Labradoodle is a mixed breed developed by the cross breeding of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. This breed was originally developed in Australia as a guide dog in order to help and assist a blind lady who needed a hypoallergic dogs. These dogs are highly energetic and hence require active owners.
A Labradoodle breed dog is a good combination of the excellent Labrador temperament and the hypoallergic qualities of a Poodle. These intelligent and sociable dogs serve as excellent therapy, guide and assistance dogs. These dogs are generally divided into two types, namely the purebred Australian Labradoodle and the hybrid American Labradoodle. These popular designer dogs are often referred to as Doodles.
The Labradoodle dog breed is still under development and hence can not be considered as a true breed. Consequently, there is no definite consistency in the characteristics of Labradoodle puppies.
Still, the Standard Labradoodle dog breed is generally athletic, compact and graceful in appearance. The eye and nose color should be in accordance with the color of the hair coat. More often than not, they tend to have large expressive eyes.
Color: These dogs are generally available in colors like black, cream, silver, chalk, chocolate, apricot and cafe au lait. Harlequin and parti-colored Labradoodle dogs are also available but not recognized by certain breed standards.
Height: Labradoodle breed dogs can be standard, medium or miniature. The Standard Labradoodle dog breed is generally 22 to 24 inches in height. The females are generally a bit shorter, that is, 21 to 23 inches in height.
Weight: The American or Standard Labradoodle dogs usually weigh around 55 to 77 pounds in weight. Female Labradoodles can be 45 to 60 pounds in weight.
These dogs are relatively healthier than other breeds of dogs. Still, the American Labradoodle dogs are susceptible to more health issues as compared to the Australian Labradoodle breed dogs because the former ones are developed specifically by mixing Labs and Poodles whereas their Australian counterparts are developed by mixing other breeds as well in order to make the resultant breed healthier and stronger.
Labradoodle dog breed is prone to health problems like Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia and other degenerative joint diseases. These dogs are also susceptible to ear infections because of excessive ear wax. Eye diseases like Progressive Retinal Atrophy, hereditary cataracts and blindness are also quite common in these dogs.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of these adorable dogs is generally 9 to 15 years.
Litter Size: The litter size generally ranges from 4 to 10 puppies.
In terms of grooming, the curly Labradoodle hair coat requires a bit more time and effort for its maintenance as compared to the relatively easy to care flat and wavy hair coats.
The hair coat can be short or long. Even the texture of the coat can be of two types, that is, Wool texture or Fleece texture. The fleece texture is usually more preferable as it is soft and easy to manage. The typical Labradoodle hair coat does not shed much.
These dogs should be bathed only when necessary because their hair coats are naturally dirt resistant and they are characterized by less doggy odor. The hair around their eyes and chin can be clipped occasionally. Their ears should be cleaned and checked regularly in order to avoid ear infections. Other grooming activities like eye cleaning and nail trimming should also be carried out on a more or less regular basis.
These dogs are kind, friendly, jovial, active, loyal, intelligent, alert, tolerant, well mannered, non aggressive and even tempered. They gentle and affectionate dogs are obedient and can be trained with ease.
They can prove to be the best buddies for your children, especially when exposed to proper obedience training and early socialization. Negligence in the area of obedience training may give rise to boisterous behavior. Apart from being lively and affectionate family dogs, Labradoodle dogs also make for excellent watchdogs.
Like Labradors and Poodles, even Labradoodles love to swim and play in water. They are generally compatible with other dogs as well and do not exhibit the tendency of excessive barking. These highly energetic and smart dogs are intuitive too.
They usually require moderate amount of physical exercise on a daily basis. In apartment situation, these dogs do best when allowed access to at least a small and securely fenced yard for adequate physical activity.