Labradoodle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Labradoodle so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Labradoodle Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Labradoodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Labradoodle?
$1000-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Labradoodle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Labradoodle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Labradoodle gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Labradoodle? How many Labradoodle are there in the world?
Frequent: The Labradoodle is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Labradoodle Size

Size
Is a Labradoodle small, medium or large dog?

How big do Labradoodle get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Labradoodle weigh? How much should the Labradoodle breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Labradoodle?
50-64 pounds (22-34 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Labradoodle?
57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the Labradoodle? Labradoodle height:
Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Labradoodle?
Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Labradoodle Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Labradoodle have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineVariety of coat types
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Labradoodle's coat?
GoldApricotCaramelChalky whiteBlackCaféCreamSilverChocolateParchmentBlue They can also have parti-colored coats, which consist of brindles, phantom, patched, or sable colors.
Grooming
How to groom the Labradoodle and how often?
Average: The Labradoodle requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Labradoodle, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Labradoodle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Labradoodle?
Labradoodles shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Labradoodle need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Labradoodle every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Labradoodle Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Labradoodle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateIntelligentAlert
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Labradoodle? Is the Labradoodle breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Labradoodle's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Labradoodle is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Labradoodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Labradoodles are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Labradoodle is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Labradoodle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Labradoodles don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Labradoodle a good family dog?
High: Labradoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Labradoodle need? Labradoodle social needs:
Labradoodles need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Labradoodle dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Labradoodle bark?
Average: The Labradoodle barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Labradoodle good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Labradoodles are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Labradoodles will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Labradoodle dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Labradoodles are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Labradoodle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Labradoodle? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Labradoodle? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Labradoodle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Labradoodle has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Labradoodle? How much bite force does a Labradoodle have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Labradoodle bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Labradoodle, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Labradoodle do?
Labradoodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Labradoodles need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Labradoodle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Labradoodle roam?
Labradoodles have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Labradoodle have high prey drive?
Labradoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Labradoodle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Labradoodle indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Labradoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Labradoodle be left alone?
Labradoodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Labradoodle Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Labradoodle temperament with other people:
Labradoodles are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Labradoodle dogs get along with other pets? Are Labradoodle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Labradoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Labradoodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Labradoodle temperament with children:
Labradoodles are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Labradoodle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Labradoodle breed live with a cat?
Labradoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Labradoodle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Labradoodle dogs get along with other dogs?
Labradoodles are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Labradoodle can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Labradoodle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Labradoodle breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Labradoodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Labradoodles good office dogs? Do Labradoodles make good office friendly dogs? Can Labradoodles be office dogs?
No
Labradoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Labradoodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Labradoodle temperament with senior people? Are Labradoodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Labradoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Labradoodle Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Labradoodle dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Labradoodles are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Labradoodle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Labradoodle breed? Most common health risks of Labradoodle:
Ear InfectionsHip DysplasiaElbow DysplasiaEpilepsyAllergiesCanine Diabetes MellitusProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Hypothyroidism
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Labradoodle breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Labradoodle see the vet?
Rare
The Labradoodle should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Labradoodle dogs live? How old can a Labradoodle be? What is the age limit of the Labradoodle? How many years can the oldest Labradoodle live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Labradoodle?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Labradoodle: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Labradoodle breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Labradoodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Labradoodle have? What is the activity level of the Labradoodle?
Labradoodles are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Labradoodle need? How much exercise do Labradoodle dogs require per day?
Labradoodles need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Labradoodle breed need?
Labradoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Labradoodle need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Labradoodle breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Labradoodle? How much food should I feed my Labradoodle?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Labradoodle risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Labradoodle's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Labradoodle's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Labradoodle has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Labradoodle drool?
The Labradoodle is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Labradoodle could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Labradoodle.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Labradoodle As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Labradoodle be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Labradoodle breed is a good choice for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Labradoodle be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Labradoodle be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Labradoodle breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Labradoodle be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Labradoodle is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Labradoodle be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Labradoodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Labradoodle be a boat dog?

Yes

Labradoodle breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Labradoodle be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Labradoodle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Labradoodle dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Labradoodle Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Labradoodle pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Labradoodle breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Labradoodle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Labradoodle have in a litter? How many puppies can the Labradoodle breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Labradoodle have? How many puppies can a Labradoodle give birth to?
4-10 puppies

Labradoodle Recognition

AKC Group
Is Labradoodle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Labradoodle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Labradoodle breed?
Australian Labradoodle AssociationInternational Australian Labradoodle Association

Labradoodle Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Labradoodle's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Labradoodles are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Labradoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Hypoallergenic: Labradoodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Labradoodle is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Labradoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Labradoodles are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Labradoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Labradoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Labradoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Labradoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Labradoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Labradoodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Labradoodle breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Labradoodle's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Labradoodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Labradoodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Labradoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Labradoodle History

The Labradoodle is a relatively old designer dog breed, originating from Australia. The trend of creating new hybrid breeds started around the middle of the 20th century, in North America and in Australia, with crossbreeding purebred dogs with each other, in order to create new breeds. These hybrid dogs were an instant hit, because they always inherited the best and most desirable qualities and traits of the parent breeds.

As opposed to other hybrid breeds, we know a lot about the Labradoodle’s history. The breed was developed by an Australian breeder and veterinarian named Wally Conron who was in charge of the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia in Victoria during the mid-1950s. The Labradoodle first appeared in 1955, nevertheless, it was not until 1988 that the designer dogs became extremely popular. Thus, initially, the Labradoodle was also used as a common Labrador in Victoria, Australia. With the creation of the Labradoodle, Wally Conron’s goal was to combine the friendliness and trainability of the Labrador Retriever with the low-shedding, odorless coat of the joyful Standard Poodle. Even though the Labradoodle did not come out fully hypoallergenic, the breed does shed less than an average Labrador Retriever. This quality became extremely important in the case of guiding and helping dogs for the disabled because the Labradoodle was trainable for such tasks easily, and their low-shedding coats were well-suited to disabled people with allergies. Wally Conron’s first litter produced a specimen named Sultan, who served as the first Labradoodle guide dog in Hawaii for 10 years. Today many organizations who train and breed assistance, guiding and helping dogs swear by Labradoodles in addition to the basic Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. The Association for the Blind of Western Australia was formed around this new designer breed too.

Despite the Labradoodle’s growing popularity, and their successes as assistance dogs, Wally Conron started to regret developing the crossbreed in the first place. The inconsistency between the specimens’ behavioral and physical characteristics created problems, especially with the increasing popularity in the past several decades. Moreover, different breeders prefer to use different breeding methods. While some are focusing on homogenizing the Labradoodle by multigenerational crossings, others prefer the original F1 hybrid generation, by using purebred Poodles and Labradors in their mixes. With the latter, breeders managed to have less uniform, more diverse specimens who have less genetically inherited health issues.

Labradoodle fanciers are constantly trying to achieve breed status, with the aim of also bringing breeders together to standardize the breed and the breeding processes. Like the majority of the designer breeds, the Labradoodle is not recognized by the major kennel clubs. Regardless of the recognitions, the Labradoodle makes wonderful family companions, and the breed is also used for good causes including assistance, guidance, and therapy.

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Labradoodle Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Joel George

    Jan 22, 2020, 3:37:05 PM:

    Family friendly, clean and playful.