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How can you tell what the adult coat is going to be like? What age before 8 weeks does it show if wavy, straight or tight curly?
 

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In our experience - you can usually tell coat type at around 3-4 weeks old.

We don't tend to get "tight curly" though we would be interested to see some pics of Cockapoos with Poodle mums to see their coat type - or F1bs bred back to a Poodle to see that coat.

We get "Shaggy" (Buzz) and "Wavy" (Yum-Yum) and the straighter coat that looks very "Cocker" in young puppies - we have Daisy here on her holiday and she is the straighter coat type but is still shaggy-ish x (Straighter coats can be easier to home groom - but are more likely to "shed" as opposed to the shaggier types - as the undercoat can be worked down the hair shaft easier).

We do have a "Whos Who" on our website - that should show you some of the variables - and if you watch our videos (again which is totally up to you if you choose to watch them) - you can see some of the differences and watch how puppy coats evolve over a week or two.

If you have a puppy and want to get an idea of how the coat may develop - look at the Puppy Gallery and find a picture that most resembles your puppy and then contact that member to see if they have any newer pictures - I'm sure most would be more than happy to send you some x

Stephen xx
 

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Its hard to decribe and cos my picture posting is rubbish I cant help my self out with pics. Wilfs coat was wavey as a really young pup but his coat was thick, he is now really curly and got curlier with age, Mables coat was straighter a little pup it did have a wave its now fluffy and wavey but not as thick as Wilfs more like hair than fur ... if that makes sense and she does loose some of the white hairs. Cara's Izzy has a poodle mum x (I hope you dont mind me posting that x)
 

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I know with working bred cockers there seem to be two fairly distinct coat types, a short and silky coat, and a much denser woolly coat. So perhaps that could contribute to the coat type in a cockapoo? Maybe if you look at the parents and grandparents that *might* help give an idea.

I've only seen the denser woolly coat on pretty much solid black and liver coloured dogs, not on any roaned dogs. So I'm now pondering whether the coat *type* could be linked to colour, hmmmmmm. Might have to look into that a bit more when I have time.
 

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I know with working bred cockers there seem to be two fairly distinct coat types, a short and silky coat, and a much denser woolly coat. So perhaps that could contribute to the coat type in a cockapoo? Maybe if you look at the parents and grandparents that *might* help give an idea.

I've only seen the denser woolly coat on pretty much solid black and liver coloured dogs, not on any roaned dogs. So I'm now pondering whether the coat *type* could be linked to colour, hmmmmmm. Might have to look into that a bit more when I have time.
Would be interesting to see if colour plays a part.

Both parents come into play and hence why there is such variety. Poodle coat textures and colours are pretty unique in their own right and add into the mix the cocker- not surprising we have some lovely colours and coat types to choose from.

Personally I wouldn't take anything as a given at 3-4 weeks but more of an expectation they could be like that.

My breeder thought Monty wouldn't be that curly and he is the curliest of them all!!!
 

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I have seen many cockapoo puppies at 3 weeks, 4 weeks and 8 weeks old and you can see the texture, the curl, wavy or straighter coat at 4 weeks ... yes it is more clearer to see coat type the older the puupy is but puppies usually leave the breeder at 8 weeks old :S

Some coat colours fade, some even get darker and some change colour with age.....

I hope this helps a little bit... Just pic a puppy you like the look and personality of xxxx
 

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I've a friend up in Scotland who has had some fairly unusual cocker colours, red roan, lemon roan, a really unusually marked tri-colour bitch as well. One of her black stud dogs with a woolly coat, was the sire of Miggin, the cocker I brought on, he was solid liver and inherited his dad's same woolly coat. The OH has another liver who isn't as woolly, and not from the same breeding, he also has a couple of blacks with the less woolly coat, and some he's bred himself that have inherited the silkier coat; cocker colour genetics are so much more confusing than Labs, chuckle :p
 

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Its hard to decribe and cos my picture posting is rubbish I cant help my self out with pics. Wilfs coat was wavey as a really young pup but his coat was thick, he is now really curly and got curlier with age, Mables coat was straighter a little pup it did have a wave its now fluffy and wavey but not as thick as Wilfs more like hair than fur ... if that makes sense and she does loose some of the white hairs. Cara's Izzy has a poodle mum x (I hope you dont mind me posting that x)
Of course not. When I am at my PC I will post puppy and now pics xx
 

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I said above that "in our experience - you can usually tell coat type at around 3-4 weeks old" - and I admit that it would only be a general guide - though as our puppies here are not normally selected by their new owners until 6 weeks old - by then we have a pretty good idea of the direction the pup's coats will go. This can be seen in the videos.

Stephen xx
 

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The final coat type is when the cockapoo reaches adult,in my experience after the puppy to adult coat change.kd my eldest cockapoo had a fleecy/wavy coat,it was beautiful and shaggy so i intended to leave her coat to gro but when the coat change began it became clear that it was going to be much curlier than i first thought.Miley my american cockapoo was the same and is curlier now that the adult coat has come through and so is pyper my blue merle so i think its unlikely you can pick a coat type as a pup,however you could ask the breeder to see pics of previous pups and that may give you an idea,make sure the pics are of a dog 18 month plus once the coat change has finished. xxx
 
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