The Labradoodle: A Complete Guide

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If you want to have a dog that is playful and extremely cute, the Labradoodle designer breed might be just the dog you were looking for.

This breed is characterized as unbelievably easy trainable, and with an overall easy-going personality. Such traits have made this breed extremely popular all over the world.

Essentially, this dog represents a combination of the Labrador Retriever breed and the Standard or Miniature Poodle breed.

As a result, we have a dog that carries the best traits of both parents – Intelligence, friendliness, and moderate activity levels.

However, since combining the genetic pool of both breeds requires knowledge in this area, not every breeder can breed puppies that will turn out to be great pets.

Therefore, when buying a Labradoodle puppy, there are many things you should consider.

In this guide, we have covered the most important things about this breed, as well as the questions you should be asking before welcoming this dog to your home.

Let’s start with the Labradoodle puppies and what you should keep an eye on when buying one.

Labradoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

A brown shaggy Labradoodle sitting on carpet
Labradoodles are generally a friendly breed.

As with any other dog breed purchase, before you go to a breeder, you should know the price range you should expect.

It would be a shame to fall in love with this breed before finding out the price and checking if you can afford it, right?

What price are the Labradoodle puppies?

Since this is a highly popular designer breed, it does come with a rather high price range.

For a healthy pup with good genes and great temperament of both parents, you will have to be ready to cash out between $1000 and $3000.

Remember, the higher the price, the greater are the chances that you are taking home a high-quality puppy with exceptional genes and a temperament any dog owner would want.

How to find reputable Labradoodle breeders?

Two Labradoodle pups in the garden
A Labradoodle lives for about 12 years.

Finding a reputable breeder can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Since this is a really popular breed, many think that mixing a poodle and a Lab is easy.

The truth is, the general process can be easy, but making a perfect mix is a completely different story and that is why you can find many breeders who offer eye appealing puppies, yet their genetic heritage can give you real problems when it comes to the pups temperament, as well as with hereditary diseases.

Therefore, when talking to a breeder, it is important that he shows you documented medical history of both parents, and health test clearances so that you are sure that the pup has low or no chances of carrying a disease that might appear later in its life.

Also, he should give you an insight into the pup’s parents’ behavior, and even take you to see the parents and check how they react to new people.

If you notice that the parents are aggressive or stubborn and generally not behaving so well in the presence of people, you should avoid this breeder and look for a new one.

In general, avoid all breeders that don’t provide a complete medical history for both the puppy and its parents, and don’t offer an insight into both parent breeds and advice on what to expect from this breed and how to take care of the puppy.

3 Little-known facts about the Labradoodle puppies

Now, let’s take a look at some little-known facts about Labradoodle puppies, so that you know if you are ready for this breed.

  • They are hypoallergenic and well mannered

Originally, this breed has been bred to create a dog that is hypoallergenic and a good guide.

So, when it comes to puppies, Labradoodles are well behaved right from the start, and you won’t be having shedding problems, which is really good news if you live in an apartment.

  • They love people

Labradoodles are companion dogs and they love people. Your puppy will fall in love with you the moment you take him. They love being around their human families and need a loving home.

  • They are nonaggressive

Some breeds can be quite stubborn and aggressive in their puppy “years” and turn out to be much calmer and passive when they grow up. This is not the case with Labradoodles. Even as pups, these dogs are friendly, sociable, and completely nonaggressive.

Physical Traits of the Labradoodle

A Labradoodle lying on the couch
Labradoodle puppies are well behaved right from the start.

In this section, you will get more familiar with the physical traits of the Labradoodle, such as their full-grown size and life expectancy.

How big is a full-grown Labradoodle?

The Labradoodle can be a mix of Labrador Retriever and different size-types of poodles. Therefore, their size depends on the type of poodle used in the breeding process.

You can expect three size versions: Miniature, medium, and Standard.

  • Miniature Labradoodle full-grown size and weight: 21 to 24 inches in height; 15 to 28 pounds of weight
  • Medium Labradoodle full-grown size and weight: 17 to 19 inches in height; 30 to 45 pounds of weight
  • Standard Labradoodle full-grown size and weight: 21 to 24 inches in height; 50 to 60 pounds of weight

What is the life expectancy of the Labradoodle?

When it comes to how long will your Labradoodle be a part of the family, considering that Labradors, on average, live about 12 years, and poodles around 18 years, you can expect your companion to keep you company for some 15 years.

As you can see, there will be plenty of time to have many happy memories and your family album will have lots of photos of your faithful pooch.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labradoodle

Labradoodles are generally a friendly breed that has that “best friends with everyone” attitude.

They are gentle, but since this is a highly joyful breed, they can express their happiness by jumping and unintentionally knocking over people.

Also, these dogs are devoted to their families and are easy-going without a hint of aggressiveness.

But, there are also cases where poorly bred Labradoodles weren’t that friendly and had a problematic temperament, so finding a breeder that knows what he is doing is essential.

Their temperament is something that depends on many factors.

For example, it depends on heredity, socialization, and training, and even though the pups are generally of a curious and playful nature, they do need proper training and socialization from the start.

