Labradoodle

45-50 lbs
21-23"
Australia
Labrador Retriever
Poodle
The Labradoodle is a hybrid breed, created by mixing the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. A very popular "designer" dog, there are people who specifically breed this hybrid mix. They are a very affectionate and playful canine and are great with older children. Their high energy levels make them less appropriate as playmates for young children. They shed very little and are considered a hypoallergenic dog, although there can be differences in the coats of puppies from one litter to the next. This friendly and animated pup gets along great with other dogs and is an ideal companion at the dog park. They need a home with a fenced-in area so that they can get outside and work off their exuberant energy.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1989
Ancestry
Labrador Retriever, Poodle

Labradoodle Health

Average Size
Male Labradoodle size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 60-65 lbs
Female Labradoodle size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Tests
  • Hip & Eye

Labradoodle Breed History

This attractive and highly sought after pup is a fairly new breed. In 1989, a man named Wally Conron successfully crossbred the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. Conron was in charge of the breeding program for the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia. The first dog produced by the interbreeding of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle was named Sultan. Sultan was hypoallergenic, which was the aim of the program. In addition, Sultan had inherited the personality and intelligence of the parent breeds. He was set to be a perfect guide dog. When Sultan became the guide dog for a woman in Hawaii, people began to recognize the worth of this hybrid breed. The Labrador Retriever and Poodle combination is perhaps the most desired "doodle" breed. While the breed is not technically recognized by the American Kennel Club as of this writing, many are working to recognize the breed as its own, and not as a designer dog. The breed is, however, recognized by the Australian Labradoodle Association and the International Australian Labradoodle Association.

Labradoodle Breed Appearance

The Labradoodle is a medium-sized dog who, at top weight, reaches no more than 65 pounds. At a maximum, the "standard" variation of hybrid is typically two feet tall at the shoulder. The medium and miniature mixes can be smaller in height and weight. The coat will be four to six inches in length. Generally, the coat is wooly and "poodle-like" but can also be softer and similar to fleece, as well as wavy. The coat is rarely thick or fluffy. They may be a variation of colors including gold, apricot, caramel, chalk, black, red, cafe, cream, silver, chocolate, parchment, and blue. This spunky pup can also have what is considered a parti-coat, which includes brindles, phantom, patched, or sable colors. The ears are floppy and the eyes a sparkling brown or hazel.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Labradoodle eyes
Hazel
brown Labradoodle eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Labradoodle nose
Black
brown Labradoodle nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Labradoodle coat
Blue
sable Labradoodle coat
Sable
brindle Labradoodle coat
Brindle
silver Labradoodle coat
Silver
black Labradoodle coat
Black
red Labradoodle coat
Red
cream Labradoodle coat
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Labradoodle wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labradoodle Breed Maintenance

One should keep in mind that the Labradoodle is hypoallergenic, and, although they may have a longer coat, they do not require much maintenance at all other than a weekly brushing. There are a variety of coat types. It will always be a single coat, but the type of coat may be hair - very much like fur in shedding breeds; it is not very desirable; wool - dense and similar to lamb's wool, it is usually non-shedding and has no odor; or fleece - this variation has a silky texture that resembles the texture of an Angora goat. It may be straight or wavy. Grooming is dependent upon the type of coat your Labradoodle inherits. In general, your pup should be brushed one to two times per week. They generally need to be clipped every six to eight weeks and only bathed when necessary. Trim the nails every two to four weeks, especially if you hear the nails clicking on the floor as they walk. Brush the teeth three times a week to prevent bad breath; however, brush the teeth daily if you want to prevent tooth decay.
Brushes for Labradoodle
Pin Brush
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Labradoodle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labradoodle Temperament

The Labradoodle is a happy, intelligent, and affectionate dog. They enjoy children of all ages; however, parents of younger children should be warned that sometimes this spirited pup is known to be a little overexuberant. The zealous play might lead to knocking smaller children over. Of course, this is never on purpose. The Labradoodle loves all people. They are likely to benefit from obedience training, and learning commands may help your dog know how to behave with children of all ages. They are very easygoing and never aggressive. They never meet a stranger! Early socialization will help your little dynamo know what you expect in the way of behavior.

Labradoodle Activity Requirements

The Labradoodle has the potential to be a high-energy dog. They need, at minimum, thirty minutes of exercise daily, but to ensure that your dog releases all that extra energy, keep them active for at least an hour every day. They can be destructive if they do not receive a proper outlet for their enthusiasm. If they have access to a fenced-in yard, they can play there under supervision in order to burn off their extra energy. However, this sociable pup needs to live inside with the family – they do not do well outside away from everyone. Also, they should not be left inside a crate for long periods of time.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Labradoodle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $44.00

Labradoodle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Labradoodle size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Labradoodle size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 15 lbs
12 Months
Male Labradoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Labradoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 22 lbs
18 Months
Male Labradoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Labradoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 42 lbs

Labradoodle Owner Experiences

Max
10 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Go on Vacation
Walk
Hike
Fetch
Max is my guide/service dog. He is the most loyal dog I have ever met. He is incredibly smart and learns things so quickly. He is in extraordinary health for his age, no one ever believes me that he is 10! He is the best dog I have ever owned and will probably ever own.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Shadow
2 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She loves a nice long game of fetch
No disrespect top my previous pups, however, she is the smartest, most loving, and most loyal dog ive ever owned. I am disabled, and though she's never been formally trained, she astounds me with her ability to help and to keep me safe. 💜
6 months ago
Neville
11 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Going to the Beach
Incredible and Affectionate Journey
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Lunar Eclipse
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Agility training
Awesome breed very calm easy t oi train and loves snuggling!!
11 months, 1 week ago
Book me a walkiee?
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