Labradoodle

History/Evolution:

The Labradoodle is the product of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle, developed as a dog who could assist visually impaired people with allergies. The cross was a success, yielding some dogs with low-shed and low-dander coats; the Labradoodle has become popular, and breeders have continued with multigenerational crossings. Labradoodle associations try to establish the multigenerational Labradoodle as a recognized breed.


Size:

Varies: 15 to 65 pounds; Miniature, 14 to 16 inches; Medium, 17 to 20 inches; Standard, 21 to 24 inches.

Color:

Varies: chalk, cream, gold, apricot, red, black, blue, silver, chocolate, and cafe.

Temperament:

Energetic, sociable, friendly, joyful; affectionate, gentle, and sensitive. Clever and highly trainable. Excellent with children.

Energy level:

Medium to high.

Best owner:

Active family in suburban or rural home.

Needs:

Daily exercise, leash, fenced yard; early, fair and consistent training; regular grooming (varies according to coat type), regular ear care.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.