dogs sound almost too good to be true. Are they the perfect dog for
The Labradoodle is intuitive, sociable, loving, and easily trained,
BUT they are intelligent almost beyond belief.. As such, they need
early training to reach their full potential. If left to run wild
during their first year, they can become a naughty, attention seeking
brat child, who will do anything to get your attention. So if you
are not prepared to put in the early training with your puppy, then
you should seek out another breed less intelligent, which may suit
Labradoodle is very much a 'people' oriented dog. They long to serve
and please you. They also need to know that they are a loved and
true family member. Their active mind does not do well in situations
where they are left alone day after day whilst the entire family
works. The practice of crating all day every day may soon produce
a hyperactive frustrated unhappy dog who may be difficult to control.
On the other
hand, if you are looking for a dog to be a true member of your family,
and whom you are prepared to train for the first year, then I can
think of no other breed more superlative as a family member who
will continually delight you with its endearing and loveable ways.
MALE or FEMALE make the best pet for a family, especially with children
are many breeds in which a female makes the better pet, as the males
can be dominant. In the Labradoodle, however, it has been found
that the nature is not gender related. Therefore a male makes the
same excellent companion as a female
much exercise does a Labradoodle need?
are athletic dogs and need regular exercise although not excessively
so. It is just as important to exercise their minds ( through training
) as their bodies.
an overly energetic Labradoodle is trying to get the message across
that it's MIND needs more to occupy it. An untrained Labradoodle
can become naughty, and attention - seeking. They will get your
attention any way they can if they become bored through lack of
stimulation of their very clever and intuitive minds. In fact Poppy has a habbit of putting her paws on the keyboard of this computer if she feels that she is being 'ignored'.
effort put in during the early formative months to a year and a
half, will be repaid a hundredfold with a dog which is pure delight
to live with.
if you don't have the time or the desire to put in quality time
when your Labradoodle is still young, then you should consider another
Labradoodles good with young children?
they make fabulous children's dogs. But all puppies will mouth and
bite when young, and as with all dogs, this should be corrected
should never be given the responsibility of training a puppy, and
should be supervised when playing......for the puppy's sake as well
as for the children's. Some dog breeders refuse to let families
with children have their puppies, because they will not subject
their puppies to the non-stop play and overtures of young children.
need lots of time away from young kids, to chill out, and have their
own space for sleeping where they will not be continually dragged
around by the children when they need their 'time out' to rest their
little minds and growing bodies.
mature Labradoodle tends to gravitate towards the young members
of the family and will usually be found wherever the children are.
They are non aggressive, but seem to take on baby sitting roles
by choice when allowed to grow and develop properly when young puppies.
are the health problems found in the Labradoodle?
are so far relatively disease-free. But they do share with other
long eared, coated dog breeds, a tendency towards ear infections.
With regular cleaning, and the hair trimmed away from the underneath
of the ear flap and on the cheeks beneath the ears, better air circulation
will help prevent ear infections from developing. It is important
for breeders to continue health testing their breeding stock so
as to maintain the well bred Labradoodle's current vibrant health
can help prevent your Labradoodle from re-occurring ear infections
with the maintenance above. Some Labradoodles need to have the hairs
plucked from the insides of their ears once a year, others don't
need this attention.
big is a Labradoodle?
are roughly three sizes of Labradoodle. STANDARD is anything from
20 inches at the shoulder and above, MINIATURE which varies from
12 inches to around 17 inches at the shoulder, and MEDIUM which
comes somewhere in between.
colors do Labradoodles come in?
Browns, Silver, different shades of Cream from pale Chalky White,
through to Golden Cream and Apricot Cream, Apricot (rarer) and Red
(rarer) and the newest color, Caramel, which is a reddish caramel
color often called 'true' Apricot.
should be noted that most dogs with the red colored gene, will fade
to some degree with age, although still beautifully colored.
kind of nature does a Labradoodle have?
are an intoxicating blend of clown and intuitive intimate friend.
They love to make you happy and will go to great lengths to see
you burst into laughter.
They have moments of solemnity, and are just as happy to lie at
your feet for hours, soaking up your company as they are ready to
run outside and have a game. They make great running/jogging companions,
excel at Agility and Obedience, adore a game of frisbee or fetch,
but are just as content to snuggle up with you whilst you read or
watch TV or work on the computer. They crave your approval and long
to serve and please you. They need to know that they are a part
of your family, and thrive when living close to you. They are tough
and healthy physically, adapting well to severe changes in climate.
Their lifespan is 14 to 16 years.
the Labradoodle like water?
Pictures Speaks a thousand words!
I feed COOKED BONES to my dog?
NO NO. NEVER EVER feed cooked bones of any description.
meaty bones are excellent sources of nutrition for your dog as well
as providing beneficial jaw exercise and natural teeth cleaning.
Dogs have powerful stomach acids ten times stronger than a human,
and these stomach juices are designed by nature to dissolve and
assimilate RAW bone. Thin, flat rib bones from a young animal will
be eaten up completely by your dog and are emotionally and physically
is recommended that flat young rib bones from lamb, or beef. Raw
Chicken Backs Wings or Chicken Necks are loved by most dogs and
they will crunch up and eat the whole thing with immense satisfaction.
have heard that Labradoodles don't need to be bathed much. Is this
is true with multi generation Labradoodles. In fact if they are
bathed too often a self perpetuating cycle is set up and they then
need to be bathed whenever they get dirty, as the protective coating
of natural oils in their hair is stripped away by the frequent bathing
with shampoo. Even a light coloured Labradoodle, dripping in mud,
will dry clean itself if kept in a dry clean area until dry. Try
it..it really works !!!
don't understand about the different coats. Which is easiest to care
for and most allergy friendly?
the two do not really go together.
or HAIR coats are easiest to care for. Require no trimming, except
perhaps around the eyes and chin, and very little grooming. But
most of them will shed in varying degrees. Shedding has not conclusively
been linked to allergy friendliness however.
or WOOL coats do not shed at all. But they do require trimming or
clipping two or three times a year. They also need to be groomed
thoroughly about once each week or so. They are the 'safest' coat
type around people who have dog related allergies or asthma. Curly
STRAIGHT COATS "Flat Coat" These are always more hair,
than wool or fleece textured, and will definitely shed to some degree.
Are lowest maintenance of all, and can sometimes not be allergy
friendly. An experienced breeder can usually tell either at birth
or by six to eight weeks which way a short straight coat ( flat
coat) is likely to go. Very few multi generation Labradoodles have
flat coat any more, although it is still common amongst the earlier
Coats (USED TO BE CALLED 'BORDERLINE) These are a relatively new
coat type and still being developed. Some are wavier or curlier
than others, but they all have the distinctive 'fleecy' feel to
them which is different to the wool or hair coats. Just as the Angora
Goat has fleecy stapled coat, so does the fleece coat in the Labradoodle.
Best examples do not have any kemp fibres, once again like the top
quality Angora fleece. Until recently the Fleece coats were called
"Borderline" coats. But because they were being confused
with 'look alike' coats in earlier generations, which don't have
the same feel or low shedding trait the name was changed to Fleece,
more in keeping with the feel of this particular coat.
coats require practically no maintenance until between eight and
fourteen months of age, when the adult coat starts to grow through
the puppy coat. The puppy coat needs to be stripped or raked out
weekly until the change is complete. If this is not done, then the
coat will form matts and the dog may need to be shaved.