The most essential thing about Labradoodles is that they be bred for good health, temperament, and intelligence. Always ask to meet both the parent dogs and see if they possess these traits before buying. If they don’t, look elsewhere. Labradoodles are specifically bred to be the ideal family pet, which means they must be out of good quality dogs and started right. I strongly believe the best way to guard good health in breeding dogs is to DNA test for genetic issues that both parent breeds can bring to the mix. DNA never changes, so if they are clear of a gene that causes a health problem you know for a fact they will never get it or be able to pass it on. I find that invaluable to know before breeding any dog.
The Labradoodle’s body is usually a bit heavier than that of a Standard Poodle.The muzzle is somewhat more narrow than a Labrador Retriever. Coming from 2 very social breeds, they are comical, loving, fun pets that aim to please and be your companion.
Height: Males 22+ inches. Females 20+ inches.(Our Standard Poodle stud dog is 24″ tall and our female labs are 22″- 24″ tall)
Weight: Males 55-90 pounds. Females 65-85 pounds. (our Poodle stud is 64 lbs, our lab dams are 65- 75 lbs) It’s not at all uncommon for hybrid pups to be larger than either parent breed. It’s one of the signs of hybrid vigor.
Coat: The length of the coat is anywhere from 2 to 6 inches (10-15 cm.) long. Almost half of f1 Labradoodles don’t shed, or shed lightly, and live easily with families with MILD allergies. Coat has a low maintenance, shaggy dog look; usually with a wickedly cute beard.
Colors: Any shades of chalk, cream, apricot, red, chocolate, café, black and silver.(Our stud dog is cafe au lait, with our current breedable females being chocolate and yellow so we have all the colors covered). We expect chocolate, white, black, cream and yellow pups. Below are examples of Labradoodle colors from our own pups.
Temperament: The Labradoodle is good natured and easy to train. They are extremely clever, sociable and want to please.
With Children: They make wonderful family pets and devoted companions! They can love all members of the family equally unlike many breeds that attach to a single person.
With Pets: Wonderful! Ours are raised with other dogs to start them out right. They’re also used to seeing horses go by here daily, so generally ignore them.
Watch-dog: They might bark when strangers arrive, but do NOT act threatening.
Guard-dog: They’re usually happy to see everyone.
Care and Training
Care and Training: Our pups are f1s. They usually don’t require near the amount of grooming that a poodle does, but may need a beard trim and brushing weekly to keep them mat-free. The f1b Labradoodle backcross and multigens tend to have longer fur (4 – 7 inches), and will require more regular grooming.
These are not dogs you can put outside and ignore without regretting it. They are intelligent and need human interaction. If you don’t work with them, they will find ways to entertain themselves! Untrained they’re smart enough to find plenty to get into much as a toddler will.
Learning Rate: Very High! Obedience – High, Problem Solving – High. They are often capable of understanding up to 200 words, so be careful what you teach them!
This video shows Gracie, at less than 4 months practicing her skills. I find it amazing how smart these pups are and how eager they are to learn to satisfy you. Gracie is out of our Hickory and Chip.
Health Issues: As a hybrid cross they grow healthier and live longer than either parent line. One of the reasons for crossing the 2 breeds is to try to eliminate many of the genetic problems that have developed in many purebred dog breeds. To further increase their health, I am in the process of DNA testing all of my breeding dogs to rule out as many genetic defects as humanly possible. The result is a healthy long-lived dog for your family.
Life Span: 13-15 Years
Country of Origin: Australia
Beginning: The first Labradoodle was bred by the Australian Guide Dog Association in 1989. They were bred specifically to work as service dogs due to their high intelligence, lack of shedding, dander and doggy odor, and gentle, loving natures.
You will find that my parent dogs are chosen according to their PURE breed standards. They are much loved family members and are treated as such.
How did the Labradoodle get it’s name?
One of the wonderful things about Labradoodles is how devoted and willing they are to help their people. Many are trained to work as therapy or service dogs because they have a natural instinct to excel at this type of work. Since it can be very costly to have a dog trained, there is a very sincere, helpful group that will help you to train your own dog. You can check them out at: http://www.owner-trained-service-dogs.com/ Of course it takes time and determination, but for the difference these dogs can make in a life, it is time well spent.