How big does an average Labradoodle grow to?

Question by adman266266: How big does an average Labradoodle grow to?
I just purchsed a Labradoodle and am just wondering what its full size would be. The breeder told me 50 pounds but im wondering if anyone has a full grown Labradoodle and can tell me its length, height, and weight! Thanks!

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Answer by jan44me2005
about the same size as a standard poodle. about 17 to 28 inches at the withers. this is where the neck meets the back. and usually as long , shoulder to rump, 50 70 pounds

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Labradoodle?

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.

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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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What is the difference between an Australian Labradoodles and regular labradoodle?

Question by Knicks4Life: What is the difference between an Australian Labradoodles and regular labradoodle?
Are they both allergy free, also noticed the Australian Labradoodles go for alot more money. Also can anyone recommend a good breeder.

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Answer by Muttlove
Don’t you know? Putting fancy names on MUTTS makes money.

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The Labradoodle Designer Dog , Things You Must Know

Celebrities like Paris Hilton may carry their dogs in their Gucci handbags, accessorized to the glittering collar. But the recent trend in designer dogs seems to suggest that everyday people are catching this unfortunate trend.
Instead of simply buying diamante collars, however, people are demanding cross bred dogs with catchy marketing names. We’ve had the Spoodle, the Groodle, the Labradoodle, the Spanador, the Cavador, and the Retrievador. Now folks, meet the Roodle.
The roodle is a cross between a poodle and a rottweiler. They are the successful creation of a breeder from Melbourne, Australia. Fred Freeman has successfully bred 3 litters of roodles, some going as far afield as Hawaii.
Roodles have the crinkly coat of a poodle, but larger. They are quite stocky, and fairly big, with long floppy ears. Mr Freeman describes the dogs as having the intelligence of a rottweiler, yet docile and easy to train. His roodles are also non aggressive, do not moult, don’t smell, and are low on the allergy scale.
The idea of creating a non allergic dog was what started the original breeder of the labradoodle, Wally Conran. Wally was the Manager of the Royal Guide Dog Association in Australia at the time. Someone needing a guide dog who was non allergenic contacted the Guide Dog Association, and Wally successfully crossed a labrador with a poodle that fitted this purpose.
So, the origins of the labradoodle were quite in keeping with the way many of what are now considered pure bred dogs were created. That is, they were created with a specific purpose in mind.
But the popularity of the labradoodle has created a new set of problems. Namely, many unscrupulous people, some with no experience breeding dogs, and others with none, or little, experience breeding labradoodles or other similar crosses, jumped on the bandwagon. Demand meant that these dogs were expensive, supply was short, and this attracted many into this new field.
But breeding dogs, especially across different breeds, is not simple. In Wally Conran’s original efforts, not all labradoodles were low in allergy. And when it comes to trying to come up with new mixes, a lack of knowledge can produce disastrous results. For instance, breeding two dogs with similar genetic weaknesses can lead to the new litters born with an increased chance of the health problems associated with those breeds. Other factors include disposition. If people are expecting certain traits based on what decent breeders have produced, and they pay a lot of money for a dog that turns our to be completely different, those dogs may well end up being abandoned.
In the case of a dog bought to be low allergenic, this likelihood is higher, and this is exactly what is happening to many of the labradoodles being bought in the US now. They are ending up in shelters because they do not have the characteristics of the carefully bred stock the variation originated from.
And given that badly bred rottweilers can be very aggressive, if the roodle trend takes off in the same way, this could be a disaster all round. Especially so if a family with children bought one expecting the docile nature of the roodles created by Mr Freeman, and end up with an aggressive, large dog.
Labradoodles are not consistent breeds. And given that ten years was spent trying to get a rottweiler poodle cross, there is every indication to think that roodles are not a consistent breed either. That means that simply mating a rottweiler with a poodle is not going to automatically get you certain characteristics, especially in temperament.
Normally, contacting an association for a recommended breeder would solve this type of problem. But in this brave new world of designer dogs, this may not always be the case. Especially if the experience with the labradoodles is anything to go by.
The breeders at Rutland Manor and Tegan Park in Australia started their stock from labradors, poodles and labradoodles from Don Evans, another breeder who had discovered the breed independently of the Guide Dog Association. Those labradoodles were legitimate labradoodles, and they kept records of all subsequent breeding. They also determined which coats were low allergenic. They conducted extensive research and breeding programs to arrive at the dog that has become characterized as a ‘labradoodle’. Contrary to popular knowledge, they are not the product of exclusively mixing in labradors and poodles. Other breeds were used occasionally, for certain characteristics.
The breeders at Rutland Manor and Tegan Park began calling their dogs, and those descended from that stock by reputable breeders, Australian labradoodles, to distinguish them from the labrador-poodle mixes that were being indiscriminately produced. The mixes were not quality controlled, many were allergenic, yet people with allergies were misled into buying them, expecting not to get allergic reactions.
The International Labradoodle Association was set up originally to help maintain the quality and characteristics of this new designer dog. Yet they now are seeking to call all labrador-poodle crosses ‘Australian labradoodles’. If this is successful, consumers will have no way of knowing whether they are buying what they think they are, and what their health requirements determine they need. The end result will be more abandoned dogs being euthanased because of a careless association and even more careless breeders.

