Labradoodle Buyer’s Guide: Price, Puppies, Breeders & Temperament

The original and most famous designer mix, the Labradoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever.

Each one is completely unique in appearance appearance and temperament. They come in three sizes, and in many different colors, meaning there really is a Lab x Poodle mix for everyone!

They are known for their adorable teddy-bear-like appearance, expensive price tags and celebrity status.

This dog is perfect for families, getting on well with all people and pets from all walks of life. They are friendly, affectionate and easy to train, making them a great choice for first time owners!

Thinking of owning one of these mixes? Lets take a look at this loveable pooch in a little more detail…

What Is A Labradoodle?

Labradoodle Feature

The Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle.

Depending on the size of the Poodle (i.e. Miniature, Toy or Standard), breeders can create either a Standard or Miniature mix.

Breed Origin

What Is A Labradoodle
Fun and Fluffy, the Labradoodle is a family favorite.

The Labradoodle was first seen in Australia in 1988, when Wally Conron crossed a Standard Poodle with a Labrador Retriever in an attempt to create a hypoallergenic service dog.

From the original litter of three puppies, only one was hypoallergenic.

The Miniature Labradoodle was first seen between 1991 and 1994.

Bred by Dr Kate Schoeffel, the miniature variation was designed to be smaller and more manageable for dog owners living in an urban environment.

After their initial conception in the late 1980s and early 90s, they were not instantly popular.

However, over time this crossbreed has slowly picked up steam and is now thought to be one of the most popular breeds in America.

Kennel Club Recognition and Pedigree

As this dog is a crossbreed, this dog is not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs, including the UK Kennel Club and American Kennel Club.

However, they are recognized by the Designer Breed Registry.

It is important to remember that this breed is distinctly different from the Australian Labradoodle.

Australian variations stem from the original line bred by Wally Conron, and include crosses from other breeds such as Spaniels, Wheaton Terriers, Irish Water Terriers.

Labradoodle Information
Size 22-24″ (male) and 21-23″ (female)
Weight 60 to 65 pounds (male) and 45 to 50 pounds (female)
Lifespan 12-16 years
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose Companion or Service Animal
Suitable For Everyone (families, singles, couples…)
Color Variations Chocolate, Golden, Yellow, Cream, White And Black
Temperament Friendly, Intelligent, Happy
Other Names Labrador x Poodle, Labrapoo

Labradoodle Puppies

Labradoodle Puppy
This loveable pooch is one of the most popular crossbreeds to date.

Breeders will often advertise these puppies as hypoallergenic.

This can be true, in some cases these dogs do not trigger an allergic reaction in allergy sufferers.

However, sometimes these dogs can inherit the Labrador coat, which may trigger an allergic reaction in allergy suffers.

The best way to determine if your dog will trigger an allergic reaction is to spend a significant amount of time with them before adopting them.

How Much Does a Labradoodle Cost?

The price of these puppies can vary massively, costing from between $1,000 and $3,000 USD. depending on if the parents are Kennel Club registered, the reputation of the breeder and the show standing of the parents.

Attached below is an approximate growth chart for a standard Labradoodle puppy (this is an estimated rate of growth, so a few pounds either side is not a massive cause for concern).

This estimate will also vary between males and females, as males will be slightly larger.

Growth Chart
Age Size
Weight (lb) Height (inches)
3 Months 10-15 8-10
6 Months 20-25 10-12
9 Months 35-40 15-17
12 Months 50-65 17-20

Labradoodle Temperament

Labradoodle Temperament
A very cuddly dog!

They are known to be incredibly affectionate with their owners and strangers alike.

They tend to be cuddlier as older dogs, and this can vary with their specific personality traits.

Both parent breeds of this dog are among the most intelligent in the world. Consequently, the Labradoodle is very intelligent and responds well to training.

Never aggressive, they are friendly to everyone they meet.

They are a very high energy dog, are are known to bark if their exercise needs are not met.

As they are so intelligent, they may also bark as well if they’re feeling under-stimulated. Consequently, owners should strive to ensure their physical and mental needs are met (more about this in the care section).

Personality

Characteristic Rating
Friendliness
Confidence
Protectiveness
Prey Drive
Social Tendencies

As this dog breed is a crossbreed, it is difficult to predict their personality and temperament.

Generally speaking, they are some of the friendliest dogs that you will ever meet!

These dogs take everything as an invitation to be friends.

Labradoodles are always up for an adventure, be that a walk to the kitchen for another cup of coffee or a walk to the mailbox.

This crossbreed is a true water baby!

They love to be in water and will happily spend their days down by a lake or stream. Owners should try to take their dogs swimming as regularly as possible, especially in warmer temperatures.

Compatibility with Families

White Labradoodle Dog
These dogs do very well with families, and are known to get on well with children.

Noted for their excellence with young children, they are are a wonderful choice for families.

However, they are massive goofballs, and occasionally will throw their weight around.

This can be a hazard for homes with very smaller children. While they are always friendly and bright, interactions with younger children should always be supervised to avoid any accidents.

They are known to get on well with other household pets too, and are famously known to be friendly with cats.

Labradoodle Size, Appearance and Grooming

Labradoodle Size

Labradoodle Size

As these dogs are a crossbreed, it can be difficult to predict their size and weight.

On average, a first generation (F1) will grow to be between 21 and 24 inches tall, and weigh between 45 and 65 lb.

This can vary slightly between males and females, with males being slightly larger and females being slightly smaller.

The easiest way to guess a fully matured size; is to add up their parent’s height and then divide by two (the same principle applies to weight).

Example

A male Labrador that is 24 inches and a female poodle that is 20 inches tall will produce puppies around 22 inches in height.

