Congratulations! You've decided you want to welcome a Labradoodle into your home. They're a popular dog today, because they're very intelligent, playful, and depending on the Labradoodle,can be an allergy-friendly dog. Remember that Labradoodles are not shed free!
They have lots of energy and boast an entertaining personality. However, have you honestly asked yourself, "Am I ready?" You should research the dog breed and make sure that you are getting the type of dog that suits your family and lifestyle. We do not want to discourage you from buying one of our dogs , but we are very serious about our animals. We want our puppies to have a wonderful life and for that to happen they must be the right animal for your life and lifestyle . Remember this dog is going to be a part of your family for as long as he or she lives. We encourage you to come and see our dogs meet their mom and dad. We also encourage you to read and understand what a labradoodle, goldendoodle , Austrialian and north american Doodle is and to make sure that what ever kennel you buy from that they have made sure their dogs are healthy. Above all, the health of the puppies are most important. Once you have met a Doodle you will fall in love. Now we are partial to our standard poodle as well. The standard poodle is a breed that deserves recognition. My husband never felt he was the kind of guy who would own a Poodle. The intelligence of the poodle is certainly well documented. The Standard poodle is a dog that can be used as a family pet , retriever , agility, and show. They are all highly social dogs and we are so fortunate to have such a great pack. As the puppy ages it goes through many stages and you have to be prepared to be there for your Labradoodle. We encourage puppy and family training at a local pet store or classes. be sure to go to classes as a couple or family so everyone learns how to deal with the training of the puppy. If you have kids and the local 4 h offers a club , get them involved and they may even get into the many sport events dogs can participate in . There are many great activities you can do with a labradoodle. They can do agility, fly ball , and just be a dog. All puppies grab your heart strings, but remember they do grow up , and your adult dog will test your patients. Be sure that what ever the breed you take home they are going to be with you for a dogs lifetime.
COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT LABRADOODLES
What's an F1, F1b, F2 or Multigen? Initially, many people are confused by the use of terms such as F1, F1b, F2, etc... These are genetic terms referring to how the two breeds were crossed. An F1 (or first generation) is a Poodle bred to a Labrador Retriever or a Golden Retriever. The resulting puppies are 50% Poodle and 50% Retriever.
An F1b is also referred to as a Backcross. In this case, an F1 is bred back to a Poodle. The puppies are 75% Poodle and 25% Retriever. To make things more confusing, an F1b is also referred to as an F2.
An F2 is a second generation, an F3 is a third generation, and so on. These pups would be produced by breeding dogs together that have multiple generations of Doodle in their background, thus the shortened term Multigen.
Except for the F1's and F1b's, there are a lot of combinations that can be produced. The higher percentage of Poodle doesn't necessarily produce more 'Poodley-looking' puppies but it does consistently produce a more low to non-shedding, allergy-free coats in the litters.
LETS TALK FUR AND ALLERGIES. ARE THEY REALLY ALLERGY FREE? Do not believe that all labradoodles are allergy friendly, some are and some are not. First, you must determine if you or a family member are in fact allergic to dogs (hair and dander) and that is best determined by a doctor. If you believe you are allergic to dogs the best way to determine if you are allergic to labradoodles is to be around one for at least 24 hours or more. The fur in an F1B is more consistent than the F1 (first generation).
Our female is a first generation labradoodle and she is low shed, we see more shedding from her when we brush her or after a bath. Unlike our lab, and border collies who shed all the time and more so during spring and fall, Lila does not leave her fur on the surfaces she sleeps on.
DO THEY NEED GROOMING ? Care of the Labradoodle : Grooming
You will be required to have your Labradoodle groomed. Labradoodles should have a natural look even after being groomed. if you find a picture of a labradoodle cut you like, print it and take it in to the groomer. Most modify an existing pure breeds cut versus grooming them based on the labradoodle mixed breed standard.
Some prefer to have their body shaved all over twice a year to about an inch and their head trimmed. This does not mean this is the only time you give them a bath or trim of course.
Most owners give them a bath, nail trim and body trim about 4-5 times a year, if they can keep the matts down between trims on their own. I just let their coat grow out between grooming. A good dog shampoo and conditioner about every 2 months seems to be enough to keep them clean - unless you live in the country like we do. We see our fair share of PEI's red mud!