The Ultimate Guide to Labradoodles (Labrador Retriever Poodle Mix)

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There are lots of Doodle dog breeds: Sheepadoodles, Bernedoodles, Goldendoodles, Aussiedoodles and many more! If you’re wondering whether the cute Labradoodle is the right dog for you, keep reading.

What Is A Labradoodle Breed Puppy?

Labradoodle is a cross between a labrador retriever and the standard, miniature, or toy poodle.

Imagine a beautiful standard Poodle breed with its curly fur and a small, perky tail. Now, imagine a Labrador puppy; cute little mouth, bunny paws, and highly active.

The result? An adorable and loveable pooch, also known as the Labradoodle (or Labrapoo, Labradoo, Labradorpoodle, Labradorpoo).

What Does A Labradoodle Look Like?

Labradoodle’s warm oval/round eyes have a honey-texture accompanied by long lashes to protect their delicate eyes from the curly fur pelt. You can also see a hint of hazel, dark brown in their eye’s color. (A merle doodle can even have blue eyes, but that’s rare!)

Labradoodle puppies are fun-loving and mischievous with their wavy-curly hair.

Labradoodle’s ears sit on the sides of their head and are usually low; they are very similar to that of a labrador retriever’s ears. Along with the ears, the labradoodle’s tail also familiarizes with the labrador retriever. It doesn’t curl up and has a saber-shape. 

The most befitting feature of Labradoodle puppies is their color-changing nose. You will get a different colored nose with every different color fur pelt. 

  • Black Nose: Black noses in black, red, silver, golden, apricot-colored Labradoodles. 
  • Rose-liver-colored Nose: Cream, caramel, and chocolate-colored Labradoodle. 
  • Bluish-Black Nose: Blue parti labradoodle with a blend of white and silver (rare). 

Labradoodle’s Coat Type

While poodles have a healthy hypoallergenic coat that supports every allergic dog lover, Labradors tend to shed hair. When you breed these two, it’s likely you may still be allergic to your dog, however, most Labradoodles are considered hypoallergenic dogs.

A Labradoodle puppy can have three different fur coats depending on the genes transferred:

  • Straight: Sheds a lot and is pretty rare. Breeders avoid dogs with straight hair. 
  • Fleece: Also called wavy hair, sheds very little or nothing at all. 
  • Curly: It’s dense, thick, tight, and curly.

If the hair-type matters to you, we recommend speaking with different breeders to see what they have to say and what types of dogs they will be breeding.

Labradoodle’s Colors

Labradoodle has a great variety of colors- red, apricot, black, dark chocolate, blue (rare), silver (rare), golden, white. Depending on the texture and color combinations, Labradoodles are further classified as Parti, Sabre, Merle Labradoodles.

A dog (labradoodle) standing in fall foliage

Parti Labradoodle Dog

Parti Labradoodles are a multicolored dog breed found in the doodle line. It’s pretty rare to get a parti Labradoodle because multi-color in poodles is a recessive trait. 

You might need to perform cross-breeding between two recessive traits, which can only be discovered by a DNA test. Thus, it’s rare. Parti Labradoodles usually have a color combination of white (white is always present and prominent) with apricot, red, black, silver, blue. 

Black and white mixed-colored dog is the most famous parti labradoodle. You can only get this color by breeding a white Labrador Retriever with a parti (a parti Labradoodle is a result of two recessive poodle genes) 

Sabre Labradoodle Dog

These little majestic puppies have magician skills; they change colors! Sabre Labradoodles are mostly black when they are babies and start to fade their color as they grow. 

They completely transform from black to white or cream-white. The remains of black can still be witnessed around the eyes area and their ears. 

Merle Labradoodle Dog

A unique blend of white, dark brown, and golden color gives you Merle Labradoodle puppies. They are a look-alike of an Aussie doodle but very rare to breed. You will need to breed two Labradoodles, and one should carry a merle gene. 

If you’d prefer a Merle Labradoodle, you can get yourself an Aussie doodle. Aussiedoodles are very common and have a dominant merle trait. You can get an Aussie doodle by breeding a poodle with an Australian shepherd or border collie. 

Please note: Two Merle Labradoodle should never be bred because of their dominant merle trait. This dominance of the double merle trait can lead to visual impairment, listening disability, and dysfunctionality. 

What’s The Labradoodle’s Size?

As discussed, you will get different sizes of Labradoodle breeds when mixed with a mini, standard, or toy poodle. Toy poodles will be the smallest, and standard poodles will give you 22-24 inches of doodle dogs with 40 pounds-75 pounds of weight. 

Its size can highly depend on the doodle parent you choose. A miniature poodle will give you a Labradoodle mini. The average size of a Miniature Labradoodle is 14-16 inches, weighing 15-25 pounds. 

There’s not much of a difference between a Toy Labradoodle and a Labradoodle Mini. A Toy Labradoodle weighs 13 pounds-20 pounds and is 14-15 inches tall.

What Is Labradoodle’s Temperament And Characteristics?

