Personality Traits & Trainability ★
Labradoodles first appeared in the 1980s and their popularity has skyrocketed since due to their potential for a lively, friendly nature and hypoallergenic, minimally-shedding coat. Although they can be very boisterous as puppies - and will benefit from early obedience training - adult Labradoodles make excellent companions. However, as with all cross breeds, it’s impossible to predict what you might get - you would hope that your pup inherits the best of the Labrador and Poodle it originates from but this cannot be controlled and is not always the case. The well balanced Labradoodle is smart and easily trainable thanks to the Poodle intelligence and the Labrador’s love of pleasing people, friendly and patient around children and happy to lay at your feet but will jump up to play at a moment’s notice!
Living Conditions ⌂
Labradoodles need exercise and so a home with an outdoor area would be ideal. Daily walks and swimming are needed to keep your Labradoodle stimulated, happy and healthy.
The Labradoodle was initially bred to be a hypoallergenic, minimally shedding dog but this can vary widely, even within the same litter of pups. Some Labradoodles have tightly curled coats like a Poodle whilst others look more like a shaggy retriever; some are virtually non-shedding whilst others can shed as much as their Labrador ancestors; some may need minimal grooming whilst others will need weekly brushing with regular clipping. As with their temperament, it is difficult to predict how their coats will develop into adulthood.
Ear infections can be a problem for Labradoodles, particularly if they are fond of swimming and ears should be cleaned and checked regularly. Although they are generally healthy dogs, Labradoodles could inherit typical diseases for either Labradors or Poodles such as Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Allergies, Diabetes and Hypothyroidism, amongst others.
Fun fact ❤
A man named Wally Conron was the first person to deliberately breed Labradoodles. He was head breeder for the Australian Guide Dog Association in 1989 and was asked to recommend a breed that would make a good guide dog for a blind lady whose husband had severe allergies. He crossed the typical Labrador guide dog with the hypoallergenic Poodle and the Labradoodle was created!
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