Labradoodles, also known as Lab Poodle mixes, are Doodles. This mixed dog is got from crossing a purebred Labrador Retriever with a purebred Poodle of any size. The Labradoodle can come in three different sizes namely Toy, Miniature or Standard Doodle sizes, and a variety of colors.
Both the Labrador and Poodle breeds are highly popular and are a great match for each other for the following reasons;
- Poodles are intelligent, alert, and great companion dogs.
- Labs are known for being gentle, family-oriented, great with kids and they also make great companions.
This mixed dog is very popular and is increasingly gaining the favor of many dog lovers. It is not hard to see why one might fall in love with this crossbreed dog.
But aside from having great personalities and having good looks, there is much more that any aspiring owner should know about this mix, from general information to care tips, most of which we are going to cover in this guide.
So, let us get right into it.
Contents and Quick Navigation
- About the Labradoodle
- Breed Origin
- Poodle brief history
- Other Poodle mixes
- Labrador Retriever Brief history
- Other Lab mixes
- Breed recognition
- Labrador Poodle mix pros and cons
- Fun facts about the Labrador Poodle mix
- Labradoodle General Appearance and characteristics
- How big does the Lab Poodle mix get?
- Physical appearance
- Labrapoodle Coat appearance and shedding
- Personality traits and Temperament of the Labradoodle
- Labrador Poodle mix generations
- What is an Australian Labradoodle?
- Frequently asked questions
- Labradoodle Puppies
- How to take care of a Labradoodle crossbreed
- Health concerns
About the Labradoodle
Labradoodle serves us the best of both worlds by mixing the hypoallergenic Poodle and the gentle Labrador Retriever.
This pooch is sometimes referred to as;
- American Labradoodle
But how was this designer dog created?
Labradoodle was originally developed as a hypoallergenic guide dog in 1988 with the first crosses being created by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia in Victoria.
They did this by crossing a Standard Poodle with a Labrador Retriever.
The dog was bred by an Australian breeder known as Wally Conron to create a hypoallergenic guide dog.
However, Conron has since repeatedly stated he regrets creating this crossbreed.
What they created was a large, social, and highly intelligent hybrid that was not only a great guide dog but also had low-shedding capabilities.
It also took them 3 years to develop the perfect guide dog after several tries.
While the hybrid is not yet to achieve consistent results in coat or temperament, she is a wildly popular and affectionate dog.
You should note that not all Labrapoos may come out with that hypoallergenic coat.
We could also look at a brief history of both parents.
Poodle brief history
Poodles originated from Germany where they were bred to be working dogs. This is contrary to the belief that they were bred in France although he is still the French national dog.
In France, Poodles are known as “Caniche” or in other words “the Duck Dog.”
This canine was mainly developed to help in the hunting of waterfowls and is believed to be descendants of several dogs that include several European water dogs.
Dog lovers fell in love with their qualities and their popularity sky-rocketed since then.
Poodles also come in three size varieties:
- Standard Poodles – 15 inches tall at the shoulder
- Miniature Poodles – 15 inches or under at the shoulder
- Toy Poodles – no more than 10 inches at the shoulder
The smaller toy poodles can be overly protective of strangers outside their family and to other dogs. They should be socialized from an early age.
Other Poodle mixes
- Saint Berdoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Saint Bernard.
- Chipoo is a cross between a Poodle and a Chihuahua.
- Bernedoodle is a sizable cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a Poodle.
- A Cavapoo is a cross between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Labrador Retriever Brief history
Labs come from a region known as Newfoundland off the Canadian Atlantic coast and were originally named after Newfoundland’s capital, St Johns hence the name St John’s dog.
In the 1700s, these dogs served as companions and retrievers for fishermen.
Not much is known about where they originally came from but it is believed that he came from crossing local water dogs with the Newfoundland dog.
When English Noblemen visited Canada they became fascinated with this dog and took some of the finest specimens with them back home.
British breeders then refined and standardized the dog further to the breed that we know and love today.
In America, the dog almost went extinct in the 1880s.
This dog has been the most popular pooch in the US since 1991, a title that we think he will be holding for some time.
Other Lab mixes
- The multicolored Aussiedor is a combination of a Lab and an Australian shepherd.
- Corgidor is a Lab and Corgi mixed breed.
- English Bullador, a Labrador and English Bulldog mix.
- The Labradane is an elegant and refined cross between a Lab and a Great Dane.
- Bullmasador is the Lab and Bullmastiff mix that might give you a run for your money
Major kennel clubs such as the AKC and UKC do not recognize this canine as he is not a purebred dog. However, they are several registries that recognize the Labrapoo crossbreed that include;
- The International Australian Labradoodle Association.
- Dog Registry of America.
