we lived in Beaufort at the time. In the spring for the 3-6 years of age her hair would fall out until she was almost bald. Once she was on thyroid meds and also a very special shampoo, her hair flourished! You have to see the pictures. She is SO BEAUTIFUL full beard and all. She is on my profile picture. 

Comment by Katie, Bishop & Abby on January 23, 2016 at 11:34am

He sure is adorable. I'm not sure what kind of coat he'll end up with. Every puppy's fur seems to do something different. Bishop had black wavy fur as a puppy. Now he is silver with a curly fleece coat. Some parts of him are curly and some are still wavy. 

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on January 22, 2016 at 9:48pm

He is a cutie!  My Dulcie is an F1b also, and her hair was SO soft when she was a puppy!  Kids would pet her and then look at me in amazement and comment "She's so SOFT!".  She blew her puppy coat and became one mass of tangles - no choice but to clip close!  She is very curly now and I have to keep her trimmed pretty close or she picks up everything like velcro!  Below is a photo at 4 months after 1st grooming and at 1 year, 1 month - she still had not blown the puppy coat at that time, but shortly after. 1st photo is the 1+ year, 2nd the 4 months.  I hated to cut her beautiful coat, but no choice!

Comment by Emma and the Governor on January 22, 2016 at 5:48pm

Oh yes, we love him very much nonetheless! He has a wonderful personality and is absolutely adorable. Interesting about cutting his hair - I may look into this as it looks like he has an undercoat of curlier hair... Who knows! I'll keep updating anyway! 

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on January 22, 2016 at 5:30pm

You never know with the doodles!  Harrison was all wispy and light and now he has tight curly wire type hair and doesn't shed a bit.  Brodie is soft and kinda straight ad low his coat twice a year. Either way I am sure you will love your cutie pie, we ll do. 

Someone told me that if you cut the puppy's hair when they are young then they tend to get tight curlier hair. I don't know if that is actually true.

Comment by Tammy and Raven on January 22, 2016 at 11:53am

adorable!! I have a standard doodle so cant help you out wth the coat

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 22, 2016 at 10:49am

Hi little Governor!  You are a little cutie!  Picco's coat didn't change much except for the color getting lighter but it seems that has been some drastic changes on some Doodles on this site.  A friend has a Labradoodle whose hair was wispy at 2 months but now at 6 mos has filled out alot.  It's a mystery!  Keep taking photos as it changes, it will be fun to look back at later.

Comment by Emma and the Governor on January 22, 2016 at 10:03am

Thanks! We are loving it - he gets better with his training in every day that goes by so we are hoping he continues to progress! Very excited to see the changes in his coat! We certainly are curious.

Comment by Beverly and Eli on January 22, 2016 at 9:23am

The Governor, great name. Love the wispy coat but I am seeing curls around the face as well. Eli has a curly body and head, but his face isn't as curly. You'll see lots of changes in this little fella for months to come. Enjoy puppyhood!

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