Size and Weight of Labradoodles
Each Labradoodle varies in its size. But to predict a dog’s size one can look at his parent’s sizes to get a rough idea. Labradoodles usually comes in three sizes, Standard, Medium and Miniature sizes.
The Standard Labradoodles can grow up to 24-26 inches in height and weighs around 55 to 90 pounds.
The Miniature or Toy-sized Labradoodles are very small in size. Height-wise, they grow in between 10-24 inches and can weigh about 12-80 pounds.
And the Medium Labradoodle size is in between the size of the Standard and Miniature ones.
Now let’s talk in detail about the sizes of Labradoodle and which one will be a perfect match for you.
As suggested by this breed name “Labradoodle”, it is quite clear that it is a mix of Poodle and Labrador Retriever, which means it is a hybrid. Labradoodle is born by breeding a pure-bred parent Labrador and a pure-bred parent Poodle.
The adult Labradoodle has three size variants. And the size and appearance of any adult Labradoodle depend upon the size and appearance of their parent. But it doesn’t always happen in the same way you might have expected.
In the Standard Labradoodle case, the standard Poodle acts as the Parent Poodle. and in Miniature Labradoodle, the miniature Poodle acts as the Parent Poodle. And further in Medium size Labradoodles can be born by either of the pairings.
The Labradoodle Breed’s History
In the 1980s, the Labradoodle breed came into existence. And this happened in Australia.
There is a very beautiful story behind the rise of this breed. It all started when Walter Conron who is working for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia, received a message from a blind woman who was living in Hawai. Walter was then in charge of the training and breeding of the guide dog in that association.
In her message, she said that she is blind and is writing to him in the hope to find a hypoallergenic dog for herself who would help her by guiding her. She needs a hypoallergenic dog because her husband is badly allergic to dogs.
And then Walter accepted this challenge and succeeded. And the result he got out of it is the “Labradoodles”.
Labradoodles are loved as a service or guide dog. And also as a family pet because of their smartness and friendly personality. Some like them for their adorable looks or maybe because of his minimal shedding coat.
Size of the Labradoodle Puppies
The Labradoodle Puppies can also be in different sizes, based on their parent sizes. And it also depends on the puppy’s breeding program.
By the time the Standard Labradoodle puppies are 2 months old, their weight can be around 7-12 pounds. But after additional 10 months, their weight can increase up to 80 pounds. Well, obviously it also depends on each parent’s dog sizes.
But in Miniature Labradoodles, you will see that at the age of 2 months, their weight goes up-to only 4-7 pounds. In additional 10 months, their weight can also increase to 30-40 pounds.
If you want to find an estimated size of a Labradoodle puppy, you need to carefully examine the breeding pair. The important factor to determine their size is by finding which Poodle (Standard or Miniature) is used in the breeding process.
The Growth of Labradoodles
There are various formulas and guides available online for you to determine how long will your puppy will take to fully grow. But in this process, you must find out the exact weight of the little Labradoodle and the size of each Parent dog breed.
The most common way to find this measuring the weight of your puppy at the age of 4 months, and then double it and add more 10 pounds to the number. And there you have it.
There are two more formulas that are easy and widely popular while finding out the possible weight of the adult Labradoodle puppy.
First is, “The Four Fold Formula”
This is the simplest technique to weight the adult weight of your dog. All you have to do is to measure the weight of your puppy at the age of 2 months, and this number represents one-quarter of the dog’s possible adult weight.
Second is, “The Double Up Formula”
Typically, when you weigh your dog when is 4 months old, the numbers that show up represent half of the dog’s estimated weight in his adulthood.
Though the puppy-hood phase of a dog is quite short, it has a big impact on the dog’s health for life-long.
Hence, regular health check-ups and frequent weight checking done by a professional doctor is a necessity. So, even though this formula gives an idea about the dog’s adult weight, you must not compromise your dog’s health by merely using these techniques and should seek frequent professional advice.
If your Ladbraddodle falls in the category of miniature or medium size, select a food that is specially formulated for smaller dog breeds. This will ensure its moderate growth.
On the other side, if you Labradoodle is expected to grow into a Standard version of Labradoodle, then give him food that is designed for medium to large size dog breed.
You can take help from a canine pet, where there will help you adjust your dog’s food portion size according to their growth and increasing weight during various stages of their adulthood.
