Generally, Labradoodles are considered to be fairly healthy dogs with an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Since the breed is rather young, there is still no complete picture of health problems to which Labradoodles are predisposed to.
Nevertheless, it is possible to consider health issues from the side of Labradoodles’ parents: Labrador Retriever and Poodle.
Problems from Labrador Side
From the Labrador side, Labradoodles have an increased risk of hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, obesity, eye disorders, food allergy.
Hip/elbow dysplasia is the malformation of the elbow joint/hip causing pain and disability. There are several factors that may contribute to the development of the disease, for example, genetic susceptibility for hip looseness or laxity, nutritional factors, etc.
Every Labradoodle owner should know the main symptoms of dysplasia to detect it as early as possible:
- decreased activity;
- difficulty in rising;
- narrow stance in the hind limbs;
- difficulties in running, jumping or climbing stairs.
As Labradors, Labradoodles have a tendency to gain extra weight, and obesity can lead to problems with joints and heart. It means, that a Labradoodle should have enough physical activity (at least 2 hours a day) and well-balanced hypoallergenic diet.
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) or cataracts potentially may lead to total blindness. Retinal dysplasia is another eye issue that may be developed.
Food allergy (an allergy reaction to some food ingredients) is very ‘popular’ among Labradoodles. There are the following symptoms:
- skin rash and itching;
- excessive paw licking;
- paw biting, etc.
Problems from Poodle Side
Poodles are healthy dogs, but, nevertheless, they may suffer from the following health issues:
- Von Willebrand’s disease. Bleeding disorder because of inadequate blood clotting. It means, that a dog may die even of the slightest injury. Unfortunately, this disease is incurable.
- Addison’s disease. Is a pituitary gland problem that is very difficult to detect in-time. Once diagnosed, an affected Labradoodle may lead a normal life if provided appropriate treatment.
- Sebaceous adenitis (SA), though is a rare condition, sometimes occurs in Labradoodles. As the oil-producing glands in the skin stop working, the result is a rank odor, dry, scaly skin and hair loss. This skin issue appears to be an autosomal recessive genetic disease and affects young dogs, as a rule.
There are the following symptoms of SA:
- alopecia (hair loss);
- unpleasant skin and hair odor;
- matted hair;
- casts forming around the hair shaft;
- dull hairs;
- intense itching and scratching;
- bacterial infections along the hair follicle.
We hope, that this information will help you to detect possible health problems with you Labradoodle and get in-time medical assistance.