- International Designer Canine Registry
- American Canine Hybrid Club.
Labrador Poodle mix pros and cons
✓ Are highly sociable.
✔ Do not shed as much as other dogs.
✓ Labradoodles are intelligent and highly trainable.
✘ Can sometimes have a stubborn streak as they try to outsmart you.
✗ Labradoodles are not guarding dogs due to their gentle demeanor.
✘ Inconsistencies as far as shedding and being hypoallergenic is concerned.
✗ Require a lot of daily exercises.
Fun facts about the Labrador Poodle mix
- Lab Poodle mixes have webbed feet a trait inherited from both the parent. The webbed feet act as paddles which makes these crossbreeds great swimmers.
- This is a highly popular dog that has been owned by several prominent individuals and celebrities including Joe Biden, Tiger Woods, Jennifer Aniston, and many more.
- Labradoodles have been featured in the Australian edition of Monopoly which is a family-friendly board game.
- Labrador Poodle mix coat grows continuously and will require regular grooming.
- This a super-smart crossbreed that can learn new tricks and commands which so much ease.
- Standard Labrapoo mixed dogs are very fast dogs that can reach top speeds of up to 30 miles per hour but the speed will depend on the dog’s body size.
- These are super athletic dogs that are great companions for active families and individuals.
Labradoodle General Appearance and characteristics
|Labrador Poodle mix summary table|
|Height||14 to 24 inches|
|Weight||15 to 65 pounds|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Breed Type||mixes and more|
|Purpose||Working and companion dog|
|Suitable For||Is suitable for all dog lovers and families|
|Grooming requirements||moderate to high|
|Color Variations||Cream, Caramel, red, Black, Chocolate, Silver, and even black|
|Health concerns||hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism and obesity|
|Temperament||intelligent, loyal, loving, friendly, Energetic, Playful, Affectionate|
|Other names||American Labradoodle, Labrapoodle, Labrapoo, or the Labradorpoo.|
Puppies in the early hybrid generations may not have consistent characteristics. Their traits and appearance can vary widely.
Larger Lab Poodle mixes are considered to be healthier than their smaller counterparts.
How big does the Lab Poodle mix get?
The Labradoodle crossbreed comes in three sizes which are Standard, Miniature, and Toy sizes. Standard Lab Poodle mixes weigh between 45 to 100 pounds, Miniatures weigh between 30 and 45 pounds and the Toy size weighs between 15 and 30 pounds.
|Toy||14 to 17 inches in height|
|Miniature||17 to 20 inches in height|
|Standard||21 to 24 inches|
Like other Poodle mixes, it can be hard to predict the exact appearance of Labradorpoodles.
However, there is one thing that all dog lovers have agreed upon and it is that these dogs are some of the cutest and most adorable Doodles.
Some can inherit the traits of Poodles more than Labs and vice versa but most of them have what is often have a “teddy-bear appearance.”
Most Labrapoos have compact, athletic, and well-balanced bodies and are typically square.
This dog’s ears are low with a large square fleshy nose that can come in several colors;
- Blue Labradoodles should have bluish noses.
- Chocolate and caramel Labrapoos should have liver-colored or rose-colored noses.
- Gold/Red/Apricot/Black/Silver Labradoodles have black noses.
- Cream Lab Poodles mixes can have noses that are either rose, black, or even liver in color.
Labrapoodle Coat appearance and shedding
Lab Poodle mixes have single coats of varying lengths often between 3 to 6 inches. They can also have 3 different types of coats that include the following;
- Wavy/Fleece coat- Blend between the Labrador’s and Poodle’s coat.
- Curly/Wooly like Poodle’s coat.
- Straight/Hair like a Labrador’s coat.
The fleece and wooly coats are allergy-friendly but the straight coat will not be as allergy-friendly as the other two coats.
These canines can also come in different colors
Personality traits and Temperament of the Labradoodle
These doggos are known for being energetic, easy-going, and very friendly but the traits could lean towards either of parent breeds.
Although this crossbreed was originally bred as a therapy dog he can also double as a working dog.
Labradoodles have assisted many people and have been known for developing strong connections that are made even better by their affectionate and intelligent nature.
Thanks to these traits these mixed dogs have also been used as;
- Service dogs
- Show dogs
These dogs are more active than other doodles and thrive best in active households.
They are also alert mixed dogs that are perfect as watchdogs but terrible as guard dogs due to their extremely friendly nature.
But is it worth noting that some Labrapoos can be more laid back than others, especially those that are more Poodle than Labrador.
Is the Labrador Poodle mix a good family dog?
Labradoodles are great family dogs that are suited for different households due to their different sizes depending on the size that best fits your lifestyle. These doodles are also great with children making perfect playmates for them.
