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Is the Labradoodle right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Labradoodle Origin; Labradoodle Origin-LO; British Labradoodle; English Labradoodle; American Labrad

The basics:
The Labradoodle is what happens when you cross-breed one of the world's most beloved dogs, the friendly Labrador Retriever, with one of the most highly intelligent, the Poodle. Although this mix was being created since at least the 1950s, it really didn't become popular until the late 1980s, when Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle for Guide Dogs Victoria. Thanks to the Poodle's low-shed coat, this mix can provide a guide dog for the blind that doesn't shed so much, giving people with allergies a healthier option.

While this mix is extremely well-regarded both as a potential pet and as a service animal, the American Kennel Club reminds people that the Labradoodle is not yet a recognized breed. All cross-bred and mixed breed dogs are individuals, and you may see some considerable differences, with some Labradoodles showing more of the Poodle traits and others leaning toward the Labrador Retriever side.

The Labradoodle was used as the basis for the creation of the similar Australian Labradoodle, but the two breeds are now considered to be distinct. According to the Australian Labradoodle Association of America, "Currently the Australian Labradoodle is considered to be a cross between the Poodle, Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever, while the Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Poodle only and is primarily first or second generation." Today, Miniature Labradoodles are also created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Miniature or Toy Poodle.

Appearance / health:
Most Labradoodles shed little to no hair. Regular grooming of the coat two or three times a week with a slicker brush keeps the coat free from matting and tangling. Wool and fleece coats require more grooming than the hair coats.

Labradoodle are active and energetic. They like exercise and playing games. A long brisk walk once or twice a day combined with a romp or games in the yard keeps them physically fit.

The common diseases observed in this breed are hip dysplasia (deformation of hip joints), progressive retinal atrophy (degradation of retina leading to blindness), and elbow and patellar luxations (dislocation).

Behavior / temperament:
Labradoodles are sociable, friendly, and affectionate. They are intelligent, obedient, and trainable and tend to be strongly attached to the owner. It is important to realize however, that temperament can vary based upon the number of generations into the "cross" which a particular dog is.

This breed is easy to train. Sometimes, they attempt to outsmart their owners. Their intelligence and high trainability make them well suited as guide dogs, therapy dogs, and assistance dogs.

They are not known to not bark much.


soft poodle curls, nonshedding coats, service dog qualities, intelligent breeds, easy going personality


hairy dreadlock mess, monthly grooming appointment, professional groomer cost, Puppy mill dogs


inch long eyelashes, energetic breed, Australian Labradoodle

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