If you need a hypoallergenic service dog, you might want to look at a Labradoodle. This hybrid dog was specially bred to be great companions for families as well as serve as a service dog to those who need it. Get to know this affectionate and smart breed here.
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- Eager to please
Very smart, a Labradoodle would be a perfect pet for a family with children, especially if they are trained properly at an early age. He is a very gentle breed but can be quite playful when in a good mood. He would be an excellent companion for children, as well as for people with disabilities.
A cross between a Labrador and a Poodle, this favorite dog was meant to be mild-mannered and non-aggressive. However, there have been some issues with consistency in getting the right mixture of temperament. Breeders are still trying to figure out how to create the perfect characteristic and personality for every Labradoodle.
Labradoodles can get bored easily. You should engage them in games and activities that make them think. Otherwise, they might cause havoc at home.
Size & Color
The breed comes in three different sizes – standard, medium, and miniature.
The standard sized male Labradoodle should be 22-24 inches in height, while the female ones should reach 21-22 inches. They should weigh about 50 to 65 pounds.
Meanwhile, the medium sized male Labradoodle should reach 18-20 inches in height, with the female ones at 17-19 inches. Average weight is about 30 to 40 pounds.
The miniature Labradoodle, on the other hand, grows up to 14-15 inches and 15 to 25 pounds.
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As for their fur, Labradoodles have a wide variety of colors. Some can range from gold to chalky white. Others have black coats, reddish brown, coffee brown, chocolate, and light brown.
Hair texture has three types. First generation Labradoodles sometimes end up with the Hair coat, which is similar to shedding breeds, this isn’t the kind of coat a family with allergies would want. The second type is the Wool coat, which resembles that of a sheep. It should be dense with tight curls that don’t shed. The Fleece coat, meanwhile, has a silky texture and can be straight or curly.
If taken care of properly, Labradoodles can grow healthy and strong. However, like any other breeds, they can be prone to certain diseases.
- Ear Infections – Dogs with floppy ears can trap moisture which in turn, can cause infections. Make sure to clean your dog’s ear regularly to prevent infections.
- Hip or Elbow Dysplasia – A hereditary degenerative disease, dysplasia happens when the joints are malformed or weakened. Infected dogs with this disease walk with difficulty. Severity may vary from simple arthritis or worse, become entirely lame. Dogs with dysplasia should not breed. Breeders should also give a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- Diabetes Mellitus – Similar to humans, dogs with diabetes mellitus can’t process sugar properly in their body. That happens when the body doesn’t produce the insulin needed for the body to convert sugar into energy properly. Symptoms include constant urination and thirst, increase in appetite as well as weight loss.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – PRA happens when the retina gradually deteriorates. It starts off with nigh-blindness, then the dog eventually loses sight in the day.
- Hypothyroidism – Hypothyroidism affects the dog’s hormones, weight, skin, and hair. When the thyroid gland doesn’t work properly, dogs tend to lose fur, develop skin rashes and gain weight abnormally. You can prevent this with medication and proper diet.
Other illnesses that can affect Labradoodles include epilepsy and allergies. It might be daunting to have a dog with a disease, but with proper care and medication, it is manageable. Remember to take your dog to the vet for check ups and get the prerequisite shots while it’s still a puppy.
Labradoodles need about 30 to 60 minutes of play every day to keep them fit.
With proper care, diet, and exercise, a Labradoodle can live up to 14 years.
Food & Diet
The average Labradoodle should be fed 1 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food, which should divide into two meals. Although you can give your dog treats in between meals, it’s better to limit full meals only twice a day to prevent it from becoming overweight.
- Brush hair 2x a week
- Bathe only when necessary
- Clean ears regularly
- Brush teeth 2-3 times a week
A cross between a Labrador and a Poodle, the Labradoodle was initially bred to be hypoallergenic guide dogs. You don’t have to worry about shedding but depending on the length of the Labradoodle’ss hair; you should brush it once or twice a week. Trim it every 6 to 8 weeks. You don’t have to bathe it continuously as it doesn’t give off that doggy smell.
Brush its teeth 2 or 3 times a week, or daily if you want it to have fresh breath. Clean ears regularly, especially after swimming. Use a cotton swab dabbed in a gentle ear cleaner solution to prevent infections. Just remember to follow proper grooming procedure for your pet to keep them in great shape.
In 1989, the first Labradoodle bred in Australia. The Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia, headed by Wally Conron, successfully conducted the first ever cross breeding of a Standard Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. They have since become popular as service and therapy dogs.
The first ever Labradoodle ever bred was named Sultan. He was completely hypoallergenic and possessed the aptitude, intelligence and personality to become a service dog. He went on to work with a woman in Hawaii.
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Do you think a Labradoodle is the breed for you? Perhaps you need a service dog that can be both fun and adorable? Labradoodle can also be the perfect pet for a family with children.
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