Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. They are also called ‘doodles’. This cross between a gundog and a utility group has given rise to an excellent family pet, companion or agility/obedience dog. Labradoodles are also used as assistance and therapy dogs in the United States. They are especially good with children.
Labradoodles live for about 10 -15 years of age and are found in a variety of sizes, multiple generations and in no less than three coat types. They have a cheeky nature that is very endearing and are very loving and friendly dogs. First generation crosses are the largest while multi-generation dogs come in all three size variations – miniature, medium and standard (almost the same as a regular poodle). So, there is a size that will suit everyone!
Labradoodles do have health ailments that stem from the usual genetic problems in their parent breeds. Anybody who wants to own a Labradoodle should make sure that it is screened for hereditary problems like hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Ear Infections are also a problem as hair grows in the ears provide an environment that encourages infections.
Labradoodles were originally intended for use as assistance dogs for people with allergies and asthma. They were thought to have a coat resistant to shedding but future litters produced shedding pups. Nevertheless the dog is still bred worldwide. They are likely to need professional grooming at least once a week.
Labradoodles are intelligent dogs and like many poodles may get into trouble because of it! They take naturally to obedience agility and flyball but may also play tricks on their owners in an effort to keep themselves entertained!
Labradoodles will need about 40 to 60 minutes of exercise each day to stay healthy and happy but are usually quite happy to adapt top your schedule. They do need plenty of human contact and affection. New puppies should not be over exercised in their first year and miniatures need less exercise than larger dogs.
Labradoodles are not the best watch or protection dogs as they don’t tend to bark much and aren’t naturally aggressive. They will get on well with most other animals and very well with children. They are confident, sociable dogs who love to clown around and they are very intuitive dogs. Ideal for therapy and assistance work these dogs are a great choice.