When it comes to cuteness, the Australian Labradoodle is the king (or queen). This majestic poodle-Labrador hybrid is the perfect companion for those seeking a playful and joyful dog in their homes. Its fuzzy hair, big deep eyes, and happy face are bound to make anyone’s day better instantly.
But do you know about this dog crossbreed? And what’s the secret of all the love it’s getting?
Labradoodle: a hybrid of two beautiful breeds
A wise man once said: “I like chocolate, and getting two types of it at the same time gives a wonderful feeling that I cannot resist.”. I like how wise I become during hangovers.
The point is, when you combine two things you love, you create something even more lovable. Not always of course. Don’t point fingers at me if you get caught consuming alcohol and driving at the same time.
But that’s the case for the Labradoodle, a perfect hybrid that got the best of its parents.
According to Wikipedia, The Labradoodle is a crossbreed dog created by crossing the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle and the Labrador Retriever. Over the years, other breeds have been used as parents, like the American Cocker Spaniel, the Wavy and wooly Coat Retriever and the English Cocker Spaniel.
Initially crossbred by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia to be a hypoallergenic guide dog, the Labradoodle has gained significant popularity amongst pet lovers all over the world. After all, who could resist such fuzzy and fantastic coat?
Facts about the Labradoodle Crossbreed
The average life expectancy of the labradoodle ranges anywhere from 12 to 15 years, also read Labradoodle vs. Goldendoodle: What are the Differences? to make everything clear in your mind. That’s relatively long compared to other breeds. That lifespan varies though according to many factors. For that, you need to take care of different aspects of your dog’s life. For starters, you need to give it the necessary vaccinations, watch out for health problems, especially genetic ones, and ensure an active physical life and a healthy diet as this dog isn’t meant for fatness and inactivity.
A standard labradoodle can reach 25 inches in height, with males being two inches taller than females. As for its weight, this dog can get to 50 to 65 pounds on average, which is pretty heavy for a pet.
Both the poodle and the Labrador retriever are known for their intelligence. For that, it’s natural that the labradoodle is smart and highly trainable as it’s always ready to learn new things and adapt.
Rest assured if you decide to adopt this pet as it’s the perfect combination between cuteness and trainability for those seeking a good companion that’s bound to make you scream “YOU’RE THE CUTEST SMARTEST DOG EVER.”
Considering how much hair it got, you may be skeptical about getting a Labradoodle as most people think it requires more bathing than average dogs. I have good news for you; this dog was crossbred to be a hypoallergenic dog, meaning that it doesn’t shed much. Therefore it doesn’t need extra bathing.
What you need to really think about is grooming your dog. Due to its shaggy or curly coat, the labradoodle’s hair requires constant maintenance and care. Although you can groom it yourself, it’s better if you hire an expert to do it every once in a while for an appealing and attractive look. Labradoodle groomers can be costly though so you may consider getting one of the packages available at dogs’ hair salons.
Even though the labradoodle has been crossbred to be a hypoallergenic dog that doesn’t shed and that has the best of the two parent breeds, especially regarding its health, the reality is much more complicated. Crossbreeds are unpredictable because of how genetics work. For that very reason, you need to take care of your dog’s health at all cost, especially when it comes to nutrition, as this dog isn’t meant to be fat and inactive.
As a rule of thumb, avoid giving your labradoodle two or three calorie-condensed meals. Instead, feed them small snacks several times throughout the day and keep them active. Actually, forget about the last one. The Labradoodle is a very active dog that loves morning walks. It’ll be the one taking care of you in terms of physical activity.
To check whether your dog is fat or not, pass your hand along its spine and notice the ribs. If you don’t feel them, well, it’s time to look for a new diet.
As someone who takes pride in his dog-family, I know how wonderful it is to get a new puppy or dog. When I got my first Australian Labradoodle, I grinned like a Cheshire cat. It was, and it still is, a majestic dog, and amongst the cutest ones I’ve ever seen. If you’re planning to get a Labradoodle, make sure to go through the tips mentioned above as it requires special care for some aspects of its life. Do you have any question regarding this dog crossbreed? Do not hesitate to ask in the comments.