- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Mini Labradoodle Breed Profile
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The Miniature Labradoodle is a designer dog breed that is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Miniature Poodle. Although it is not recognized by the AKC, the Mini Labradoodle is recognized by the ACHC. This designer dog breed was originally developed to create hypoallergenic guide dogs. With a mixed breed, you can end up with any combination of the parent breeds. Often, the result of this cross is a smart, friendly, and sociable dog that is highly trainable. They are often found working as service dogs and therapy dogs and living as family companion animals.
A Mini Labradoodle is a combination of two friendly dog breeds that crave human affection and are always happy to have company. This designer dog breed is happiest when they are with their family and they have a playful personality. They have a low prey drive and tend to do well with other dogs and pets within the household as well as children. Due to their smaller size, these dogs can be injured by rough play or accidental falls, so any time with younger children should be closely supervised. Miniature Labradoodles will usually bark to alert you someone is at the door, but their friendly nature does not usually make them a good guard dog. As with any dog, early socialization and ongoing training help a puppy grow into a well-rounded, well-behaved dog.
This dog breed is highly adaptable. They do well in large homes with space where they can run. Although an apartment is not an ideal setting for them, your Mini Labradoodle can adapt well to apartment living as long as they receive enough exercise, attention, and mental stimulation. They tend to do best in moderate climates, but can tolerate warmer or colder climates. Due to their smaller size, you will likely need to add some extra layers during the winter to help keep them warm. As with many dog breeds, Miniature Labradoodles are sensitive to extreme heat or cold.
The Mini Labradoodle is a generally healthy designer dog breed. As with all breeds, there are some health conditions to be aware of. In a mixed or designer breed, these can include health conditions from either or both of the parent breeds. For the Miniature Labradoodle, these are ear infections, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and progressive retinal atrophy.
Miniature Labradoodles have floppy ears that drop down, which are more prone to ear infections. Proper grooming and care can help prevent these. Asking the breeder about the genetic history of the parents and asking to see any health clearances can help allay some of these other health concerns.
Miniature Labradoodles tend to be highly intelligent and eager to please. This generally makes them easy to train and a good fit for owners of all experience levels. They respond best to consistent training and positive reinforcement. Puppy training classes can ensure that owners of any experience level learn the latest training techniques and start building a strong bond with their puppy while also getting some opportunities for socialization early on. Ongoing training throughout your Mini Labradoodle’s life, like learning new tricks, can help provide additional mental stimulation.
Grooming requirements with a Mini Labradoodle can vary. On the Poodle side, you have a low-shedding, but high maintenance, coat that needs regular trimming and grooming. On the Lab side, you have a higher shedding coat that is more low maintenance, requiring some regular brushing and intermittent bathing. Overall, Mini Labradoodles range from having a non- to low-shedding coat. They can have one coat type or the other or a combination of them, so you will want to be prepared for brushing a coat once or twice a week and the possibility of more grooming needs.
Regardless of coat type, there are some other general grooming tasks you can count on. Your dog’s nails will need to be trimmed, teeth brushed, and ears checked regularly. Usually, trimming your dog’s nails once a month is sufficient. Brushing your dog’s teeth daily is ideal. Regular dental care for your dog will help prevent serious dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Checking your dog’s ears regularly to ensure they are dry, clean, and free of debris and carefully cleaning as needed helps prevent ear infections, especially in dog breeds with floppy or drop down ears.
These dogs can be high energy. In general, they require 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise. Since they love to be around their family and can have an exuberant and outgoing personality, they will likely be up for more playtime if you are. Because of your Mini Labradoodle’s smaller size, you will want to keep an eye out for signs of overexertion. This little dog may get tired more easily at times and could push themselves too far in their excitement.
On the other hand, they may just keep going and going with no signs of slowing down. It’s up to you to figure out where your dog is most comfortable and then try to stay within that range. What is most important is making sure your Miniature Labradoodle gets enough exercise and mental stimulation. They don’t tend to like being alone for long periods of time and can become destructive and difficult to handle if they are bored or poorly exercised.
A Mini Labradoodle will generally stand between 14 and 16 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 15 to 25 pounds.
This designer dog breed usually lives 12-14 years.
The Oxford Dictionary officially recognized the word “labradoodle” in 2006, which means you can use it in Scrabble.