F.A.Q

Do Labradoodles like to cuddle? Yes, for the most part; especially if they’re tired out from play. They are an extremely affectionate breed, love time with their people, and aim to please. … Labradoodles, with that teddy bear appearance, just look like they’d be cuddling machines.

No breeder can guarantee that a Labradoodle will be suitable for someone who suffers with allergies to dogs generally. However, many dogs are fine for people with asthma, eczema or other sensitivities. It is important to note that allergies can be to the coat/hairs, dead skin, saliva or other factors. Make sure to bath your dog at least once a month and dont allow the dog to lick your face.

One of the main reasons for the popularity of the Labradoodle is the type of coat that they have, which generally falls somewhere between that of the poodle and the Labrador, being curly and wavy while not as tightly curled as the pedigree poodle coat. The Labradoodle coat sheds hair at a much slower rate than that of most other breeds, which means that the dog is rather less likely to produce an allergic reaction in people who are often allergic to dog dander, making them a viable option even for some people that would otherwise probably not be able to own a dog at all. However, the fairly unique coat of the Labradoodle does mean that they need regular brushing, grooming and general care, and in this article, we will look at how to best groom and care for the coat of the Labradoodle in more detail. Read on to learn more. Working with the Labradoodle puppy coat Like most breeds and types of dog, the coat of the juvenile Labradoodle is rather different to the coat that they grow in when they are adult, and in between these stages is the transition phase while the puppy coat grows out, and the adult coat comes in. The Labradoodle will tend to retain their puppy coat up until the age of around one or two, and until their full adult coat comes in, you will need to brush and comb out your dog’s fur daily, to help to remove the shed fur that would otherwise become tangled up in the coat, or shed around the house.

Adult Grooming

Even adult Labradoodles with their full adult coat should ideally be brushed and groomed daily, and this process is not usually particularly onerous if you keep on top of it, and should take just a few minutes at a time. It is wise to begin getting your dog used to daily brushing while they are still young, so that they get comfortable with being brushed early on, and begin to see it as an enjoyable part of their daily routine. As the Labradoodle’s fur is curly, shed hair that is not brushed out will often remain trapped within the coat, leading to matting and knots that can be a pain to work out later!

Grooming Equipment

You should keep a range of tools at your disposal to groom your dog, in order to have the right equipment to tackle different problems and areas of the coat that have different textures. You will need a comb with wide, blunt teeth, a soft brush, and a metal slicker brush too, as well as possibly other bits and bobs as well that you find useful through trial and error. Using the comb carefully and gently to work right down to the roots of the hair should be your first step, as otherwise, using a brush will tend to simply untangle the top layers of the coat, leaving knots and mats underneath. You should then work the metal slicker brush through the coat gently, before finishing off by grooming the top layer of the coat with the soft brush. While grooming a dog the size of a Labradoodle thoroughly all over their bodies can be time consuming, provided that you stay on top of things and don’t skip a few days, giving knots time to develop, it should just take a couple of minutes each day. You may also want to keep a set of basic, small clippers for clipping off any areas of the coat that are tangled or matted to the point that you cannot work the comb through them, although regular grooming should render this unnecessary. Avoid using scissors to cut at mats and knots, as it is all too easy to inadvertently cut the dog’s skin.

Bathing

The Labradoodle is one breed of dog that benefits from regular bathing, and ideally, the dog should have a full bath every few weeks in order to keep them smelling fresh and to work out any loose hairs. You may wish to have this taken care of for you at the grooming parlor, but you can of course also wash your dog at home, if you are up for the challenge! Choose the shampoo that you use carefully and ensure that it is not so harsh that it strips the coat of its natural oils, and consider using a conditioner too to replace lost moisture. Always dry the dog off thoroughly after a bath, and try to make it fun and enjoyable for them rather than a stressful challenge!

Meet a dozen labradoodles and you will find a wide variation of coat types. Even within the same litter, the coat type may vary, especially as the dog passes adolescence. Many Labradoodles have wavy coats with quite coarse hairs and the appearance of a flat-coated retriever. Others have the much tighter, softer curls from their poodle lineage. Still others will have a mixed coat with a dry wiry hair growing through soft poodle down. We carry the soft to curly/wavy coats!

Labradoodles are intelligent and trainable, docile and affectionate. Labradoodles tend to have the more attentive nature of the Labrador than the aloofness of the Poodle. They are active and playful, love to work with people, and these traits are often passed down to the Labradoodle.

Life span: 12+ years. Both Labradors and Poodles are long-living breeds, so a 15-year-old Labradoodle is not unusual.

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The non-aggressive, affectionate nature generally found with Labradoodles is not gender related. Both males and females make excellent family members. We recommend that you have your puppy spayed or neutered at a time that your vet advises. Not only does this protect your pets from a variety of diseases and disorders, it also removes the hormones responsible for some of the more gender related traits such as ‘marking’ territory.

Yes we do! Our experience is that crates provide a ‘safe’ place for you Labradoodle that makes them feel comfortable and unstressed. For this reason they should never be used as a punishment, but always be associated with being a good dog. They relieve you of any worry when you leave your dog for a while, keep puppies safe from visiting children, make transporting dogs safer and easier, and make you and your dog welcome visitors in the homes of other people. They will aid toilet training of your puppy and make sure that you get a good night’s sleep!

All dogs dislike being left on their own for long periods and Labradoodles are no exception. Labradoodles are very intelligent dogs and need lots of social interaction and mental stimulation. Deprived of this environment, as with other breeds renowned for their intelligence, their frustration and unhappiness could lead to behavior problems. If your lifestyle would mean frequently leaving a dog on its own for lengthy periods, it is unlikely that the Labradoodle is the dog for you.

Labradoodles, because of their highly intelligent and social nature, are easy to train and generally quite eager to learn new tasks. They are pleaser’s and bond to their humans well. As with all breed, however, early and consistent training are vitally important.

Labradoodle  are believed to be a lot more allergy-friendly dogs.

Besides dander, this breed is well-known for its low or no-shed fur coat and low quantity of saliva -which means people with allergies and special needs can easily have access to a labradoodle without the fear of hypersensitivity and other allergic attacks.

The three coat types are:

Woolly: Similar to that of the Poodle. This coat requires regular grooming and is allergy-friendly.

Fleece: This is the best coat for allergy sufferers. Fleece coats are easy to maintain, they do not shed, and they are allergy and asthma friendly.

Hair: This coat can range from straight to curly or wavy. It can vary from shedding a lot to shedding very little. This coat is not likely to be allergy-friendly.

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You may have a lot of questions, and are feeling a little confused about your new puppy. We’ve have put together a few of the common questions we get asked on a regular basis, you may find an answer to your burning question. But if you’re still stuck, feel free to contact us.