The Labradoodle is a designer breed created through the cross of the Labrador Retriever and the Standard Poodle more than 10 years ago. Also becoming very popular are the 2nd generation Labradoodles better known as F1b. The F1b Labradoodles are generally more curly and have an even better chance to be hypoallergenic. The Labradoodle is recognized by the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club) and can be registered through IDCR (International Designer Canine Registry) and ICA (International Canine Association, Inc).
- Country of Origin: N/A
- Weight: 40 - 80 lbs
- Height: 15 - 24 inches
- Color: The most predominant color seen today is the apricot or cream colors. Other colors are red, chocolate, black or other.
The Labradoodle is intelligent, active and fun loving. They generally love the outdoors and enjoy playing fetch with their owners. Labradoodles are easily trainable and are one of the most popular cross breeds in America. This designer breed loves affection and does well with children & other dogs.
One of the largest health concerns with the Labradoodle is hip dysplasia. Other health issues to watch for can be:
• Elbow Dysplasia
All mixed breed dogs have a better chance of having less health concerns because of their genetic diversity.
Their coats can be curly & non-shedding, similar to the Poodle. They can also be short, dense & sometimes harsh in texture.
Brushing 2 – 3 times weekly will help prevent tangling & matting. If the Labradoodle has predominant Lab features, they will tend to shed a little. Brushing more frequent during those times will help maintain a healthy coat.