Origin and characteristics

The Labradoodle was originally developed in Australia to be a hypoallergenic guide dog. The Labradoodle is a result of Poodle and Labrador Retriever breeding.

The Labradoodle is not a recognized breed. They come in three size variations, depending on the size of the Poodle used for the first-generation breeding. The three sizes are Standard, Medium, and Miniature, but there is a lot of variation, some can be smaller or larger than expected.

The Labradoodle is an intelligent dog, who can make the ideal family pet if properly trained. They usually do well with other dogs and pets in the household, and they’re generally good with children.

They are the happiest when they are around the people they love. Poodles are excellent watchdogs, and some Labradoodles are too, but not all. They are friendly and accept everyone like their best friend, therefore they are not ideal guard dogs.

They can be gentle and joyful, showing their happiness through exuberant jumping and playing. A well-trained Labradoodle with a characteristic temperament is a true joy.

Labradoodles are adaptive, but they are not recommended for apartments. They are better suited to live in a house with a garden where they can release their energy.

They require about 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. They need to be mentally and physically stimulated. If they aren’t, they can become destructive and hard to handle.

With training, however, you can teach a Labradoodle proper doggy etiquette. A Labradoodle is generally easy to train, since they’re intelligent and eager to please.

  • Lifespan: 12-14 Years

  • Size: 53-61 cm

  • Weight: 23-29 kg

  • Breed group: hybrid

  • Coat:  Hair, Wool, Fleece

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

Usually the Labradoodle doesn’t shed excessively, but it depends on the type of coat they have. Although a Labradoodle can have one of a range of coat types, the desired length is four to six inches. They have a single coat with hair ranging from straight to loose curls.

The Labradoodle has three different coat types:

The Hair coat, which is similar to fur in shedding breeds, is the least popular. Hair coats shed and usually have an odour.

The Wool coat, is dense and similar in feel to a lamb’s wool. Wool coats hang in loose curls and aren’t dense. Generally, the Wool coat doesn’t have a “doggy” odour and it’s usually non-shedding.

The Fleece coat has a silky texture often described as an Angora goat texture. This coat ranges from straight to wavy.

Some Labradoodles are more like Poodles: have a high-maintenance finely textured coat, that needs to be trimmed, combed, and taken care of regularly, as they easily mat and tangle, others are more like Labradors: Shed a lot of hair, very frequently.

How to manage shedding?

The fleece-textured coat is the coat most preferred by Labradoodle owners. The fleece coats are wavy but can also be tightly curled.

It has a soft silk-like feel to it and is easier to maintain than the wool coat. It can have a soft spiraling curl or a straight wavy appearance.

The hair coat is the least popular of the three coat types because it sheds, carries odour.

Grooming requirements vary depending on the length and type of coat the dog has.

To minimise shedding, experts recommend consistent brushing, adequate nutrition, regular baths and maintaining low stress levels.

Labradoodles require consistent brushing with a deshedding tool or a slicker brush at least every few days. A good brush is the best way to prevent them from shedding.

Excessive Labradoodle shedding can be caused by poor nutrition. Omega 3 unsaturated fats help to prevent Labradoodle shedding by providing a healthier labradoodle coat and skin.

Another way to limit Labradoodle shedding, is giving your dog a bath at least once or twice a month. Using a specialized deshedding tool will also limit how much fur your dog will shed. Bathing your dog helps to wash off the dead fur that will inevitably fall off when your dog sheds. 

Unreasonable Labradoodle shedding could be a sign that your pooch is highly stressed. Adjustment in their living or housing conditions, insufficient physical exercise, or the death of a close friend or owner will cause stress. Creating a regular routine will help ease unknown stress.

If you still experience excessive shedding, you should immediately see a professional.  An example of too much shedding would be constant shedding, bare or bald spots spots, or constant itching. There are known medical conditions that can cause an overabundance of shedding including:

  • Bacterial or infectious diseases
  • Insects, lice, or vermin mites
  • Dog Allergies
  • Cushing’s or other kidney, thyroid, or liver issues
  • Current prescriptions
  • Cancer
  • Immune system issues

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