Loyal, loving, uncomplicated
As the name suggests, Labradoodles combine many of the positive traits of smart and allergy-friendly poodles with the obedient nature of Labradors. Their loyal and friendly character makes them the ideal family dog for both children and adults.
- Size: medium
- Weight: 27-40kg
- Life expectancy: 13-15 years
- Coat type: long hair
- Colours: cream white, apricot, gold, brown, black
Due to their sunny and obedient nature, poodle crossbreeds or doodle dogs are becoming increasingly popular. In such hybrid breeds, external characteristics and character traits can vary greatly.
Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador and a Standard Poodle . They reach a size of 53-65 cm with a weight of 27-40 kg. Since there is no official breed standard , the definition of the breed is sometimes interpreted differently.
Some people also see the Labradoodle as a cross between a Labrador and the different poodle sizes. In this case, of course, the sizes and weights of the four-legged friends also differ significantly.
Their striking fur usually catches the eye, fluffy and curly. But other fur structures are also possible. Labradoodles can have straight, wiry, or wavy coats as well.
All colors from creamy white, brown, apricot, golden to black can occur here. Depending on the coat structure, they lose little to no fur. Therefore, Labradoodles are suitable for many allergy sufferers. Before buying, however, you should still try it out to see whether it triggers an allergic reaction in those affected.
With its teddy face , inquisitive beady eyes and small to medium-sized lop ears , the Labradoodle is an animal with a friendly and bright appearance .
The long legs make the body appear slim and agile despite the fluffy coat.
When it comes to feeding, Labradoodles are quite uncomplicated , just like in other areas . The same food standards apply here as for all dogs.
Due to the Labrador side of the crossbreed, the dog may be prone to gluttony and obesity . You should therefore be careful not to make the portions too large. Treats should also only be fed in moderation.
Overweight dogs can have a negative effect on the joints and put unnecessary strain on them.
When portioning, you can pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions for the food. But remember to adapt these to your dog and in particular to his activity. The more exercise your dog gets, the more food he needs.
Food with a high meat content gives the four-legged friends a particularly large number of important nutrients.
Vegetable ingredients complement this perfectly. Unlike their ancestors, the wolves, a dog’s diet does not have to consist exclusively of meat . However, a lot of grain in the feed should be avoided.
The great advantage of the breed: that it sheds little or no hair, entails some additional maintenance work. Therefore, to prevent your Labradoodle’s coat from becoming matted, you should brush and comb it regularly . If you get your dog used to regular grooming as a puppy, this makes daily brushing much less stressful for both dog and person.
The coat can develop into different structures. Almost smooth or rough fur up to curled curls are possible.
Wavy and curly fur requires a lot of care. This is because these dogs shed less hair than their smoother-coated counterparts.
Every 6-8 weeks, especially in summer, it is advisable to cut back the coat a little so that the coat does not become too long. In addition, as dogs with lop ears that are hairy on the inside, Labradoodles are prone to ear infections . Therefore, the fur in front of the ears and in the auricle should be trimmed regularly to ensure good ventilation.
The Labradoodle is a comparatively new breed of dog. At the end of the 1990s, the first deliberate cross between a Labrador and a Poodle was bred in Australia. A guide dog association deliberately crossed the poodle and labrador . The reason for this was the following problem: A woman who was dependent on a guide dog could not keep a Labrador because of her husband’s dog hair allergy.
An allergy-friendly guide dog had to be created.
And indeed, her husband was not allergic to the Labradoodle’s fur. With this new perspective, Labradoodles could be used in a variety of settings as therapy dogs . And without causing any allergic reactions. There are now also some breeders in Germany who have specialized in this new breed.
In Germany, the breed is not yet recognized by breeding associations.
Strictly speaking, it is still a mixed-breed dog. Only the so-called Australian Labradoodle is recognized, at least by American breeding associations. The breed is very popular with breeders and families. So it should not be long before the Labradoodle is finally recognized as a breed in Germany.
The care-intensive coat requires a lot of attention. You should therefore definitely invest in a high-quality brush . A dog comb and a pair of scissors to trim long sections of hair can also be very useful for grooming.
Poodles are known to be very smart dogs; Labradors tend to learn new things quickly and easily. As a result, the crossbreed to the Labradoodle resulted in an intelligent and trainable dog that quickly gets bored .
In addition to physical activity such as walks, agility training or retrieving, you should also challenge your dog mentally . Educational toys are suitable for this, for example, which your Labradoodle can also occupy itself with from time to time.
To prevent plaque or gum problems, you can have the dental care done in a playful way with suitable chewing sticks and other chewing articles and also make your dog happy at the same time.
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