Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Miniature Labradoodle
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. Today, Miniature Labradoodles are also created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Miniature or Toy Poodle, as well as other Mini Labradoodles with Toy or Miniature Poodles.
Appearance / health:
The body of a Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodle is slightly heavier than that of a Miniature Poodle. Proportions should have a squarely built appearance. The dog should be as nearly as tall as he is long. Legs should be nicely proportioned to the body, they should not be stunted. Bone and muscle of both forelegs and hind legs are in good proportion to the size of dog. The head often has a blocky appearance, although the muzzle is slightly narrower than that of a Labrador Retriever. Eyes are large, expressive, and slightly round. Teeth meet in a scissor bite. Ears are set flat against the head and are just at eye level. The nose is large, square, and fleshy. The tail is low set and saber-shaped. Docked tails are not acceptable. Dewclaws may be removed, but it is not a requirement.
The first cross generation Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever X Miniature Poodle) is relatively uncommon. A higher number of dogs produced in this generation will have sparse and/ or shedding coats. The amount of time and effort needed to care for the thinner coats is much lower than for the fuller coats, and usually consists of brushing a couple times a week. Trimming the hair length on the body is rarely needed. Trimming the facial hair is only needed a few times a year.
Wavy and curly coats will generally shed less than the coarser, sparser coats. These types of coats can be found in some lower generation Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodles, but are more common in higher generation Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodles. Brushing at least 3 times a week is recommended to prevent matting. Regular trimming of the coat to a manageable length is recommended. Trimming the hair around the eyes on a regular basis is also required.
Most Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodles thrive on focused exercise for bursts of time. A combination of mental exercise (games) and a short brisk walk keeps them mentally and physically healthy.
The Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodle have very few health issues documented at this time. Many of the potential common medical problems found in the Standard Labradoodle such as hip dysplasia have not been seen in the Minis. Potential illnesses and diseases that may show in the Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodle are low thyroid, progressive retinal atrophy, and elbow and patellar luxations. Most of these health issues can be reduced or eliminated by breeders doing medical screening of their breeding dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
The Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodle will exhibit behavioral traits of the other the breeds used in breeding, in a variation of proportions. Because they are a various levels of hybrid, defining behavior within a ridged criterion is not possible.
The Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodle is usually sociable, friendly, and affectionate. Most are highly intelligent, obedient, and trainable and tend to be strongly attached to the owner or family. Many describe the Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodle as a really silly dog with lots of desire to entertain humans, to whom there are no strangers, only friends they have not met yet.
The Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodle are highly motivated to learn. They are eager to learn new things and can become bored with training, if the handler is not keeping the training interesting. They learn very quickly and are ready to learn more. Motivations for training can include food rewards, praise rewards or play rewards. Using force and negative training methods often results in training failures with these smart dogs.
Most Mini Labradoodle and Australian Mini Labradoodles are not repetitive barkers but will provide an alert bark. As with any type of dog, appropriate training influences behavior of this kind.
loving dog, playful dog, families, kids, absolute joy
good agility, hairy paws, energy
My girl Lucy
I got Lucy as a three week old puppy from an Amish family Pennsylvania. Once we brought her home it took a few weeks for her to get used to a louder, more chaotic environment, but she eventually settled in. She instantly became an integral part of the family. She's very playful and loving. She loves going for walks, and playing with her toys. She's not a pest about playtime though; she loves taking naps and cuddling when we're just too tired too run around. Lucy is an incredibly smart dog and was fairly easy to train. She learned obedience commands and tricks pretty quickly. The cons: While most of the time Lucy is a perfect pup, she does have her negative qualities. Sometimes she has a tough time with strangers. She will never bite, attack, or growl, but she will bark for a bit. I also wish she was also more comfortable swimming. One last thing is that she does have some separation anxiety. If we are away for too long she will get upset. Overall, Lucy is a great dog and she's always happy to be with us and greet us with kisses when we walk through the door..
From Jarred Iacovelli Aug 29 2016 4:14PM
Golden Miniature Labradoodle
I have had this little fella since he was a tiny pup, when he looked like a little golden labrador. He's much scruffier now he's almost 2, the poodle seems to have kicked in a bit! He is adorable and his coat doesn't take much looking after so this is by no means a downside.
He was eager to learn as a puppy and caught on quickly to commands. He's not quite as quick on the uptake now he is verging on 2 but that may be because we don't train him religiously, it's not something that affects our family either way as we taught him the important stuff as a pup.
He is always up for a cuddle, though he struggles to sit still unless he's planning on having a nap with you.
He likes to be heard and there was some issue with his barking but he learnt quickly that he wasn't allowed to bark non stop for no reason and now he's fine, he even 'talks' to us, he knows he's allowed to bark when we're having a conversation!
He loves his food and treats and enjoy nothings more than ripping up his toys or anything he can get his chops round! When he gets excited the closest object ends up in his mouth, he doesn't chew it though he just tends to hold it! An amusing little quirk.
He loves a good, mad run out in the garden and playing with his brother, who is also a member of our family. He doesn't need a great deal of walking and is not a fan of the rain.
His agility is great and he can jump good distances with a good height.
He can be nervous of other dogs but tends to be fine, is also fine with children and is generally a fan of anyone that will give him attention! He has never had any issues with biting etc.
If someone is coming to visit, he will let us know as soon as they hit the bottom of our path!
He will lick you for hours if you let him and I believe he would sell our family for a belly rub. Within seconds of scratching his head he'll have slumped onto his back so you can rub his belly.
His tail wags in a helicopter motion and it pretty much never stops; he's a happy, lively boy!
He bounces round when he gets a bit lively but he's still a young boy so it can only be expected and I hope he never really stops even when he's an adult!
He's an absolute joy to have around and he's always happy to see you.
An asset to anyone ready to love and feel the love in return..
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