A Labradoodle is a product from crossbreeding of a Poodle to Labrador retriever breeding. The Labradoodle is a product from crossbreeding of a labradoodle; a standard kind of bred typically found in Australia and a poodle. A labradoodle is known as a designer dog because it is a hybrid dog breed which results from the mix of the Poodle with a Golden Retriever. Just like all any other hybrid designer dog breed, a golden labradoodle is not a pure breed or one of its kind. A Labradoodle is a crossbreed.
The Labradoodles size ranges from small to large that depends on the size of either parent – Poodle or the Golden Retriever. A Labradoodle comes in 3 different sizes, ranging from 14 to 24 inches tall, weighing between 15 to 65 pounds. Golden Labradoodles can grow up to 24 inches tall and weigh about 50 to 70 lbs. approximately. The standard height of a Labradoodle is 53 to 60 cm.
These dogs are versatile and hardworking. Labradoodles are known as successful guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, and sniffer dogs. Labradoodles are allowed as therapy dogs and service dogs because of the reason that they are so friendly, gentle, intelligent and easy to train. They are quite playful. Labradoodles enjoy time with their human families.
As a gentle breed, they are great with children and other pets. They are very friendly and amiable. Labradoodles are often very gentle and friendly. As mentioned above, they are affable, are not aggressive and are very soft with children. Labradoodles are quite intelligent and possess the quality of learning things quickly and grasping the instructions. Labradoodles are allowed as therapy dogs and service dogs because of the reason that they are so friendly, gentle, intelligent and easy to train.
The Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador retriever and a Miniature or Standard Poodle. Like both of his parent breeds, he’s intelligent, friendly, and at least moderately active. He has a curly coat that requires maintenance.
According to research, Labradoodles acknowledged being non-shedding or hypoallergenic puppies or dogs. This statement is true that a labradoodle is non-shedding or hypoallergenic puppies or dogs. But, this does not mean that Labradoodles do not shed at all. Just like all other dog breeds, regardless of their variety Labradoodles shed. The only difference is the way of shedding. Labradoodles shed under the following conditions:
- They have a shedding pattern where they lose hair gets stuck in their hair curls. While detangling a Labradoodles’ fur with a brush or a comb, this shedding pattern is visible.
- The onset of spring or fall causes hair shedding in Labradoodles.
Labradoodle is no exception like any other dog. All dogs shed as this shedding process is the part of the cycle of their hair. Some colour of hair or dyes falls out as new hair growth. The colour of the fur ensures the continuity of the shedding cycle. This shedding process is the same with all the animals. Even a hairless dog sheds as it applies to the dead skin cells.
There are cases where dogs shed excessively. Large animals shed large amounts of hair and, they found on furniture and floors. There are multiple reasons for shedding of dogs like Labradoodles. Since a Labradoodle is a crossbreed between a Labrador and a Poodle, it can be one of the reasons for shedding in Labradoodles. The crossbreeding is the reason behind the low shedding process and high shedding process. Hence, this means that crossbreed pups could be either very light shedding dogs, medium shedding dogs, or they could even shed profusely sometimes.
How to deal with Labradoodles’ sheeding?
Following are the strategies to deal with the shedding of labradoodle:
Regardless of any the dog breed and the particular traits or characteristics of the individual dog, the dog owner would definitely be brushing and combing their hair once to twice a week. Brushing your dog would help a lot with cleaning out dead cells and hair or fur. Brushing for the dog would help a lot with replacement with new skin, hair. Using just a simple dog brush or comb may not be helpful if the dog has thick fur. You can use a de-matting rake, a slicker brush, and a wide-tooth comb to comb or brush your dog’s hair.
Also, a vacuum cleaner should be used at least thrice a week during the shedding season to clean the house and collecting the shredded fur. Using a good vacuum cleaner is necessary while cleansing the shredded hair of the dog.
Pros and Cons of Keeping a Labradoodle as a pet
- Labradoodle is loyal, gentle, non-aggressive and friendly companions that get along with children and even get along with other pets. Labradoodles are often very gentle and friendly. As mentioned above, they are affable, are not aggressive and are very soft with children.
- Labradoodles are quick to learn tricks and rules and even respond to all the instructions well to if they provided with consistent, positive training by a calm, patient and positive trainer.
- The most magnanimous flex of owning this mixed breed dog is that they are safe for allergy sufferers. Labradoodles are known to be non-allergenic.
- Labradoodles make good service and therapy animals because of their friendly, calm and non-aggressive behaviour.
- Labradoodles have a great temperament. These dogs are known for having the best disposition and also conceded as highly intelligent dogs that are perfect for families who are considering to own a Labradoodle as their pet dog.
- Labradoodles are known as non-shredding dogs as they have less number of issues when it comes to their shredding part. As these dogs do not shed much, hence you will not find a furball or fur balls around your house which is very tedious to clean up. Their fur needs to trim twice a week or needs combing.
- Labradoodles commonly counted as healthy dogs. As a labradoodle is a healthy breed of dog, their average life expectancy is 13 to 15 years. If provided with good nutrition and a proper diet with regular exercises, then they would live with a better lifestyle for up to 15 years.
- Plausibly, there is no other hybrid or purebred dog who can be pleased as you can please a Labradoodle. Once, you have started to become comfortable with the labradoodle then, becomes a pleasant journey with the labradoodle.
- A person can choose from three coat options. A Labradoodle is available in three coat options that are the straight coat, curly coat and wavey coat or also referred to as fleece coat. Labradoodles resemble like and described as teddy bear-like.
- A Labradoodle is available in various colours. The colour options are a part, white, apricot, chocolate, chocolate to red, gold, or white and black etc.
- Labradoodles are generally easy to train. They are highly intelligent to catch up with rule and tricks. With the right motivation and positive rewards, a Golden Labradoodle is easy to teach.
- A labradoodle is known to be a non-shedding dog breed. But, for maintaining a golden labradoodle, you need to groom and get haircuts done regularly. The dog owner is required to get a golden Labradoodles coat groom and clip every six to eight weeks and brush his coat every week.
- Labradoodles are the breeds of dogs that are not suitable for living in a small flat or apartment. As they are highly energetic and active, they require a lot of exercise and a minimum of 30-60 minutes of activity daily. For this much exercise, a large area of space necessitated to keep up with regular, of the labradoodle. Hence, a labradoodle is not suitable for living in a small apartment.
- It is well established that Labradoodles do not shed much and are supposed as more of hypoallergenic in comparison to Labradors and poodles. But there is still a little possibility of a labradoodle shedding or even more than the others. But the fact is that less shedding problems do not mean that even allergies will reduce.
- There are several health issues with a Labradoodle if you are going to consider keeping this breed of dog as your pets. Every bred of dogs has some or the other type of health issue which the owner will have to face and take care.
- A Labradoodle is quite expensive as it is a designer hybrid dog. A purebred dog is way cheaper than a designer hybrid dog.