Labradoodle is a hybrid of two intelligent breeds giving you many over-the-top characteristics, but it’s essential to teach them the right skills. A dog’s behavior can highly depend on the environment it’s grown in, its parents, people around him, the breeder, socialization and training!

Whether it’s a Labradoodle, a pure bred dog, or a stray dog, if you provide them with the best, lovable environment (with strong training) they will bloom into beautiful, happy puppies!

Before learning the mixed characteristics of Labradoodle dogs, let’s know a little about their parent breeds; Poodle and Lab Retriever. 

A dog (labradoodle) standing outside

Poodle

Despite their beautifully curly fur and luxurious visuals, Poodles are still hunting dogs and best at water retrieving. They are notoriously intelligent breeds good in all sports. Apart from that, Poodles are also excellent watchdogs, police dogs, and guide dogs. 

Overall, they are sweet, fun-loving, caring, and intelligent.

White fluffy dog

Poodle’s future parents must know that they should be socialized at an early age to avoid aggressive behavior. If left to be spoiled, poodles might get very aggressive, bark at other humans, or animals. 

Poodles need extra love, care, and attention. If they are not given the desired attention, they start to react to that harshly. Love them, embrace them, and also train.

Short Summary Of Poodle’s Characteristics

  • Very playful and active
  • Alert and instinctual
  • Loves their humans
  • Trainable
  • Needs company and close attention
  • Wary to new people but might get along later

Labrador Retriever

No matter how big these babies get, they will always be babies at heart. The Labrador Retriever is naturally cheerful, outgoing, fun-loving, and a big extrovert. They love strange people, new animals (including cats!) and they love humans.

Lab dogs are great at hunting and mouthing and make great guide dogs and service dogs. They will enjoy all sorts of activities and work as long as you both are partners in crime. 

Labs do not enjoy sitting ideally, and boredom could lead them to trouble like eating couches or chewing your shoes. Be prepared for a lot of exercises and trips; your baby won’t let you sit! 

Summary Of labrador’s Temperament: 

  • Great with people, babies, and other animals
  • Will give you great exercise every day and probably exhaust you
  • Loyal and safe-keepers. Probably going to friend the thief and people, instead of barking them out
  • Labs love to eat, so make sure you are not feeding them too much nor too little
  • They love humans
  • Trainable and sociable at a young age

Labradoodle’s Temperament

You can now imagine the mix of temperament you are getting while bringing a Labradoodle to your home. An intelligent breed that will love you, play with you, and guard you.

A mixed-breed can surprise you with many exciting temperaments. It’s never a 50:50 breed characteristic ratio, i.e., it’s not necessary that you will get half and half features from both the breeds but often the results are happy surprises. 

Dogs, no matter how similar their breeds are, will still have a unique personality. Their temperament depends highly on the environment they grew up in rather than on their genes. 

Universal characteristics of Labradoodle dog will always have:

  • Outgoing nature: Labradoodles will be outgoing, coming mainly from their Labrador Retriever counterpart.
  • Family-loving: Both Poodles and Labs are family-dog and love their people. They’d do anything to protect you and love you!
  • Playful: Both have a playful temperament. Get ready for some heavy exercising sessions.
  • Great Energy: Both Poodles and Labradors are highly energetic dogs and will need a significant amount of activities and training.
  • Sociable: They love to socialize with other humans, strangers, animals, or babies!
  • Trainable: Labradoodles enjoy exercise and work activities. They will fetch, carry, run, retrieve, and do all such things when trained right. Training is essential so your Labradoodle doesn’t become bored and destructive.
  • Grooming: With Poodle’s fur, Labradoodles require grooming and vet visits. Their coats are long and curly that can mat easily. So, give extra attention to hygiene and their fur. You can also try grooming your doodle at home.

Do Labradoodles Need Exercise? 

YES! Labradoodles tend to eat a lot. With every extra treat, they are more likely to add on some extra weight. Moreover, Labradoodles are highly active; if they are not given a daily exercise dose, they’ll be bored into disastrous activities (like chewing your favorite pair of shoes!).

A daily routine is a must while getting your Labradoodle used to exercise. Make sure you are not skipping or delaying their routine. It should be done at the same time every day for your dog to get used to it. 

Family-friendly Labradoodles require two hours of exercise every day like walks, runs, or fetch. You can also get a dog treadmill to use indoors if you’d like to exercise your Labradoodle inside.

An hour in the morning before going to work will give your doggy a hefty workout session; it will tire him and send the dog to snoring sleep allowing you to work peacefully. 

You can also enjoy a busy street walk with your doggy; it will allow him to explore new adventures, smell, run, walk, and discover new things. 

Training The Labradoodle

You should start the Labradoodles training at an early age so that they can get used to being trained and become well-mannered.

If you cannot train or lead your baby, choose a training institute. Trust me, you’d be needing training sessions to keep the dog well mannered in the home and with strangers. You can use treats and a leash to start the teachings. 

