Labradoodle Dog Breed at a Glance
This is a hybrid breed, meaning it was created using two different breeds. The Labradoodle dog breed is a cross between the energetic Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. This breed is commonly nicknamed Doodles and is a friendly and cheerful dog that’s playful, loving, and intelligent. He’s agile, good at search and rescue, hunting, and guarding. He makes a great family member with new owners and with kids. The Labradoodle is easy to train and requires daily exercise.
Breed Group: Cross Breed / Hybrid Breed
HISTORY of the Labradoodle Dog Breed
It was only in 1988 that Wally Conron, an Australian breeder, crossed these two breeds to create the Labradoodle that would, according to his hopes, provide an excellent guide dog suitable to those who suffer from fur and dander allergies. In addition to their hypoallergenic characteristics, they make excellent assistance, guide, and family dogs.
The Labradoodle is a brilliant breed of dog that’s also highly trainable. Loyal and good with children and cats, they make great family pets, much like their parent breed, the Labrador Retriever. On the other hand, they are highly protective of their loved ones, and also get their intelligence from the Poodles, their other parent breed. Expect lots of affection when you adopt Labradoodle. In addition to being an affectionate and athletic dog, the Labradoodle also makes an excellent therapy or watch dog, and loves attention.
Physical Characteristics of the Labradoodle Dog Breed
Common colors for this breed vary considerably because of its hybrid nature, although more popular ones include chocolate, black, cream, gold, brindle, and red. Multi-patterned and multi-colored Labradoodles exist as well. Again, due to a hybrid nature, their coats also vary -some may be fleece -like, while others are wooly, silky, or wiry, or curly or wavy. It is considered a hypoallergenic breed, although it does shed lightly.
Typically, the Labradoodle weighs anywhere from 50 and 65 pounds, and stands between 21 and 24 inches tall. However, there are three sizes in the Labradoodle category: the miniature, medium, and standard.
HEALTH and CARE of the Doodles
The life expectancy of a Labradoodle is between 12 and 14 years.
Common Health Concerns
Because they are a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle, Labradoodles commonly have the same health issues of their parent breeds. The more common health concerns and problems related to Labradoodles include:
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye disorders
- Addison’s disease.
To know more about a Labradoodle’s health, inquire about the history of the parents. Regularly check your dog’s ears and eyes to detect any hereditary health issues.
The Labradoodle may gain weight if not properly fed, so be sure to feed him a nutritious kibble and give him plenty of exercise to keep him fit.
The Labradoodle weighs approximately 58 pounds and so should be fed approximately 2 3/4 cups daily.
Although the Labradoodle sheds minimally and has low maintenance grooming needs, he does need regular brushing about once weekly. Stripping or trimming is also required occasionally, approximately twice annually. Professional grooming may be necessary.
The Labradoodle dog breed is NOT recognized by the American Kennel Club.