Labradoodle

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45-50 lbs
21-23"
Australia
Labrador Retriever
Poodle
The Labradoodle is a hybrid breed. His parents are the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. The Labradoodle is a very popular "designer" dog, and currently, there are people who specifically breed this hybrid mix. The Labradoodle is a very affectionate and playful dog. He is great with older children. His high energy levels make him less appropriate with young children. He sheds very little and is considered a hypoallergenic dog. He gets along great with other dogs, but he needs a home with a fenced-in area so that he can get outside and work off his exuberant energy.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1989
Ancestry
Labrador Retriever and the 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

The Labradoodle 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 Labradoodle is perhaps the most desired "doodle" breed. While the breed is not technically recognized by the American Kennel Club, many are working to recognize the breed as its own, not a designer breed. 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, he is two feet tall at the shoulder. His coat will be four to six inches in length. Generally, the coat will be straight, but he may have some loose curls. His coat should never be thick or fluffy. He may be a variation of colors: gold, apricot, caramel, chalk, black, red, cafe', cream, silver, chocolate, parchment, and blue. He may also have what is considered a parti-coat, which includes brindles, phantom, patched, or sable colors. He will likely have floppy ears.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Labradoodle eyes
Hazel
Nose Color Possibilities
black Labradoodle nose
Black
brown Labradoodle nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Labradoodle coat
Black
red Labradoodle coat
Red
cream Labradoodle coat
Cream
silver Labradoodle coat
Silver
brindle Labradoodle coat
Brindle
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 he may have a longer coat, he does not require much maintenance at all. He may have 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, the Labradoodle should be brushed one to two times per week. He may need to be clipped every six to eight weeks. He should only be bathed when necessary. Trim his nails every two to four weeks, especially if you hear his nails clicking on the floor as he walks. Brush his teeth three times a week to prevent bad breath; however, brush his 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, affectionate dog. He enjoys children of all ages; however, parents of younger children should be warned that sometimes the Labradoodle is known to be a little overexuberant. This might lead to knocking smaller children over. Of course, this is never on purpose. The Labradoodle loves all people. He is likely to benefit from obedience training, and this might help him know how to behave with children of all ages. He is very easygoing, never aggressive. He never meets a stranger! Early socialization will help your Labradoodle know what you expect in the way of behavior.

Labradoodle Activity Requirements

The Labradoodle has the potential to be a high-energy dog. He needs at minimum thirty minutes of exercise daily, but to ensure that he releases all that extra energy, keep him active for at least an hour every day. He can be destructive if he does not receive a proper outlet for his enthusiasm. If he has access to a fenced-in yard, he can play there in order to burn off his extra energy. However, he needs to live inside with his family - he does not do well outside away from his family. Also, he 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
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $44

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

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