Labradoodles are intelligent dogs, which makes it fairly easy to train them in advanced commands. However, a smart dog will create their own rules if they aren’t learning rules from their owner. Smart dogs are also more likely to create their own entertainment because they get bored easily. A poorly trained Labradoodle may turn to destructive habits because they aren’t getting the mental stimulation they need. If an owner doesn’t have the time or patience to train their Labradoodle, then it will result in a bored dog with bad habits. Sometimes, this poor behavior becomes too much for the owner and they surrender their dog to a shelter. Before buying a Labradoodle, make sure you have several hours of free time a day to devote to your dog’s needs.
They Are Not Hypoallergenic
One common misconception with the breed is that they are hypoallergenic, meaning they don’t cause an allergic response in people with dog allergies. The truth is, there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. If you or a family member has severe dog allergies, it’s possible that your new Labradoodle will cause an allergic response.
This is not to say that Labradoodles aren’t a better breed than others for allergy sufferers. These dogs tend to shed less than other breeds because of their curly or wavy coat. For many, this means that they experience less itching and sneezing from this breed. However, it’s possible for a person to be allergic to the dog’s saliva, dander, or both. Strangely enough, it’s possible for someone to have an allergic reaction to one pup in a litter, but not another.
If you’re planning on buying a Labradoodle because of your severe allergies, make sure you test out the pup before committing. Visit the breeder and ensure that the dog’s dander or saliva doesn’t cause a reaction. This breed tends to be good for those who suffer from dog allergies, but no one can guarantee that a Labradoodle won’t cause a reaction at all.
If you find that some of the issues apply to you, you might want to consider another breed, or even wait until you’re better equipped to take care of a Labradoodle. Perhaps you have a busy schedule at the moment, but in a year your routine may allow for a furry friend. It’s always better to wait until you are confident you can give your dog the attention it needs, rather than have your dog live in a stressful environment.
Labradoodles make great pets, but they’re not for everyone. Thorough research is key before making a decision to buy or adopt a Labradoodle. Never rush into buying a dog, because life will inevitably become much more stressful for you and your dog if you are not prepared. Instead, take plenty of time to think about what you want in a dog and figure out how you are going to keep your dog happy and healthy.