My Ginny is a Labradoodle...about 25 % poodle I would say. We bath her every three months or so. Because we live in the country we take her to a do it yourself dog wash, so don't like to go too often. Ginny does not like the car. Her beard is about four inches long, and is alway wet and dirty. Brushing softens the hair...but I am sure it must be smelly. I have no sense of smell, so am always worried about it. I really don't want to cut it, because I love dogs with beards...lol.