Dog Breed

Labradoodle

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Full Name
Labradoodle
Alternate Names
Doodle
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Life Span
12 - 14 years
Weight
40 - 80 pounds
Description

Ahh the ever famous Labradoodle- perhaps no other dog has been moving up the ranks in popularity quite as fast as the Labradoodle. It is the world's most well known mixed breed, a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Because of the increase in popularity, the wait time to get a Labradoodle puppy has increased, and so has the price.

However, there is a reason for Labradoodles being so popular- they are the ultimate family dog. They have the loyalty, eagerness to please, and playfulness of a Labrador. Yet they are also a bit more calm tempered, don't need quite as much intense exercise as a Labrador, very low shedding, and are hypoallergenic due to their Poodle side. Of course, the mix of the two also results in an intensely cute curly dog, which has many variations. Labradoodles, just like Poodles, can come in a range of sizes. They also are very similar to their cousin, the Goldendoodle, which is a mix of a Poodle and Golden Retriever.

There are multiple factors that dictate the appearance of a labradoodle- their 'generation' (first generation are puppies of a Labrador and Poodle), color of parents, and percent of Lab vs Poodle. Their coat can range from wavy to curly, and their texture can range from wool to fleece.

Origin
Australia
Bred For
Family Companionship
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    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Labradoodle good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Labradoodle friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

    Dog Friendly

    Is the Labradoodle friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Labradoodle like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.

    Playfulness

    Does the Labradoodle like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Labradoodle make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Labradoodle good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

    Training Potential

    How well can the Labradoodle be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Labradoodle. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Labradoodle shed a lot?

    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Labradoodle easy to groom?

    Exercise Need

    Does the Labradoodle need a lot of exercise?

    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Labradoodle?

    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Labradoodle bark? Does the Labradoodle bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Labradoodle a good guard dog?

    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Labradoodle good at staying alone? Is the Labradoodle independent?

    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Labradoodle a good apartment dog? Can the Labradoodle live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.

    Size

    How big is the Labradoodle?

    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Labradoodle tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Labradoodle?

    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Labradoodle tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Labradoodle?

    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Labradoodle try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Labradoodle a healthy dog? The general health of a Labradoodle should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Labradoodle? Is the Labradoodle too energetic for your lifestyle?

    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Labradoodle drool?

    Prey Drive

    Does the Labradoodle have a large prey drive? Does the Labradoodle like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.

    Athleticism

    Is the Labradoodle atheltic? Is the Labradoodle fast and strong?

    Breed Variations

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      Miniature

    • Image for the Black variation for dog breed

      Black

    • Image for the Brown variation for dog breed

      Brown

    • Image for the Red variation for dog breed

      Red

    • Image for the Golden variation for dog breed

      Golden

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      Cream

    The Labradoodle is a purebred dog that belongs to the Poodle sub group, which falls under the larger Non-Sporting dog breed group.
    Non-Sporting group: The Non-Sporting group of dogs is probably the most diverse in the sense that it has a variety of dogs, and they were not all bred for one specific purpose. Each breed in the non-sporting group is unique! They have been primarily bred as house pets, and because of that make excellent additions to the family. Exercise is still important for them, but the typical non-sporting dog does not have the energy of of a sporting or working group dog.
    Poodle sub-group: Poodles will forever be some of the most famous dogs. They have strong personalities, and are oftentimes misunderstood. Because of their unique coat which is oftentimes styled in all sorts of elaborate styles, there is the misconception that they are only a show dog, and are not very sporty or fun. That is not true- in fact poodles are some of the most versatile dogs- both athletic and very intelligent. Poodles can be trained well, and in fact need to since they can otherwise either become dominant or have behavioral problems. They are one of the smartest breeds, but also expect a competent owner in return. Poodles also have above average health, are hypoallergenic, and do not shed very much.

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