A hybrid of the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle
Labradoodles are a hybrid of two sporting breeds and require training and exercise throughout their lives. Labradoodles are family dogs. They thrive when they are a part of daily home life, rather than left outside or in a kennel. When trained and socialized properly, Labradoodles are wonderful with children, other dogs, and all people. Labradoodles are great at many things including service work, therapy work, nosework, agility, obedience, hunting, and even dock diving!
A Brief History
The Labradoodle has a very unofficial history, just like the Goldendoodle. Many people like to credit one man as the "creator" of the Labradoodle. Ethical breeders of Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are quick to discredit this man. While he may have been one of the first people to produce this hybrid, he was not the first, and he was not the creator. He was a trainer that had no knowledge of dog breeding or genetics.
The history of the Labradoodle as a whole is similar to that of the Goldendoodle. This hybrid showed up in the late 90s and due to it's immense popularity has thrived!
Labradoodles should weigh between 45-70 pounds at maturity.
Accepted Colors and Coat Type
Labradoodles come in a large variety of colors and patterns, but primarily come in brown and black, with or without white markings.
Labradoodles have a mixed coat. They often have wire outer coats with a moderate undercoat. Labradoodles are low shedding and should not be considered hypoallergenic.
Personality and Temperament
Labradoodles are an intelligent, loyal, and witty dog. They are silly and playful, and have a lot of energy. The Goldendoodle should be an easy dog to be around--polite, sweet, and fun to train. Because they are loyal, people-oriented dogs, Goldendoodles can be prone to anxiety if they are not properly socialized and trained, and given the daily attention they need.
Beware of miniature varieties that have aggressive tendencies.
Recommended Health Testing
We strive to health test our adult breeding dogs to match or exceed the AKC's CHIC Program standards. Some of our dogs will have less testing depending on their lineage testing. Some dogs will exceed CHIC standards, such as our stud dogs who are offered to outside females with unknown lineage testing.
Follow the link(s) below to view the CHIC recommended health tests for this breed.