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Labradoodle

Labradoodle

What do you get when you cross two of the most loved and clever breeds together? You get the Labradoodle - of course! 

Not recognised formally as a breed, the Labradoodle is a hybrid or crossbreed between the Labrador and the Poodle. They were bred as a low allergen service dog in 1989 by Australian Wally Conron for the Royal Guide Dogs Association, although the mix had existed prior to this time. 

Because they are a crossbreed, there can be a lot of variation between different dogs called a Labradoodle, in size, coat type and personality. The size can vary depending on the size of the Poodle parent.

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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

Australia

Bred for

Pets, service dogs  

Size 

Variable, but typically medium-large 

Weight Range

23 - 30 kgs

Colours

Golden, apricot 

Life expectancy

10 to 14 years 

Coat

Variable: medium to long, maybe wavy, straight or curly Some may be low shedding

Temperament 

Intelligent, active and friendly 

Exercise requirements

High

Best suited for 

Active singles or families 

Apartment Friendly

Not recommended - better suited to larger properties

Personality 

Their personalities can vary depending on the personality of their parents as well as which traits they inherited, but they are generally intelligent, energetic and outgoing. As both the Poodle and Labrador were bred as retrievers the Labradoodle often likes to swim. 

The Labradoodle is best suited to people with an active lifestyle, including families. Early socialisation with other dogs, pets and people will help the Labradoodle puppy grow into a happy and well-balanced adult. 

Grooming

The coat is generally medium to long and may be straight, wavy or curly. The type of individual coat will influence the level of grooming required, but all Labradoodles will need daily brushing and likely regular clipping at the groomers. Prevent nasty parasites by ensuring your Labradoodle is on flea and tick control all year round.

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Labradoodle, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common health concerns 

Ear and skin problems are common in the Labradoodle. Keeping the ears clean and free from debris should be part of regular maintenance and may help avoid ear infections, however underlying allergies may influence both ear and skin problems in the breed. 

The five most common reasons for a Labradoodle to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data in 2019 were:

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Ear Condition (including infections, allergies)

$165

$2,412

2

Skin Conditions (including infections, allergies)  

$182

$2,284

3

Gastrointestinal tract conditions

$303

$5,629

4

Eye Conditions (including  conjunctivitis)

$138

$3,075

5

 Cancer (Neoplasia)

$364

$6,460

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider

Most popular Labradoodle names

According to PetSure data (from 2019) the most popular Labradoodle names are:

  1. Bella
  2. Charlie
  3. Molly
  4. Max
  5. Archie
  6. Toby
  7. Buddy
  8. Bailey
  9. Ollie
  10. Ruby

Most popular female names  

  1. Bella 
  2. Molly
  3. Ruby
  4. Luna
  5. Bonnie
  6. Millie
  7. Maggie
  8. Jessie
  9. Lucy
  10. Rosie

Most popular male names 

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Archie
  4. Toby
  5. Buddy 
  6. Ollie
  7. Bailey
  8. Jack
  9. Cooper
  10. Milo

Did you know?

From the first official litters of Labradoodles, only one, Sultan was deemed suitable to be a guide dog. He lived in Hawaii where he worked as a guide dog up until his retirement when he returned to Australia to live with John Gosling who was the manager of the Guide Dog Services program at Guide Dogs Victoria and the owner of Sultan’s standard poodle father, Harley. 

Where can I get a Labradoodle?

Check out your local breed specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to visit your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 

References 

      1. dogtime.com “Labradoodle”, Accessed 22 October 2020
      2. Wikipedia, Labradoodle, Accessed on 22 October 2020
      3. Pepper, F, The first ever labradoodle wasn't a designer dog, he was a guide dog, ABC News, 23 Sept 2019, Accessed on 22 October 2020

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

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