- Do I Have Enough Outdoor Space for a Labradoodle?
On average, adult Labradoodles weigh between 50 and 65 pounds. They often have the enthusiasm of Golden Retrievers and the energy levels of a Poodle – or some other energetic combination of traits. Your cute puppy will grow into a large, athletic dog. You’ll need to be prepared to provide space for your Labradoodle to run and play.
A large, fenced yard is best for Labradoodles. A yard provides a spacious, outdoor area for your dog to explore. Plus, a yard is also very convenient for the owner. You can let your dog out without having to drive to the park or walk the dog around the block.
If you don’t have a yard, your Labradoodle can still have a healthy, happy life. You’ll just need to make an extra commitment. There are a variety of ways you can exercise your Labradoodle including:
- Walks around the neighborhood
- Hikes through the woods
- Swimming in a local pond
You want to walk your dog at least twice a day for about 20 minutes at a time. Try to walk briskly enough that your dog will pant slightly. This signifies he’s getting enough exercise. Don’t walk so fast your dog has to run or pant heavily, however.
For a bit more strenuous exercise, try taking your dog on a hike. Here, your dog can work a little harder. Just be sure to bring food and water – and to also take breaks when your dog seems tired. Be careful about letting your dog off the leash. He or she could surprise wild animals. Keeping your dog on a leash – even a long one – is usually a good idea during any wilderness hikes.
Many Labradoodles enjoy swimming. This might be due to traits from the Labrador Retriever, or it simply might be a feature of Labradoodles. Regardless, don’t be surprised if your Labradoodle enjoys spending time in the water. As long as the water isn’t too cold, your dog should be safe taking a dip in a pond or other slow-moving body of water. Just be careful to never let your dog onto iced-over water, even if the ice seems thick.