Labradoodle Breed Information

Labradoodles are a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Labradoodle training is farily easy as they are very social, loving and highly intelligent canines. The main problem can be coping with their short attention span and natural exuberance. The Labradoodle breed is available in standard and miniature sizes.

It is important to note that there are two types of Labradoodles – The Australian Labradoodle and the American Labradoodle. The following information will be focused on the American Labradoodle, which is considered a hybrid dog. Unlike the Australian variety, the American type only uses Poodles and Labrador Retrievers for breeding.

Labradoodles are a very active and affection breed that take the best traits from both their purebred parents.

Labradoodles History

The history of labradoodles began in the 1970’s in Australia. They were first developed by Wally Cochran. Cochran was encouraged to start the cross breed between the Standard Poodle and the Labrador Retriever by a blind women who suffered from dog allergies. The initial mating of the two breeds was quite successful and three low-allergy pups were produced.

The first hybrids produced surpassed the best qualities of both purebreds. Due to this fact, Labradoodles became extremely popular in Australia and more breeders began crossing the breeds. However, as cross breeding continued, the offspring produced were not consistent. Some were low shedding and allergy-free, while others lacked these qualities.

When it comes to eliminating allergies in a breed, this doesn’t only mean producing a dog that sheds little hair. It also means eliminating other allergies such as dander and salvia. The goal was to create a breed of dog that was hypoallergenic but still had high intelligence and a friendly temperament.
Therefore, since it was clear that research was required to produce the desirable Labradoodle, and the dog was in high demand, two research facilities were developed during the 1980’s in Australia to create the ideal Labradoodle.

As was previously mentioned, the reason why Australian Labradoodles are different than those produced in America is because the Australian variety has used other breeds aside from the Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever. Other dogs that have been used to create the Labradoodle breed in Australia include Wheaton Terriers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Two types of Irish Water Spaniels and a Poodle/Cocker Spaniel cross.

Labradoodles are still under development and, therefore, cannot be declared a true breed. The reason is because a true breed is one that produces consistent characteristics each time to form a standard. Due to the fact that three different types of Labradoodles can be currently bred, for now, they are still only considered a hybrid breed. Thus, the Labradoodle is not recognized by any major kennel clubs and are not part of a specific dog group.

Labs and Poodles make Happy Labradoodles

Labradoodles are pleasant dogs that are affectionate, noble, obedient, highly sociable, friendly, loving, loyal and comical. This breed loves to engage in play and activity and is extremely docile and non-aggressive. These characteristics effect how we undertake Labradoodle training. They make excellent family pets and are patient and loving towards children.

Both the Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever breeds are incredibly intelligent. They were both originally developed for hunting and retrieving purposes, and love the water. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the Labradoodle is a smart dog that enjoys being active and requires plenty of exercise (I.E. three walks daily, the freedom to run around, swimming and play time). Therefore, these dogs are best suited to homes that have at least a small yard. That being said, the miniature Labradoodle variety makes suitable apartment pets.

There are essentially two different sizes of Labradoodles:
Standard Labradoodle – Height – 22 – 24 inches / Weight 45 – 77 pounds
Miniature Labradoodle – Height – 17-22 inches / Weidht 30- 50 pounds

Note: Males are larger in size than females

Since the Labradoodle has been produced from two highly intelligent breeds, they are easy to train and catch on quickly. Therefore, they can be trained for the same jobs as their parents including: police work, hunting, guide dogs and therapy dogs. However, keep in mind that even though the Labradoodle will alert their owners to the presence of a stranger, they do not make a good guard dog.

Labradoodles live an average of 14 – 16 years. They are prone to some health problems such as hip dysplasia (which is common in both the Poodle and Labrador breeds), and ear infections. Other than that, they are a relatively healthy breed. Nevertheless, their health is still being closely monitored in case more issues arise.

The Labradoodle is available in three different coat varieties: Fleece, Wool/Curly and Hair. The fleece and wool/curly types are low shedding, with the fleece being the most desirable and the wool/curly the most hypoallergenic. However, the hair type tends to shed profusely and is not hypoallergenic. Furthermore, some puppies that do not trigger allergies at first, may do so later when they begin shedding. Remember, the breed is still under development, so it will be a while before any guarantees can be made.

The coat requires daily brushing, a clipping every few months, and the occasional bath. In addition, the coat is available in a variety of solid colors including white, black, brown and red.

Labradoodles are popular dogs that bring much joy to the lives of their owners. They are often a fantastic alternative for those who love the Labrador breed but have been unable to own one for allergy reasons.

More Labradoodle Training

Labradoodle training is an important part of your dog’s growth and development. Your dog should learn all of the basic commands including: Sit, Down, Heel, and Come. He/she should also receive proper obedience training, which is most effectively taught in an obedience class, and should also be properly disciplined and socialized.

All of the above Labradoodle training criteria is how your dog grows to be a credit to his/her breed, a well-liked member of society, and teaches him/her that you’re in control. Training will also make for a happier dog, as dogs thrive on guidance and direction.

Of course, there are more than just the standard commands that you can teach your dog. There are other commands that may also prove to be quite useful such as the release command.

The release command involves using a command that prompts your dog to release the item he/she holds in his/her mouth to you. The command that is typically used for this form of Labradoodle training can be “Give!” or “Let Go!”

The purpose of teaching the release command is to train aggression out of your dog, while still showing that you are in control. For instance, many owners make the mistake of either snatching an item out of their dog’s mouth or allowing there dog possession of an item after playing tug-of-war with them. Both of these instances can lead to aggression and an over-dominant dog.

If you take an item out of your Labradoodle’s mouth by force, you are teaching the dog to fight with you. On the other hand, although it’s not a bad idea to allow your dog to win on occasion, if you continuously allow your dog possession of a toy after fighting over it (I.E. game of tug-of-war), the type of Labradoodle training you are encouraging is telling your dog that he/she has control over you, because you always give in.

The following is how you can implement the release command –

1. Choose the word command you will use (I.E. “Give” or “Let Go!” etc.)

2. When your dog is holding an item you want him to let go of, give the command and position your hand over your dog’s muzzle and place your fingers on the sides of your dog’s lips. Proceed to squeeze his/her lips against the teeth, which should cause him/her to release the object.

3. Continue this 4 -5 times or until your dog releases the object on command.

If your dog attempts to bite or nip at your hand when you perform the above Labradoodle training technique, you can try another method such as giving the command and offering your dog a treat for the toy, or offering a more favorable toy in exchange for the possessed item.