The Popular Labradoodle Dog
By Sandra Oberreuter
The Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poole. They are the most popular “designer dogs”. They make a wonderful companion and family pet. They also make a good service animal if trained right. These dogs are friendly, energetic and loyal. They make good watchdogs.
Labradoodles were started in the 1970’s by Wally Cochran when a woman requested a guide dog that wouldn’t aggravate her husband’s allergies. He bred a low maintenance and temperament of a Lab with the allegen reduced coat of the Standard Poodle and the Labradoodle came to be.
The Labradoodles are compact dogs. Their bodies are a little heavier than the Standard Poodle. Broad heads, ears flat against their head, eyes sit well apart that are slightly round and expressive, nose is large and a low set tail. Their curly or wavy coats are 4-6 inches long and come in many colors:
They are a hypoallergenic dog with a low to non-shedding allergy coat. Plus they don’t have a doggie odor.
Labradoodles come in three sizes:
Height: 23-26 inches
Weight: 45-77 pounds
Height: 18-21 inches
Weight: 45-77 pounds
Height: 14-17 inches
Weight: 40-55 pounds
* Life Span: 13-15 years
Regular grooming to keep coat looking good with a trim 2-3 times a year to prevent matting of their coats.
Labradoodles need exercise and to best with a yard. He love to takes walks and would make an excellent dog for someone who loves to be outdoors. He also love water and are natural swimmers.
These dogs are good with children if properly socialized and are loyal the “their” families. They are a very intelligent dog and are very trainable just like both the Lab and Poodle. Make training techniques fun to keep there attention. If training is consistent they should be easy to housebreak too.
CHARACTERTICS AND TEMPERAMENT
* Extremely clever
* Sweet temperament
* Very lovable
* Loyalty of Lab
* Good watchdog
Check your Labradoodles breeding history because through good breeding your dog will have less health issues. Common labradoodles disorders are:
* Hip dysplasia
* Elbow sysplasia
* Retinal atrophy
* Patella luxation
These dogs cost between $895.00 – $2,195.00 depending on their coat and color. Look for a reputable breeder or adopt from a Labradoodle rescue.
Sandy has a web site on small dog breeds with articles on the most popular ones, plus dogs good with children and seniors, hypoallergenic dogs, most popular dogs, choosing a dog, choosing a vet and breeder and much more. http://www.small-dogbreeds.com
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