What is a Labradoodle?
A Labradoodle is a mixed breed consisting of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle.
Breeding the Labrador Retriever and Poodle together creates a larger sized dog that has the temperament and trainability of a Labrador Retriever and the coat, intelligence and trainability of a Poodle.
Labradoodles are perfect for families, couples and individuals.
The Labradoodle's Temperament
Labradoodles are calm, laidback, friendly, intelligent and easily trainable. They love a cuddle and are very loyal to their family/companions.
Their beautiful temperament and high intelligence makes them suitable to be trained as therapy pets or service dogs for those with conditions such as autism and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
They also suitable to be trained as Diabetic Alert dogs and Assistance dogs for people living with a wide range of disabilities.
Labradoodles love to play and can socialise well with other animals and people of all age groups.
Labradoodles and Health
Labradoodles have diverse genetics due to being a mixed breed.
This makes them less likely to develop genetic disease when bred by a responsible breeder who genetically tests the parents.
The main genetic diseases that can appear in Labradoodles are:
PRA – Progressive Rod Cone degeneration of the eyes, this comes from the genes of the Poodle.
Von Willebrand’s Disease – A bleeding disorder caused by low levels of clotting protein in the blood.
Degenerative Myelopathy – This disease causes a progressive degeneration of the spinal cord in older dogs, this occurs in both Poodles and Labrador Retrievers.
Puppies Downunder conduct full breed profile genetic testing on all our sires and dams. We carefully select which dogs we breed together and only breed from Clear to Carrier or from Clear to Clear.
Labradoodles have long ears and can sometimes have fur growth inside which comes from the poodle making them more prone to dirty ears and ear infections.
Always check your Labradoodle’s ears for any foul smells or buildup of debris as well plucking out any fur that is growing inside the ear and clean them when needed.
If you suspect your Labradoodle has an ear infection take them to the Veterinarian for advice on treatment.
Labradoodles can develop cataracts or Progressive Rod Cone degeneration (PRA). Check your Labradoodle’s eyes on a regular basis and if you notice anything of concern, take them to your Veterinarian.
Hips and Elbows
Labradoodles can develop Hip Dysplasia, this is most likely to happen due to improper nutrition (being overweight), not enough exercise or too much exercise.
Slippery floors can also make your Labradoodle more predisposed to developing Hip Dysplasia.
Elbow Dysplasia is a developmental disorder of the elbow joint and is more common in large breed dogs. This can be very painful and can be identified if your Labradoodle doesn’t want to walk anywhere or shows signs of being in pain whilst walking.
Seek veterinarian advice if you suspect your Labradoodle has either of these conditions.
What size do Labradoodles grow to?
Labradoodles are a mixed breed so they don’t have a set breed standard of size; the size can vary due to the generation and the parents of the dog. If you’re unsure what size your puppy will grow to ask to see the parents to get an idea of the size.
Height: 30 - 45cms
Height: 45 - 55cms
Do Labradoodles Shed?
This varies depending on which breed/parent they take after as well as the individual puppy’s coat.
There are 3 coat variations as well as single and double coats.
A single coat of densely packed curls
A single or double coat with waves
.A double coat with a wiry top coat on top of a fuzzy undercoat.
Top coat and Undercoat
All dogs shed their old fur so new fur can grow in, and all dogs produce dander (dead skin cells). Depending on the kind of the coat the dog has deems it less or more likely to trigger allergies.
What is the Best Coat for Allergy Sufferers?
Dogs with a wool (curly) single coat are more suitable for those suffering with allergies. These coats have the lowest allergens due to curls that catch dander and are low shedding. Dogs with wool single coats shed slowly and their curls help trap hairs as they fall out.
These coats are high maintenance requiring daily brushing. This should be done with a high-quality slicker brush which helps detangle surface hair and remove dander, dirt and debris.
Low Maintenance Coats
If allergies are not an issue and a low maintenance coat, is preferred, a fleece or hair coat would be most suitable.
This type of coat is average to low shedding due to undercoat hairs falling out and new ones coming in.
How Active are Labradoodles?
Labradoodles have a moderate activity level. They require daily 30 to 60 minute walks per day as well as playtime and mental enrichment.
Most Labradoodles love to be in the water. Whether it is the beach, the river, a lake or your own swimming pool, this type of breed will definitely enjoy splashing around when temperatures are high.
Please note: Exercise should be kept to a minimum for Labradoodle puppies as over-exercise can cause skeletal damage and long-term health issues.