Originating in Australia in 1955 by the Royal Guide Dogs Association, the Labradoodles are a crossbreed that results from breeding a Poodle with a Labrador Retriever. This was a unique mix sought after for its hypoallergenic qualities as well as the ability to be used as a service guide dog.
Each breed alone is popular for their strong scenting abilities, the potential to quickly learn new skills, as well as the loving bond they form with their people. Combined into one breed, they are an amazing match for those seeking an assistance dog and for people who would dearly love a four-legged best friend but suffer from allergies.
With little to no to shedding as well as a smaller amount of dander and saliva, all contributors to human allergies, the Labradoodle makes the perfect option for those who are allergic to dogs. With their single coat, this breed is more desirable with a hair of about four to six inches long. They come in a variety of coat types, anything from Poodle ringlet curls to Labrador straight, short hair.
Labradoodle Hair Colors
Labradoodles that exhibit more of a hair coat than fur are less desirable as they tend to take on the regular odors that other dogs. Also, they shed as regular dogs do. The wool type coat, which resembles sheep’s wool, is more of a loose curl and isn’t very dense. This type of coat doesn’t shed and doesn’t exhibit any dog smell. A fleece type coat is described as being like an Angora goat’s coat and varies from curly to straight and are non-shedding.
Due to the mixture of the two breeds, the Labradoodle varies from regular shedding to non-shedding. These dogs need to be brushed at least once to twice a week to keep the knotting or matting to a minimum. For dogs resembling the poodle, trimming every six to eight weeks is optimal. Bathing of your Labradoodle should be kept to a minimum.
Labradoodles come in the following colors:
- Chalk (chalky white color)
They also come in varieties of Parti-color, such as:
Grooming for Labradoodles
Brushing their teeth and clipping toenails should be something your four-legged friend is familiar with. If these are introduced at an early age, the pup will stand a better chance of not having a traumatic experience, which causes it anxiety and pain. A dog’s nails have blood in the quick, which could bleed out of control if not carefully trimmed. If you’re uncertain how to trim your dogs’ nails, it’s best to seek the advice of a veterinarian the first time or two.
It’s good to start a habit right from puppyhood of touching their body, the ears, feet, and mouth, so if anything becomes a problem, the dogs not unnecessarily stressed if you need access to one of those areas. It’s also a good idea to check your pooch over regularly for cuts, rashes, fleas, or ticks if it’s that season. It also helps them to be familiar with the feeling of being examined, on the occasion’s they need to see the vet.
These unique dogs are dedicated to their human families and are at their happiest when they can be where their people are. They’re a very happy breed, full of affection and energy to meet any challenge. Though both breeds tend to be a bit headstrong, they’re known for their high level of intelligence, and with the ability to learn new things, they take training very well.
With such a smart animal, any training should start early, so the pup grows up with manners. This breed is excitable but can be trained fairly easily.
Exercise and Health
Exercise is a top priority with Labradoodles. As a high energy breed, they need to get outside daily. They should run to give out some of the excess energy bottled up inside them. They are a good match for people who like to jog, hike, or participate in other fast-paced activities.
If you prefer not to overexert yourself, a brisk walk or a vigorous game of fetch in the backyard should be enough to wear out your pooch. When left on their own to get bored, Labradoodles, like many other breeds, have a tendency to get themselves in trouble. Your well-tended home could become a mini war-zone if you leave your dog alone too much throughout the day.
An overall great pet, the Labradoodle is usually good with other pets and kids, but due to their boisterous nature and larger size, they can be overwhelming to small children. Training is a must if you’re pairing up young kids with a puppy.
This breed has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years and weighs from 50 to 60 pounds.
There is plenty of need for a well-trained dog. Depending on what you do with your Labradoodle, you may require more specialized training.
Labradoodles as Service Dogs
The breed works well as guide dogs or assistance dogs for the handicapped or visually impaired. They even, on occasion, show promise as a seizure or diabetic alert dog. These things can’t be trained so much as they’re instinctive, though once a dog shows promise, intense training can teach the dog what to do in situations where they sense someone is about to suffer a seizure or drop in sugar levels.
These amazing pooches are able to alert their handler to impending episodes. They do this by placing a paw on their shoulder or leg or laying their head on their lap. They also can help block the fall of someone who is having a seizure or diabetic reaction. Some well-trained dogs are able to summon help by ringing a bell. This is done hitting a switch that alerts medical support or finding someone within the building to get help.
No matter what your purpose, you can’t go wrong choosing a Labradoodle. You’ll get a loyal, fun, loving buddy to have by your side. They’ll cherish the love you give them and return it tenfold.