The Labradoodle is a dog that’s been crossbred from a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. As a product of two highly energetic dogs, the Labradoodle is expected to display a mixture of its parents characteristics, though this may not necessarily be a 50/50 split.
The word “Labradoodle” was first introduced in the 1955 book by Sir Donald Campbell, entitled Into The Water Barrier. It was the term used to describe his dog, which is a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle. Yet, the same term did not become widely in use until the year 1988. And that’s when Wally Conron, an Australian breeder, crossed a Standard Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. His idea was to produce a guide dog for blind people, but which won’t also trigger an allergy to those that are sensitive to fur and dander.
From then on, the Labradoodles gain popularity not only among the blind and the hypersensitive but as well as in the different establishments and households due to their intelligence and fun-loving characteristic. Coupled with their charming appearance, the Labradoodles can now be seen serving as family pets, alert dogs, guide dogs and assistance dogs.
Physical Attributes. Like the Poodle, the Labradoodle generally comes in three sizes: miniature, medium and standard. As with most hybrid dogs, the Labradoodle’s physcial attributes may vary extensively. Its coloring may range from cream, gold, red, chocolate, brindle, black, cafe, silver, chalk and apricot. Its coat type can either be wavy, wooly, wiry, curly and fleece-like. They do shed, though not as much of the Labrador Retriever and with lesser odor as well. Though there’s no such thing as hypoallergenic dogs, the Labradoodle seems to be the nearest thing to it.
Care. Bathing them often tends to strip their natural oil, which serves as a coat protection. However, a professional bath and blow up every month is highly recommended. As with most floppy-eared dogs, the Labradoodles are likely to suffer from ear infections. Hence, it’s mandatory to regularly clean their ears with cotton swabs. They also tend to develop eye problems, but a regular check-up easily alleviates this common health issue. If you’re getting a Labradoodle, it’s important to know the history of its parents for you to have a strong background of any prevalent health problems.
Personal Traits. Since both of its parents are known for their friendly nature, the Labradoodle acquires the same trait along with an exceptional level of intelligence. This makes them highly trainable, and will prove to be ideal pets when trained as early as possible. They can be very smart and can be very protective of their master, thus making them a suitable companion for the blind. Their sociable nature and non-aggressive trait makes them safe to play among children. Being highly-spirited, the Labradoodles love to play a lot and so a 30-minute walk should be enough to keep them exercised. Though, they never become bored when they miss an occasional one. Being with someone is more important to them, as leaving them alone for a long time will make them restless.