A Labradoodle is a cross breed between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Labradoodles take the best quality of both of their parts, the spunky Lab and the loyal and smart Poodle. Standard Labradoodles range in weight from 45-100lbs, though breeding smaller poodles can produce Mini Labradoodles that can range from 30-45lbs.
They are great companions who are active and affectionate. They are often very accepting of other dogs, pets, children and the elderly. However, it is important that young children learn to be respectful and gentle with this breed to avoid any issue. Your Labradoodle may be hypoallergenic due to poodle’s heritage. It is important if you have allergies to talk to the breeder to confirm if your pup will be hypoallergenic. Labradoodles are generally quite healthy, but can be susceptible to hip dysplasia, cancer and certain genetic disorders. These disorders increase in probability with improper breeding done at puppy mills or by inexperienced breeders. Proper nutrition and exercise is important to keep them healthy and strong enough to live into old age. Average lifespan of a properly bred Labradoodle is 10-15 years.
Labradoodles, like many poodle hybrids need regular grooming. Because of multi layered fur, they are prone to matting especially around the ears and groin. It is very important to brush your Labradoodle several times a week but ideally daily for a healthy coat free of mats. Poodle hybrids with these types of coats can matt quickly and it can go straight to the skin before you know it. Get in touch with an experienced groomer to help you maintain your Labradoodle’s coat and nails. Labradoodles generally have silky and wavy coats that come in a variety of different colors.
Generation makes a big difference in the type of coat your Labradoodle will have. The F1 Labradoodle is a first generation crossed with a pure bred poodle and pure bred Labrador Retriever. These generations can still cause some allergy issues for their owners as there is only 50% poodle in them. A F1b Labradoodle is a cross of a F1 Labradoodle and a purebred Poodle. F1b generations are the best for people with allergies as they are 75% poodle. F1b Labradoodles can also be called backcross bred. Some breeders are starting to breed F2 Labradoodles or Double Doodles, which are a cross between two F1 Labradoodles. Labradoodles coats come in a variety of textures and colors depending on their generation and the coloring of the breeding parents. Coats can be tightly curled to wavy.
They train quite quickly and excel at mind games and agility training. Labradoodles are incredibly smart and quick to catch on, so the sooner you get to training them the better they will do. Start with small and easy tricks and work your way up as your pup gets better with commands. With intelligence comes boredom, so keep your pooch busy. Crate training can also help to potty train your Labradoodle quickly and without much fuss. Labradoodles thrive in home with some space and a yard for playing. Most breeders will insist a large fenced backyard for Labradoodles, or a very active family who will walk the dog at least once a day.
Overall, a Labradoodle is a great addition to any household.
They love being part of a family “pack” and are always eager to please. Do your very best to find a proper breeder with a good reputation when picking your Labradoodle. Poodle Hybrids are very popular and have stimulated puppy mills to overbreed them. The last thing you want is a sick Labradoodle prone to cancer and other genetic disorders due to improper breeding. There are many great breeders out there, so get in touch with a good one before you get your own Labradoodle life partner!
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