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Frequently Asked Questions about the Australian Labradoodle

Where do Labradoodles originate from?

A: Labradoodles date back to the 1960s, with the first picture of a dog with this title from a book in the UK published in 1955. The TV show Get Smart in the 1960s featured a Labradoodle in several episodes. The Labradoodle was bred to be a service dog in Australian in the 1980s. Many breeds were tried, before the cross of a Poodle and Labrador Retriever produced the best possible puppies for the job.
 Which Labradoodle coat is most hypoallergenic?

A: If your family wants a no-to-low shed dog an allergy-friendy  Australian Labradoodle with a fleece or wool coat is an excellent choice. If both parents and grandparents of an Australian Labradoodle puppy do not shed, which can aggravate allergies, your puppy should not. Selective breeding for the coat trait by reputable breeders results in an allergy-friendly coat with no to very low shed. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a guaranteed no-shed dog (even poodles can shed some) and not every person with a dog allergy is guaranteed not to react to a Labradoodle, although most allergy sufferers can live with, even sleep with, a Labradoodle with no allergy symptoms.

When does a labradoodle's coat change?  

A: A Labradoodle puppy's coat usually changes from puppy to adult between 6–12 months of age. Multi-generation Australian Labradoodles' coats do not change in texture or curl. The coat will come in identical to the puppy coat, although the color of a Labradoodle coat can lighten or darken with age. The coat can also be sun-kissed, and the true darker color will return after a groom. They also remain allergy-friendly and no to very low shed. If the puppy is an early generation, such as F1 or F2,  then the coat  can changein both texture and curl. 

Will a Labradoodle protect you?

Labradoodles are not guard dogs in the sense they will attack an intruder. However, they will let you know when someone is at the door with a friendly bark. This means you can be at your computer in another room and rest assured your four-legged friend will alert you when there is someone in the yard. The breed is not usually territorial and are bred to be easygoing and non-aggressive. However, any non-positive training techniques or failing to socialize any dog can lead to aggressive behavior. 

Are Labradoodles easy to train?

Yes, Labradoodles are intelligent dogs.  A Labradoodle combines the traits of a poodle and a Labrador Retriever and is thus known for being friendly, outgoing, and highly trainable. Labradoodles are eager to please, and have a strong desire to bond to humans, which makes teaching basic commands very easy.

How much exercise for a Labradoodle?

Labradoodles require about 20 minutes of exercise a day. This can be a walk, a game of catch, a romp around the yard, or playing with them, such as with a flirt pole. They also benefit from keeping their brain active. Scent games and puzzles, even short training games, are some cognitive exercises they enjoy.

How do you groom a Labradoodle?

Brush the coat 2–3 times a week with a slicker brush, especially areas that are prone to matting. Part the hair and brush in small sections from the skin outward. Brushing a dry coat is easier.

Trim the hair on your dog's ears to about along the leather. Trim between and in front of the eyes. Trim the fringe above the nose so there is an inverted V shape. Beard and mustache should be cut on the angle. Trim paw pads, and shave the belly ,under the ears, and the private areas. Leave the rest of the coat to the length you desire. Remove any knots with a dematter or scissor split and gently work them out. Clip the nails 

What makes an Australian Labradoodle?

An Australian Labradoodle is a Labrador Retriever crossed with a Poodle. A splash of Cocker Spaniel is added to make the coat softer, silkier and easier to manage.

How to trim an Australian Labradoodle face?

First, brush or comb the facial fleece. Trim the top of the muzzle short and at an angle below the eyes. Trim the beard and mustache on an angle so they are  V in shape. Trim around the eyes so they can see. Fluff the fleece above the eyes so it falls naturally, then trim around the contour of the top of the head. Be careful not to cut facial hair too short to expose jowls or lips. 

How do you train an Australian Labradoodles?

Australian Labradoodles do best with positive reward-type training. Never punish an Australian Labradoodle. They also love variety in training as well problem-solving. For example, hold a treat in your fist and let your Labradoodle stiff and lick. Open your hand when the dog sits. The dog will learn within a few episodes of the "game."

What is an Australian Labradoodle vs an Aussiedoodle?

The Australian Labradoodle is a mix between a Labrador Retriever, and a Poodle, with a splash of Cocker Spaniel. An Aussiedoodle is a mix of an Australian Shepard and a Standard Poodle. The Australian Shepherd was bred as a ranch dog. The Aussiedoodle is likely to display herding behavior and may not be the best choice if you have infants or young children. The Labradoodle is better suited for families with young children as they are intuitive and bond easily with humans of all kinds.
Which is better Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?

Both Labradoodles and Goldendoodles have affection, and friendly personalities and make excellent family pets. Both are also used for service and therapy. For training, the Labradoodle loves variety, games, and problem-solving. The Goldendoodle does best with repetition and lots of structure. In temperament, both breeds are affectionate, social, and eager to please. While both require daily exercise, they will also easily be at rest when the family is not active, curling up on the floor or couch. The Labradoodle is a bit more intuitive and readily joins any activity. The Goldendoodle requires a bit more stimulation to avoid destructive behavior and is prone to social anxiety. The average lifespan of a Labradoodle is about 15 years and the Goldendoodle 12 years.

Do labradoodles like water?

If introduced to water at an early age, Labradoodles love water and swimming. However, if they have a negative experience with water or are introduced later in life, they may be afraid to try to swim. Swimming comes naturally to most dogs, but they may not know to use their hind legs for  stronger swim Show them how by lifting their back legs up in the water. If you have a pool, teach your dog how to exit it in case they fall in accidentallyl.

Do Labradoodles like to cuddle?

Cuddling is one of the Labradoodles' favorite activities, if bred for that friendly, bonding best bud pesonality famlilies crave.

Labradoodle or Bernadoodle?

The labradoodle has been bred for decades for disposition, coat and structure. Breeding stock has been tested for generations and pedigree databases long established. If you purchase your labradoodle from a reputable breeder, and members of an Australina Labradoodle association such as WALA, your labradoodle will most likely be healthy, socialized and the best canine friend you've ever had. They have long been bred as ideal pets, service and therapy dogs since the 1970s.

The Bernadoodle dog is a peaceful and socialable dog. It is friendly, though can be excessively shy and aloof, and does not like to be left alone for a long stretch of time. A more sensitive dog, it requires slow and gentle training. Some may try to dominate or push back. They are prone to slobbering and drooling. Both breeds require daily exercise, however the Bernadoodle, being bred for the purpose of sled and wagon pulling, has higher exercise needs.

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