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Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is one of the more established crossbreeds, so if you want to add one to the family, you’ll be happy to know it’s fairly easy to find reputable breeders. The breeds that make up the Labradoodle are the Labrador Retriever (show type or working) and the Standard Poodle (or sometimes the Miniature Poodle). 

There are breed clubs set up and run by dedicated people who would like to see the Labradoodle become a recognised breed. So, make sure you look out for those breeders that breed them responsibly and ensure all parents are health tested. 

Height
The usual height of a Labradoodle depends on the size of the parents used so can vary widely, going from 30cm to 70cm
Labrador Retriever: 55-57cm
Poodle – Standard: over 38cm
Miniature: 28-38cm
Weight
The weight can vary widely depending on the size of the parents, from small starting at 5kg, to large at over 40kg.
Colours
The usual colours of a Labradoodle can vary as well, depending on the parents’ coat colours
Labrador: Black, yellow or liver/chocolate. Yellows range from light cream to red fox
Poodle: All solid colours
UK Kennel Club Groups
Gundog (Labrador Retriever) and Utility (Poodle)
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Welcomes everyone happily
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

There is often a degree of variation in the health conditions and issues that crossbreeds are predisposed to. This is because some individuals retain more of the characteristics of one breed over the other. 
For more information on the health problems that may affect this crossbreed, visit the Labrador Retriever and Standard or Miniature Poodle breed pages.

Labradoodle Appearance

The representatives of this crossbreed can vary in size, shape, coat types, and temperaments, depending on how they have been bred. The Labradoodle colours can vary as well, as they depend mostly on their parents’ coats. The Labradoodle can be a first cross with one Labrador and one Poodle parent, they can be bred back to one of the original breeds or be two Labradoodles bred together. 

Labradoodle Personality

Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Labradoodle depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared. 

The Labrador Retriever is an active, friendly, loving dog who thrives on human companionship, wanting nothing more than to please their owners (except perhaps eat and jump in any water they can find!). They are ideal pets around children, and they get on well with other household animals. Labradors are a very happy breed, extremely affectionate, constantly wagging their tails and always on the go. They are easily trained, being eager to learn and to please, and can turn their paw to just about anything. They are total foodies however — which helps with their training but not their waistlines! 

The Poodle is a lively, sociable and affectionate dog who is both intelligent and amusing, and makes a wonderful and fun companion. They love to be included in all family pursuits and can be good watch dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive. The Standard Poodle is still at heart a working dog and can easily be the start of your training class, your agility group or in the obedience ring, and thrive with a job to do where they can work with their owner.  

It is clear from looking at the two breeds that make up the Labradoodle, that this is an extremely active dog who needs a lot of exercise and input, often more than many new owners expect, and being highly social, needs to be a part of the family.   

The personality of a Labradoodle seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds, and so strengthen either the Labrador or the Poodle personalities, or else be bred to another Labradoodle. In which case there is less predictability in temperament, and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue.   

Responsible breeders should be prioritising behaviour as highly as they do health, and so it is important to find a good breeder. 

What owners say about this breed...

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Dog Owner

Meet Ralph

"You do need to change things up and keep on teaching new things to keep life interesting and fun for you both."

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Dog Owner

Meet Phoebe

"I love to snuggle on the couch with her but it’s often not long before she’s bringing me a toy again!"

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Dog Owner

Meet Paddington

"He is very loving and relaxed about everything. He never seems to stress about anything and loves all members of his family."

Labradoodle Fun Facts

  • Labradoodles make great therapy dogs. Their warm personality is often a match for people with autism or physical disabilities. 
  • Among the proud owners of Labradoodles are celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tiger Woods, Joe Biden, as well as the Crown Princess and Prince of Norway. 
  • The Labradoodle lifespan can reach 14 years as both their parent breeds have long lifespans. 

FAQs 

Do Labradoodles shed a lot? 

Depending on the type of coat Labradoodles inherit, shedding can be either minimal or non-existing. 

Do Labradoodles bark a lot? 

Labradoodles can bark more than other breeds, but they’re considered to be medium barkers as they’ll only be more vocal if they need attention or food, or out of frustration. 

Do Labradoodles like to cuddle? 

Labradoodles are very loving and adore to cuddle when they feel tired and need attention. 

Is a male or female Labradoodle better? 

In terms of temperament, there aren’t many differences between male and female Labradoodles. However, female Labradoodles can be more responsive to training while males are said to be more affectionate than females.

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