Best Friend or Furry Furball? The Pros and Cons of the Labradoodle

If you’re thinking about getting a Labradoodle, you’ve probably heard all kinds of stories about how wonderful and loving they are, along with plenty of warnings that they’re not dogs at all and will destroy your carpet faster than you can say woof.

But what are the real pros and cons of this hybrid breed? What should you know if you’re thinking about adopting one? This article will tell you everything you need to know about Labradoodles, so you can make an informed decision on whether or not to get one as your new pet friend.

Labradoodles are a hybrid breed of dog, created by mixing a Labrador Retriever with a Standard or Miniature Poodle. They were originally bred for people with allergies to dogs, as the Poodle’s coat is hypoallergenic. However, they quickly gained popularity as family pets due to their friendly and loving nature.

Labradoodles are highly intelligent and easily trained, and they make great companions for active families. They are also known for being very low shedding, which is a plus if you’re not a fan of dog hair in your home. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you adopt a Labradoodle.

They are high-energy dogs who need plenty of exercises, so they’re not a good fit for families who are gone all day. They also require regular grooming, as their coats can become matted if left unattended. But if you’re looking for a loving and loyal companion, a Labradoodle may be the perfect dog for you.

What is a Labradoodle?

A labradoodle is a mix between a Labrador retriever, a standard poodle, and any other breed. They have become increasingly popular in recent years but it’s important to be careful when purchasing one as these dogs can present some health risks depending on their parentage.
If you are considering adding a dog to your family, make sure you read up on everything that comes with owning one first.
It’s also important to ensure that you understand what you are getting into before bringing home such an active dog.

 

What is their life expectancy?

This is an easy one. Labradoodles live a long time. According to breeders and owner surveys, they generally live 10-15 years.
You should also be prepared for some dog health problems that are linked to their parent breeds (such as hip dysplasia). For example, hips that have been screened for genetic conditions.

Do they shed?

Yes, they shed. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, as long as you’re ok with taking time regularly to groom them.
Otherwise, it might not be worth it. Being ready for an additional pet-related responsibility will save you a lot of frustration down the road; especially if you have other pets that shed as well!
Luckily, Labradoodles aren’t quite as bad about shedding their hair as some other breeds so you can expect to spend about 15 minutes per week brushing them. If you don’t want any extra responsibility then perhaps consider adopting another breed that doesn’t shed at all (or less).

 

How much exercise do they need?

With their high activity level, these dogs are not suited to apartment living. They require a great deal of exercise each day, including vigorous play sessions with their owner.
A game should follow a daily walk in a fenced-in yard, where they can stretch their legs and run freely. Swimming is also an excellent form of exercise for them; Labrador retrievers have webbed toes that allow them to swim gracefully through the water.

In addition to walking and swimming, you should also dedicate time for interactive play such as fetching balls or hide-and-seek games inside your home.
If you need help finding good activities for your dog when you’re at work all day, consider enrolling him in doggy daycare once or twice per week.

Common health problems in Labradoodles

Several health problems can affect Labradoodles, including hip dysplasia, eye disease (such as cataracts), epilepsy, immune system disorders, patellar luxation, and von Willebrand’s disease.
Breeders should be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of potential issues. If a breeder hasn’t tested their puppies for these diseases (and many don’t) then you shouldn’t buy from them.
Health testing is expensive – but it’s worth it. After all, no one wants to take on big vet bills for health problems in later life – especially when they were completely avoidable.

 

Their Intelligence

They’re smart, affectionate, and highly trainable; a recent study conducted by the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has even found that Labradoodles are one of the top 10 most intelligent dog breeds.
But before you start planning your new furry friend’s future as a TV star, be aware that getting these dogs to obey involves more than just treats.
They can be stubborn at times, especially when food is involved. So make sure you’re willing to put in some effort if you decide on a Labradoodle; it won’t always be easy, but they’ll happily remind you how much they love having their brains tickled every day.

Temperament

If you’re looking for a breed that doesn’t shed, then be wary about selecting a labradoodle. A general rule is that if it barks at strangers, it will shed.
Labrador retrievers are notorious barkers, which makes them ideal watchdogs. But they also shed seasonally like clockwork.
Labradoodles are a bit more complicated in terms of their coat types because they’re crosses between two breeds with different seasonal coat patterns: Labs (spring) and poodles (fall). If you want to keep your home free from dog hair, then you should probably look elsewhere.

 

Lifespan

A labradoodle’s lifespan is between 12 to 15 years. For example, a purebred Poodle that is eight years old will have an average lifespan of 13 more years.
And on average, mixed breed dogs live 15% longer than purebreds. Some inherent health issues may shorten their lives. They are affected by heart problems, progressive retinal atrophy (pra), hip dysplasia (hip), epilepsy, cataracts, and hypothyroidism just as much as their purebred siblings.
However, when bred responsibly with a conscientious breeder many genetic diseases can be avoided altogether in future generations of dogs.

Differences between male & female Labradoodles

You can’t get a clear answer on what size your puppy will grow up to be, but one thing is for sure – both male and female Labradoodles will stand about 18 to 23 inches tall at their shoulders.
Male dogs tend to weigh in between 45 and 65 pounds, while females usually fall into a range of 35 to 55 pounds. All that said, because there are no physical markers (like breast size), owners have no idea if they have purchased a male or female until they’re 10 weeks old.
While you wait for your puppy to reach maturity, you might spend more time trying to guess its gender than actually paying attention to it.

 

Labradoodle grooming needs

If you’ve ever seen a poodle, you know how much grooming they require. And, while that description also technically applies to a labradoodle, these breeds are usually a little easier to take care of because there is less fur involved.
That said, you should still plan on spending at least an hour with your dog every day just grooming him/her. Many owners choose to get their dogs professionally groomed once every month or two—at minimum.
It’s quite expensive (for those who don’t have doggie insurance), but cheaper than hiring someone else to come in and clean up after your dog all month long!

Are Labradoodles hypoallergenic dogs

No, Labradoodles aren’t hypoallergenic. Almost all dogs can produce an allergic reaction to humans.
But some breeds have been bred for a lack of dander and are generally better for those who have dog allergies.

 

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