However, your children should be taught how to handle and approach these dogs and you should supervise any interactions between them.
This will prevent rough play from which may prompt the pooch to react.
These dogs also get along well with other dogs and family pets.
Labrapoodles do not tolerate being left alone for long periods as they often suffer from separation anxiety and are also known to be destructive when left alone.
Labrador Poodle mix generations
The table below is a summary of some of the Labradoodle generations
|F1 Labradoodles||This is the first generation of Labrapoos produced by the direct crossing of Poodles and Labs.
These canines may have varying coat types.
|F2 Labradoodles||This the second Labradoodle generation that results from the crossing of two F1 Labradoodles.
F2 Lab Poodles mixes can look different from one another even if they are from the same litter.
|F1b Labradoodles||When an F1 Lab Poodles mix is bred with a Poodle or a Labrador the offspring is an F1b Labradoodle.
These doggos are usually back-crossed to accentuate certain qualities and traits.
It makes certain characteristics from either of the parent breeds more dominant.
What is an Australian Labradoodle?
The Australian Labradoodle is a mix between a Labrador Retriever, a Poodle, a Curly Coat Retriever, an Irish Water Spaniel, and a Cocker Spaniel. This is different from a Labradoodle which is primarily a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodles.
Australian Labradoodles or ALFs are also known as Aussiedoodles.
Differences between Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles
Consistency and physical appearance:
Australian Labradoodles are more consistent in terms of appearance the American Labradoodle counterparts.
This is because ALFs have been around for more than 35 years and have more generations meaning that more and more consistent results are being achieved.
It is different from most Labradoodles which are early F1 and F2 generations which have more inconsistencies and can vary greatly even within puppies of the same litter.
Australian Labradoodles are believed to be more allergy-friendly that the typical Americal Labradoodles which often inherit the Labrador’s coat, especially in the F1 generation.
However, just like other Labradoodles, the hypoallergenic coat is not always assured in Australian Labradoodles.
Height and weight:
Most early Labrador Poodle mix generations tend to be larger than Australian Labradoodles across all the size varieties.
However, with more generations down the line, the differences in weight and height between Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles for the various sizes is slight to non-existent.
Temperament and personality traits:
Australian Labradoodles have a reputation for being calmer than Labradoodles. This is more common for early Labradoodle generations which tend to be super energetic and are more suited for active owners.
Some people may find these energy levels appealing but others may not, it depends on personal preference.
There are no big differences as far as intelligence, friendliness, affection, guarding capabilities, and family compatibility is concerned. The biggest difference is energy levels.
Frequently asked questions
Is the Labrador Retriever Poodle mix aggressive?
Labradoodles are super friendly dogs that are not known to have any aggressive tendencies, especially when they are correctly socialized at a young age. These pooches are so friendly that they are not suited to be used as guard dogs.
Do Labradoodles bark a lot?
Lab Poodle mixes are social and peaceful dogs that do not have any aggressive tendencies. With that said, some of them may be prone to barking at other animals, weird noises, and in some cases, strangers.
At what age do Labrapoos settle down?
Labradoodles calm down at the age of 3 to 4 years while others maintain their puppy-like playfulness even when they mature.
Lab and Poodles mix mothers give birth to litters of about 8 puppies on average but some of them can have anywhere from 4 to 10 puppies.
These offsprings take around 24 months to reach full maturity and up to 36 months to calm down. They will also need early socialization and training to be well-rounded and mannered once they mature.
How much does a Lab Poodle mix cost?
A single Lab Poodle mix from a reputable Labradoodle breeder may cost anywhere between $1500 and $4000 which is quite high.
This high coat is due to the high demand but the cost can vary from one breeder to another and depending on the location and time of the years. The color of the mixed dog may also affect the price of the puppy.
There is also the option of adopting or rescuing one as some of them are usually abandoned and end in rescue shelters.
Some popular Doodle rescue organizations are;
- Doodly Dandy Rescue
- IDOG Rescue Inc
How to take care of a Labradoodle crossbreed
1. Grooming needs
Because they do not shed much Labradoodles does not mean that grooming this dog is easy.
They may need their coats to be brushed frequently every week as they are prone to matting and tangling. You should use a detangling spray before you start brushing the dog’s coat.
Brushing their coats also helps to distribute oils making the coat look healthy and shiny.
Bathing Labrapoos once every 2 months will be enough to keep them clean. When bathing this dog you should ensure that you use a shampoo formulated for dogs.
You can also use a conditioner after using the shampoo to reverse the damage done to the coat oils by the shampoo and to replenish the coat.
A doggie conditioner can also be used in between the scheduled baths if the Doodle starts developing a doggie odor.
