Labrador Retriever and Poodle Mix

Labrador Retriever and Poodle Mix

Hybrid Breed

Labrador Retriever + Poodle


History and origin of the Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is a hybrid dog and usually has one parent of a Labrador and a Poodle. Strictly speaking, it is not a breed, as it is not officially recognized.

At the end of the 1980s, these breeds were crossed for the first time. Wally Conron wanted to obtain a guide dog that would be better tolerated by allergy sufferers than a Labrador. The character and friendliness of the Labrador should therefore be combined with the intelligence and the little hairy coat of the Poodle. Meanwhile, there are efforts in Australia to establish the Labradoodle as its own breed and to have it recognized (Australian Labradoodle).

Use and keeping

In addition to its role as a guide dog and therapy dog, the Labradoodle is often used for trick dogging and agility. But also as a normal family dog he is very popular.

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Alternate Name -
Origin Australia
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character traits of the Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is known as a friendly, lively but balanced contemporary who is socially compatible. Due to its intelligence, balance and family friendliness, it is well suited as a beginner dog. However, since it is a hybrid breed, certain traits are very dependent on the parents and their share of inheritance.


  • smart
  • alive
  • animatedly
  • meek
  • sensitive
  • faithfully
  • playful
  • curious
  • mischievous
  • affable
  • reliable


  • Companion Dog
  • Family Dog
  • Therapy Dog
  • Guide Dog
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Health of the Labradoodle

Since both the Poodle and the Labrador are prone to eye diseases and joint disorders, the Labradoodle is also more likely to have these. As a hybrid breed, the Labradoodle is nevertheless considered relatively healthy. However, the following diseases are more common, especially in the parent breeds:

  • Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Entropion
  • Cardiomyopathy

The average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.

What is there to consider when buying?

If you want to buy a Labradoodle, ask to see the papers of the parents. These should be healthy and therefore free of eye and joint diseases and suitable for breeding. Allergy sufferers should meet the individual dog beforehand and check themselves for allergy symptoms.

Because of its reputation as a hypoallergenic, the breed is relatively expensive. A Labradoodle can cost up to 2500 euros.

Labradoodle breed description

Typically, a Labradoodle has a weight of 23 to 35kg and a shoulder height of 53 to 65cm.

In coat color there is a wide variance from cream to golden blonde to black. Also the coat texture is very different. Curly, wirehaired, wavy or smooth - everything is possible. Therefore, the necessary care is also very different; a regular shearing might be necessary.

Fur length medium
Fur curly
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail fanned out
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 54 - 65 cm
Weight ♀ 25 - 35 kg
Size ♂ 54 - 65 cm
Weight ♂ 25 - 35 kg
Suitable For suitable for allergy sufferers, Beginner, Blind people, Children


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  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Elbow dysplasia (ED)

    Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.

  • Joint damage

    In some breeds, joint damage can occur later in life, affecting the musculoskeletal system.

  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    The hip dysplasia or hip joint dysplasia of the dog (HD) is a maldevelopment of the hip joint.

  • Overweight

    Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!

  • Epilepsy

    Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.

  • Cataract

    Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.

  • Patellar problems

    Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

    Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.

  • This is a very individual question, which can not be answered so simply. At most, an adult and trained Labradoodle should stay alone for 3-6 hours.

  • A Labradoodle, like a Labrador, needs a few hours of exercise and mental training daily.

  • They are considered hypoallergenic because they are a mixture with 50% poodle. However, many people are allergic to saliva and not the hair that falls out.

  • Labradoodle hair very little because they are hybrid mixes and the poodle as a non-haired breed is 50% of the genetic material.

  • A Labradoodle can cost up to 2500 euros. The price often varies greatly.

  • As a hybrid dog, the Labradoodle is generally healthier than purebred dogs. Nevertheless, you can find diseases that can be inherited from the parents.

  • Yes, the Labradoodle is suitable for various dog sports.

  • The Australian Labradoodle is an attempt to have the Labradoodle recognized as a breed.

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