Labrador Retrievers were bred as retriever gun dogs. They are a loyal, friendly and obedient dog breed and make great family pets. Poodles are also retrieving dogs. They were bred to retrieve water fowl, as Poodle is the German word for “puddle.” Poodles are high energy, loving and highly intelligent, and non-shedding dogs. They are often used in shows where tricks are involved as they are easy to train and love to please their owner. The Labrador was bred with the Poodle to create a breed that carried each breed’s best qualities. It was a good combination and people fell in love with the Labradoodle, as it is most often called. Each individual breed is registered with the AKC, being that they are each full breeds, however, the Labradoodle is not considered a full breed and therefore it is not an AKC registered breed. You have probably either seen or heard of this type of dog, but here are seven things you didn’t know about black Labradoodle.
1. Minimal grooming
Unlike the poodle who needs a lot of haircare maintenance, the Labradoodle does not need as much care to maintain its good looks. Poodles typically need regular trips to the groomer to keep their hair, (that’s right, Poodles have hair and not fur), in good condition. They will need an occasional trimming or stripping and occasional baths. Although their shedding is minimal, there is more than with just the standard Poodle since they are half Labrador and Labradors do shed.
2. Easy to train
Both breeds of dog are smart and easy to train, although the Poodle is considered the second most intelligent breed of all the breeds. Between the two, this makes the Labradoodle easy to work with and train in obedience and commands. They are al
3. Make good therapy dogs
Due to the good nature of this breed, Labradoodles can be good therapy dogs, and are often used as such. They are warm, friendly, affectionate, and love people. Because each of the breeds exhibits good personality traits, typically an offspring of the mixed parents, breeds a similar type personality. Therapy dogs are trained to help people with disabilities. A therapy dog may be trained to work with someone with autism, a physical disability, depression, or any number of disabilities. When it comes to therapy dogs, Labradoodles are often used as a guide dog for the blind, which was what it was originally bred for. In 1988, an Australian breeder got the idea to create a guide dog that was more friendly to those with allergies. Since Poodles are known to be hypoallergenic, he crossbred the two breeds, and the combination turned out to be a big success.
4. Comes in several types of coats
While Labradors have long, straight fur, and Poodles have a curly coat, a Labradoodle can arrive with one of several types of coats. The type of coat they are born with depends on the genetics of each of the parents and how strong the trait is. Because a Labradoodle is a mixed breed, it’s impossible to predict what you will get until they start to grow and their fur develops into one of these four types: Wavy fleece, Curly fleece, Straight fleece, or Wool.
5. They love the water
Labradoodles love the water. Because both breeds are known for their hunting and retrieving of water fowl, they both love the water and will happily jump into the water to splash about or even swim a bit, if allowed. If you live around water, it is a good idea to get them used to water while they are puppies, and let them learn to use their ability to swim in order so that they stay safe. Not all breeds are designed to swim or even have a natural love of water, but Labradoodles do, which is great if you are looking for a dog you can take to the lake, on a boat, or even own a pool.
6. Good genes
Crossbreed dogs are known to have a healthier genetic pool than full breeds. Full breeds are known to pass genetic medical conditions down from one generation to another, and tend to have more medical issues than hybrids. Although Labradoodles do have genetic medical conditions they are prone to from both sides of their lineage, they are typically healthier than the full breed of either side and the first generation of a Poodle and Labrador breeding will typically be the healthiest of any of the breedings between two set parents.
7. Long-living breed
Large breeds of dogs tend to have shorter life spans than smaller breeds, however, both the Labrador and the Poodle have lifespans that are known to be on the longer side for a large breed, which extends between 12 and 14 years. This means that Labradoodles inherit the same average lifespan of 12 to 14 years and can be longer if they are well-kept and remain healthy dogs.