By Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian)Dr. Sergey Uhanov Last updated: 15th December 2023



Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) Dr. Sergey Uhanov
Last updated: 15th December 2023

As apparent from their name, Labradoodles are a hybrid of Labrador Retrievers and Poodles. These popular crossbreeds come in various sizes, coats, and colors, depending on whether they are F1 or F2 mixes. F1 crosses are bred directly from a Poodle and Labrador, and their traits depend on their parents only. Meanwhile, F2 crosses are between two Labradoodles and may be multigenerational, making it harder to define characteristics. Typically, they come in three sizes, determined by their Poodle heritage: Standard, Medium, and Miniature. Of these, the Standard is the most widespread.

The Australian Labradoodle, developed later on, is slightly different because it also has a Spaniel inheritance.

Labradoodle Pictures

Quick Information

Other namesCobberdogs
CoatHairy, woolly, or fleecy single coat, either straight or curled
ColorCaramel, gold, apricot, cream, chalky, coffee, black, red, silver, chocolate, or blue; can be parti-colored or bicolored
Breed typeCrossbred
Group Sporting
Life expectancy10 – 14 years
SizeMedium to large
HeightStandard – 21 – 24 inches
Medium – 17 – 20 inches
Miniature – 14 – 16 inches
WeightStandard – 50 – 65 pounds
Medium – 30 – 45 pounds
Miniature – 15 – 25 pounds
Litter Size5 – 6 puppies
Behavioral Characteristics Affectionate, energetic, intelligent, enthusiastic, and eager
Good with children Yes
Barking Tendency Moderate; they bark to attract attention and when stressed
Climate compatibilityHigh; they can live in both cooler and warmer climates with proper care
Apartment compatibilityLow; they are active dogs
Do they shedThey shed very little
Are they hypoallergenicYes
How much do they cost$400 – $4,000
Competitive Registration Qualification/InformationAALA, ALCA, WALA

History and Origin

In 1955, Donald Campbell first used “Labradoodle” to describe his Labrador/Poodle mix pet. However, the term was popularized by Australian breeder Wally Conron in the late 1980s when he created a potentially hypoallergenic guide dog for a lady in Hawaii by mixing a Labrador and a Poodle. He chose the Labrador as The Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia already had it as one. One of the resulting pups, Sultan, displayed the perfect blend of gentleness, trainability, and low shedding.

Initially slow to gain traction, its popularity in the West skyrocketed in the early 2000s, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after dogs for pet owners. Its friendly and biddable nature and unique appearance made for a lovely companion. However, concerns arose about unethical breeding practices resulting in undesirable traits expressed in their litters. Notably, efforts to introduce multigenerational lines to solidify its status as a separate breed were largely unsuccessful, as it became exceedingly difficult to predict and manage features.

The International Labradoodle Association and the Australian Labradoodle Association are now focused on regulating and standardizing these multigenerational lines to achieve registered status for this currently “designer” breed.

Temperament and Personality

Owing to its blended lineage, every litter has different natures based on how much the parent breeds influence it. Generally, they are friendly, curious, and sociable companions, always ready to play and run outside. With early exposure, they get along excellently with children and other animals. Still, one should monitor their boisterous nature around younger kids to prevent injuries. Like Labradors, they love expressing joy and excitement by jumping and barking.

Highly attached to their family, leaving them alone for long periods will cause separation anxiety. Both the parent lines are among the most intelligent dogs, which gets passed down to them. Thus, proper handling is necessary to avoid destructive habits. They are very social, thriving best in extended households with multiple pets. Despite their high energy, they are indoor dogs, content to lie inside next to their owner for a nap.



These energetic dogs require ample physical and mental exercise to stay healthy. Daily hour-long brisk walks and outdoor playtime in open enclosures are a must. Activities like hiking, swimming, Frisbee, fetch, tug-of-war, and agility training are great options. Mental stimulation in the form of games, interactive toys, and puzzle feeders is equally essential to discourage boredom. Their high emotional intelligence and trainability make them fantastic as service dogs, therapy dogs, and gundogs.