Make sure you don’t exhaust your doggy or upset them with strict behavior, that will sadden the dog. Train your pup with love, not a hunter or strict aura. Try to keep the training sessions short and creative so that your dog doesn’t bore itself. 

Space Needed For A Labradoodle Dog

While a Mini Labradoodle will do well in an apartment, a standard Labradoodle would do best in a bigger home with more space to roam. A bigger yard will keep your labradoodle entertained and out of boredom; in fact, a yard will give your pup a lot of exercise!

Grooming The Labradoodle Dog Breed

A Labradoodle has a hypoallergenic single layer coat, i.e., they don’t shed. The reason why Poodles don’t shed is because of their thick, curly hair growth. 

The hair doesn’t shed; it gets stuck in the curly fur coat. Skipping a daily/weekly combing session will lead to awful matted hair and multiple locks. Comb every day and give it a grooming session every month. You can number these sessions depending on their fur coat. 

On the other hand, Labradors have a medium-length, thick, and straight coat, layered with an insulating under layer. Its coat is also water-resistant. Labs shed a lot in the ‘blow coat’ season twice every year.

With your Labradoodle, daily grooming is essential! Here are a few grooming tips:

  1. Comb your dog’s hair with a de-matting rake well
  2. Apply detangling spray
  3. Comb again with a slicker brush
  4. Trim your dog’s hair to avoid hurting their eyes or trouble walking
  5. Please give them a warm bath, blow-dry, and comb their hair again!

Because they have low ears, dirt might get stuck in there easily. Check your Labradoodle’s ears weekly and clean it or have a weekly grooming session to clean ears, cut nails, and brush teeth. 

Labradoodle’s Price

A Labradoodle will cost you anywhere from $1000-$2500+ from reputable Labradoodle breeders. You can also search through Doodle dog rescues to find a Labradoodle to adopt!

Before you buy from a breeder, you must do your research. Because Labradoodles are popular dogs, backyard breeders will try to breed as many Labradoodles as possible to increase their profits. This is highly unethical, which is why it’s very important to thoroughly check your breeders before buying.

What to look out for with Labradoodle breeders:

  • A history check. Whether or not your breeder is good with the dogs. 
  • Introduction to the parent dogs. 
  • Also, check if the breeder has proper certification for breeding practices. 
  • Meet in-person to check the environment and the location where the dogs are kept. Is it clean, tidy, healthy with enough food, water, and love?
  • If you find something suspicious, please consult the locals and inform higher authorities. 

If you’d like to learn more about ethical breeding practices, please refer to the Australian Labradoodle Association Of America.

Labradoodle’s Health Issues

Labradoodles have a healthy lifestyle, given their agility and intelligence. With the right and healthy choices (such as vaccinations, regular vet visits and a healthy lifestyle), a Labradoodle can live happily without any health issues.

Labradoodles are healthier than their pure-breed parents but can still show symptoms of inherited diseases. These health problems are:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Food Allergies
  • Ear Infection
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Hypothyroidism

While these diseases and health problems may or may not occur, they are easy to cure and rare to exist if the dog is vaccinated and healthy. Watch out for symptoms that might trouble you, and meet with your vet immediately.

Labradoodles are also prone to food allergies, so make sure you look out for symptoms if he tries eating something new. 

Labradoodle’s Life Span

Labradoodles typically have a life span of 12-14 years. A miniature Doodle will live longer (14-15 years) than your average standard Labradoodle because the smaller the dog, the longer its life expectancy. 

A standard dog’s life span up to 12 years; this count might depend on the doodle’s health and lifestyle.

How to maintain a healthy age for your doodle and avoid health problems:

  • Choose a reputable and loving pet breeder.
  • Make all the necessary visits to the vet, and don’t skip vaccinations. 
  • Give your labradoodle a healthy diet. 
  • Exercise plenty to keep it fit and healthy.
  • Regular check-ups.
  • Pay attention to your doggy. Don’t miss out on early symptoms and behavior changes!

Should you get a Labradoodle?

While Labradoodles are fantastic dogs, they require lots of grooming (which can be costly) and need lots of daily exercise. If you think the grooming and exercise requirements will be too much, you may want to consider a different type of dog for your family.

You should also read our guide on Labradoodles vs Goldendoodles to see how the two breeds compare.

Conclusion: Do Labradoodle Make Good Pets?

Yes and yes! Every animal that you have across is beautiful and lovable. Their eyes have ocean-deep warmth that you simply can dive in.

These intelligent dogs are the best choices while looking for a family-friendly dog who is also good with children.

Have you ever had a Labradoodle, what was your experience? Let us know what it was like and why one should have a Labradoodle in the comment section down below!


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  1. It’s great how you noted that usual labradoodle puppies need a lot of space to play around in since they’re very energetic. I was wondering if we would need to free up some space in our yard if we were to start adopting any pets and since my son wants a playful dog to have fun with, this definitely seems like the case. I’ll start looking around for any dog breeders that sell these doodle puppies once we clear out enough yard space for it to play in.

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