Black Labradoodle care guide- Top 10 “DOODLEY” facts

The Black Labradoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever with either of them having a dominant black gene. This dog is the same as any other Labradoodle but with a black coat coloration. Black Labradoodles are perfect family dogs and are great with children.

Black Labradoodles are not a separate breed but are only a color variation of the popular Labrador Poodle mix.

Both the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle come in a wide range of colors and color combinations.

With that said, most of the time to get a black Labradoodle pup, breeder cross either a black Lab or a Black Poodle with a Poodle or Lab with different coat colors.

However, genetics is difficult to control, and to get the desired Black Lab Poodle mix coat color is not always assured.

This means that even when you cross a Black Lab with a Black Poodle, you may not always get a black Labradoodle.

Learn more about Labradoodle variations by visiting the guide in this link.

But there is much more that you should know before deciding to get this dog and it is what we are going to look at in this guide.

Let us get right into it.

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Black Labradoodle at a glance

Black Labradoodle summary table
Height 14-24 inches
Weight 15-65 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 15 years 
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose Companion dog
Suitable For Families in general
Grooming requirements Moderate to high(depending on the coat type)
Color Variations Black
Health concerns Allergies, Hip and Elbow dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, and Obesity
Temperament Sociable, Easygoing, Playful, Eager To Please, Loyal,  Intelligent, Energetic, and Confident
Other names Black American Labradoodle, Black Labrapoodle, Black Labrapoo, or the Black Labradorpoo.

There is a reason the Labradoodle is considered to be one of the best Doodles no matter what color he comes in.

But today we are going to look at some Black Poodle Lab mix facts that every Doodle lover needs to know.

Top 10 Black Labradoodle facts

1. Black Poodle Lab mixes are not always hypoallergenic

The Black Labradoodle is a mixed dog and you may never be sure of what to expect.

This is not to say that the Poodle lab mix with a black coat will be any different from other Labradoodles as far as their coat being hypoallergenic is concerned.

As a matter of fact, not all Labrapoos are allergy-friendly and this has nothing to do with their colors.

The coat type is most responsible for whether this black Doodle is going to be hypoallergenic or not.

There 3 different types of Black Black Labradoodle coat mainly;

  • Curly coats: These coats are curly, dense, non-shedding, and have no odor.
  • Wavy coats: These coats types are also known as “fleece coats” and can be non to low-shedding.
  • Straight coats: These are the typical Labrador Retriever coats that shed and which most breeders try to avoid.

This means that if you are looking for the most hypoallergenic black Labradoodle coat, you should look for one with a curly or wavy coat that is similar to that of a Poodle.

2. They come in different sizes

When it comes to the black Labrapoo, one size does not fit all as the Poodle parent also coms in different sizes.

Black Labradoodles come in three sizes which include the following depending on the size of the Poodle;

Toy 14 to 17 inches
Miniature 17 to 20 inches
Standard 21 to 24 inches

These canines can weigh anywhere between 15 and 65 pounds with the toy size being the lightest and the standard size weighing the most. Miniature sizes fall in between the two.

Whichever size one decides to go for depends on lifestyle and personal preference.

A black lab Poodle mix

3. Black Labradoodles are super cute

Known for their teddy-bear appearance, there is no doubt that Labradoodles are super adorable dogs.

That is something that most dog lovers agree upon, although their looks are not always predictable.

The Black Goldendoodle is another great looking black teddy bear doodle. Learn more about him by visiting the article in the link.

4. They are great companion dogs

The Black Labradoodle is a sociable, smart, and eager to please pooch that will do tricks to ensure that you and your family as a whole always have a smile on your faces.

This eagerness to please and friendly nature also makes them great companions, guide, and therapy dogs

Depending on your lifestyle, different size varieties of the Black Labradoodle will suit different homes.

If you are an active person the Standard size may be better suited for you. For people that have a busier lifestyle, the miniature version is what you may be looking for. And for those dog lovers that prefer a couch potato then the Toy Black Labradoodle may be a better fit for them.

These dogs are also very adaptable and can be a great fit for different family lifestyles.

