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The Labradoodle is a mixed dog breed, a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. The Labradoodle may possess any combination of traits from its originating breeds. In general, they make good pets, because both Labradors and Poodles are good family pets. Both breeds are highly intelligent and enjoy being with their owners and families. When selecting a Labradoodle, look for eye disorders and hip dysplasia.
Breed Type The Labradoodle is a popular mixed breed. A cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle (usually the Standard Poodle, but smaller sizes may be used), the Labradoodle is has become highly sought after as a pet.
Background The Labradoodle was not intentionally bred until 1989. A product of Australia, the breed was intended for use as a Seeing Eye dog for the blind. The idea was to produce a dog that shed less for those who were blind and had allergies. The results were good, and the breed is still used as a guide and therapy dog.
Description The Labradoodle is a mixed breed, so it does not have a defining set of characteristics that should be expected. Its hair may be soft or wiry, straight, wavy, or curly. It may or may not shed, although it usually sheds less than a full-blooded Labrador Retriever. Colors tend to be the same as those found in Poodles. Height and weight are largely unpredictable.
Care and Feeding Labradors and Poodles both do well on diets that include fish and poultry, so they should be safe bets for this breed. Grooming requirements for Labradoodles vary depending on the type of coat. Clipping may or may not be required. Coats that are more Poodle-like require regular bathing, while those that resemble the Labrador's may only need an occasional dry shampoo. Labradoodles are usually reasonably healthy due to their genetic diversity, but regular checkups are advised. Vaccinations are due as follows:
Maintenance of the Labradoodles environment depends on its level of shedding. Some Labradoodles will need to be cleaned up after more than others.
Housing Your Dog Labradoodles should do well indoors or out. As people-oriented dogs, however, they might prefer to live indoors. Small spaces are fine, as long as ample opportunity for exercise is provided.
Social Behaviors Labradoodles are usually friendly toward children, strangers, and other dogs. As with most dogs, proper socialization while young is important.
Handling and Training The Labradoodle is, for the most part, easy to train. Both the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle are intelligent and love to learn new things.
Activities Some Labradoodles need more exercise than others. The dog's behavior can show signs of whether it is getting the right amount of exercise.
Breeding/Reproduction Some Labradoodle fans believe that only first generation Labradoodles are acceptable, while others are proponents of multigenerational crossing. Some breeders breed Labradoodles back to a Labrador or Poodle. In any event, when choosing a mate for a Labradoodle, eye disorders and hip dysplasia are primary concerns.
Common Health Problems The two main genetic ailments that are common to Labradors and Poodles are eye disorders and hip dysplasia. Labradoodles may be as prone to these as members of their purebred lineage.
Availability Although they only recently came into existence, Labradoodles are fairly easy to find. If you can't find a breeder locally, they can be located online. Prices vary greatly, but are often over $1,000.
Imogen - 2011-10-08 My black labradoodle Lottie was on a walk when she got stung by two wasps on both her legs. She kept lying down and now she's lying down, licking her paws a lot and panting loads. I'm worried about her-is she in pain? Advice would be really helpful as me and my family are worried about her. Thank you
Charlie Roche - 2011-10-08 Are you sure the stingers are out? If the stinger is still in that could definitely be a problem. Also, the bites itch. My concern is the panting - she could be allergic to the sting. If she is panting, I'd take her to the vet.
Imogen - 2011-10-08 Thank you. She seems to have calmed down a bit now and isn't panting as much. I appreciate all of your help and advice. Thank you again
sporty gal - 2011-06-01 I have a question..... is the labradoodle good with cats and other dogs?
Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01 From Animal World "Labradoodles are usually friendly toward children, strangers, and other dogs. As with most dogs, proper socialization while young is important". Both the Labrador and the Poodle (the ancestors of this pup) are friendly, non agressive pups. They love their families and get along with people, other animals - so other pups and everyone in the family. Like anything else - any new pet - you would bring into the home, just go slow and introduce all on neutral territory. Remember, the existing pets could be jealous so they need a little extra attention from you. The new fella doesn't know yet. So just let all get aquainted slowly and make sure you give extra attention to those already there. OK enjoy
Kerry Isom - 2012-05-03 I have a 12 week old labradoodle and some one said to me I am walking him to far. We do 30 mins a day. He does not seem bothered and still runs around when he gets home.
Help I am new too all of this.
Charlie Roche - 2012-05-04 Lab is a HIGH energy pup - real high energy and poodles have a whole lot of energy. I think you could walk this labradoodle till you couldn't stand and the pup would still be raring to go. Don't worry about walking him too much because I doubt you can and just give lots of play toys in the home.
Kerry Isom - 2012-05-04 Thank you Charlie,
someone said to me walk him 5 mins for every month of his life have you ever heard of this?
Mariana - 2013-05-10 I just got a labradoodle last week and she has tried to escape, when she is in her leash. We have been gaining her trust, but we want to be sure that she will not get out of her harness, what should we do to help train her?
Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10 Firm but positive training works best. Labradoodles are one of my favorite mixed breeds. They have all the great attitude characteristics of the labrador, and the darling (non-shedding!) coat of the poodle. These dogs are intelligent, playful, and sometimes mischievous, but always seeking human connection. There are lots of good resources; books, magazines, websites and others, that can give you indepth info on training. One good method is to find a dog trainer that can offer suggestions or coaching.