Labradoodles are mixed breed Labradors and Poodles. There are many questions about the popular dogs: Is a Labradoodle a beginner dog? Who is it suitable for? Is it true that Labradoodles are also suitable for allergy sufferers? And how much does a Labradoodle even cost? The answers and further information can be found here!
Labradoodles are crosses between Poodles and Labrador Retrievers. They can vary significantly in size and color. For example, their size depends on whether the poodle mixes have standard poodles, miniature poodles or miniature poodles as parents. They combine characteristics of both breeds and are considered friendly, playful and social.
Labradoodle: size, weight and colors
The size of a Labradoodle varies between 35 and 64 centimeters at the shoulder. Depending on the size of the parents, the weight of the Labradoodle varies between 20 and 40 kilograms. Labradoodles also differ greatly in appearance, with the following coat colors being represented:
- White, cream or sand colored
- Mahogany, chocolate brown, dark brown
- Two Tone
As with most mixed breeds, there is no telling exactly what a Labradoodle puppy will look like or what size it will be. Even if smaller poodles are crossed, this is still no guarantee for a smaller size of the offspring, ie you should be prepared for surprises.
Character: Who is a Labradoodle suitable for?
The nature of the Labradoodle is considered to be social, friendly and affectionate. The fluffy dogs are also smart and learn quickly and willingly. Due to their peaceful nature, Labradoodles are particularly popular as family dogs. Basically, these dogs are happy to be part of a family. However, an important prerequisite for a joyful coexistence is knowing and satisfying the needs of a Labradoodle. A Labradoodle needs sufficient exercise: Younger dogs in particular are active and need a lot of exercise to keep busy. Also, the smart Labradoodles need an intellectual challenge to be happy. And like any dog, they need attention and activity. A Labradoodle who spends many hours a day alone at home or in the office and becomes bored may get silly ideas and seek out “exciting” activities of their own. However, a Labradoodle is ideal for people who take time for their dog, like to be active and have enough space.
Is a Labradoodle a Beginner Dog?
Labradoodles are also suitable for beginners. The prerequisite is a consistent, loving and – from a dog’s perspective – meaningful upbringing. Anyone who has not yet had any experience with dogs would do well to take their Labradoodle to a dog school when they are still puppies or to seek advice from a dog trainer. In this way, humans and dogs learn how to deal with each other properly right from the start.
Buying a Labradoodle: How much does a Labradoodle cost?
For a Labradoodle puppy you have to reckon with a price from 1,000 $ upwards. Depending on the provider, the price can also be 2,500 $ or more. If you want to buy a Labradoodle puppy, it is a good idea to look for a reputable seller. Basically, this should make an open-minded impression and willingly answer questions about the puppies and parent animals. So it should of course be possible to visit the Labradoodle puppies in their home environment, several times if necessary, before deciding on an animal. On the other hand, you should never buy dogs from dealers who offer animals in strange places (e.g. in parking lots). You should also be skeptical about excuses why it is not possible for the dogs to visit you at home, such as an untidy apartment.
Is a Labradoodle an Allergy Dog?
It is said that the Labradoodle is also suitable for allergy sufferers. However, this is only partly true. People with a dog allergy react to certain allergens that are found in the saliva and components of the skin of dogs, among other things. Labradoodles also have these allergens. However, Labradoodles shed less hair than other dogs, so they are less likely to spread allergens around them. People who have a dog allergy should therefore seek medical advice on whether a Labradoodle is a possible option before deciding to get a dog.
Labradoodle: What diseases are there?
In principle, breed-typical diseases of Poodles or Labradors can occur in a Labradoodle. However, because they are mixed breed dogs, they are slightly less likely than purebred dogs to contract the specific breed-specific disease. Ultimately, however, it is not possible to predict whether a predisposition will come into play in the individual animal or not. Under certain circumstances, the health of the parent animals can provide information as to whether there is an increased risk, especially with regard to the following diseases:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Joint Dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), a retinal disease of the eyes
A reputable breeder will not use parent animals that are known to have any of the above diseases.
What Grooming Does a Labradoodle Need?
A Labradoodle’s coat can vary in texture depending on whether the Poodle’s sparsely shedding coat or the constantly shedding Labrador’s prevails. Regular brushing is generally appropriate, but how often depends on the individual case. Bathing a Labradoodle is not normally necessary. However, if he has wallowed in the dirt, it may well be necessary. In order to protect the health of the dog’s skin, it is often sufficient to shower the dog with lukewarm water in this case. If there is very stubborn dirt on the coat, a shampoo that is especially suitable for dogs will help.
What food does a Labradoodle need?
Like any dog, a Labradoodle should be fed the highest quality food possible. If the parent breeds expect the Labradoodle to grow quite large, a special diet during the growth phase may be important. Above all, a needs-based calcium-phosphorus ratio is important to avoid skeletal damage. If you are unsure, it is advisable to seek veterinary advice.
Author: Pascale Huber, veterinarian, editor-in-chief, vetproduction GmbH
Date: November 2022
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