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Labradoodle Dog Origins, Variations and Characteristics

Since the development of the Labradoodle dog in the 1980s by Wally Conron as a non-allergenic guide dog for visually impaired people who suffered from allergies, this “dog breed has branched off in a multitude of directions. Today there are in fact at least two distinct different types of Labradoodles and some people are in fact of the opinion there is even another derivative of the Labradoodle.

The two distinct types of Labradoodle include primarily the following:

Australian Labradoodle:

As its name suggests this Labradoodle type hails from Australia and since 2004 was declared to be no longer just a hybrid mix between the Labrador and Poodle but rather is now considered to be a purebred dog breed in its own right. Such recognition followed on the heels of the breed standard mapping out developmental goals aimed by the association which was written in 1987.

The Australian Labradoodle is officially recognized as having been developed from the following 6 different dog breeds:

•    Poodle (Standard & Miniature)
•    Labrador Retriever
•    Irish Water Spaniel
•    Curly Coat Retriever
•    English Cocker Spaniel
•    American Cocker Spaniel;

According to the Labradoodle Association of Australia, certain characteristics of the Labradoodle dog breed are of paramount importance notably that the dog should have a balanced and even temperament. Typically this dog should be an alert, friendly and intelligent animal that trains and learns easily and is not prone carefree boisterousness unless so allowed. The Labradoodle should be able to approach people whilst maintaining eye contact and not exhibit any signs of anxiety or discomfort.

Labradoodle Features

Size: There are currently three different recognized sizes Labradoodle by the Australian Association and they are as follows:

Standard Sized Labradoodle:

Height:  22 – 26 inches

Weight:  25 – 40 Kg

Medium Sized Labradoodle:

Height:  18 – 21 inches

Weight:  15 – 25 kg

Miniature Sized Labradoodle:

Height:  13 -17 inches

Weight:  10 – 20 kg

Coat: The coat of the Australian Labradoodle as dictated by the breed standard should be 4 to 6 inches in length. The coat should be a single coat and any indication of a double coat is noted as a fault. The dog’s coat should not be overly thick and neither should it be fluffy, though straight, wavy or loose spiraling is acceptable. The coat of the Labradoodle typically occurs in one of three types:

•    Hair Coat: This type of coat is undesirable because it is a shedding coat and the Labradoodle Association of Australia is attempting to outbreed this trait.

•    Fleece Coat: This is a non-shedding extremely soft coat close in texture to that of an angora coat. This coat is easy to manage and is highly desirable.

•    Wool Coat: Another non-shedding coat which may occurs as the highly desirable loose spiraling pattern, or the not so desirable dense curling or dense straight coat variation. Thick and dense wool coats are not recommended because they require a lot of effort to maintain and the Association is trying to wean out this trait via selective breeding.

Body: The body of the Labradoodle is slightly longer than it is tall. The dog should move with a strong purposeful stride when trotting and during galloping (Yes! Labradoodles do have a gallop-like gait) the flanks should rise up from a deep brisket.

Tail: The tail ideally should be low set although a high tail is accepted. If the tail is heavy, padded or course in appearance then it will be denoted as a fault.

Head: The ideal stop of the dog should be medium with the eyes set well apart beneath broad well-defined eyebrows. The head should have a clean polished appearance and the existence of a long narrow head or blockhead will warrant a fault.

Ears & Eyes: The ears of the Labradoodle should be at the same level as its eyes and they should be set flat against the head of the dog. The ear canal should not be overflowing with excess hair. With respect to the eyes of this dog breed, they are typically slightly rounded and are somewhat large and expressive. Watery, tearful, sunken or protruding eyes will definitely notch up a fault.

Teeth & Nose: Ideally the breed standard Labradoodle should have a scissor bite, and any dogs characterized with an under bite or over bite will be faulted. Any incidences of teeth crowding in miniature Labradoodles will also classify as a fault. Dogs with black pigmented noses should have dark brown eyes with no presence of pink spots. Any evidence of pink spots on the nose, pads, eye rims or lips of a black-nosed dog will register as a fault.

