All Facts About Labradoodles

Introduction

A Labradoodle is a mixture of Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle, originally designed to be a hypoallergenic guide dog. An Australian farmer successfully crossed two breeds in the year 1988 and, as a result of a cross breeding, we have got smart and sociable dogs ideal for guiding, as well as a perfect pet with low-shedding coat.

Still, there are no consistent results in coat or temperament of the breed, nevertheless, a Labradoodle has gained wide popularity in many countries.

How Does a Labradoodle Look Like?

Labradoodles usually come in the main coat types: fleece (like an Angora goat), wool (like lamb wool in texture) and hair (more similar to Labrador’s coat type but longer). The color of the coat could be tan, gold, red, black, brown or brindle. Most Labradoodles have odorless, low to non-shedding coats.

Be careful! If you are prone to allergic reactions, you’d better to choose Labradoodle with fleece-like fur – they are odorless and it sheds minimally, but its coat has tendency to tangle and mat.

Labradoodle with ‘hairs’ sheds the most and it requires one or two brushing per week, like many other types of medium shedders.

There are also three sizes of Labradoodles available: standard (55 cm at the shoulder, weighs 20 kg), medium (43 cm at the shoulder, weighs 11 kg) or miniature (35 cm at the shoulder, weighs 9-10 kg).

Recommendation: if you are going to buy a Labradoodle remember, that it is still rather difficult to predict the future size of a dog. The first thing you should pay attention to is the size of its parents. The second feature is the sizes of puppy’s feet and head – the bigger these body parts are, the bigger the dog will be in the future.

Temperament

A Labradoodle is extremely affectionate and devoted dog: it always tends to be near its master. Labradoodles are friendly that makes them perfect dogs for families with children: a Labradoodle will be a nice and gentle companion in a play.

A Labradoodle is very active and energetic dogs: it needs at least 30-60 minutes of training a day. Also, long regular walks will be a must.

Advice: to make your usual walks more active, you can engage your Labradoodle in Frisbee play, ball game, agility training, as well as take your dog with you for a jogging.

Labradoodles are very smart as their Poodles parent – this feature makes them perfect trainable dogs.

General Health Issues

Labradoodle is generally healthy breed, but it can suffer from ear infections, hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy and allergies.

Warning! Since Labradoodles are prone to food allergy, it is necessary to find organic and hypoallergenic food for your dog. A raw diet will be a nice alternative to kibbles.

Interesting Facts

  • An average lifespan of a Labradoodle is about 12-15 years, so, they are considered to be long livers.
  • Labradoodles are excellent swimmers.
  • Labradoodles are not very good at guarding since they are very friendly towards strangers.
  • Designed as guide dogs, Labradoodles are also used as service and therapy dogs.
  • A Labradoodle can give birth to 4 to 15 puppies (8 on average).
  • Labradoodles are very tolerant to other pets in the house. Nevertheless, do not neglect early socialization of your Labradoodle.
  • Labradoodles are suitable for the first-time owners.
  • Labradoodle is still not recognized as ‘official’ breed.

Labradoodle is a great pet for singles and families with or without children. A Labradoodle will be an affectionate and kind companion with a lively character.



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