Labradoodles come from crossing Labrador Retrievers and Standard or Miniature Poodles. Like both their parents, these dogs are smart, friendly and fairly active.
In the mid 1970’s, the Australian Guide Dog Association was asked for a hypoallergenic guide dog. This request was put in by a blind lady from Hawaii. One of the reasons why she chose Australia was because of its strict quarantine rules at that time.
Unfortunately, the organisation did not have a suitable breed so they set out to develop one. To create a hypoallergenic dog, they crossed Labrador retrievers and Standard poodles.
The first cross between the Standard Poodle and Labrador resulted in a dog named Sultan. Sultan had the desired hypoallergenic coat. This dog also had the intellect, aptitude and personality to be an efficient guide dog.
When the first litter of puppies was born, they were named the Labrador-poodle. And this is how the Labradoodle came to be. Like its parents, the Labradoodle breed quickly and became popular. Up-to-date, labradoodles are one of the most sought-after “doodle breeds”.
|Are Labradoodles Family-Friendly?||These dogs have a good reputation as family pets. They are playful and love children.|
|Daily Exercise Needs?||They need an hour or more of exercise every day. They thrive in large yards.|
|Common Health Issues & Considerations||Labradoodles may be prone to the following health concerns:
● Eye problems.
● Addison's disease.
● Sebaceous adenitis.
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Nature & Temperament||Labradoodles are intelligent, affectionate and social. They are also loyal, even-tempered and gentle.|
Medium: 12 - 23 kg
Standard: 23 - 45 kg
Medium: 40 - 51 cm
Standard: 51 - 66 cm
|Suitable Environment||These dogs live comfortably in a house or large townhouse.|
|Grooming||Since they shed very little, all they need is weekly brushing.|
● Depending on the dog you adopt, you can expect them to be a non-to-average shedder.
● Labradoodles come in various sizes, generally depending on whether they are bred from a miniature or standard poodle.
● They are high-energy dogs so they need plenty of exercise.
● These dogs have excellent tracking abilities.
The average amount of food to feed your Labradoodle is 1 – 2 ½ cups of dry dog food. Divide the food into two meals. This way, you reduce any chances of your dog suffering from bloating. Portions depends on the size of your dog.
There are two main kinds of labradoodles. The first type have a wiry hair coat, and they shed frequently. The second type have a fluffy wooly coat and they rarely shed. The latter type of labradoodles are best suited for people with allergies.
That said, these thicker coats do need more care, preferably professional grooming. They also need regular combing and brushing at least once a week.
Recommended Grooming Tips:
● Keep your labradoodle’s ears dry and clean.
● Trim your dog’s nails every week or two.
● Brush their teeth regularly- daily whenever possible.
These are energetic and active creatures. The larger (standard) variety do well with regular exercise. They should be taken for long walks and given plenty of time and room to run and play. Labradoodles are also a water-loving breed, which means swimming is a suitable exercise.
For the smaller variety, they do well in an apartment setting, as long as they are getting a brisk daily walk. Labradoodles should not be left to their own devices though. This is because they can become anxious and destructive.
Labradoodles are smart, which makes them easier to train. They pick up standard commands pretty fast. They also thrive on being physically and mentally stimulated.
These dogs particularly enjoy engaging in competitive sports. Like with most breeds, Labradoodle socialisation and training should start early.
Yes, these dogs like to be kept busy. Most also like swimming and interactive games.
These dogs enjoy a long lifespan of about 12 to 15 years, especially if they are well taken care of with a healthy diet.
Labradoodles are a relatively new cross-breed. For this reason, more research is needed to identify likely health concerns. That said, labradoodles are prone to eye problems, Addison’s disease and epilepsy.
Labradoodles for sale cost between $1300 and $4000 approximately.
Yes, they are. These dogs are very intelligent, making them highly trainable. Another thing that makes them easy to train is the fact that they are eager to please.
Yes. In fact, this is a very common practice. Whenever you breed two labradoodles, the resulting litter has more consistent traits. This can be helpful in getting rid of unwanted traits such as a straight coat.