What Does a Labradoodle Look Like?

They come in three sizes:

  • Standard
  • Miniature / Mini
  • Toy

As with size, appearance is something of a lottery with this dog!

This dog is medium sized, with long legs, a kind face and slender tail.

The floppy ears and brown eyes complete their adorable faces.

Generally speaking, these dogs have a very athletic look, and are known for their “bouncy” gait.

Color Types

In general, they are one solid color.

However, on occasion they may even be brindle, phantom, patched or sable.

They can come in a variety of colors including:

Apricot Black Blue
Brown Chocolate Cream
Gold Red Silver

Coat

There are two Labradoodle coat types: fleece and wool.

Within the fleece coat, there are two types: “curly fleece” and “wavy fleece”. The fleece coat is soft to the touch and feels textured (it is often described as like the fur of an Angora Rabbit).

The wool coat feels dense and is often curly (similar to that of a Poodle).

How To Groom A Labradoodle

White Labradoodle

Regardless of coat type, your dog requires weekly brushing.

Using a pin brush, owners should work through the fur, head to tail, removing any tangles.

Labradoodles are known to have sensitive skin and so you should not wash your dog unless necessary.

When bathing, use warm soapy water with a medicated shampoo for sensitive skin.

On average, they need clipping every six to eight weeks. Ear hair should be trimmed regularly as it can be a breeding ground for infection.

Nails should be clipped every two to four weeks by a professional such as a veterinarian or groomer.

Teeth should be brushed as frequently as your dog will allow, ideally this should be every day but once weekly at a minimum.

Are Labradoodles Hypoallergenic?

Some of these dogs may be hypoallergenic and not shed at all.

In other cases, they may shed lightly all year round, with two periods of heavy seasonal shedding as they grow in their summer or winter coat.

Like all elements of a mix dog, this is very difficult to predict and consequently you may not have a hypoallergenic puppy when hoping for one.

How To Care For A Labradoodle

Labradoodle Dog
This dog breed is over 30 years old, but only became popular within the past 20 years.

This dog comes in all shapes and sizes, however, standard sized (as opposed to miniature or toy) need regular exercise and an owner that can keep up, so active owners are a must.

Beyond this, they are well suited to many life styles, and do well in homes with singles, couples and families.

Food and Dietary Requirements

Daily Food Consumption
Guide 800 calories
Cups of Kibble Two Bowls of Kibble Required per Day

A Labradoodle full grown will need to eat two cups of high-quality food each day.

It is advisable to feed your dog twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. For example, feeding once at 8am and 5pm.

Regardless of if you feed your dog a wet, dry or raw diet, protein should be the primary ingredient. This is especially true of a dry diet.

Try to avoid foods that contain grains as these are particularly difficult for Labradoodles to digest.

Labradors are prone to Gastric Torsion and so encouraging your dog to eat healthy, nutritious food is a must.

Exercise Requirements

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 90 to 120 minutes
Activity Level This is a high activity dog breed

Labradoodle puppies need 5 minutes of exercise for every month they have lived.

A 9-month-old puppy needs 45 minutes of exercise daily. This should ideally be split into two 20-25-minute walks.

As adults, they need two-hour long walks daily. These should be as varied as possible, as this breed is highly intelligent and may grow bored of repetition.

These active dogs may enjoy running and swimming; owners should try to get a feel for what types of exercise their dog prefers.

Both Labradors and Poodles have excellent recall so you should have no issues with off lead walks.

To be safe, never let your dog off the lead in busy areas, unless you feel completely comfortable they will return to you when you call.

How To Train A Labradoodle

Miniature Labradoodle

Originally bred to be a service dog, this dog is known for their ease of training.

They are adaptable and do well in most situations.

Labradoodles love to please, and as a result, they do well with first time owners.

However, their intelligence means that they are known to get bored on occasion and cause mischief! Keeping your dog entertained can be an excellent way to prevent naughty behavior.

Early socialization is extremely important for dogs – this allows for early expectations of behaviour to be set.

Taking your puppy out to see as many people, places and things as early as possible and allowing them to take things in their stride will make for a happier dog in later life.

Known Health Problems

Labradoodles are prone to several health issues including:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia are relatively common in large breeds. This is often seen as a result of rapid growth, as it occurs over time. It is always beneficial to request a hip score of both parent breeds.
  • This dog is prone to genetic eye conditions such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Cataracts. Both conditions are genetic and so it may be possible to test the parents for these conditions.
  • Addison’s Disease is a hormonal condition whereby there is insufficient production of hormones such as cortisol. If left untreated, this can be fatal so knowing the symptoms of the condition is essential.

Given the potential for health issues, insurance may be something to consider. On average, health insurance usually costs around $18 USD monthly, or $200 per year.

Labradoodle Lifespan

Despite the health concerns, this dog tends to live a long, healthy life. This happy crossbreed has a life expectancy of between 12 and 16 years.

Summary

Brown Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is a medium to large crossbreed who is a great match for any active owners.

As they come in three different sizes, they live happily in most environments (from the city to the country) as long as they get enough physical and mental stimulation.

Remember their somewhat intense grooming requirements, any prospective owners must be prepared for a lot of brushing and clipping!

This dog does do well with all owners (singles, seniors, couples and families), however, any potential owners must be prepared for a lot of cuddles as they live to be petted, brushed and played with!

Do you have this dog at home? Leave your thoughts on this clever canine in the comments.

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John Woods is the Founder of All Things Dogs and leads our editorial team as our Editor in Chief. A member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, he has been a dog lover since he was 13 years old. John is parent to Nala, a working lab retriever. John has also volunteered at multiple animal shelters, where he gained firsthand experience of rehabilitation and force-free positive reinforcement training methods.

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