The Labradoodle: thinking of getting a Labradoodle?
Labradoodles come in a range of sizes, colours and fur-types. One thing they all tend to have in common though is their loving, playful and curious nature.
Let's take a closer look at the Labradoodle.
Place of origin: Australia
How big do Labradoodles get? 45 – 60cm
How heavy are Labradoodles? 13 – 29kg
Life Expectancy: 12 – 16 years
Types of Labradoodle: sizes, colour and fur-type depends on the type of poodle they’re bred from
Colour: Chocolate, Cafe, Parchment, Cream, Gold, Apricot, Red, Black, Silver, Chalk, Lavender, Blue
Please note: A dog’s exercise, training/stimulation and grooming requirements can depend on several factors such as age and health. The same goes for ongoing costs of ownership. For advice on one specific dog, we always advise chatting with a vet.
How much exercise does a Labradoodle need?
A fair bit. Labradoodles tend to have lots of energy; they’ll gladly accompany their owners on a range of outdoor activities and just like Labradors, they love swimming.
Your Labradoodle’s exact exercise needs will vary depending on their size but overall, if you lead an active lifestyle and want your canine companion to join in, a Labradoodle may be just the pet for you!
Labradoodles can resort to destructive behaviour if they’re allowed to get bored, so they’re not recommended for owners who work long hours or households in which they’re likely to be left alone.
Training: how to train a Labradoodle
Labradors and Poodles are both very intelligent breeds, so a Labradoodle gives you the best of both. They should pick up commands quickly and generally be very easy to train. Labradoodles love play and are typically great with children.
If you’re looking to combine exercise with quality time spent learning tricks and playing games – both inside and outside – a Labradoodle could be your perfect match.
Some Labradoodles will shed more than others, depending on how much Labrador vs. how much Poodle they inherit. Labradoodles come with 3 different types of coat:
Wool – soft, tight, Poodle-like curls
Fleece – Loose, free-flowing curls, exactly halfway between Labrador and Poodle
Hair – Straight/wavy, like a Labrador’s coat
Their grooming requirements will vary depending on the type of coat, but it’s always good practice to brush your Labradoodle regularly. You’ll only need to bathe them when they’re particularly dirty – or if they’ve swam though a mucky river.
Labradoodles are social butterflies. If anyone, whether grown-up, child or other pet, is nice to them, they’ll be nice back, making them perfect family pets.
They’re huge bundles of energy and will accept any offer of exercise or play that you make. If you and your family are looking for a dog to spend lots of quality time with, both inside and out, a Labradoodle may just be the perfect breed for you.
If you live alone and don’t get much free time to walk, you’d be better off with a dog less dependent on physical and mental stimulation.
When you’re considering the lifetime cost of owning a Labradoodle, remember to take into account:
- Breed-specific food
- Veterinary care
- Pet insurance
- Kennels or dog sitters
- Grooming costs
- Toys and equipment
Need more info?
For more info on finding the best dog breed for you and your lifestyle, have a chat with your vet.