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Labradoodle Dog Breed Information
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A Labradoodle is a popular designer dog breed. It is a cross between a Standard Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. This designer dog breed originated in Australia around 1988. The main goal of the Labradoodle was to create a hypoallergenic guide dog for people living with disabilities who were also allergic to dog fur and dander. Now, they are still a popular choice for service, guide, and therapy dogs and are also a popular companion dog. They are not recognized by the AKC because they are not a purebred dog, but Labradoodles are recognized by the ACHC.
Labrador Retrievers and Poodles are both friendly, gentle, intelligent, and affectionate dog breeds. The Labradoodle tends to be similar. They are open and friendly and crave human attention and affection. They are happiest when they are with people.
Labradoodles also tend to have an energetic and playful personality. They get along well with children, other dogs, other pets, and strangers. They are alert enough to bark or let you know when someone is at the door, but they are not generally good watchdogs or guard dogs as they are more interested in making friends.
A Labradoodle is a highly adaptable dog breed. They do very well in homes with space to run and they can adapt well to apartment living as long as they are given plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They also do well in most climates. As with any dog breed, they are sensitive to extreme heat and cold.
Because they enjoy being around people, they do not generally like to be left alone for long periods of time. They can also become bored if not given enough attention, exercise, or mental stimulation, which can result in destructive behavior.
This dog breed is generally healthy, but they do have the chance of inheriting common health conditions from both of the parent breeds. Some health conditions to be aware of include elbow and hip dysplasia, ear infections, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, and epilepsy.
Good breeding practices can reduce the likelihood of passing on many of these health issues. Be sure to talk with the breeder about the genetic history of the parents and ask to see any health clearances; this can help allay potential health concerns.
A Labradoodle tends to be eager to please and highly intelligent, which makes them highly trainable. They are a good fit for dog owners of any experience level. As with most dog breeds, Labradoodles respond best to training that is consistent and uses positive reinforcement. Ongoing training and learning new tricks throughout your dog’s life helps keep them interested, engaged, and provides plenty of mental stimulation.
There are some grooming tasks that are common to every dog breed. When it comes to coat care, it can vary with a Labradoodle. Poodles have a low-shedding coat that is also high maintenance in terms of brushing, trimming, and professional grooming. Labs tend to have a higher shedding coat that needs minimal brushing and grooming.
For the most part, a Labradoodle will have a low or non-shedding coat that will need to be brushed a few times a week. But, they can have a higher shedding coat should they take after their Labrador parent. Depending on coat type, bathing needs will be monthly/bi-monthly or just as needed. You may also need a few professional grooming sessions throughout the year.
Other general grooming tasks include trimming your dog’s nails, taking care of their teeth, and checking their ears. Nail trimming once a month is usually enough to keep movement comfortable and prevent longer nails from snagging on things. Proper dental care for your dog will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. It can include brushing your dog’s teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste regularly along with a dental care diet and/or dental chews.
It’s important to regularly check any dog’s ears, but is especially important for drop-down ears. Drop-down ears are more prone to infection because floppy ears are more likely to trap moisture, dirt, and debris. By checking your dog’s ears and carefully cleaning them as needed, you can reduce the chance of your Labradoodle developing an ear infection.
It’s a good idea to start getting your dog used to having their mouth, ears, and paws handled as a puppy and rewarding them for grooming sessions. This will make grooming throughout their life a much more enjoyable process for both you and your dog. It can even become a bonding time for you both as well.
Labradoodles tend to be high-energy dogs. They require a few daily walks plus some time to run and play in order to stay happy and healthy. They certainly love to play and you may tire out before they do sometimes. They may calm down a little as they get to be a couple of years old, but they tend to be quite energetic as puppies.
Going swimming with your dog, taking a hike with them, going on a trip to the dog park, playing a game of fetch, and more are all great supplemental activities to ensure your Labradoodle gets plenty of exercise. You can even train them to compete in dog sports like dock diving, flyball, agility, obedience, and more.
A fully-grown Labradoodle will usually stand between 21 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 50 and 65 pounds.
Labradoodles generally live 12 – 14 years.
The term “Labradoodle” first appeared in 1955. However, it did not become popular until 1988 when the mix was specifically bred to create hypoallergenic guide dogs.