LABRADOODLE DESIGNER DOG
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 recognized by the AKC, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed (designer breed).
Height: 21-24 inches Weight: 50-65 pounds Lifespan: 12-14 years
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. Labradoodle come in three different ranges Standard, Medium, and Miniature.
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.
The Labradoodle is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health conditions such as: hip and elbow dysplasia, allergies, ear infection and epilepsy. The Labradoodle has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
Weight / Height
The male Standard Labradoodle hybrid breed’s height is around 22 – 24 inches and weighs around 55 and 65 pounds. Female Labradoodle dogs can reach a size from 21 – 23 inches and weighs between 50 and 60 pounds.
The male Medium Labradoodle hybrid breed’s height is around 18 – 20 inches and weighs around 30 and 45 pounds. Female Labradoodle dogs can reach a size from 17 – 19 inches and weighs between 30 and 45 pounds.
The male Miniature Labradoodle hybrid breed’s height is around 14 – 16 inches and weighs around 15 and 25 pounds. Female Labradoodle dogs can reach a size from 14 – 16 inches and weighs between 15 and 25 pounds.
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.
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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