The Labradoodle is a medium-sized mixed breed or designer breed developed in Australia during the 1950s. Designer breeds are a mix of two purebreds crossed together to create a new breed with varying purposes. In the case of the Labradoodle a Labrador Retriever and a Standard, Miniature, or Toy Poodle was used to create the breed. The reason behind the development of the Labradoodle is to create a hypoallergenic guide dog. Because the Labradoodle is a crossbreed, puppies do not possess a uniform or consistent physical and/or mental characteristics. While most will have some common traits, there will be litters with different appearances and/or behavioural characteristics which are unpredictable. Puppies with straight coats, wavy coats or curly coats can be born in the same litter and may also vary in sizes (standard, medium, or miniature) depending on the size of the Poodle used for the first generation breeding. Although the Labradoodle is considered hypoallergenic, the breed does shed but usually less and has less dog odour than the Labrador Retriever. The typical size of Labradoodles is between
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The term “Labradoodle” first appeared on the scene in 1955 but did not gain recognition until 1988 when Australian breeder Wally Conron began popularising the Labrador Retriever and the Standard Poodle cross as a hypoallergenic breed that can also be used as a guide dog. The purpose was to combine the low-shedding property of the Poodle’s coat with that of the mild temperament, gentleness, and trainability of the Labrador Retriever. The resulting breed should be able to guide blind people that suffer from allergies to fur and dog dander. The first Labradoodle to successfully perform this job was named “Sultan” who worked as a guide dog for a blind woman in Hawaii for 10 years. Today, Labradoodles are still bred in Australia and other places around the world by guide and assistance dog organizations to provide guidance, assistance, and act as therapy dogs and at the same time, being popular family companions as well.
Being a crossbreed, puppies from the same litter may display varying characteristics and temperament. However, most Labradoodles will display some common traits that they inherit from their parents: generally friendly, energetic, intelligent, good with children and excellent family dogs. There are some litters that often display an affinity for water and strong swimming abilities, traits which they also inherit from the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. The Labradoodle is a highly intelligent breed because the parent breeds are amongst the world’s intelligent and easy to train dog breeds. It is a friendly breed, never aggressive and very devoted to the family. It is also gentle, joyful, and happy which will often manifest through exuberant jumping and playing.
Training is fairly easy for this breed. Intelligence comes naturally because both the parent breeds, the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle are one of the world’s most intelligent breeds. Training and socialisation should start at an early age, preferably between the ages of 4-8 months where the puppy can be easily trained, making it an ideal candidate for service either as a therapy or assistance dog.
The Labradoodle’s coat can vary anywhere between wiry and soft and can either be straight, wavy, or curly. A straight-coated Labradoodle has a “hair” coat, a wavy-coated Labradoodle has a “fleece” coat, while a curly-coated Labradoodle has a “wool” coat. In any coat type, grooming should be done on a regular basis to maintain the coat healthy and the skin free from irritations and/or allergies.
Health issues are almost the same with the parent breeds. The Labrador Retriever and the Poodle can suffer from certain health issues so does the Labradoodle. Some dogs may suffer from these disorders but it doesn’t mean that it can have all of them.
Exercise requirement should be between 30 and 60 minutes of short walks on a daily basis. The Labradoodle can be a high-energy dog and would do best in a large house with a medium- to large-sized yard that is well-fenced. Although the Labradoodle is highly adaptable, it is not recommended for an apartment life. This smart and energetic breed also requires mental exercises to prevent boredom. First-generation Labradoodles have more exercise requirements than multi-generation Labradoodles, so it is in the best interest of the owner to know if the puppy is born as a first-generation or from a multi-generation Labradoodles.
This breed is very friendly and will accept anyone as a friend. It is exceptionally good with children because of its gentle and playful temperament. It is not an aggressive dog because it was not bred to be, hence, it is generally good with other dogs as well.