3. Not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic.
When someone talks about the benefits of owning a Labradoodle, they’ll likely start with the fact that Labradoodles don’t shed and they’re hypoallergenic. This is not entirely true. This breed sheds to some degree. However, it is quite minimal in comparison to how much a Labrador sheds. While you’re not likely to find a couch full of fur with a Labradoodle in your home, you cannot expect this dog not to shed at all. Their single layer coat helps to keep your home cleaner.
When it comes to allergies, it is true that this breed will likely trigger less of an allergic response in most people. However, it doesn’t mean that they are entirely hypoallergenic. The allergic response created can even vary from pup to pup within one litter. Dogs can trigger allergies through the dander in their fur, or their saliva. If you are thinking about getting a Labradoodle because of your dog allergies, you may want to test out the effects of the dog’s fur and saliva before you bring one home. This way, you won’t have to worry about getting rid of the pup if it makes you ill.
4. There’s a lot of variation in this breed.
Because there are so many ways to breed a Labradoodle, there is some variation in their appearance. There are so many colors that Labradoodles can come in. In addition to the typical white, cream, brown, and black, Labradoodles can also be apricot, silver, blue, red, and even multi-colored. Their coat can be medium-length, silky, and wavy, or it can be short and curly. Some even have straighter fur, but these are mostly avoided by breeders because of how much they shed. Some fur types shed fairly minimally, and some are hardly noticeable at all.
Your Labradoodle can also be different sizes. The Standard Labradoodle is a pretty big dog with long legs. Despite their size, they stay lean and aren’t too heavy. There is also the Medium Labradoodle, which is a few inches shorter. If you’re looking for something smaller, theirs is also the Miniature Labradoodle. These are about ten inches shorter than the Standard Labradoodle.
5. The right breeder matters.
When you’re creating a Labradoodle, using just any Labrador and Poodle won’t do. Because this breed is so popular, there are many amateur breeders looking to make a quick buck. However, if the breeder doesn’t know what they’re doing, their pups will not have the qualities that the Standard Labradoodle is supposed to have.
If the right dogs aren’t used for breeding, genetic diseases, temperament issues, and undesired coat types will enter the mix. It may result in a dog that sheds excessively or causes allergies in humans. Temperament issues can be passed down from parent to pup. Labradoodles are supposed to be friendly, intelligent, gentle dogs, but if they aren’t bred right, it may result in a dog that does not get along well with others. When people buy dogs that aren’t what they expect, they often end up in shelters. It’s extremely important to buy from a reputable breeder so you get the right dog.
There are so many things to know when you’re thinking about getting a new dog. When it comes to Labradoodles, a relatively new breed, it’s important to know as much as possible.
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