What are Doodle Furnishings? They are the longer hair on a Crockett Doodle’s face that gives them the teddy bear or scruffy look. Furnishings include eyebrows, mustaches and beards and are caused by a dominant gene named RSPO2. This gene is very common and since it is dominant, furnishings are typical for most Doodles. We estimate that about 95% of our Doodle puppies have furnishings. Many families desire for their pup to have furnishings as they not only give your pup the typical Doodle look, but they also are a good indicator that your pup is hypoallergenic.
Unfurnished (flat coated) Adult Goldendoodle next to her Furnished (curly coated) Adult Goldendoodle Sister. Both of these girls are in Crockett Doodles Partner Homes. They are both dearly loved, but have a distinctly different look, with one looking more like the Golden Retriever mom, and the other more closely resembling her Poodle dad.
When a Doodle does not have the furnishings gene, their coat is called a “flat coat.” Some Doodle breeders refer to it as an “Improper Coat.” Doodles with a flat coat have fur that much more resembles the lineage of their non-Poodle parent. They look like they do not have any Poodle in them at all, because their coat may be straight, slick, or even short. For example, a Goldendoodle with an “improper coat” (flat coat) will resemble a Golden Retriever much more than a Goldendoodle. A flat coated Goldendoodle might have little to no curl in their coat and also have a shorter coat than a typical Golden Retriever. Some families prefer for their Doodle to more closely resemble the non-Poodle parent, but if a family is looking for a hypoallergenic dog then we would highly recommend that you look for a pup with furnishings.
Probably 3 to 5 percent of the time, we will have a flat-coated Doodle without furnishings. We have seen non-furnished coats most often in our Mini Bernedoodles, Cavapoos, and Mini Goldendoodles. We keep a few Poodle studs in the program that do not have the RSPO2 gene, because we know some of the families on our wait list want a pup without furnishings. For instance, some Bernedoodle families want a Bernedoodle that has hybrid vigor, but they want as little of the Poodle’s curly look as possible. In the past, we’ve had mini Bernedoodles without furnishings, that look a lot like a miniature Bernese Mountain Dog, but with fewer health issues.
This litter of Bernedoodles had six pups with our normal furnished coats, and one boy (Lliam in the bottom left corner) that had an unfurnished coat. As they grow older, Lliam will look a lot like a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog, while his littermates will end up with thick, wavy or curly, Doodle-type coats.
Some families who have received a Doodle without Furnishings have told us that their dog still sheds very little or not at all, but in general, we would anticipate that a Doodle without the curly Poodle coat may be more likely to shed. One advantage of a non-furnished coat is that you likely will not need to groom your Doodle.
We hope this article helps you choose the best puppy for your family!