Australian Labradoodle

Narrated from: Dog Breeds

The Australian Labradoodle? That is correct. There are three different types of Labradoodles now. Australia breeds their own, as does America. The differences are not outstanding and are based on breeding and percentages. The Australian Labradoodle is being bred specifically to create a new and respected breed of dog, while in America the goal is to create a hybrid or designer dog. In both instances the Labradoodle is the mixture of the Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. They have many similarities, and the main difference is that in Australia they are breeding Labradoodles with Labradoodles to create another breed. In America it is still the Labrador bred with the Poodle to create the same basic dog.

Whether they come from Australia or America the combination of these two breeds is impeccable. Both are extremely intelligent breeds, both are easy to train, both are great family pets and both enjoy almost anything you want them to do. They are friendly sociable dogs with people, other animals, and with children. Their antics are hilarious and very entertaining. They are active, spontaneous, and adventurous dogs. If they do not have a good leader they will outsmart you! You must stay one step ahead of the Labradoodle and they must be trained by someone who is clearly the boss. They need a calm assertive owner and trainer. They are not aggressive at all and they are very loyal to their human pack.

Even more recently the Labradoodles of both Australia and America have become available in more than just one size. Some Labrador Retrievers are crossed with Standard size poodles and some are crossed with miniature size poodles. The average height of a standard Labradoodle is 22 to 24 inches at the shoulder while the miniature is between 17 and 20 inches. The average weight of a standard Labradoodle is anywhere between 50 and 75 pounds but the miniature is between 30 and 50 pounds with males being at the larger end of the spectrum. Labradoodles have an average lifespan of about 15 years. The main health problems seen in the Labradoodle are disorders of the elbow and the patella. These problems are less common in the miniature size than in the standard size Labradoodle.

The Labradoodle can live in the house quite comfortably as long as they are well exercised. With their intelligence and trainability they are excellent for all sorts of dog related sporting activities. Both individual breeds love the water, so you may want to consider involving them in some sort of water sport. They are such happy-go-lucky dogs that they are generally all-around pleasant to be with. Some say these dogs are non-allergenic but that has not been proven. They are, however, among the breeds less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Some shed little to nothing at all while others will shed more. Either way you will need to give them a thorough brush out at least one time each week. To keep him looking his best you may want to consider a scissored trim about four times each year. It may need to be done more often if water sports are done on a regular basis. Water tends to tighten the curls and speed the matting process. If your dog does participate in water sports you may want to consider a professional grooming more often and keep his fur shorter.


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