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Labradoodle Dogs 101 Fun Interesting Facts About the Australian Hybrid Dog
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Labradoodles are becoming increasingly popular as family pets due to their affectionate personality and the fact that Labradoodles quickly become a child’s best friend. Labradoodles are considered as the pioneers of the hybrid breeds. Whether you already proudly own a Labradoodle or you are considering welcoming one into your family soon, we hope you will find the following fun facts about Labradoodles interesting. Welcome to Animal Facts, I’m Leroy. Let’s Get Started.
10. As implied by the name, Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. The labradoodle entered the limelight in 1988 when an Australian breeder successfully crossed the breeds to create guide dogs for the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia that might also be attractive to those allergic to fur and dander. Introduced to American breeders soon afterward, the breed gained skyrocketing popularity because of its calm demeanor and hypoallergenic nature.
9. Blessed with the outstanding qualities found firmly ingrained in the genes of their parent breeds, Labradoodles are naturally intuitive, social, loving and easily trained. They crave stimulation, require companionship and have proven themselves to be great dogs for families, especially those with young children. If you like this list take a moment to like and subscribe.
8. Labradoodles have made quite an impression on popular culture, even making it into the Oxford English Dictionary – creating a new winning word placement for Scrabble gamers. The creators of the famous board game Monopoly have also hopped on the bandwagon, replacing the Scottish terrier icon with a labradoodle on their “Here and Now” game version.
7. In the charity arena, Lucky the labradoodle, a stuffed plush toy made by Lord & Taylor, has been utilized to raise money for the American Cancer Society and other notable causes.
6. Poodles have a reputation for being hypoallergenic, meaning that they can supposedly be tolerated by people who have allergies to dogs. Because they have the Poodle in their heritage, Labradoodles are sometimes promoted as being hypoallergenic. But allergies are not caused by a particular dog coat type but by dander, the dead skin cells that are shed by all dogs (and people). Some people with mild allergies react less severely to particular dogs, but no dog can be guaranteed hypoallergenic.
5. Like Poodles, Labradoodles can vary in size depending on the dominant genes inherited from their parents and ancestors. The three distinctive sizes are miniature, medium and standard. Miniature Labradoodles are 14 to 16 inches in height and can weigh up to 25 pounds. Medium sized Labradoodles can grow anywhere between 17 and 21 inches and weigh up to 45 pounds. The standard size Labradoodle can weigh more than 45 pounds as an adult and stand at least 22 inches tall.
4. Labradoodles are becoming so popular even celebrities are welcoming them into their family. Celebrity owners include Jennifer Aniston, Christie Brinkley, Tiger Woods, Hugh Panaro, and Joe Biden.
3. There are mainly three different coat types in a labradoodle: fleece, wool, and hair. The fleece coat is usually wavy and long and has a silky feel to it. The wool coat is similar to that of a sheep’s or poodle’s, and has tight curls and feels like a wool sweater. The hair coat is straight or slightly wavy and has a wispy look to it. This type of coat is not as allergy friendly, but most people with allergies will be able to tolerate it. Labradoodles come in almost any coat color, ranging from Red, Black, Silver, Blue, Caramel, Chocolate, Cafe, Lavender, Cream, Apricot, and white. The labradoodle can also have what is called “parti” which is when it is a combination of two different colors like an apricot body and then white patches mainly on the feet and chest.
2. Labradoodles are not a considered an official dog breed by most dog expert organizations, although the American Kennel Club has now created the ‘Canine Partners”category to include the Labradoodle and other hybrid breeds for agility and other competitions.
1. Both Labradors and Poodles are long-living breeds, so a 15-year-old Labradoodle is not unusual; average lifespan is 12+ years.
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A labradoodle is a crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle. The term first appeared in 1955, but was not popularized until 1988, when the mix began to be used as a hypoallergenic guide dog. Currently, they are not considered a breed by any major fancier and breeder organization. Not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic, but it is a quality that many look for and appreciate in this type of crossbreed.
The labradoodle became known in 1988, when Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle at the Royal Guide Dogs Associations of Australia in Victoria.
Conron’s aim was to combine the low-shedding coat of the poodle with the gentleness and trainability of a Labrador retriever, and to provide a guide dog suitable for people with allergies to fur and dander. Sultan, a dog from this litter, displayed all the qualities Conron was seeking and worked as a guide dog for a woman in Hawaii for ten years.