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Why a Labradoodle

With lots of doodles to choose from, the labradoodle is a clear choice for many families

You may wonder why the labradoodle is such a popular breed.

The Labradoodle is the combination of a poodle and Labrador Retriever, both very popular breeds for their health and dispostions. The Australian Labradoodle adds a sprinkle of cocker spaniel to get a more square structure and softer, silkier coat.

Due to the intelligence, loyalty, and kind nature of this breed, they make excellent family pets as well as therapy and service dogs. They are also as allergy friendly and shed free as any dog can be.

The icing on the tail is their playful, goofy disposition. They will keep you laughing even on the darkest of days!

Like Peter Pan, the labradoodle spirit is forever young. They go with the flow of every situation, looking for the fun. If your grill tips, the labradoodle will grab the hotdogs, and may even bring them to you to share. Another breed might spend some time thinking about how to best react, contemplating the situation. Yet, if a human seems injured, the labradoodle will skip the treat and be at your side for the rescue.

The good, the challenge, the beauty

Good Traits

  • Gentle, loyal, hearts of gold, love humans and other dogs

  • Brimming with empathy, they offer comfort for the ill, the weak, the broken hearted

  • Athletic and graceful, they love to tag along and play

  • Intelligent and eager to please, they train easily

  • Loving human companionship, they bond easily and want to be your best friend

  • Love novelty and figuring things out

  • Prey drive is medium. They may love to play catch, but usually need to be trained to enjoy the chase.


  • Due to their sensitive souls, be sure your labradoodle is from a breeder who socializes the puppies and exposes them to normal household and city sounds. They need to know the wild world is a safe place.

  • Because they love to play, it is important to give them exercise, mental or physical. Ten minutes of fun training, or sniffing game can take as much energy as a half hour walk.

  • Due to their thoughtful brains trainings should be short, not too repetitive and fun

  • A sensitive nature requires only positive training techniques

  • They may chase a lizard or squirrel, but rarely catch it

  • Labradoodles do not like to be without human companionship for long periods of time.

The Beauty:

  • Labradoodles come in many colors and several sizes. Because new infusions are important to genetic diversity and health, no two labradoodles are exactly alike.

  • Purchase from a knowledgeable, caring and honest breeder, and your labradoodle puppy will come to you healthy, socialized and ready to be a best friend.

Are labradoodles different from other doodles?

Every doodle will have some of the traits of the poodle: Smart, easy to train, sociable, need of physical and mental stimulation, and love of human companionship.

Every doodle will also have some of the traits of the breed it is crossed with. Some of these traits are good, some not ideal. Breeding for the best traits in both breeds can take decades or longer. It also requires a community of honest and caring breeders who work together to breed out any unwanted traits from the breed, as well as test for health issues and never breed carriers together. It is beneficial for the breed, and for the families who love them, to bring out the best qualities in disposition and structure. Striving for good health. Other than labradoodles, few other doodle breeds have strong support groups, do extensive testing and have verified pedigrees of many generations.

The importance of a Breed Club for healthier Labradoodles

Australian Labradoodle breed clubs such as WALA strive for a breed standard so that the physical and behavior health of the Australian Labradoodle is functional. WALA provides a database of pedigrees and health records along with educational opportunities from experts on best breeding practices, including the importance of genetic diversity and a healthy gene pool. Breeder members have shared goals of mentorship, support and friendship.

Intentionally producing dogs of sound mind and body, friendly to all, easy to communicate with, wonderful learning partners, confident and tail-wagging happy, is the goal of a reputable breeder. There would be no need for shelters if all dogs were bred with love, care and forethought.

A Day in the Life of a Labradoodle

Morning: He bounds outside to chase some butterflies and sniff the yard. But he soon returns, wanting to be with you. Then he hangs out, following you everywhere, hoping to go with if you have some errands or need to go to work.

Afternoon: He greets at the door when you return as if you'd been gone for weeks. A quick training session calms him down and he follows you to the kitchen. Lying on the floor, he looks up hopefully once in while to see if you will slip him a carrot or slice of beef. He listens to you tell him about your time away, what made you happy or sad, his face cocked to one side in attention.

When you bring out the leash, his tail waves happily. On the walk, he loves everyone you meet and allows them to pet him. The joy he brings warms your heart.

After dinner, he cuddles on the couch to watch TV. If an animal appears, it gets his attention and he may give a happy bark, a wave of the tail.

At bedtime, he lays in your bed or on his own bed on the floor, one ear cocked for any strange sounds. You rest easy, knowing he will let you know if anything needs your attention.

Hope you learned a little bit more about the Australian Labradoodle and the long and winding road to what they have become: Healthy, happy companions bred for the best in disposition and structure so that they live long lives and bring love and comfort to their human families.

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