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Labradoodles are a hybrid or a cross breed between standard poodles and Labrador Retrievers. At the current time, Labradoodles are not recognized by the American Kennel Club due to the fact that they are a hybrid breed and not a purebred breed. As a result, this breed cannot be registered with purebred clubs even if the parents are registered and they are first generation Labradoodles rather than second generation Labradoodles.

The Labradoodle tends to be graceful, athletic and compact in build. There are typically three different sizes of Labradoodles, depending upon the size of the parent dogs. The three different sizes are standard, medium and miniature. Miniature Labradoodles are typically produced through a miniature or toy poodle.

There are also several different colors of Labradoodles depending on the color of the parents. Some of the colors available include apricot, gold, off-white, silver, red, chocolate and black. Usually, the coat of a Labradoodle is a solid color, although there may be some that have multi-color coats. There are also two different coat types depending on the way in which the dog takes after its parents. The two different coat types are wood and fleece. A wool coat will not shed and is usually the most hypo-allergenic, which is good for people who suffer from allergies. This type of coat resembles the poodle coat and features tight curls. The fleece coat does shed, but only minimally. This is also an allergy friendly coat that feels soft and features loose curls. A third coat may also appear, but is usually not preferred due to the fact that it is not as allergy friendly. This coat may be short or long and may be curly.

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Character


The temperament of the Labradoodle tends to be agreeable and friendly. These dogs are commonly affectionate, loyal and happy. They are also playful and have a confident nature. They get along well with children as well as with other animals that may be present in the home. Like both poodles as well as Golden Retrievers, they tend to be smart and will pick up training fast and learn to respond to commands. This is a dog that loves to retrieve, which should be expected due to their heritage on the Golden Retriever side. They also have a loving nature and make great family pets, which comes from the Poodle side. These dogs work well as family dogs as well as service dogs because they are easily trained. As a result, they commonly serve as seizure alert, guide and hearing dogs.

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Size

14-26 inches

14-26 inches
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Weight

26-60 pounds

26-60 pounds
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General Health


The Labradoodle is a new breed for the most part and as a result, there is not a lot known at this time about their overall health and problems which they may suffer from. The breed itself, like most designer breeds was bred to produce the best of both the Poodle and the Labrador breeds. As a result, many of the health issues that these breeds may suffer from have been minimized in the Labradoodle breed. Still, prospective owners should be prepared for possible problems such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, eye disorders and hip dyslpasia. Owners who are concerned about possible problems should thoroughly research the parentage. When provided with regular checkups, proper care and a healthy diet, this breed will usually have an average life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years.

Some Labradoodles may have problems with their ears. If the dog has Poodle ears you need to clean them often so they do not get a yeast infection.

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History


The Labradoodle breed has become extremely popular in the last few years. The breed itself only dates back to the 20th century. It is thought that the breed may have originated in Australia, where some of the first dogs were imported. Since that time they have become popular around the world, although most breeders are from the United States, where the demand for this breed of dogs is quite strong not only for family dogs but also for service and guide dogs as well.

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Maintenance


The Labradoodle will require daily exercise as well as play time in order to be happy and healthy. Dogs that are not provided with sufficient play and exercise time are likely to become bored. The exact grooming needs of a Labradoodle will depend on the type of coat that the dog has. A dog that has more a poodle type coat may need grooming and trimming on a more frequent basis than a dog that takes more after the Labrador side. It is important to make sure that the ears are checked on a regular basis in order to prevent yeast infections. In the event that burrs become embedded in the dog’s hair, then it will need to be plucked out, especially around the paws.

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Ideal Environment


The best environment for a Labradoodle is one in which it will have plenty of opportunity to play and exercise. This is a dog that does enjoy human companionship and should not be left alone for long periods of time.

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Is there a labradoodle rescue in So. Calif. ?

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Can a Labradoodle be used as a hunting dog as a Lab and or Poodle. Are they a water dog, retriver as both breeds was/is a retriever

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Is this a common thing? My dog eats mid morning and early evening, and she has a treat as she goes to her room at night. at 10 pm. In the morning she often throws up yellow bile, which although is easily cleaned up off the light colored rug, I would much rather it did not happen. Any suggestions please?

I do not know specifics about a labradoodle, but I recently lost my Pit/dalmation cross due to a rapid illness that looked like a modest problem with loose bowels that seemed to resolve then turned worse with loss of appetite and vomiting. All this happened in less than 2 weeks, and initially seemed like a fairly mild problem. On a Tuesday he was not eating, Thursday, he looked rather slow and not feeling well, Friday I took him to the vet, By Saturday I found out he had cancer that was not treatable and by midnight I had to take him to the Pet Emergency to be euthanized because his condition deteriorated so quickly. All this to say don't wait to take your dog to the vet if it is something that continues to happen. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that anything would have helped Kimmee,even an earlier vet visit. If you have any questions like this, I really suggest getting to the vet.

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