Labradoodle Questions

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Labradoodle’s Origin: The first deliberately bred Labradoodle was bred by Wally Conron, head breeder for the Australian Guide Dog Association in 1989.

Description: The Labradoodle’s body is slightly heavier than that of a Standard Poodle. The forelimbs are robust and muscular. The muzzle is slightly narrower than a Labrador Retriever. The length of the coat is anywhere from 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm.) long. Coat colors include: chalk, cream, apricot, chocolate, cafe, and black and silver. Chalk, cream and apricot/gold can have rose or black pigment.

Temperament: The Labradoodle is good with children and are easy to train. They get along well with other dogs. They are extremely clever, sociable and well tempered.

Height, Weight: A general rule of thumb is to add both the parents weights together and divide by 2 to get an average adult weight on the puppies. Within any litter there may be puppies that fall above or below the projected adult weights. Some Standard sized have grown to over 100 pounds.

Standard – Height, Over 20 inches predicted to be 45 lbs or more at adulthood.

Medium – Height, 17-20 inches predicted to be 30-45 lbs at adulthood.

Miniature – Height, 14-17 inches predicted to be 15-30 lbs at adulthood.

Health Concerns:  HD, PRA, VonWillebrand’s, Elbow and patella disorders.

Living Conditions & Exercise:Labradoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and their coats are generally low maintenance. They can live in the city or on a farm. They are social dogs and they are happiest when they are with people.

Life Expectancy: 15 Years

Grooming:  First generation Labradoodles tend to have a low maintenance, shaggy dog look, the hair on the body usually about 2 inches long. Labradoodle backcrosses and multigens tend to have longer fur (4 – 7 inches), and require regular grooming.

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