Labradoodle

Description

The Labradoodle is still a young breed and its characteristics may vary greatly from one litter to the next. The general appearance of the Labradoodle is somewhat of a contradiction. There are three distinct types of Labradoodle: standard, medium, and miniature. The head and most of its features are average in size and comparable to the remainder of the body. The ears are feathered and lay against its head. The eyes are prominent and expressive. The breed has an elongated neck that transitions to the shoulders in an angle.

Temperament

The Labradoodle has a quiet disposition and gets along pleasantly with people, children, and other animals. The breed may act somewhat standoffish around strangers, but tends to warm up to them once it sees its family welcome them. The breed is known for its gentle nature that often places it in positions of guardian. It often exists in a companion or “helper” capacity. The breed enjoys having fun and can be quite a clown with its family. The breed is a natural watchdog.

Height and Weight

The Labradoodle exists in three sizes: miniature, medium, and standard. The breed varies in height and weight according to the type. The miniature Labradoodle stands about 12-16 inches tall and weighs about 20 pounds. The medium type Labradoodle is around 17-20 inches and has an average weight of 33-40 pounds. The standard type Labradoodle is about 21-24 inches and can weigh more than 80 pounds.

Health Problems

There are a few health issues that an owner of the Labradoodle may become concerned. The breed is susceptible to conditions of the elbow and patella. Some types also develop hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Ideal Living Conditions

The Labradoodle can adapt to various living conditions. The key to its success in its home is the amount of exercise it receives. Small living conditions, such as an apartment will not curtail its energy level. Outdoor living in a medium size yard is sufficient for this breed.

Exercise

The Labradoodle has standard requirements for exercise. A daily walk, run, or jog is sufficient for the breed to obtain the exercise it needs. Regardless of the environment, the Labradoodle is active. Types kept outdoors are more apt to be more active than those kept indoors.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of the Labradoodle is 13-15 yeas.

Litter Size

The Labradoodle typically has 8 puppies.

Grooming

The grooming needs of the Labradoodle vary because the coat varies. In all cases, brushing can keep the coat’s healthy glow and to prevent any tangles. Some types require stripping, which can be performed by a professional groomer.

Origin

The Labradoodle was first bred in Australia in the 1980s.

Group

The Labradoodle is a hybrid breed and is not recognized as part of a registered group.

Color

The acceptable colors for the Labradoodle include dark brown, ivory, black, and brownish-black.