Names of dogs: Russell Standard Poodle (Rufus RIP) Leonardo Yorkshire Terriorist
Poodle Type: Brown Standard
Location: Abbotsford, BC
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Originally Posted by ChocolateMillie
All poodles are born with softer, wavier puppy coats. As they get older, their soft puppy coat is replaced by a coarse, curly coat. Now, some adult poodles have better coats than others (better meaning coarser - soft coats tend to mat more easily).
Also, certain color poodles (I think reds and whites) have a tendency to have softer coats (again, groomers/white/red poodle owners please correct me).
I would say coat change (which is when the puppy loses its puppy coat) generally occurs around a year of age (give or take a few months older or younger). You may notice adult hair beginning to come in much sooner. When my puppy was around 6 - 7 months I started noticing patches of much coarser, curlier hair. Right now she is about 50/50 soft-wavy puppy coat and coarse,curly adult coat. You will know your puppy is in coat change when her coat begins to mat practically overnight.
ETA: Like PaddleAddict, my puppy also was born with a very coarse puppy coat (which I have heard is typical in browns??). But still, compared to her even coarser adult coat, it was relatively soft and wavy.
My new Puppy is a brown and he has a very soft, starting to curl at the base coat. His Doggy Daycare lady calls him Monkey-fur. My last Spoo was black and had tight, tight curls from the day I brought him home. He was a Therapy dog, and the elderly ladies LOVED running their fingers through his curls! Don't get me wrong, I love the Brown Monkey-fur, but I'm really hoping it changes to curls eventually
You will miss the puppy fluff when it's gone, I promise. As much as I love the wooly sheep feel of a poodle coat, there's just something about puppy fluff that makes me all googly eyed. (and wait til you go through coat change....)