The Labradoodle is a crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and Standard, Miniature, or Toy poodle. These dogs were bred to be assistance dogs for people who suffered of dog related allergies. First Labradoodle was created in Australia, in 1989, by a man named Wally Conron. He conducted first crossbreeding between a Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever because he needed a dog that has the coat of the Puddle and the working ability of the Labrador Retriever. The result of this crossbreeding was named Sultan. Sultan was smart, sweet, and most importantly, he had the hypoallergenic coat. Sultan was created with a specific purpose, to be a guide dog for a handicapped woman on Hawaii, who couldn't have any other guide dog because of her husband's allergies. This breed is still not officially recognized breed so the standard hasn't been set.
FUN FACT: Sultan faithfully served a woman in Hawaii for ten years.
The Labradoodle dog comes in three sizes – Standard, Medium, and Miniature. The Standard Labradoodle is 21-24 inches in height and weights 50-65 pounds. The Medium Labradoodle is 17-19 inches high and weights 30-45 pounds. The Miniature one is 14-16 inches high, and weights 15-25 pounds. The Labradoodle's coat can also come in more than one type. The coat can be long, and wavy (slightly wavy to extremely wavy) with soft texture. A wool coat has tight curls and gives the dog a more „Poodle-like“ look. This coat doesn't shed at all. The third type is a coat that looks and feels like the coat of the Labrador Retriever which means they tend to shed profusely throughout the year. This type is the least popular. All these coats come in various of colors, including: gold, cream, chocolate, chalk (a chalky white), red, black, café, apricot, silver, caramel, parchment, and blue.
FUN FACT: The Labradoodle can be a result of crossing a Labrador with a Poodle, crossing two Labradoodles together or even crossing a Labradoodle with a Poodle or a Labrador.
Grooming needs depend on the type and the length of the coat. Brushing is needed about two times a week, in order to keep the coat clean and to prevent any knots from forming. Nails should be trimmed as needed, and teeth should be brushed two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup and the bacteria. Labradoodles have troubles with frequent ear infections. Because of this, the Labradoodle's ears should be kept dry and clean. Check the dog's ears at least once a week for dirt, redness or some other sign that can indicate an infection.
The Labradoodle has a lot of energy and requires regular, daily exercise. Except for regular walks, take your Labradoodle somewhere where you can let him burn off the steam by running freely. Just like any other dog, the Labradoodle can also become destructive if not given enough exercise and mental stimulation. Excessive chewing and barking are often caused by boredom. Because of their high exercise needs, Labradoodles are not recommended for apartment living.
FUN FACT: Labradoodles love to swim.
The Labradoodle is affectionate, highly intelligent, gentle, and good-natured dog with great temperament. They love to be around people. They thrive on the attention of the family, and make excellent family dogs. Labradoodles also make great service dogs, rescue dogs, and therapy dogs. Usually, the Labradoodles do well with other pets in the household, as well as with children of the family, if they are trained and properly socialized.
FUN FACT: Because of their excellent sense of smell, Labradoodles are brilliant trackers.
Training the Labradoodle is not difficult. They are eager to please their human and thus highly trainable. Also, because of the fact that they are very intelligent, they are quick at catching commands. Labradoodles are sensitive by nature and don’t respond well to harsh treatment. Always use positive reinforcement while training the Labradoodle dog.
FUN FACT: Labradoodles are not good watchdogs.
The Labradoodle has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Important thing to know is that Labradoodles may be more predisposed to certain health issues because their parent breeds are known to suffer from them. These health issues include: hip and elbow dysplasia (you can read more about hip dysplasia here), patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), epilepsy (you can read more about epilepsy here), diabetes mellitus (a disorder in which the dog’s body can’t regulate blood sugar levels), hypothyroidism (a disorder of the thyroid gland), ear issues, and allergies.
Because of the Labradoodle’s looks and characteristics, the breed became popular in no time. This rapid popularity caused Labradoodles to show up amongst irresponsible breeders and in puppy mills.
To get a healthy dog never buy one from a pet store or a puppy mill. Find a responsible and reputable breeder who only uses stud dogs that have been screened for any hereditary health issues. This way you can avoid some of those common health issues. Don’t be shy to ask questions about the puppy or the puppy’s parents and siblings.
Also, the average price of a well-bred Labradoodle puppy is between $900-$2,500 USD. The price depends on genetic quality of the puppy, parental characteristics, popularity of the breeder, neonatal and postnatal care costs, etc.
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