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Labradoodle

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Labradoodle

General
OtherNames Labradoodle, Doodle, Poodle-Cross, Cross-Breed
Dog Group Kennel Club Not Applicable
Breed Classification Not classified – a cross between a Labradors (Gundog Group) and a Poodle (Utility Group) used as family pets, companions, agility/obedience, also assistance and therapy dogs particularly for children. Generations of Labradoodles are classified - F1 means the First Labrador/Poodle cross. With each crossing the Generation increases (F2, F3 …) for several generations until a pure Multi-Generational Labradoodle emerges. The breed is not recognised yet by Kennel Club. In an effort to protect the Labradoodle's future, the International Labradoodle Association was founded to create a Registry, similar to the Kennel Club, for recording litters, registering dogs and ensuring responsible breeding.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
£4-7.50
Feeding Requirements
Feeding will cost between £4.00 -£8.00 per week. Labradoodles are not fussy or particularly greedy eaters. Nor are they prone to obesity.
Other Expenses
A puppy will cost between £500 -£1000.
Average Puppy Price
£500-800
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
8
General Physical Description
The diversity in Labradoodles is incredible – 3 sizes, multiple generations, 8 colours and 3 coat types !! All Labradoodles are lovely pets and make wonderful companions with a cheeky, scruffy irresistible quality. They are loving, intuitive and friendly. First crosses tend to be the largest size (Standard). Multi-Generation Labradoodles come in all three sizes and should have a softer, longer coat which is usually lower shedding.
Height Min Max
Bitch 30cm 71cm
Dog 30cm 71cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 10kg 40kg
Dog 10kg 40kg
Size Category Medium
Weight Height Range Because of the three sizes, Miniature, Medium and Standard (similar to the poodle) Labradoodles vary from 12” to 28” and from 10kg – 40kg - a size to suit everyone!
Ailments The problems the Labradoodle could contend with are largely due to genetic problems in the parent breeds. It is essential when purchasing a puppy to ensure the parents have been screened for hereditary problems. Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy should be tested for. Ear Infections are also known of: due to the Poodle parent, hair grows in doodle’s ears which should be checked regularly to reduce the risk of infection.
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
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History Labradoodles are Poodle/Labrador crosses originally intended as assistance dogs for people with allergies and/or asthma. In the eighties Wally Cochran at the Royal Guide Dog Association in Australia wanted to place an assistance dog with a vision-impaired woman in Hawaii whose husband suffered from allergies. There were 3 puppies in the first litter. One pup named Sultan proved to have an allergy-friendly coat and was suitable to be a guide dog. Unsure what to call the pups they coined the phrase “Labradoodle”.Two Breeding and Research Centres for the Labradoodle were established, also located in the state of Victoria – Rutland Manor and Tegan Park . These Breeding Centres bred Labradoodle to Labradoodle, seeking consistency and uniformity. Some early litters had low to no shedding dogs whilst other matings produced shedding pups. But it was encouraging enough results to continue and preserve. Hence the Labradoodle was created and is now breed worldwide.
Intelligence As intelligent family dogs, Labradoodles can sometimes be too clever for their own good. They take pleasure in obedience/agility/flyball but can also find ways to entertain themselves by outwitting their owners by opening doors or playing tricks.
Show Characteristics The breed is not recognised yet by the Kennel Club, therefore no Breed Standard has been set.
Country Of Origin Australia
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Characteristics
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Energy Medium
Overall Exercise 40 - 60 minutes
Distress Caused if Left Alone Medium
Personal Protection Low
Suitability As Guard Dog Low
Risk of Sheep Worrying Medium
Tendency to Bark Low
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals High
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament Confident, joyful, vivacious, clown like, sociable and friendly, totally non aggressive, clever and extremely intuitive. The breed is well suited for special work such as Therapy Dog, Assistance Dog, Hearing or Seizure Alert Dog, Guide Dog. They can try to outsmart their owners just for fun, if not firmly disciplined when young. Responds well to positive training methods. Loyal and devoted to families. Most love water and are natural swimmers and retrievers. Affectionate and loving. Active and athletic when free, but should 'melt' into mellowness when touched by human hands.
Grooming
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Coat Length Medium/Long
Grooming Requirement Once a week
Trimming
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming Shedding does vary. According to Generation, Labradoodles, particularly First Crosses can shed. However low to non-shedding Labradoodles can be breed and are more common in Australian Multi-Generational Labradoodles. All coats require a regular trim around their eyes and feet to ensure they can see out, and to help reduce mud being dragged in on paws!! Nails need clipping. It is possible to groom a Labradoodle yourself. However many owners do prefer a professional groomer to have a good clip occasionally particularly fleece doodles when their adult coat comes through.
Colour Their coats can be as short as a Labrador and wool/fleece coats are long and soft with the feel of an angora goat. Their coats vary from hair in the early generations to curly coats and finally the perfect silky fleece of a pure Multi-Generational Labradoodle.Labradoodles come in a variety of solid colours – black, chocolate/café au lait, cream, chalke, white, blue, red, apricot, apricot cream and silver. Harlequin and Parti-coloured Labradoodles are bred but not recognised within the ILA Breed Standard.
Shedding
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies True

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