Being a cross between Labrador Retrievers and Standard Poodles, characteristics can vary and be unpredictable. Most Labradoodles will display common traits like their friendly behavior, but their appearance may vary from straighter, wiry hair to a more soft and curly coat. Some Ladradoodles do shed, but in general they shed less and do not have a dog-order thats associated with labs. With both parents considered some of the most intelligent of breeds, the Labradoodle is smart, protective and good with children and strong swimmers that love water.
Labradoodles' coat colors include chocolate, cafe, parchment, cream, gold, apricot, red, black, silver, chalk, (i.e. generally, any color a poodle can have). They can be different sizes, depending on the size of poodle used (i.e. toy, miniature, or standard). Currently we breed Chocolate Labs with brown Standard Poodles to achieve brown pups of the 45-55 lb size as adults.
We breed F1 hybrids, meaning that the parents are Labrador Retrievers and Standard Poodles. This maximizes genetic diversity of individual dogs to avoid the inherited health problems from some inbred dog breeds.
Though it is not common and something we aim to avoid, Labradoodles can suffer from problems in the parent breeds. The most prevalent of these is Hip Dysplasia which can occur in larger dog breeds such as the parents. The sires and dams are tested regularly for this and other ailments to ensure the most healthy of puppies.
In the past Labradoodles may have had English and American Cocker Spaniels, Wheaten Terriers, and Irish Water Spaniels in their ancestry.