Labradoodles are a cross breed between Labradors and Poodles, and they make the cutest puppies. They have an interesting history and other fun facts. I’ve compiled a list of eight fun facts about labradoodles.
- Origin is Disputed
Wally Cochranclaimed to have bred the first labradoodle in Australia in 1989. However, there were labradoodles in America as early as the 1950s as part of the entertainment industry, but they were just called Labrador poodle mixes.
- Bred to be a Hypoallergenic Guide Dog
Cochran bred the dog to be a hypoallergenic guide dog for a blind woman whose husband was allergic to dogs. He bred a poodle for the hypoallergenic nature and intelligence, and a Labrador for its temperament and trainability.
They are easy-going and loving, and easy to train, so they make great service dogs for people with mental or physical disabilities.
- Coat isn’t Defined
Because labradoodles are a cross breed between poodles and Labradors, their coats aren’t defined. They can either be wiry like a poodle’s, or straight like a Labrador’s. The coloring isn’t as consistently the same either. But regardless of the type of fur, it won’t shed much.
- Too Affectionate
These dogs were bred to be a guide dog. And they are very good at their job. Almost, too good. They have an easy-going temperament and love everyone. They tend to get overly excited when they meet people, and they can inadvertently injure small children.
Labradoodles love company. It can be other dogs or people. Labradoodles get lonely very easily and that can cause some behavior issues, so be sure to play with them as often as you can, and try not to leave them alone for too long.
- They Don’t Make Good Watchdogs
Because labradoodles are so affectionate, they won’t be good at offering much protection. They will make friends with just about everyone, and they were bred to be easy-going dogs.
- Not a True Breed
In order to be considered a true breed, all dogs within the breed need to exhibit the same qualities. However, labradoodles don’t. Some act more like poodles, and others act more like Labradors. They also don’t have consistent looks among themselves. This is due to their increased popularity, and poor breeding ethics due to that.
- They Have a lot of Energy
Labradoodles are full of energy and need the extra space to run and play. Labradoodles are ideal for runners. They also enjoy swimming, so take them to a dog-friendly beach.
- They are Great for Families
Because of their easy temperament and happy nature, they make great dogs for families. They have enough energy to play with your kids, and they’re not aggressive dogs. However, be sure to teach your children how to act around dogs, because even the most loving dog does have its limits.
Labradoodles are great dogs for almost every situation, and they make great pets. And while they might not be considered a true breed, and their origin is disputed, they are still really stinkin’ cute.