What Is a Labradoodle?
Labradoodles are designer dogs, which means they’re crossbreeds, sired by two thoroughbred parents: a poodle and Labrador retriever. They’re a relatively young breed of dog, with a kind and loving nature and tons of energy. Their adorable curly fur and expressive faces make you want to cuddle them — and these little guys love nothing more than a good squish.
Children, other dogs and even cats are all friends with Doodles, provided they’re socialized early and trained well. When it comes to teaching them good behavior and tricks, they’re easy to train and love learning. Activity-loving families adore these dogs for their propensity towards sports, and anyone who prefers low-shedding pooch benefits from their wooly or fleecy fur. They’re so cute and come in such a wide range of colors that it makes choosing your new best friend super-hard!
The Labradoodle is an Australian dog breed, first introduced by breeder Wally Conron in 1989. While spearheading the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia breeding program, he conducted the crossbreeding of a standard poodle and Labrador retriever in view of it being a hypoallergenic guide dog for blind people. The first example of this type of dog, called Sultan, went to live with a lady in Hawaii, where other breeders saw him as an inspiration.
Both the International Australian Labradoodle Association and the Australian Labradoodle Association of America are working hard to incorporate more intergenerational breeding so they can register this type of dog as purebred. Its gentle, obedient and intelligent personality combined with a hypoallergenic coat make it ideal for family members with allergies, but it also makes an excellent service or therapy dog.
When properly taken care of, healthy dogs tend to live anywhere from 10 to 13 years. The lifespan of Labradoodles is slightly above average at 12 to 14 years. Here are the central labradoodle life stages:
- Puppyhood: First five months
- Adolescence: Between five months and two years
- Adulthood: Between two and three years
- Middle age: Between seven years and 10 years
- Senior: Over 10 years
Labradoodles need the most attention and care at the first and last stages of their life. During puppyhood, their minds are highly impressionable, which is ideal for training. During their senior years, Labradoodles are more susceptible to health problems, which means owners need to keep a watchful eye.
The size of labradoodle puppies directly relates to the size of their parents and which generation of breed they come from. The larger the puppies, the larger the adult dog will be, and the faster their growth will be coming out of the puppy stage.
A standard labradoodle puppy will weigh from 7-12 pounds by the time it reaches two months of age. By a year old, it will have grown dramatically to up to 80 pounds, depending on the size of its parents.
Miniature Labradoodle puppies fall on the smaller and slower-growing end of the spectrum, weighing only around 4-7 pounds by the two-month mark and around 30-45 pounds by the time they’re a year old, again depending on the size of each parent.
Medium Labradoodles occupy a spectrum of sizes between those two poles, with the specifics depending heavily on the details of the breeding pair that birthed them and the breeding program they come from. You’ll want to learn as many of these details as you can to be able to provide for your puppy’s health as it grows.
While Labradoodles were originally bred as therapy dogs, their fun, friendly personalities made them popular pets. Now you can find these sociable dogs in homes across the globe. Here are some of their top personality traits.
If there’s one thing labradoodle owners can agree on, it’s that this dog breed loves to play. They tend to do best in active households where they can work off all that pent-up energy. You can fulfill their needs through the following activities:
- Walks or jogs: Labradoodles make great walking companions and can even keep up with you during a jog.
- Playing in the yard: Enjoy a game of fetch with your furry friend in the yard or just let it loose on its own.
- Dog sports: If you stay active through sports, consider making your labradoodle a part of your routine. Bring it on bike rides, go for a run together or kick a ball around in the yard.
- Obstacle courses: Set up an obstacle course for your dog using household items.
- Scavenger hunt: Creating a scavenger hunt for your canine is a great way to exercise its body and brain.
In general, Labradoodles need anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day.
What makes Labradoodles stand out from other dog breeds is their ability to get along with just about anyone. They inherit this trait from their Labrador retriever parent, a breed also known for its outgoing nature. You can trust your labradoodle to form friendships with everyone, from children and older adults to strangers and other dogs.
Thanks to their affectionate, sociable personalities, Labradoodles make great pets for first-time owners, families, or anyone looking for a companion. However, keep in mind that Labradoodles can become overexcited, so it’s a good idea to supervise them with children.
Thanks to their poodle parentage, Labradoodles are incredibly intelligent dogs. Their ability to quickly learn and understand commands makes them easy to train — it’s also why Labradoodles are a popular choice for therapy dogs. Because Labradoodles are intelligent, they often crave mental stimulation. To help ensure your pet’s needs are being met, you should do the following:
- Provide stimulating toys (like puzzles or chew toys)
- Play games that require thinking (like scavenger hunts or hide and seek)
- Set up puppy play dates where your pet can interact with other dogs
You can also stimulate your pet’s mind by teaching it new tricks.
Doodles have a variety of coat textures, but in general, they need brushing at least twice a week. Not only does this keep them tangle-free but it also removes excess debris from their coat, keeping them fresh and hygienic. Regularly trim the hair around their eyes and in between their paws to prevent these problem areas from causing irritation.
Pooches with fleece coats tend to have longer fur and benefit the most from going to a professional groomer — although every dog loves getting pampered once in a while.
When you get your new pup, it’ll already be on a feeding schedule. It’s important that you stick to it as closely as possible, using the same food. At Pride and Prejudoodles, we send a can and a bag of the foods we use for free with your hand-delivered bundle of joy. If you need to change it for any reason, it must be done gradually to avoid stomach upsets. In case it does experience problems, it’s best to revert to the original diet and consult with a vet about making any changes.
Older dogs won’t necessarily have a problem with switching food because it’s rare they’ll be fussy about food. As their pet parent, it’s up to you to decide how much to invest in the diet. Just bear in mind that a diet is such a crucial aspect of wellness that feeding them good quality food will add years to their lives compared to opting for low-quality feed.
We hope you found our guide informative. Please contact us with any other questions you have about our Labradoodle puppies for adoption.