A Labradoodle is a pet dog type with hypoallergenic fur. It is a crossbreed dog created by crossing a Labrador Retriever and a Miniature or a Toy Poodle. The aim of creating this breed was to make a dog which would be a guide dog that is also loveable in nature and which sheds less than a Labrador. The result is what we see here today before us and they have emerged as very popular dogs today. They are loveable a very sociable and make for great pets. They are also called Labrapoodles, which is a name that perfectly describes their origin.
Labradoodle History & Origins
The Labradoodle was bred with a purpose of being a therapy and a guide dog. It was created back in 1988 by Wally Conron in Australia. His idea was to use the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle in order to create a dog which would have the best characteristics of both. They wanted a dog with a low-shedding coat, like a poodle has, and the gentleness and trainability of a Labrador. This was also perfect for people who were allergic to fur as this was a hypoallergenic breed.
The dog was developed in Royal Guide Dogs Associations of Australia in Victoria, which no longer breeds these dogs, but they have already succeeded as this kind of dog is already spread all over the world. They are used to help blind people and are very good as therapy dogs.
Characteristics & Temperament
A Labradoodle’s personality can be described as a mixture of the races it has been crossbred from. These dogs are usually very joyful, energetic, playful and highly intelligent. They like playing around and are nosy when they are pups. They also have a lot of energy and will most likely spend their days running around and playing with children.
They are friendly towards people and will form an attachment with them easily. They are not just a perfect pet for the family but also a good pet to have around your children. But training is still necessary and you will have to socialize the dog early on. Most of the temperament and characteristics come from their parents are inherited but there is still a lot of it which can be fixed with training.
Labradoodle Appearance, Colors, Size
Because a Labradoodle is a crossbred, it is hard to predict or established some characteristics for these type of dogs. That is why their appearance is often inconsistent. Their furs can be both soft or wiry, but also either straight, wavy or curly. That is why Labradoodles have been divided into three categories based on their fur. There are ones with wool, fleece or hair. The color of their coats may also vary and some established ones include chocolate, cafe, parchment, cream, gold, apricot, red, black, silver, chalk, parti colors.
Also, when it comes to size, there are some differences based on the type of poodles used to crossbreed them. So smaller and bigger Labradoodles exist as they may descend from Miniature or Standard poodles. Their average size is usually 14 to 16 inches and 15 to 25 pounds. The ones crossbred from a Miniature poodles are 18 to 20 inches high for a male and 17 to 19 inches high for a female, and their weight is 30 to 45 pounds. Finally the Standard ones are 22 to 24 inches in height for a male and 21 to 23 inches in height for a female and weight about 50 to 65 pounds.
The Labradoodle will inherit not just the good qualities from their parent breeds, but also the bad ones. This means that it will suffer from the same illnesses and conditions that the breeds used to create them suffer from. This include problems like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. There is a rising concern of cataract as well, as it was determined and also a higher rate of Addison’s disease which was established.
Labradoodle Grooming & Shedding
When the Labradoodle was created it was created with the aim of making a low shedding dog. Because this is a crossbred, for the most part the dogs do not shed. But in some instances it does happen. Generally speaking the dog is a low shedding breed, but it will in some cases vary depending on the dog individually.
In order to keep the dog from shedding and make it look nice, the Labradoodle will needed frequent grooming. You will have to brush your dog at least two times a week. You will have to clean the fur as well and bathing is not as necessary as with other dogs, so you can do it when necessary. Nail clipping is another part of the grooming process that you can do.
Price and Breeders
It is a fact that a Labradoodle is a crossbred, but it is also a fact that they cost a lot of money as well. A Labradoodle puppy can reach a price of somewhere around 2,500 dollars. Some would say that this is too much, but being that the dogs are very useful, you will quickly notice that they are worth the price you pay for them.
This dog originates form Australia but their original breeding place does not exist anymore. So other facilities have taken upon themselves to continue their work. The dog is not only bred in Australia, but also in Canada, US and UK, making it one of the more widespread breeds in the world.
Being that Labradoodle pups are very expensive, you can try and rescue one. Luckily, organizations that allow you to do so are more than numerous. A lot of them offer you the opportunity to do just that. You can look for it with Australian Labradoodle Association of America Rescue and Poo-Mix Rescue.