Labradoodle temperament and personality

Labradoodles are a cross of 2 breeds; the Labrador Retriever and Poodle.

Both of these breeds are known for their loving, fun, people pleasing personalities.

There’s a reason they’re not guard dogs… neither breed has any aggression or “nasty” in them. They are convinced everyone loves them. They are more apt to greet you joyfully than try to keep you out. They crave and enjoy interaction with everyone, seeming never to get tired of human companionship. While most are too large to sit in your lap comfortably, that would be their favorite place should you let them.

Labradoodles are like a cheerful toddler that never outgrows that joy and willingness to be with you.

They celebrate and rejoice each time you walk into the room. They make wonderful companions for people of all ages. The poodle in them is gentle enough to lay with a baby. The lab in them is energetic enough to keep pace with an adolescent on a bicycle. The mix is funny to watch, wonderful to know, and brings smiles to the faces of the old and disabled in hospital or nursing homes. They are eager to please, and highly intelligent; so many become service dogs.

Anyone who places a high value on canine companionship will be thrilled by a Labradoodle. They are unique characters and loyal friends to all.

Labradoodle pictures from baby to adult

When people see a baby Labradoodle, they often think “That looks so much like a lab!” And yes, many do; and for good reason. LOL What they don’t get to see unless they’re familiar with Labradoodles is the progression from what they look like as a baby, to what they can look like as an adult dog.

Since a poodles coat, like human hair, just keeps on growing, what you see at a month or 2 months is often very different from what they will eventually look like. I will show you here what a huge change the growing coats make in these dogs. Most pups are about as cute as they’re going to get at 6- 8 weeks of age. Not so with Labradoodles! I think they just keep getting cuter as that coat grows and thickens.  Look below and I bet you’ll agree. The pups pictured are out of my own dogs… so you can get a true example of what it is I offer.

As of late I seem to be specializing in chocolate/cafe au lait litters. Leo is a good example of a pup that starts out chocolate and turns cafe au lait over time. I think it’s a very pretty color on a doodle!

At 4 weeks old with a dirty face from having just eaten his gruel.


At 4 months old playing in the snow Leo was still very dark chocolate.


At 6 months the lighter facial hair was starting to show


At 9 months Leo is showing what a gorgeous cafe au lait boy he is going to become.


Full body picture of Leo at 9 months. His coat had been clipped a bit but the color surely shows.


Sadie (cream or yellow) at 5 weeks


Sadie at 8 weeks old with her hair “fluffed”


Sadie at 4 months


Sadie at 6 months


Sadie at 12 months old!


Example of a black doodle…
Snuggles at 11 days of age


Snuggles at 3 weeks of age


Snuggles 3 months


Snuggles at 5 months of age


Snuggles at 7 months of age; she’s still working on that long Labradoodle coat; she is true black but the flash dilutes her color.


At 10 months her coat’s noticeably fuller and longer.


Do I want a male or a female pup?

When trying to decide which gender of pup to buy, some really over think it.
Assuming this is going to be a pet only, and will be de-sexed (for it’s health and your sanity), there really is little difference in the actual owning of the 2. Some believe a female is best because of it’s potential “motherly nature” which unless you’re one of it’s own pups and are a newborn, simply isn’t the case. Once those pregnancy hormones are used up, a female dog is no more or less affectionate than a male.
Some think a male dog is more aggressive or territorial than a female… again, if they’re neutered at a young age, this is false. Given that neither poodles nor Labs are aggressive breeds, your pup just doesn’t have it in their genes to be that way. Raised lovingly, both sexes are equally loving and safe to have around.
Some expect a female to be more gentle… not true! Some expect a male to be stronger… Nope, sorry wrong again! Some want a female so their wheels don’t get marked… neuter a male by 6 months and that problem is averted.

In my opinion, the biggest difference is that it’s less expensive to neuter a male (since it’s not as big a surgery) than it is to spay a female. The end result is the same.

So find a pup that suits you and your family, get it de-sexed, and enjoy!