You should also note that these dogs do not cope with being left alone for extended periods. They are prone to suffering from separation anxiety, a trait that is mainly due to their Poodle parents.

5. Black Poodle Lab mixes are not aggressive

These dogs are intelligent but have no aggressive tendencies but should be trained and socialized from an early age.

They are caring and patient which makes them great around children. This is made even better by their easy-going nature.

With that said, you should keep in mind that because of how friendly this dog is, he is not suitable as a guard dog.


6. A Black Labradoodle is different from a black Goldendoodle

Below are some of the differences and similarities between a Black Labrapoo and a Black Goldendoodle.

Similarities Differences
They are both Poodle mixes The Black Labradoodle is from a Lab parent while the black Goldendoodle is from a Golden Retriever parent
They both love to swim and are high energy dogs Black Labradoodles have shorter coats
Both of these black doodles make great family dogs that get along well with other pets and children alike Black Goldendoodles are more sociable than Black Labradoodles

7. Black Lab Poodle mixes are great workout partners

These are very active dogs that love to get both physically and mentally stimulated.

They love swimming, going on regular walks and adventures, and other activities that can help meet their exercise needs.

Depending on the size of the Black Labradoodle, they will need between 30 and 60 minutes of daily exercise.

These pooches also love to play games such as fetch and other more sophisticated minds games such as puzzles for threats.

We have already mentioned that these black canine friends have a great affinity for water.

This is mainly because of the Labrador Retriever parents that were bred to be water dog and thus the fondness to water is passed to the Labrapoo offsprings.

Swimming is also a great way for you and your Black Labradoodle to bond.

However, you should always make sure that the swimming location is clean and safe.

Black Poodle Lab mix

8. They are easy to train

The Black Labradoodle is one of the most intelligent mixed dogs which makes him highly trainable.

Both their parents are on the list of the top 10 smartest dogs making these black doodles equally intelligent.

They also love to please their owners and are happiest when their friends and family ar happy.

Black Lab Poodle mixes pick up new commands and tricks with ease. However, you should keep in mind that this dog is highly food motivated and will be ready to learn any trick or command for that tasty treat.

You don’t have to be an experienced dog trainer to train the black Labradoodle. Even novice dog owners can easily train this dog as long as they are ready to learn the “how-tos” and training basics.

9. These dogs have a lifespan of between 12 and 15 years

Generally, Labradoodles are healthy pooches.

They have a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years. 

This is equal to 90 human years which means that these dogs have a pretty long lifespan.

However, just like any other designer dog, they are also susceptible to some health issues that include the following;

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia which affects both the Poodle and the Labrador Retriever.
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Allergies


10. You can easily fall prey to backyard breeders and puppy mills

Once you have decided that you are going to have a Black Labradoodle as your next family addition, then you should be ready to deal with people that are only in it for the money.

The cost of a Black Labradoodle can range anywhere between $1500 and $2000.

This high price tag is due to this dog’s increasing popularity that which makes it ideal for puppy mills and backyard breeders to look for profits, not factoring in the health and well-fare of their puppies.

You should also be careful of breeders that sell their puppies for a very low price. Make sure you do enough research on the breeder before buying a pup from him or her.

You don’t want to bring home a pup that had been bred in despicable conditions.

There is also the option of adoption

Unfortunately, no matter how great the black Lab Poodle mix may be, some are abandoned ending up in shelters.

So, if you are a huge supporter of adoption as opposed to purchasing a pup, there are several organizations and adoption shelters that are dedicated to getting homes for these abandoned black Doodles.

The most popular ones are;

Giving a pup a new home is an exciting experience and one that will bring you and your family joy.

Breed summary

The Black Labradoodle is the right dog for you if you are looking for a canine friend that;

  • Is hypoallergenic
  • Is smart and highly trainable
  • Loves to swim and swim and play other games
  • Is more of a lover and charmer than a fighter
  • Will love to cuddle no matter how big he is
  • Get along well with cats and other pets
  • Is patient and playful with children

So, what is your on the Black Poodle and Lab mix?

Share your feedback and thoughts in the comment section below. We will also be happy to share any questions that you may have.

There you go, WOOF!