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Labradoodle: The perfect guide

Labradoodle origin

The Labradoodle was originally developed to be a hypoallergenic guide dog. The first crosses of Poodles and Labrador retrievers were done by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia in  Victoria. This resulted in a smart and social dog who did not only possess a nature appropriate for guide dogs but also had a low-shedding coat. While the hybrid is not yet achieving consistent results in coat or temperament, she is a wildly popular and affectionate dog.

Not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic. But it is a quality that is appreciated by many.

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Labradoodle

The dog was bred by Australian breeder Wally Conron. He intended to provide a guide dog suitable for people with allergies to fur and dander. Conron has since repeatedly stated he regrets creating this dog breed.

Did you know: The first litter of Labradoodles came to a dog named Sultan.

Labradoodle General Appearance and characteristics

Characteristics

Puppies in the early hybrid generations do not have consistently predictable characteristics. Their appearance and behavioral characteristics can be widely variable. Labradoodles’ hair can vary from wiry to soft and may be straight, wavy, or curly. Their parent breeds are both among the world’s most intelligent dog breeds. They display affinity to water and have strong swimming ability. Larger Labradoodles may be more active than their smaller kin.  The dog’s overall health is good enough.

The color of the coat also varies, including cream, gold, red, black, chocolate, brindle and multi-patterned.

Size and weight

The Labradoodle comes in three sizes. The three sizes are Standard, Medium, and Miniature. Miniature weighs from 15 to 30 pounds. Medium has a weight of 30 to 45 pounds. The Standard weighs 45 to more than 100 pounds. Though, there is no guarantee that the Labradoodle puppy you purchase will fall into the desired weight range.

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Labradoodle puppy
Standard Labradoodle should be 22 to 24 inches in height for a male. The female should be anywhere from 21 to 23 inches in height. The Medium Labradoodle should be 18 to 20 inches high for a male. For the female, the height may range from 17 to 19 inches high. The average size for a Miniature Labradoodle is between 14 to 16 inches.

Food and diet

The recommended amount of food you should feed your Labradoodle is 1 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. Avoid feeding throughout the day. Divide feeding into two meals. They have been known to suffer from gastric torsion. Giving the dog two meals helps reduce gastric torsion.  

Care

The coat should be shampooed and brushed regularly. Trimming should be done at least once every year. It may also require professional grooming.

They require about 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day. If you don’t give your Labradoodle enough attention or exercise, it will become unhappy and anxious.

Health

The Labradoodle is generally a healthy breed. They may suffer from health issues commonly seen in their parent breeds. This includes; hip dysplasia, Addison’s disease, Ear infections, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypothyroidism and eye disorders such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). 

Labradoodle Puppies

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Puppies will need early socialization. This ensures that your Labradoodle puppy grows up to be a well-rounded and well-mannered dog.

Children And Other Pets

The Labradoodle does well with children. She loves them with all her heart. You should teach children how to approach and touch dogs. Supervise interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting, ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Labradoodles usually get along well with other dogs and pets. 

There are several varieties of Labradoodle. We just talked about the standard Labradoodles.

Australian Labradoodles

They may also have other breeds in their ancestry. Australian Labradoodles are a cross between six different parent breeds. Labradoodles, Poodles, English Cocker Spaniels, American Cocker Spaniels, Curly Coat Retrievers, and Irish Water Spaniels.

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