The hybrid Labradoodle has a life expectancy of 15 years.
The Labradoodle is a designer breed and a mix between the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle.
The Labradoodle originated in Australia in the late 1980s. The Australian Royal Guide Dog Association received a request for assistance from a visually impaired women who needed a seeing eye dog that would not aggravate her husband’s allergies. A worker with the Association suggested crossing the friendly, easily trainable Labrador Retriever with the low shedding, intelligent Poodle. The cross resulted in a puppy named Sultan that is considered to be the first Labradoodle on record.
The Labradoodle can be classified as Standard, Medium or Miniature depending on their size. The Standard Labradoodle weighs 50 to 65 pounds and measures 21 to 24 inches. The Medium Labradoodle weighs 30 to 40 pounds and measures 17 to 20 inches. The Miniature Labradoodle weighs 16 to 25 pounds and measures 14 to 16 inches.
The Labradoodle’s coat has lots of variation. The Labradoodle’s coat can be straight and slightly wavy like the Labrador Retriever, curly and wooly like the Poodle or fall somewhere in between. Multi-generational Labradoodles tend to have thick, but very soft coats with loose curls that require professional grooming every four to six weeks. The Labradoodle sheds very little, if at all and therefore needs to have their hair cut regularly.
The Labradoodle should also be brushed daily and bathed when needed. Like all dogs, the Labradoodle needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The sweet, smart Labradoodle has the enthusiasm of the Labrador Retriever and the confidence of the Poodle.
The Labradoodle made their mark as a service dog thanks to their even-tempered, sociable and keen disposition. Today, the Labradoodle continues to be a wonderful service and therapy dog as well as an ideal family companion. Labradoodles are playful, loyal and gentle.
The Labradoodle does not make a good watch dog or guard dog. They are too welcoming and friendly to fill either of these roles. Labradoodles get along well with everyone including children, strangers, other pets and other dogs.
Like the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle, the Labradoodle is very trainable. The Labradoodle is intelligent and picks up commands and tricks easily. The Labradoodle likes mental and physical activity. Although the Labradoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they can compete in agility, flyball, obedience and other dog sports through hobby clubs.
The Labradoodle has lots of energy and needs regular exercise for their health and happiness. Without sufficient activity, the Labradoodle can become bored and destructive. Labradoodles need long daily walks and time to run around and play in a secure area. They also like going for swims, playing with balls and games of fetch.