The Labradoodle breed has only been in the public eye for the last few decades. The breed was originally created to be used as guide dogs for blind people who couldn’t have a dog due to allergies. The first cross was between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Then, Labradoodles were crossed with Labradoodles to take on the characteristics that were most desirable with this new breed.
This breed gained popularity so quickly that people who were not knowledgeable about the breed were mating any old Lab and Poodle together. These crosses made breeders a lot of money, but produced crosses that did not have any reliable characteristics. There was a wide range of coat types and sizes. Many of these did not have the hypoallergenic quality that was so important to the breed. Behavioral characteristics could not be accounted for, and some breeders bred dogs that had more health problems than the originals.
If you purchase a Labradoodle from a breeder who does not know what they are doing, you may not be purchasing a Labradoodle at all. Good breeders take great care into making sure their pups fit the mold of what a Labradoodle is all about. Buying a Labradoodle from a bad breeder is almost like paying for a designer handbag, but receiving a knockoff. You may have a lovely pet, but you did not receive what was advertised. When you pay high prices for a dog, you’re paying for a breeder’s expertise and careful work.
Breeders have worked hard over the years to breed out coats that shed a lot and are not hypoallergenic. In most Labradoodles, you will see the fleece coat or the wool coat. These variations shed the least and generally don’t induce an allergic response. The fleece coat is a bit longer than the wool coat. It is fairly silky and wavy. The wool coat has tighter curls that are often cut closer to the body. These coats are a result of breeding Labradoodles with other Labradoodles, or breeding a Labradoodle with a Poodle or Cocker Spaniel. The infusion of other breeds helps develop softer coats that shed less. A Labrador/Poodle cross can sometimes result in a straight coat that sheds like a Lab’s coat. Some variations can also result in a dog with a top coat and under coat. A reputable breeder will make sure that their crosses yield the preferred coat styles.
If the breeder doesn’t choose the parent dogs carefully, this may lead to health problems with the pups. Some conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia, or diseases that affect the blood and organs are passed down from generation to generation. Your dog may have a serious health concern that may not appear until they are older. Not only have you shelled out money to pay for a potentially sick pup, but you will have to continue to pay for medical treatment to keep them healthy. Also, it’s heartbreaking to see your young dog suffer or die because the disease was bred in.