Labradoodle



Labradoodle

LABRADOODLE DESIGNER DOG

Description:

The Labradoodle is a hybrid (designer dog) made by crossbreeding the Poodle (Standard, Miniature or Toy) with a yellow and / or black Labrador Retriever. These dogs were bred to be family pets, containing the best qualities of both species. The Labradoodle is not a recognized breed.

Height: 21-24 inches  Weight: 50-65 pounds  Lifespan: 12-14 years

Characteristics:

The Labradoodle learns with ease, since he’s a very smart dog. The Labradoodle is very energetic, he is a great family companion and a good guard dog. These dogs were bred to be hypoallergenic, though not all Labradoodles have this particular trait, and they may even vary in appearance.

Character:

Friendly and loyal, the Labradoodle is gaining great popularity. If properly socialized, Labradoodles do well with children, they also get along with other dogs living in the same house, especially if they grew up together. However, these dogs can be quite mischievous, in case that the Poodle’s genes prevail.

Coat / Care:

Since the Labradoodle is a designer dog, there are no specific standards in terms of general appearance. Labradoodles come in a variety of colors. They can be gold, apricot, black, red, silver, chocolate and blue. Since this breed is considered to be not – to low shedder, it is relatively easy to maintain. However, regular brushing and combing are necessary to prevent the hair from tangling. Use a stiff brush or a damp cloth to clean the dog’s muzzle. Bathe your pet only when necessary. After all, the Labradoodle does not have a noticeable doggy odor.

Health Problems:

This breed is prone to certain health conditions such as: hip and elbow dysplasia, allergies, ear infection and epilepsy.

Training:

Labradoodles are very intelligent dogs so training should be easy. It is recommended to use consistency and positive reinforcement as teaching methods. Also, make sure to regularly change the dynamic in order to maintain the dog’s interest in learning. After few successive sessions, the Labradoodle will learn to comply with house rules concerning the cleanliness. Due to its great agility, this breed is successful in various sports.

Activity:

Labradoodles require regular and intense exercise, at least two hours of daily practice. For this reason, these dogs need at least a medium sized yard and an active owner. In addition, the Labradoodle is the perfect companion for long walks, jogging and traveling. Make sure to avoid extremely hot temperatures and to always carry water for the dog, because he has very dense and warm coat and therefore has a tendency to overheat.
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