Labradoodle Hybrid Dogs (American Labradoodle, Australian Labradoodle)
Perhaps one of the best known and most recognized of the hybrid breeds, the original Labradoodle is a cross between a Standard Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. Originally bred in Australia, the Australian Labradoodle is often seen as a purebred since they breed true, however in most other areas the Labradoodle is a first generation hybrid cross. As such they are a large dog, often measuring up to 24 inches at the shoulder and weighing up to 70 pounds. There are also various dog types of Labradoodles that are produced by crossing a Miniature Poodle with a Labrador, often these are more common in the American Labradoodle population. They are smaller, only about 20 inches at the shoulder and weighing 50 pounds.
Labradoodle Hybrid Dogs
Most Labradoodles will have the longer, curly to wavy hair of the Poodle combined with the solid and muscular body of the Lab. Colors can range from apricot to black, cream to brown and even reddish colors are all common in the breed. The hair on the face tends to grow long and shaggy, giving a comical and non-threatening appearance to the dogs. The eyes are dark brown and very alert and bright, but are often obscured by the long, curly hair off the forehead. Ears tend to blend into the longer hair on the cheeks and the neck but typically are pendulous like those of the Labrador. The muzzle is square and substantial and the nose may be a light to dark, depending on the coat color.
A fun loving, highly intelligent and quick to respond dog, the Labradoodle lives up to its developer's idea of creating a breed of guide dog suitable for those with dog allergies. Both the American Labradoodle and the Australian Labradoodle are good watchdogs but is not typically either territorial or possessive, however they do have a loud bark to notify owners of strangers. Once they understand the stranger is "allowed" they immediately turn on the charm. This canine hybrid enjoys being a clown and loves to play, spending hours retrieving a ball or playing with the kids or family.
While they are very intelligent they can also be crafty and will quickly develop lax or bad habits if training is not consistent. They are very good with other pets, children and seem especially attuned to people's emotions. The Labradoodle has to have frequent, positive and significant contact with humans to be happy.
Grooming and General Care
The Labradoodle needs minimal grooming since the Poodle coat is not prone to tangling. Brushing once or twice a week with a stiff bristle brush, slicker brush or pin brush is all that is required. The face can be regularly clipped or left natural and the body may also be clipped over the spring and summer months.
Both the Australian Labradoodle and the American Labradoodle can live in a variety of spaces but does best when allowed access to a large fenced yard for routine exercise. They need to get out and run, plus they require one or two long walks a day if living in an apartment or house without a yard.
One of the most famous people to own a Labradoodle is Tiger Woods the golfing legend. He flew into Houston, Texas just to pick up his new light cream colored puppy which he named Yogi.
Clubs and Registries
- Labradoodle Association of Australia
- International Australian Labradoodle Association, Inc
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