Description: A Labradoodle is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the the Poodle's non-shedding coat. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders. Labradoodles are fairly large dogs used primarily as guide dogs, they’re highly intelligent, loyal, alert, confident dogs. They are well suited for special work such as Assistance dogs, Hearing or Seizure Alert dogs, or Guide dogs. They are also very joyful, vivacious, sociable, and friendly. Very devoted and loyal to their family.
Height: Standard: 21 - 24 in., Medium: 17 - 20 in., Miniature: 12 - 16 in.
Weight: Standard: 44 - 88 lb., Medium: 33 - 41.5 lb., Miniature: 22 - 33 lb.
Color: Apricot, black, brown (Chocolate or Café), Chalk, Cream, Gold, Red, Silver.
Coat: Coats may range from short sparse hairy coats, long flowing coats, to wooly curly coats. The hair coats are harsh in texture and can be curly, straight, wavy, long or short.
Temperament: Very affectionate and loving.
With Children: Excellent with children, they absolutely adore them.
With Pets: Get along well with other dogs and animals.
Special Skills: They love water and are natural swimmers and retrievers.
Watch-dog: Not good, they need time and attention from their owners.
Guard-dog: Not good.
Care and Exercise: Medium activity with average exercise needs (daily walking is recommended). Flat and wavy coats only need little grooming. Curly coats require regular grooming. Labradoodle’s coats repel moisture and dirt so baths are infrequent.
Training: Easy to train.
Learning Rate: Very quick to learn, extremely intelligent and confident, these dogs can be very clever.
Activity: They are very active yet show no aggression to people or other dogs.
Living Environment: In a home with a family, singles or an active older couples.
Health Issues: They cannot live with people that have allergies. Skin problems are the most common condition. But, overall the Labradoodle is a very healthy breed.
Life Span: 9 - 15 years
Litter Size: 4 - 15
Country of Origin: Australia
History of the Labradoodle: The Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. The breed was intended for helping the impaired and used primarily as Guide dogs. All this was initiated be Wally Cochran of the Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia.
First Registered by the AKC: Not registered by the AKC.