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Labradoodle

Labradoodle

An Intelligent Socialite

Active, independent, well-mannered

Labradoodles are easy to train, affectionate, and energetic dogs that can be miniature, standard, or medium sized. These playful hybrid dogs are a cross of the Labrador Retriever and Poodle, and share characteristics with both breeds. They make great service dogs and companions for people with allergies. 

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs. 

Breed Details

Height:14-24 in. Weight:15-70 lbs Lifespan:12-15 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: The Labradoodle is a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She loves the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Labradoodle.

Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep her coat beautiful.

Dental: Labradoodles generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


The Labradoodle's intelligence and social nature make her an excellent choice for work as a guide or therapy dog.

Positive Traits:

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • Alert, curious, and busy

  • Protective of family: good watch dog

  • Bold, steady, and fearless

  • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

  • Quirky, entertaining personality

Negative Traits:

  • Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things

  • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

  • Needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety, with associated chewing and howling behaviors

  • Coat requires regular grooming


Whether you are considering adding a new Labradoodle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Labradoodle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Labradoodle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Labradoodle could encounter:

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Blindness

Retinal Dysplasia

Cataracts

Bleeding Disorders

Diabetes

Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s)

Epilepsy

Thyroid Disease

Skin Conditions

Allergies

Ear Infections

The Labradoodle is a designer or hybrid dog, meaning that they are a deliberate breeding between two purebred dogs. This clever, social, and energetic dog is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. The Labradoodle was first bred in the 1980’s to create a suitable service dog for people with allergies. She is a playful and happy companion that is sure to capture the heart of anyone she meets. 

Consult with a veterinarian if your Labradoodle shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

  • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

  • Shortness of breath, cough, or fainting

  • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Repetitive, compulsive whirling

  • Care

    Routine Care: The Labradoodle is a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She loves the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for your Labradoodle.

    Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep her coat beautiful.

    Dental: Labradoodles generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    The Labradoodle's intelligence and social nature make her an excellent choice for work as a guide or therapy dog.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    • Protective of family: good watch dog

    • Bold, steady, and fearless

    • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

    • Quirky, entertaining personality

    Negative Traits:

    • Is a bit “mouthy”—likes to carry and chew things

    • Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety, with associated chewing and howling behaviors

    • Coat requires regular grooming


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Labradoodle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Labradoodle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Labradoodle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Labradoodle could encounter:

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

    Blindness

    Retinal Dysplasia

    Cataracts

    Bleeding Disorders

    Diabetes

    Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s)

    Epilepsy

    Thyroid Disease

    Skin Conditions

    Allergies

    Ear Infections

  • History

    The Labradoodle is a designer or hybrid dog, meaning that they are a deliberate breeding between two purebred dogs. This clever, social, and energetic dog is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. The Labradoodle was first bred in the 1980’s to create a suitable service dog for people with allergies. She is a playful and happy companion that is sure to capture the heart of anyone she meets. 

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Labradoodle shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

    • Shortness of breath, cough, or fainting

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

    • Repetitive, compulsive whirling

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