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I understand that cutting the Doods hair too short could be an issue for sunburn at a young age.  

Does anyone have any recommendation for what age to cut the doods hair shorter.  Susie has super fine hair, which we brush daily, but with summer season coming and our rural area that she will frolic, we would like to groom her shorter.  Any suggestions ?

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Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 7, 2015 at 3:10pm

We had Pemon's first groom at 6 months.  He is a F1 and up to that point still had his wispy baby hair.  At first I didn't think he was going to look like a Doodle at all, he looked so much like his mother the Golden Retriever. When we get him cut short the Groomer trims the tail and face.  We also have his beard cut off.  Just our preference. 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on May 6, 2015 at 12:16am

I shave my dogs down to about 1/4", 3 or 4 times a year (leaving face, head, ears, and tail a little longer, depending on my mood).  We haven't had a problem with sunburn.  They love getting rid of the shaggy coat, especially in spring, as it really gets long over the winter (4" or more).

Having said that, I admit it is quite a change, and a bit of a shock (to me).  I just tell them they're pretty, and they believe me.

I started with the grooming at an early age (3 months), so that they would be used to it and not afraid.

Good luck!

Comment by Telesky Family on May 4, 2015 at 12:48pm

thank you all for your posts.  Greatly appreciated

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on May 3, 2015 at 8:59am

I didn't have Picco groomed till he was a year old. I just couldn't let go of my fur ball!   But we were in Alaska in the winter so he could handle the thick coat.  Now I try to let him get shaggier in the winter but the upkeep gets to me and I have to lop it off. I've been doing my own grooming but like to take him in once a year for a really good conditioner & cleaner, shorter cut but not short enough to expose the skin to the sun.

Comment by Lorie & Piper on May 2, 2015 at 1:23pm

susie is a cutiepatootie!!!   we also live rural...if piper has long hair & runs through our fields, she is covered in stickers & weeds...I groom her...got professional clippers & they have more than paid for themselves.  Eastern Washington State gets super hot in the summers 100+, i like to keep her pretty short...plus, stickers & weeds don't stick with short hair.  in colder months, we let her hair grow...i luv when her hair is long & she looks a hot mess (;

Comment by Lois - Izzi on May 1, 2015 at 4:42pm

Hello Tele,   (hope you don't mind)

First I want to tell you how much I appreciate the time and message you posted for 'new puppy owner...  Your issues and suggestions were sound and uplifting..  thanks

As for short cut...  just do what please your family...    If she is clipped early in the season. she should not develop a 'problem'    I clipped Izzi a month ago ... she is close to two inches in hair length now and I prefer to keep just that length... easy for me to handle two long hair dogs.   There is another in the house also.   LOL  even play, feeding, walking, training, keeping up with house chores etc, etc, does not allow for 'free time'   so as to sit and groom every daily.     I keep Izzi ears long, and groomer knows not to cut the eyelashes I like so much...  But will keep her at 2 or three inches until my area starts to turn cold again.

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