Originally bred by the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia to create a hypo-allergenic service dog, the Labradoodle offspring have not been consistent in coat to guarantee non- or low-shedding dogs. Many Labradoodles have the shedding coat of a Lab, while some have the higher maintenence coat of a Poodle and others are somewhere in-between. Because Labradoodles are a hybrid, like their coat, they may have personality traits of both Labradors and Poodles or more of one than the other. Even Labradoodle siblings may not carry the same traits.
While they may not have served their original intent, Labradoodles have become increasingly popular as family pets. Like the Poodle and Labrador, they are intelligent and high energy dogs who enjoy time spent being active. They should be exercised daily and should begin basic training at a young age. They are good with kids, but should be supervised with small children as their exuberance may knock a small child over by accident.
- Part Poodle + Part Lab = Altogether fun
- The new kid on the block!
Terrific for a person who:
- Values the appearance and personality of both the Lab and the Poodle
- Expects a playful dog, ready for any game without a grumble
- Prefers anything to vacuuming (Labradoodles are generally low-shedding)
- Wants a dog with tried and true hunting and field abilities.
- Calls foul on a dog that won’t guard hearth and home.
- Expects predictability in his breed (Labradoodles are new, so part of the fun is in the surprises along the way)
The Inside Scoop
The first Labradoodle was developed in Australia in 1988 by Wally Cochran of The Royal Guide Dogs. Cochran was asked for a service dog by a blind woman with a husband with pet allergies. Cochran bred a Standard Poodle to a Labrador Retriever, and some of the Labradoodles were tolerated by allergy sufferers.
Generally good with children as well as other pets, Labradoodles also elicit lots of interesting compliments and questions (“what kind of dog is that?”).
Care and maintenance of the Labradoodle: First a note about the coat: Not all Labradoodles are tolerated by allergy sufferers, and not all Labradoodles are low shedding. Prospective owners should research the methods behind breeding low shedding Labradoodles.
Labradoodles have different coat types and textures: some long and silky, some thicker and plusher. In general, all Labradoodles need trims (at least in certain areas!), regular brushing to avoid matting, and routine baths.
Ranges from curly like a Poodle to smooth like a Labrador and often falls somewhere in-between.
Brush weekly. Some may require trimming.