Question by Mommyof4: Labradoodle?
My family is looking to adopt a labradoodle or a goldendoodle in or around Michigan. Does anyone have one or know of someone who has a doodle for adoption?
ADDED: yes, I know that a labradoodle is not a pure bred dog. I just feel the need to spend hundreds…if not thousands…of dollars to say I have a “Purebred” dog. I’d rather give a home to a shelter dog. Besides, mixed animals are generally healthier than their purebred counterparts. But, thanks nonetheless for your comment.

As for the “meaness” issue. That can happen with ANY breed or mixed dog. It isn’t the breed it is the individual dog’s temperment that causes biting and so forth.

Best answer:

Answer by Mindy
I work at an ER vet clinic as a tech and from what I have found I have only met one nice golden/labradoodle. They can be very nervous or dominant dogs and can be very unpredictable. The only bite I got was from a goldendoodle. He was very happy go lucky until you did something he didn’t like and he’d bite.

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  2. Try your local animal shelter or one of these sites

  3. Check the breed rescues for Labs, Goldens and ??doodle??? poodles.


    The breed rescue for the LEGITIMATE breeds end up with a lot of these cross bred mutts that some backyard breeder conned some nitwit into paying tons of money for but without any medical exams to screen the parents for hereditary health problems, a health guarantee or anything else that a responsible breeder includes in their contract. They often take them in because they are 1/2 or so of their breed

    Here is the list of Breed Rescues. Scroll down until you fnd the breeds you are looking for.


    You can check the websites for the National Breed Club to see if they list any other associated rescues:

    Pure breeds don’t cost “thousands” unless you want a top flight show prospect.

    Every single AKC breed has a breed club that has a rescue for its breed. Saunter through the lists of the dogs they are trying to place – its on those links – and see all the purebreeds that need a home who were dumped ou there by backyard breeders

    As far as temeperment goes. you could could get the best of both or the owrst of both or somewhere in between. (And that is not even considering that all those breeds are LOADED with hip and elbow dysplasia.)

    Adopting a dog in need of a home is wonderful (I have one parked on the couch and her breed is “momma was tramp out doing the bars and daddy was passing through town.”)

    You have to consider the temperments of the breeds you are considering in the mix (and I would say the same thing if it was 100% of either a Lab or a Golden,) Standard poodles can get very very snitty. (Apparently maybe some moron though the Lab/Golden would improve the poodle temperment.)

    . The current popular favorites of Goldens and Labs are sufferring from the effects of being loved too much by too many. Goldens now have the dubious distinction of being the No 1 breed in biting the vet because they are wimps about pain – and then there are the rampant health problems – hips, allergies, a cancer rate in the top 3…..(Love them to death but after 28 years of having them, I gave up because of the way the breed had deteriorated.) The poor Labs are having the same problems now – the hips, etc and I noticed the other day, that the temperment problems must be increasing when I saw the Lab National Breed Club had posted on its breed rescue page “Lab Rescue does not work with aggression. A dog that bites will not be brought into the program.” Hmmm… now what brought that on, eh???

    Be very very careful on that .

    As far as “mutts” being healthier – that is a MYTH. Any vet will tell you. All a cross does is make it harder for the vet to figure out if the dog has a health problem that occurs primarily in a specific breed.

    Breed a dysplastic lab to a dysplastic poodle and you get dysplastic puppies. Crossing doesn’t matter one single bit in eliminating hereditary health problems.

    That Gentle Giant Canine below is off in a tree. Having AKC registration paper does NOT establish that the parents are free of hereditary health problems like dysplsia (hip and elbow), cardiac, thyroid, eye or patella. It does not mean they are “quality dogs” of good conformation and temperment. It just means you can trace their family tree – well at least until she and her family or friends started breeding mongrels out of them. And since no reputable or responsible breeder would sell a show prospect to someone who would do something like breeding mutts; and if they sold them a pet puppy, they require the pup be psayed or neutered and the breeder only registered the pup for “limited purposes’ – competing in obedience etc and their progeny can never be registered.. The only source left for these “quality” dogs is some backyard breeder who doesn’t do hereditary health screenings – at about $750 a pop per dog.

  4. best place to look is on
    you would be surprised how many of those darlings have found their way into shelters and rescue.
    especially up here in WI

    These designer dogs are nothing more than mutts. Beautiful ones at that, but mutts none the less. Do not be taken back by the prices they are asking for these..
    but also, know exactly the character of the dog you are interested in giving a forever home to.

  5. What a smart, sweet dog that would be!
    I have owned both a black standard poodle and a yellow lab.
    Best wishes

  6. I work at a vet clinic in Wisconsin, and my dealings with Labrador/standard poodle crosses have not been very positive. Right now, these dogs are really very much in demand (why, I don’t know) so very seldom can you find one free or for a minimum price. My advise would be stick to either a purebred Labrador retriever or a golden retriever – they are WONDERFUL family pets! Standard poodles are not, in my mind, a breed that would be considered a good family pet, especially around children, or at least the standards I have had contact with.

  7. Gentle Giant Canines says:

    Friendly Hello,

    Yes my friend has Goldendoodles for sale. Both the parent dog are AKC registered. She did not breed them by accident. She bred them to produce a high quality Goldendoodle. So it is not like the puppies are produced by parent dogs who do not have papers. They are high quality hybrids. Now if you looking to adopt for a cheap dog these are not cheap but very affordable as they are nice. You can email me at I have pictures as I have done a photo shoot for her on the puppies. They are ready to go. There are only 3 males left cream, apricot and a red. I like the cream. Puppies are located in Michigan. 269-637-4876 you can ask for Grace that is her number.



  8. Here is a gorgeous guy in MI. updates the site everyday with hundreds of new dogs. Search by the breed and your area. I bet you will find a special pet there.

    Bravo for wanting to save a life! The dog willl pay you back 100 times over.

    ps Its nice to see someone who has read up and knows what they want in a dog and what to expect!

  9. Try excellent site. I have always found that mutts are healthier than purebreds in general. There are lots of breeds that I would never own a pure bred, but I wouldn’t mind a mutt. Case in point I had a chow mix. Great dog really sweet and quite.
    Good luck. Still can’t believe people spend thousands for them.

  10. The Labradoodle originated in Australia and intended to be a guide dog for blind people who were allergic to Labrador Retrievers. The idea was to blend the gentle service type lab dog with the intelligence and non-hypoallergenic coat of the standard poodle. Those are the only types of dogs who are truly ‘Labradoodles’ . . all others are questionable mixes.

    You can read more about the Australian Labradoodles and their history at their place of origin, Australia:
    Rutland Manor

    Tegan Park Breeding and Research Center

    There is an organization in the US that has brought some of the Australian Labradoodles and has been breeding them. If you are looking for an Australian Labradoodle, than you need to do the research.

    Incidentally, my son has cancer and the children’s cancer clinic he goes to has a service dog that is a labradoodle. She is absolutely adorable and extremely gentle. The kids love her. She is a golden color and her name is Daisy. She sits with the kids during their chemo treatments. 🙂

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