About the Labradoodle Dog Breed
The Labradoodle breed combines one of the most beloved family dog breeds on the planet — the Labrador — with one of the smartest — the Poodle. What’s not to love about that?
We spoke to Jeff Werber, DVM and chief veterinarian for ProSense Pet Products to find out everything there is to know about the fluffy, fun Labradoodle.
Labradoodle Physical Characteristics
The Labradoodle can have many different looks, depending on the dominance of Poodle to Labrador genes in his DNA.
Multi, including blonde, chocolate, black, charcoal and apricot.
Varies from soft, wavy and flat to a more curly, poodle-type coat.
Labradoodle Personality and Temperament
Labradoodles really do combine the best aspects of both originating breeds. Like Labs, they are amazing family dogs, great with kids and very loyal. Like Poodles, they are smart and very protective. They are also fun loving, affectionate, athletic, graceful water lovers, and good watchdogs. They get along well with other animals.
Things to Consider
Labradoodles can be cautious or shy with strangers. They also have a healthy bark, and are prone to restlessness or lonliness if left alone for too long. They require regular grooming.
Ideal Living Conditions
Labradoodles are adaptable, and in the biggest house you’ll still find them cuddled up next to you. They can happily live in apartments as well, though, as long as they get regular play and exercise.
They need the standard amount of exercise for their energy level and grooming to help keep their coat in top shape.
Look for conditions that might affect Labs, like hip displaysia, but there’s nothing else too alarming to be on the lookout for regarding their health.
Labradoodle History and Background
Labradoodles were originally bred in Australia around 1989 in an attempt to provide a guide dog for a blind woman in Hawaii whose husband had allergies. When the Labrador, a standard guide dog breed, was bred with a Standard Poodle, whose coat tends not to elicit an allergic reaction, the Labradoodle was born.
Genetics play a huge role in the look, size and temperament of the Labradoodle. Widespread “backyard” breeding has detoured careful selection of desirable traits that more careful breeders propagate.
It’s hard to go wrong with a Labradoodle, and as such the Labradoodle has become one of the more popular poodle crosses for lovers of large breeds.