There are conditioners specially made to ensure that the dog is left smelling fresh, others are great for itchy skin, and so on. Check different products but you can also consult a vet for a recommendation on the products best for your Labradoodle.
You can visit our Poodle grooming guide to get some tips on how you can groom this Poodle mix.
Hygiene care tips
- Use a damp cloth and conditioner to wipe the coat if your Labrador Poodle mix gets dirty in between baths. This will helps remove any debris and leave the dog smelling fresh.
- Keep the nails short by clipping them at least once a month ensuring that you do no cut the nails’ quick.
- Trim hair around the eyes and use eye wipes regularly to keep the area around the eyes clean, healthy, and free of tear stains.
- Wipe the inside of the dog’s ears at least once every two weeks using cotton balls and an ear cleaning solution. This will remove any wax in the ear and dirty that is common on Labradoodle as they enjoy swimming a lot.
- Brush the dog’s teeth at least 4 times a week to remove plaque build-up. Use a doggie toothpaste with a dog toothbrush or finger brush to clean the teeth. Dental chews will also help clean and strengthen the teeth.
- Check the paws regularly and ensure that the hair between the paw pads is trimmed and any debris between the pads is removed.
- You may also be required to express the Labradoodle’s anals glands about once every 3 months.
- The bedding will also need to be cleaned regularly.
Always use vet-approved products and consult if you are not comfortable doing any of the processes by yourself.
If you see any redness, sores, bumps, wounds, injuries, secretions, injuries or lacerations on any part of the Labradoodle visit or schedule a visit with your veterinarian. Do not attempt to treat any of these things by yourself.
2. Exercise requirements
Different Labradoodle sizes will have different exercise requirements. It is also important to keep in mind that some Labrador Poodle mixes are more active than others.
However, here is a general guideline on how you should exercise this dog;
- The Standard Lab Poodle mix will need upwards of 60 minutes in daily exercise.
- Miniature Labrapoos need about 45 minutes of daily exercise.
- Toy Labradoodles need about 30 minutes of daily exercise.
You can accomplish this by taking this mix for daily walks, jogging, going for walks, hikes, agility training, and even swimming.
Swimming is a great way to physically stimulate this mixed dog and will also help you build a stronger bond between you and the Labradoodle.
Playtime and indoor games will also help this teddy bear burn out some energy.
Labradoodles also crave mental stimulation and excel in mind games such as puzzles.
3. Labradoodles’ dietary needs
You must feed your Poodle and Labrador mix on a high-quality diet.
The diet should meet all his nutritional needs and should be high on meat-based proteins.
Processed foods and other dry foods can also be great for this mixed dog. If you prefer feeding your pooch on kibble 2 to 3 cups can be enough and should be split into two feeding sessions.
|Daily calories||Cups of Kibble Per Day:|
Strictly monitor the diet to ensure that this dog does not get overweight for a healthier lifestyle.
Lab Poodle mix Nutritional needs
The primary ingredient on a Labradoodle’s diet should be meat from high-quality sources such as fish, turkey, thicker, and the likes.
This will provide the mixed dog with proteins that are essential for energy provision and are the main building blocks of the dog’s tissues.
Proteins should make up at least 20% of the diet and they should not be from by-products.
Another important ingredient is fats that should make up about 7% of the diet. These fats are broken down to provide the Labradoodle with energy and fatty acids.
Fatty acids help to keep the dog’s paws, nose, and skin supple and for a healthier and well-moisturized coat.
Carbohydrates are also important but they should be low.
The Labradoodle diet will also need vitamins from vegetables and fruits such as blueberry, spinach, green beans, peas, carrot, and pineapple.
You should also ensure that this dog has a constant supply of clean water for proper hydration.
4. Training a Labrapoo mixed dog
Labradoodles are highly trainable dogs and this is because they love to please their owners and they are very intelligent.
Some of the, however, may be more challenging to train because of their stubborn streak.
You should be very concise and clear with your training commands making sure that you are patient and consistent.
Prepare a training schedule with 3 to 5 minutes to start with and establish yourself as the leader.
These dogs are food-oriented and dog treats may help them focus and learn better giving you a higher rate of success in teaching them new commands and tricks.
The Labradoodle is generally a healthy breed.
However, they may suffer from health issues commonly seen in their parent breeds.
These problems include;
- Hip and elbow dysplasia- May lead to osteoarthritis if left untreated.
- Addison’s disease
- Ear infections and Diabetes Mellitus
- Eye disorders such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
How long does a Labrador Poodle mix live?
Labrador Poodle mixes have a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years.
Labradoodle also is known as Lab Poodle mix is an active, playful, and very friendly designer dog that makes a great family and companion pet.
They have many great qualities that make them great therapy dogs.
With a variety of colors that you can choose from maybe it is time, you consider getting a Labradoodle.
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