To many people, a Labradoodle’s name sounds like a fun dog. These highly intelligent, friendly, loving dogs are a crossbreed between a Labrador Retriever and a Miniature or Standard Poodle. They are loaded with personality, playfulness, and affection. When a person decides to own a Labradoodle dog, they can rest assured they are getting a companion for life! Labradoodles were bred originally to create a type of hypoallergenic guide dog, but they quickly became favored pets in households worldwide. As the second most crossbred dog in America, Labradoodles are a fixture among dog enthusiasts. With their friendly nature, it’s no wonder these dogs quickly sored to the top of the most sought- after mixed breed in America.
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1. Appearance of a Labradoodle Dog
The appearance of the Labradoodle is usually a combination of poodle cuteness and Labrador athleticism, though this is not always the case. The parent that the Labradoodle takes after the most are left up to genetics, so an owner can’t be sure how their new pet will look until fully grown. Some Labradoodles take on a perfect mixture of both dog breeds, whereas other Labradoodles seem to resemble one parent more than the other. This breed comes in three main sizes, standard, medium, and miniature. One of the unique features of the Labradoodle is its coat color.
They can be a solid color or a combination of the colors listed below.
- Parchment (creamy, beige, chocolate color)
- Café (a cross between light milk chocolate and a beige color)
- Parti (fifty percent white with spots or patches of another color)
- Phantom (solid base color with defined markings of a second color appearing above each eye, on the side of their muzzle, or the throat, legs, feet, or below the tail)
These hybrid designer dogs have coats that are easy to manage with minimum shedding. The Labradoodle will vary in weight depending on which size they are but are generally between 25 and 85 pounds. As with their weight, the height will vary somewhat from 1 foot 9 inches to 2 feet tall. This variation in height differs because of its dependency on which poodle was used in breeding, the standard or miniature.
2. Character/Temperament of a Labradoodle Dog
Labradors and Poodles both have the instinct to swim; therefore, it is easy to conclude that Labradoodles also are born “water dogs.” This breed is very smart, and they typically respond well to their owner’s commands. They have an easy- going, fun-loving nature about them and are considered to be good with children. Often considered to make good watchdogs, Labradoodles can be protective of their families. Unfortunately, this breed can also be shy or wary of strangers. If left alone for long amounts of time, these dogs can develop restlessness, which can and often leads to bad behavior when unsupervised.
Some positive temperament traits that stand out in the Labradoodle:
- Highly trainable
- Strong swimmer
- Fun- loving
These family-oriented dogs make great pets for people who wish to have a gentle yet active dog who can be a faithful companion to the entire family.
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3. Care/Health of a Labradoodle Dog
Caring for a Labradoodle is like caring for any other dog. Though grooming is not demanding, the coat should be regularly washed and brushed weekly, as well as trimmed once or twice a year. If the dog’s coat is long, it could require professional grooming a few times each year, adding to the overall cost of this breed. The eyes and ears are the most significant health concerns with the Labradoodle. As a breed, they tend to have eye and ear issues more than any other health problem.
Routing visits to a qualified veterinarian will help prevent any costly issues down the road. Occasionally, other health concerns are noted with Labradoodles but are typically less common than those associated with the eyes and ears. Hip dysplasia and Addison’s disease need to be screened for during yearly health checkups. Early detection is always best when dealing with a beloved member of your family.
Looking out for Labradoodles’ health and safety should be a number one priority for their owners. Puppy/dog proofing the house will make things easier when caring for the Labradoodle. Owners should puppy-proof their homes to help prevent accidents.
As you prepare for the arrival of your new pet, the following list will help you make your home as safe as possible;
- Put away any toxic plants a puppy can reach
- Remove small objects they can chew on or eat
- Hide electric cords
- Fencing in an area outside for the dog to exercise
- Removing any toxic plants, flowers, trees, shrubs from within the fenced area
- Securing poisonous chemicals such as antifreeze
Don’t forget to exercise your Labradoodle 30 to 60 minutes daily and feed them a healthy diet full of vitamins and minerals. Of course, a healthy diet, frequent exercise, a warm, safe place to sleep, and yearly trips to your vet will also ensure your Labradoodle is always at its best. Labradoodles crave their owner’s attention, so make sure to enjoy lots of one on one interaction with your pet.
4. Training/Obedience of a Labradoodle Dog
Labradoodles love their owners and desire to be near them, morning, noon, and night. This desire for attention can help when training your Labradoodle. Knowing what your dog loves will help a trainer to enhance the training experience. Any activity that involves water may appeal to this breed along with agility, walking, or any event that will socialize the dog with other dogs or humans. It is important to remember all dogs are different, and Labradoodles are no exception. It is up to the owner(s) to gauge the training/obedience activities needed to meet the needs of their dog and family.
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If careful thought and consideration are given to training, the Labradoodle can be the perfect companion for any family or as an emotional support animal for those who qualify. If you would like to see a physician about an ESA Letter, please call us or make an appointment at EZCare Clinic.