Labradoodle Breed Summary
Smart, Sociable, Affectionate, Loving and Adaptable
The Labradoodle was first developed in 1989 in Australia, originally to be a hypoallergenic dog for the blind! The first of his kind, Sultan, not only possessed a low-shedding coat, but also the intellect and disposition of a Labrador, making him excellent guide dog material. After this first development, breeders became intrigued and interested at the Labradoodle and they rapidly increased in popularity, donning the term ‘designer dogs’. Guide dog aside, this breed is now a popular family pet choice, being one of the most prevalent in the UK! They are also becoming true celebrity dogs, with owners including Jennifer Aniston and Jeremy Clarkson.
|Height (at the withers)||Miniature 14in - 16in / Medium 18in - 20in / Standard 21in - 24in|
|Weight||Miniature 15lb - 29lb / Medium 29lb - 45lb / Standard 29lb - 100lb|
|Coat||Ranges From Shaggy to Poodle-Like Curls|
|Color||Caramel, Chocolate, Black, Cream, Apricot, Red, Coffee, Chalk, Silver, Blue, Mixed|
|Common health issues||Ear Infections; Hip Dysplasia; Elbow Dysplasia; Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Epilepsy; Diabetes Mellitus.|
Labradoodle's are particularly well-known for their smart and sociable natures, which is what makes them such excellent guide dogs! They are extremely affectionate towards their ‘hooman’ owners and are the happiest when they’re with the people they love. This breed also loves to make new friends, ‘hooman’ or animal, and with training they can even be taught proper etiquette. They are extremely adaptable, whether you enjoy having a cuddle on the sofa or playing fetch in the garden! This breed however isn’t the ideal guard dog, as although they may bark at strangers on entry, they will just want to be fussed! Because this breed is so new, there is still little consistency in offspring and there are no common characteristics specific to the hybrid-breed. Some will be very Poodle-like; very reserved, quiet with a high maintenance coat whereas others will be more Labrador-like; slow to maturity, prone to shed and noisy.