History: The Labradoodle is a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. This breed originated in 1988 when an Australian breeder named Wally Conron crossed the two breeds together. There are a few different types of Labradoodles within the breed, such as an F1 Labradoodle (50% Labrador and 50% Poodle), an F2 Labradoodle (F1 Labradoodle and F1 Labradoodle) and other crosses. These dogs are commonly used for therapy dogs, seeing eye dogs and other assistance dogs.
Temperament: Labradoodles are friendly, intuitive, and very social. They are eager to please and easily trainable if you are consistent with them. This dog does well with everyone, including kids and other pets if properly socialized. They often show their happiness and excitement through jumping and playing. Labradoodles will make for an energetic companion, so this breed would do best with a family who is active and willing to give them a daily walk or run and training time.
Health/Grooming: Labradoodles have a single coat of hair that range from loose curls to straight and having a texture of either a fleece, wool, or hair coat. They are considered to be low shedders but still require brushing once or twice a week to keep their coat looking best. Labradoodles can be more prone to issues such as hip or elbow dysplasia, ear infections, epilepsy, different types of allergies, diabetes mellitus and PRA. The most common issue seen with this breed is ear infections due to their floppy ears which trap moisture. Because of this issue, their ears should be checked regularly.