Color: The Labradoodle dog breed is permitted to display quite an extensive range of coat colors including any of the following: gold; cream; white; apricot; black; blue; red; silver; chalk; brown as well as pretty much any other color typically seen in Poodles. The coat color should be solid with no white markings although extremely small white areas no larger than 2.5 cm squared are allowed on the chest, tail or feet.

Other Types of Labradoodle Dogs

Although only the Australian Labradoodle has been discussed in detail here, as mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are at least two distinct variations of this dog:

American Labradoodle:
This variant is what is referred to as a multi-generational Labradoodle and the lack of introduction of other dog breeds (as is the case with Australian Labradoodles) appears to be a point of pride. Though not recognized by the AKC as a distinct purebred dog breed the American Labradoodle is officially recognized by the much newer and smaller dog association club known as the NAKC (North American Kennel Club).

What is certainly a little confusing is the exact translation of a multi-generational Labradoodle. There are some who contend that the Australian Labradoodle is a multi-generational dog which tends to beg the question…what is the difference between the two? That said the following describes the method in which several breeders are pursuing their American Labradoodle breeding program:

F1 Generation: this is a 50% Labrador to 50% Poodle mix. The offspring of this cross tend to be healthier than other crosses, but the downside is that the hair type tends to run the whole gamut of coat variation and one is just as likely to get a shedding coat as a non-shedding coat!

F1-B Generation:
25% Labrador Retriever to 75% Poodle; in other words this is a cross between an F1 Labradoodle crossed with a Poodle. Increased incidence of genetic disease is more likely in this dog hybrid, but on the positive side, they have the highest occurrence of a non-shedding coat.

F2 Generation:
This is a cross between an F1 Labradoodle back to another F1 Labradoodle. With this kind of combination you obtain a similar percentage mix as that of the F1 Labradoodle (Poodle/Labrador mix) so you would also get the same incidence of shedding and non-shedding coats.

F3 Generation:
An F3 Labradoodle is a cross between an F2 Labradoodle with another F2 Labradoodle and this cross falls under the purview off multi-generational.

Multi-Generational:
Any cross of an F3 generation or beyond constitutes a multi-generational dog and it is along these breeding lines that both the Australian and American Labradoodle breeders are aiming for the purebred dog. The notable difference being that the Australian Labradoodle Association has introduced other dog breeds in the mix to increase genetic diversity and thereby decrease the incidence of inherited disease.

Disease: Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) a disease that causes blindness has been observed with increasing occurrence in a number of multi-generational Labradoodles lending weight to the pursuit of increased genetic diversity. Like the dog breeds from which they were developed, the Labradoodle is prone to hip dysplasia and elbow and patella disorders; some incidence of Addison’s Disease has also been observed. In general it is good practice for all Multigenerational Labradoodles to be DNA tested for PRA.

Labradoodle Temperament

Like its famous progenitors, this dog makes an excellent family companion that gets along well with children and is easy to train. Like many intelligent dogs the Labradoodle requires daily mental and physical challenges to avoid adopting nuisance behavior. This dog can adapt well to apartment living but just so long as it gets plenty of daily exercise.

Labradoodle Dog Origins

In 1989, Wally Conron, the breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia embarked on a quest to develop a non-allergenic guide dog for a visually impaired client whose husband happened to be allergic to common dog fur. Conron settled on the standard Poodle as the ideal cross with the already established Labradors in use at their center, for the simple fact that the Poodle,s as a highly trainable working dog with tightly curled coat, constituted a the best-fit match.

After two years of trials including 33 successive disappointment runs, Wally Conron hit pay dirt! A cross mating between one of their most prized Labradors and a Poodle specimen resulted in a litter of 3 non-allergenic puppies. Sultan the 1st ever Labradoodle destined for guide-dog greatness was introduced to his new owner amidst great fanfare. The bonding was a great success and Conron was confident that the remaining two puppies would quickly be snapped up; after all, the center at which he worked had a 6-month backlog of requests from people hoping to foster a dog. But he miscalculated; nobody it seemed wanted a dog that was associated with the dirty word crossbreed.

As eight weeks rolled by, the remaining two pups still hadn’t found homes and the critical-period window in which they needed to bond with a new owner and thus become successful guide dogs was closing fast. Out of sheer frustration Wally Conron decided to call his new dog breed the Labradoodle and thenceforth stopped referring to them as crossbreeds. That was the eureka moment he had been waiting for (evidence of the sniff factor in play again)!

Within weeks, requests for this new “miracle dog” inundated the center…the rest as the saying goes, was history! Other than the Labradoodle, few designer dogs have been developed for utilitarian purposes and in fact for the most part new breeds are introduced for purely cosmetic purposes.

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