The Australian Labradoodle is known for its fun-loving intelligent personality, great with people and other dogs. Some breeds bond with one person but Labradoodles want to be everyone’s friend.
The information provided below is courtesy of the Australian Labradoodle Association and can also be found on their website. (laa.org.au)
There are 2 coat types that are considered allergy-friendly low to non-shedding: the fleece and the wool coat.
The Fleece Coat. This comes as a wavy or curly fleece and they are both soft in texture and is an easy coat to manage. The Wool Coat. This has a lambswool feel and can be mild to very curly. Its appearance is spiralling wool that opens easily to the skin
The Hair Coat. This can be short and wiry to a longer coat The hair has an odour and sheds in varying degrees. These coats are usually seen in early generation dogs.
White/Chalk. These dogs have black or rose pigment noses. Dogs with a brown/rose nose are sometimes referred to as Caramel Ice Cream. They are a creamy apricot/gold tinted coat and there are many shades. The nose pigment is black or rose.
Cream dogs with a brown/rose nose are sometimes referred to as Caramel Cream.
Gold. Sometimes referred to as apricot, like the colour of the inside of a ripe apricot. Yum………It varies in shades to a rich gold. This colour may fade as the dog ages. The nose pigment is black.
Caramel ranges from rich gold to deep red with even colour over the entire body. Nose pigment is rose.
Red. These dogs are a solid rich red colour with the colour the same from root to outer coat. Reds can fade with aging. The nose pigment is black and is a rare colour group.
Black. is solid without a sprinkling of any other colour through the coat. The nose pigment is black.
Chocolate. Is dark and rich in colour and their nose pigment matches their coat.
Cafe. Is milk chocolate to silver beige in colour with nose pigment matching the coat colour.
Partis. They are 50% white with patches of any of the above colours. The nose pigment reflects the solid colour.
In Labradoodles, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia (with a score of fair or better), You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site (offa.org).
Labradoodles do not need a lot of exercises. They have fairly low energy levels, although there are exceptions to every rule. To keep their weight down, however, they need daily exercise through short walks or playtimes in the yard. Many Labradoodles enjoy playing and will spend much of their time in various activities, but they are not so high energy that they need a large yard or long periods of exercise.
Australian Labradoodles are generally not greedy eaters. Let them eat what they want within a 10 minute period. Remove the bowl if the meal is not finished until the next feed time.
When your labradoodle puppy arrives he/she will have been eating 3 meals a day. Within a month or so of arrival, most puppies are content with 2 meals a day.
Our adult dogs eat twice a day and really look forward to mealtime. Weigh your labradoodle on a regular basis, you will learn to adjust the diet accordingly.
We feed our doodles on a fresh and mostly raw diet.
There are many options available, so please do your research and choose a diet that is high quality. Introduce any new foods gradually. Try raw veggies our dogs are very fond of them particularly carrots.
Labradoodles are fairly easy to groom however brushing with a slicker brush and a metal comb needs to be performed regularly to prevent matting of their coat. They are low to non-shedders. Begin grooming your Labradoodle at a young age and teach your puppy to stand on a table to make this experience easier on both of you. Touch and rub their paws often which will allow trimming nails easier.