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Labradoodle

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Labradoodle Facts

  • Group
  • Other Breed Classes
  • Affiliations
  • No current affiliations
  • Height
  • Standard: 21" - 24"
    Medium: 17" - 20"
    Mini: 14" - 16"
  • Weight
  • Standard: 50-65 lbs.
    Medium: 30-45 lbs.
    Mini: 15-25 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
     
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Guide dog for the blind
    • Should sleep indoors
 

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Alternate Names

none known

Origin

This breed originated in Australia.

Date Of Origin

The Labradoodle was first bred deliberately in 1989.

History

The Labradoodle was first bred deliberately in 1989, when Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle at Guide Dogs Victoria. His aim was to combine the low-shedding coat of the Poodle with the gentleness and trainability of the Labrador, and to provide a guide dog suitable for people with allergies to fur and dander. Although Guide Dogs Victoria no longer breed Labradoodles, they are bred by other guide and assistance dog organizations in Australia and elsewhere.

Description

The Labradoodle as a dog breed is still developing, and does not yet "breed true": that is puppies do not have consistently predictable characteristics. While many Labradoodles display desired traits, their appearance and behavioral characteristics remain, from an overall breed standpoint, unpredictable.

As such, Labradoodles' hair can be anywhere from wiry to soft, and may be straight, wavy, or curly. Many Labradoodles do shed, although the coat usually sheds less and has less dog odor than that of a Labrador Retriever.

Temperament

Like most Labrador Retrievers and Poodles, Labradoodles are generally friendly, energetic and good with families and children (although as with any dog the temperament may vary between individuals). Labradoodles often display an affinity for water and strong swimming ability from their parent breeds.

Like their parent breeds, both of which are amongst the world's most intelligent dog breeds, Labradoodles are very intelligent and quite trainable, often seeking commands and finding pleasure in learning. Labradoodles can be taught to obey verbal or sign language commands, or both.

Uses

Labradoodles are used as guide, assistance, and therapy dogs as well as being popular family dogs.

Health Concerns

eye disorders, hip dysplasia, PRA

Additional Information

This breed us still developing. This is the most accurate information found at this time.

Show Sources & Contributors +

Sources

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Wikipedia.com

Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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