It's hardly surprising that the affectionate, fun-loving Labradoodle is catching on in popularity. This cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle is an easy-to-train dog with, typically, a good temperament. And while there are few drawbacks to owning one, it's important for would-be Labradoodle parents to know that this can be a high-maintenance pet, especially when it comes to grooming.
Benefits of Owning a Labradoodle
Labradoodles Shed Little
Despite the curly, woolly coat, Labradoodles hardly shed, even during the transition from puppy to adult. Originally bred in Australia to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, Labradoodles fall a little short of the original goal. However, their nearly shed-free coat creates less shedding and, therefore, less dander meaning a lower risk of allergy problems.
If you're allergic to dogs, you'll most likely be allergic to Labradoodles, or any of the doodle mixes.
Less shedding also means fewer tufts to clean up, of course, so vacuuming the couch after your fur baby takes a nap will be less of an issue.
Labradoodles are Smart
Labradoodles are sharp dogs who learn quickly. This makes them easy to train, which is the reason so many Labradoodles become guide dogs for the disabled.
Labradoodles also like to use their brains when they play. In fact, they thrive on training because it lets them learn new things and engages their brain. Being part retriever, they have a natural herding instinct that makes them eager to serve and an athletic disposition that makes them fun to run around and play with.
Labradoodles Have Excellent Temperaments
Though the breed is still relatively new and, therefore, still shows some inconsistencies in temperament when breeding, Labradoodles typically have an excellent disposition. They love people, young or old, and thrive on companionship.
Labradoodles are also intuitive and empathetic to emotion. This makes them excellent companions no matter how you're feeling.
The Downsides of Labradoodles
They Require Lots of Grooming
That shed-resistant coat Labradoodles have is great for keeping the house free of furry tufts, but it also is a magnet for dirt and bits from the yard. Labradoodle fur is dense and curly, so it holds pieces of sticks, bugs and, especially, burrs. Their fur also gets matted and dirty easily, which can make them uncomfortable and spread dirt through the house.
Their Intellect Makes Them Impish
Being smart and energetic makes Labradoodles rambunctious when they're puppies or have not been trained properly. Undisciplined Labradoodles tend to jump on people, which could be a problem for small children or someone who is frail. They're unlikely to bite but can easily bowl over small children.
Also, the fact that Labradoodles love people and prefer packs makes them dislike being left alone for long periods. Separation anxiety in Labradoodles can lead to mischief or destruction if you're not careful.