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What is a Mini Labradoodle?
First of all, a Labradoodle is the result of breeding a Labrador Retriever with a Standard Poodle. Since the Poodle comes in three sizes, a Mini Labradoodle results from breeding a Miniature or Toy Poodle with a Labrador.
Many people adore the Labradoodle but prefer smaller dogs, which is why the Mini Labradoodle is the perfect option.
Here are some of the characteristics of the Mini Labradoodle you may like to know before you decide if the dog is suitable for you!
Mini Labradoodle size
As the Mini Labradoodle results from breeding a larger dog with a smaller one, you can expect the Mini Labradoodle to retain either of the parent breeds. Of course, the size itself is mostly dependent on the size of the Miniature Poodle.
You can expect the Mini Labradoodle to reach heights of 15 inches at most. On average, it should be around 10 to 13 inches in height. The Mini Labradoodle’s weight can fluctuate greatly, ranging from 10 pounds to 45 pounds. Usually, though, Mini Labradoodles shouldn’t be tipping the scales as they wouldn’t be considered as a miniature variant already.
To get the best size estimate, you should speak to a reputable Labradoodle breeder. They can tell you the size and weight of both parent dogs and give an estimate of how big they think the Mini Labradoodle puppies will get.
As per all dog breeds, the temperament of the Mini Labradoodle is depends on how they are brought up by their owners. Inherently though, Mini Labradoodles are known to be energetic and lively while being loyal to their owner. If you are an active person, then the Mini Labradoodle will be suitable for you!
Also, since both the Labrador Retriever and the Miniature Poodle are intelligent, you can expect the Mini Labradoodle to be fairly intelligent as well.
The Mini Labradoodle may retain the Labrador Retriever’s mild temperament. If this is the case, then the docile Mini Labradoodle is perfect for families with young children since the dog can withstand the unintentional rough treatment from the kids (but we always recommend teaching your children how to be gentle around dogs)!
However, if the Mini Labradoodle inherits the Poodle’s playfulness, then you’ll want to be watchful when they play with your children. Having said that, while aggression is something that is not common amongst Mini Labradoodle, that can change if the owner does not treat them properly. Dogs are almost always a reflection of the environment they are brought up in, and in most cases, aggression stems from improper training.
Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dog breeds. Standard Labradoodles have a lifespan of 12-14 years, and Mini Labradoodles can live up to 15 years.
As always, the lifespan of your dog depends on how well they are taken care of. It’s also essential to buy from a reputable Labradoodle breeder who tests the parents for disease to eliminate any illness that may shorten your Mini Labradoodle’s lifespan.
When it comes to the cost of the Mini Labradoodle, you can expect the dog to cost anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 in some cases.
The price is dependent on the pedigree of the parent breeds as well as the color of the Mini Labradoodle.
If you ever some across Mini Labradoodles that are cheap, you might want to start investigating the origins of the dog as you might be interacting with a backyard breeder.
In most cases, private breeders, or even puppy mills, have unethical methods in breeding dogs and hence their cost can be much lower than reputable breeders.
If cost is something you’d like to save on, I recommend adopting a Labradoodle from a Doodle rescue. You can often find beautiful dogs who want homes!
Coat type and colors
For Mini Labradoodles, there are many variations when it comes to the color of their coat such as gold, black, red, silver or chocolate. The chocolate color is one of the most common coat colors for Mini Labradoodles.
It is also possible to have a blue-colored Mini Labradoodle or even parti-colored ones too. Note that the last two coat colors can fetch a higher price than the other common colors.
Note: While Mini Labradoodle breeders can predict their puppies’ colors, they cannot confirm with 100% certainty that they’ll have puppies of a specific color.
As for the type of coat that the Mini Labradoodle can have, this interesting dog breed can inherit the Labrador Retriever’s luxurious coat. It can also get the wavy coat from the Miniature Poodle.
The Mini Labradoodle can also have a hybrid coat too, so sometimes it can be wavy, straight or even curly. However, this is where you might want to be mindful. If the Mini Labradoodle inherits most of the Poodle’s coat, it can be considered as a small hypoallergenic dog. However, if the Mini Labradoodle inherits a shedding coat, it might not be suitable for those with allergies or people hoping for a small non-shedding dog.
It is easy to train Mini Labradoodles?
As the Mini Labradoodle is an intelligent breed, you can expect yourself to have an easier time when it comes to training them. They can be excellent pets for first-time dog owners!
But you might want to be mindful of the training methods. Repetitive training methods can easily bore the dog, which makes the training session less enjoyable for your pup. For this, we will suggest that you vary the training methods so that the Mini Labradoodle can be actively engaged!
Related: Labradoodles versus Goldendoodles
Grooming Mini Labradoodles
Grooming Doodle dogs in general is a lot of work. Because Mini Labradoodles are non-shedding dogs (in most cases) they require daily brushing to avoid matts and frequent trips to the groomers.
Should you get a Mini Labradoodle?
Mini Labradoodles are easy-going, playful, and smart family dogs. Whether or not you add a Mini Labradoodle to your family will depend on many factors.
If you are in search of a small Doodle dog, check out our guides on other mini Doodles:
Comment below if you think that the Mini Labradoodle is the right dog for you!
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About the Author:
Dana owns a Sheepadoodle and a rescue merle Labradoodle. She has years of experience fostering dogs and has helped find homes for a variety of different breeds, both large and small! After seeing so many dogs end up unwanted and in shelters, she began blogging about different dog breeds (specifically Doodle dogs, since that’s what she knows best) to help people make informed choices when adding a new member to their family.
When Dana’s not brushing her Doodles’ hair (it takes a lot of time for two!) you can find her playing nose work games and fetch with her two amazing pups.