The Size of an Average Adult Labradoodle
The size of a Labradoodle in their adulthood varies and it depends upon their gender. Generally, male adult Labradoodles weigh more than females. The adult males can be 10 to 15 pounds more in weight than adult females. But, this is not necessarily the case every time.
Adult Labradoodle’s weight is also influenced by their food, birth order, feeding schedule, health in puppy-hood, and also their activity level.
But among all the factors that affect their weight, the most prominent one is the size of the puppy’s parents size. It is easier to predict a Labradoodle size and weight if there is a size uniformity in each parent dog. This provides a better and more accurate idea of the Labradoodle size.
What is the Reason behind this?
It is more difficult to accurately predict the size of Labradoodle and the answer lies in their nature of Hybrid breeding.
Whenever you combine two different sets of genes together, it is impossible to tell how the puppy will be born whether in terms of their color, temperament, or their weight, or sizes. Because you cannot exactly tell how much a Labradoodle will be influenced by the genes of each of his parents.
For instance, there is an equal possibility that a puppy will grow up and look & act exactly like a Labrador Retriever or can grow into a reflection of a Poodle.
The Breeding Program of Labradoodles
There are 5 Labradoodle Breeding programs mentioned below. Let’s get an overview of each program.
- F1 – Here, one pure-bred Labrador Retriever and one pure-bred Poodle are crossbred and they give birth to this Labradoodle puppy.
- F2 – Two Labradoodle parents from the F1 category will give birth to this Labradoodle puppy.
- F1b – This puppy will have one F1 Labradoodle parent and another parent will be either a pure-bred Labrador or a pure-bred Poodle.
- F2b – This puppy will be a result of one Labradoodle parent from the F1 category and another parent will be an F1b parent.
- Multi-generational Or F3 or later – This Labradoodle generation’s grandparents are Labrador relatives and the closest Poodle (pure-breed).
How to Use this to while choosing a Labradoodle for yourself ?
If you want your adult Labradoodle to grow up into a particular size, then a Multi-generational Breeder would be the best for you. And before making any commitment, it would be helpful for you to get to see each parent dog. This would further help to access the potential size a puppy would grow into.
And if you desire to get a non-shedding version of a Labradoodle Puppy, work with a multi-generational or an F1b breeder. To achieve this type of Labraddodle, the puppy must have a large influence on Poodle parent. And again, meeting with the parent dog will help you give an idea of how the Puppy’s coat will be.
The Size Variances in Different Labradoodles
In a Standard Labradoodle, the parent Poodle generally weighs around 40-70 pounds. A Standard poodle that weighs about 70 pounds will not produce various size litter in a breeding pair. But if the Standard Poodle is about 40 pounds, there are higher chances that litter differs in size.
In the case of Miniature Labradoodles, the miniature Poodle Parent will weigh around 10-15 pounds and the Parent Labrador Retriever will be around 65-80 pounds.
Height of the Labradoodles
From paw to shoulder, the Standard Labradoodle will be 21-24 inches tall.
The Medium Labradoodle’s height will be between 17-20 inches, from paw to the shoulder
And the Miniature Labradoodle will be 14-16 inches tall, from paw to the shoulder.
Is Labradoodle a Perfect Pet for you?
Labradoodles are extremely active and playful animals. They are also very gentle and not aggressive. They are a smart dog which can be easily trained.
And above all, if you hate cleaning loads of dog hair every day, then Labradoodles should be the best choice for you. These little creatures will make an amazing family pet and will get the best companion a man could ever ask for.
If you a looking for a Labradoodle and have questions about which size should you go for, then in the above articles, there is every possible information about their sizes.
It is important to provide a specifically formulated food to a particular size of the dog. A Standard size dog will need food specially made for him and so does miniature and medium size dogs need.
The thing that impacts a dog’s weight, height, and health, are majorly have a big impact on the puppy’s parents. Each parent influences a puppy’s genes n a different way, so before making any decision, you should meet the parent dogs.
There are many formulas and techniques to find the adult weight and size of size. But you must know that there is also a chance the number you got by using the formula and the actual result has a difference. Because no formula can always accurately predict a dog’s size.
Also, there are possibilities that the Puppy gets some inherited health issues from his Parent dogs. But if you take problem care of the Puppy’s diet and have frequent health check-ups, then the health issue can be resolved as soon as it pops up.