Grooming routines usually vary among specimens, as coat type and texture depend on their pedigree. Usually, they get grouped into three primary subtypes: hairy, woolly, and fleecy. The Labrador DNA influences the hairy coat and sheds more than the others. The woolly and fleecy ones are from the Poodle DNA and shed less. The woolly fur is the densest, curliest, and with the most negligible odor. The fleecy fur is silky and wavy, similar to Angora goats.

Daily grooming with a slicker brush is required to prevent matting regardless of hair type. Extreme matting is a critical concern in this breed, causing other issues such as pain and discomfort. Give baths only when needed to prevent dry skin. Practice good dental hygiene and pay attention to ear cleaning to avoid infections. Getting them professionally groomed every few months is a good idea to maintain neatness.

Health Problems

As crossbreeds, they tend to suffer from inherited conditions from both lines, such as glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, Addison’s disease, allergies, and ear infections.


They get their appetite from their Labrador blood, known for being enthusiastic eaters. Portion control is critical as their tendency to overeat can lead to obesity. The average recommended amount is one to two-and-a-half cups of high-quality food daily for adults, split into two or three meals for proper pacing. Consult your veterinarian to ensure the correct balance of nutrients and avoid feeding table scraps and fatty foods.


A hybrid of two working breeds, Labradoodles are highly trainable and eager to please. Consistent, reward-based techniques will result in a well-trained companion who is clever, obedient, and loving.

Socialization: Early socialization is a must to prevent aggressive interactions with unfamiliar people and dogs. Training can start as early as six to eight weeks old. Daily excursions to open parks, dog-friendly places and inviting strangers to your home are great ways to expose your pup to new experiences. Puppy kindergarten is also a fantastic option to teach good manners.

Obedience: Great for first-time owners, they learn basic commands like sit, roll over, and stay rapidly. Provide positive reinforcement, using praise and treats to encourage good behaviors. Crate training is a brilliant tool to help your dog relax and have a safe space for traveling purposes. It also helps prevent accidents and unwanted messes in your home.

Leash: They are incredibly extroverted and always delighted to make new friends. However, their enthusiasm may be overwhelming and cause accidents, so it is best to have them leashed when outside.

Interesting Facts

  • In 2020, they were the 7th most demanded breed in the US.
  • In 2023, a Labradoodle called Kiera was given an honorary “Dogtorate” from the University of Maryland for helping provide comfort to health workers.
  • They have been part of Hollywood since the 1960s. Well-known shows such as “Get Smart” in 1965 had Labradoodle cast members.
  • It is popular among celebrities, bureaucrats, and aristocrats such as Jennifer Aniston, Joe Biden, the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway, and Tiger Woods.


1. How fast can a Labradoodle run?

The Standard variety can reach anywhere between 25-30 miles per hour while running in open fields, with a maximum sprint of 35 miles per hour.

2. What is the best age to neuter a Labradoodle?

The best time to neuter is six to nine months old, which allows for proper development and helps avoid behavior issues and cancer risks.

3. How much sleep does a Labradoodle require?

While puppies sleep up to twenty hours daily, most adults need around ten to fourteen hours of rest daily. However, this may vary according to their activity levels and age.

4. What is the difference between Labradoodles and Goldendoodles?

While they may look similar, the significant difference lies in their lineage. Goldendoodles are a cross between Golden Retrievers and Poodles and have slightly lower energy levels than the other.

5. How do Labradoodles differ from Double Doodles?

Double Doodles are a unique cross of two designer hybrids, the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle. Thus, they are usually smaller than their parent breeds but retain their temperaments and trainability.

6. How is a Labradoodle different from a Poodle?

Poodles are purebred and form one of the Labradoodle’s parent lines. They are comparatively smaller, with denser, curlier coats, and have moderate activity requirements.

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