Furthermore, this is a highly intelligent breed and they are really easy to train. They will quickly learn basic commands such as come, stay, down and sit.

They also love being physically and mentally challenged, so playing with people and other dogs comes as a treat for them and they are very good in games such as hide and seek, chasing, and fetch.

They can also be good in competitive activities like obedience, agility, and flyball.

Also, having in mind that they come from breeds that love the water, don’t be surprised if your Labradoodle jumps into the pool or a lake without a warning.

As for their behavior indoors, knowing that they have Labrador genes, expect jumping around on the furniture or onto your lap if they get bored inside and want to get out and play.

Therefore, you need to make your Labradoodle realize that this is not appropriate behavior and that you will not be tolerating it.

Another thing you should know about Labradoodles is that they LOVE to dig and that if you have a garden, it can be ruined quite quickly.

All in all, these dogs are affectionate and crave for their owner’s attention. They will suffer if left alone in the home for too long, so finding them an animal friend to keep them company might be a good idea.

Also, you need to start training and socializing your Labradoodle pup as soon as possible and keep a positive, encouraging approach all the time, and your dog will appreciate your company and love you with all of his big heart.

Labradoodle Diet

In general, Labradoodles are not big eaters.

When it comes to feeding, you should let your Labradoodle eat for around ten minutes and then remove the bowl regardless if the food hasn’t been completely eaten.

This way, you will prevent your dog from being overweight, and it won’t develop a habit of being picky when it comes to food but will be very happy every time he sees you bringing the food bowl, regardless of what’s in it.

And speaking of what to put in the bowl, the Labradoodles meal should consist of fresh and mostly raw ingredients such as meat and vegetables.

As for how many times to feed your dog per day, while a pup, your Labradoodle should have 3 meals a day.

Once they become adults, that diet schedule will come down to two meals per day.

How much Exercise does a Labradoodle need?

The most important thing you need to know when it comes to your dog’s exercise levels is that you shouldn’t allow it to become lazy or it might have a problem with hip dysplasia.

By having a fair amount of activity, your dog will keep his joints flexible. This implies that this is an energetic breed that needs plenty of exercise each day.

And, knowing that this is a working breed, be prepared to have all day running and playing sessions.

Their daily amount of activities should include walks, several times each day, and an hour or hour and a half of a high energy burning session in a dog park.

Labradoodle Health and Conditions

In theory, a hybrid such as a Labradoodle should represent a genetic advancement from both parent breeds. Meaning, it should be very healthy.

However, both breeds have specific health issues that can be passed onto their offspring. The illnesses and health conditions you should be aware of include the following:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Progressive blindness (PRA)
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Sebaceous adenitis

As always, we recommend asking the breeder for health test clearings so that you know what not and what to expect in the future.

What about a Rescue Dog?

As a rescue dog, your Labrador will require extra care and attention than a normal pet of its type. The most important thing while taking care of this dog will be consistency.

Do not give up on your Labrador even when you are not making any progress. This dog has a tendency to become reclusive and quiet if it isn’t being given love.

However, this is only because the Labrador loves people and demands the attention of those it cares about.

This is why it is crucial for you to love and pamper your new pet to help it relax into your home.

Also, at this point, you need to be extremely careful with the diet of your pet to help it regain its health. You are recommended to feed your dog thrice a day in the beginning.

Once you notice your Labrador’s health improving, you may shift to two meals a day to prevent your dog from getting overweight.

The diet should include fresh vegetables and raw meat.

Keep in mind that a healthy diet can help your rescue dog overcome its stress and anxiety better as a healthier body leads to a healthier mind.

Also, since this dog is fond of socialization, make sure you are letting it interact with people under your supervision.

This will teach your pet to learn to be around others with ease again. In conclusion, a Labrador is not a very difficult rescue dog to handle.

All that it requires from you is your undivided attention and time for a while until it learns to trust humans again.

My final thoughts on the LabradoodleA Labradoodle with long hair

We have reached the end of today’s guide.

You now have a much better understanding of the Labradoodle breed and know what to expect if you start living with one.

You know that they are highly energetic and that they need an equally energetic family that can keep up with their exercise demands.

Also, living with a Labradoodle in an apartment, due to their bouncy nature, can be complicated, but with enough daily exercise and mental stimulation, you can reduce their levels of excitement and save your apartment from becoming a doggy chaos zone.

Furthermore, you need to be ready to groom your Labradoodle each day so that he doesn’t spread his hair all over your home.

When it comes to the temperament, since this breed comes from a Labrador and a Poodle, there’s a 50/50 chance he will inherit the Poodle’s temperament and behave more like a poodle (shy and cautious with strangers), or be more like a Labrador (outgoing and friendly toward strangers).

Whichever the case is, one thing is certain, you will have a happy dog that is fun to be around and is generally happy, and you will most likely not regret the decision to choose this breed.

Thank you for reading and we hope our guide helped you in making the right choice. Feel free to share it on social media if you think it will help your friends in getting to know this amazing breed more.

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