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Labradoodle Breed Information


Recognized By: ACHC , ALAA , DBR , DDKC , IDCR
AKA: Labrapoo, Labrapoodle
Mispellings: Labradoodel, Labadoodle, Labdoodle, Laberdoodle, Labordoodle, Labourdoodle, Labradodle, Labradoole, Labrdoodle, Labridoodle, Labordoodle, Labrododdle, Labrodoodle

Caring for a Labradoodle

Feeding: It is recommended to feed the Labradoodle their daily food allotment in 2 or three meals as they are prone to bloat. They should not be exercised for at least 40 minutes after eating. Bloat is a life threatening condition that occurs when the stomach flips afer a meal, blocking the intestines. If not treated immeadiately, this could be fatal.

Living with a Labradoodle

Temperament: Most Labradoodles are friendly, energetic, playful dogs.

Family Dog: The Labradoodle is a funny, loveable, intelligent dog who can make the ideal family pet if properly trained. They are friendly and will accept and treat everyone like their best friend. They are devoted to their family and enjoy life as an energetic companion dog. The Labradoodle does well with children and can be an affectionate and gentle companion for any child. She can also be exuberant and might knock down smaller children, but she will love them with all her heart.

Shedding: Some Labradoodles may shed but they are typically classified as a low to no shed dog. They may be good for allergy sufferers but are not technically a hypoalergenic breed.

Grooming: The coat of the Labradoodle requires lots of maintenance.

Training: The Poodle is the second smartest dog breed and the Labrador Retriever is 7th, which makes the Labradoodle a highly trainable dog.

Barking: The Labradoodle has a loud, low-pitched bark. They do tend to bark when playing, or defending their owner or territory.

Weather: The Labradoodle is tolerant of cold weather, but does not do well in warmer climates.

Exercise: The Labradoodle requires at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day and would do better with a fenced yard in which to expel some energy. Two 30 to 45 minute walks will do them good. Some Labradoodles, especially in the first generation, can require even more exercise.

Living Conditions: Labradoodles can adapt to just about any setting, but they're not recommended for apartments.

Labradoodle Appearance

Appearance: Enjoying strong popularity in short order, this "designer" hybrid became well known quickly. Bred to be a hypoallergenic service dog, the Labradoodle went on to prove that she could also be a versatile family and therapy dog as well. The Labradoodle does not have a breed standard and as such their appearance can range from a more Labrador looking dog to one that has more of the Poodle appearance.

Size: The Labradoodle comes in three size variations, depending on the size of the Poodle used for the first-generation breeding. The three sizes are Standard, Medium, and Miniature.

Eyes: The eyes of the Labradoodle can be brown, hazel and gray, which is very rare.

Ears: The medium sized ears of the Labradoodle look more like the Lab's.

Body: The Labradoodle is a large dog that has long legs and a powerful tail.

Feet: The the Labrador Retriever, the Labradoodle may have webbed toes, which makes them excellent swimmers.

Color: The coat of a Labradoodle can be white, cream, gold, apricot, red, black, brown which is the rarest or any of the other allowed Poodle colors.

Coat: The Labradoodle can have a range of coat texture varieties, very curly, loose curls or partially wavy and curly. The desired length is 4 to 6 inches. They typically have a single coat. Any curls shouldn't be tight and the coat shouldn't be thick or fluffy.

Labradoodle Facts

Life Expectancy: The average life expectancy of the Labradoodle is 8 to 11 years.

Characteristics: Labradoodles typically show an affinity for water and make excellent swimmers as both their parent breeds did.

Labradoodle Health

Health: Labradoodles are generally healthy, but like all dogs they are prone to certain health conditions including hip dysplasia and eye disorders that affect both parent breeds. Some of the Multigenerational Labradoodles have been found to suffer from PRA which is common in Miniature Poodles. Not all Labradoodles will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed.

Eye Health: The Labradoodle may be prone to partial blindness with age.

Ear Health: The ears of the Labradoodle need to be cleaned out at least once a week, but take precaution not to insert the cotton swab to deeply into the ear.

Dental Health: As all dogs, the Labradoodle should have their teeth brushed at least three times a week.

Bone Health: Labradoodles are prone to hip displasia.

Labradoodle History

History: Labradoodle was originally developed in Australia to be a hypoallergenic, low shedding, highly trainable guide dog. In 1989, Wally Conron, who was in charge of the breeding program for the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia, conducted the first purposeful crossbreeding between a Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever. Today, Labradoodles are used as Guide, Assistance and Therapy dogs as well as making lovable pets.

* The most accurate way to determine characteristics of a mixed breed is by researching the parent breeds.
** Not all dogs being represented by this name consist of the exact percentages listed above.
*** It is important to do research on your dog's history before choosing a dog. We are dedicated to providing the most accurate information possible about each breed.

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