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    How to choose a Labradoodle puppy?

    Articledog breeding adviceFriday 30 September 2011

    Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a standard Poodle. Although the purebred puppies are easier to guess what the dog will be like when grown up, different dogs have different personalities. Mixed breeds are more difficult to define and guess, though there are some traits, such as: size, temperament, activity level, playfulness etc. All those factors might give you some hints whether the Labradoodle you have chosen is a good match for you and your family.

    Consider the size of your Labradoodle puppy. They might come in three sizes: miniature, medium or standard. If you prefer a smaller one you should check whether the Labradoodle puppy's parents were small for their respective breeds. The bigger the dog is, the more space it will need to get rid of its energy etc. Apart from the size you should decide what activity level suits you best. If you are looking for a jogging partner you should look for the more active and outgoing puppy in the litter. If you have any doubts, the dog breeder should be able to help you with choosing the right puppy.

    Check for genetic health issues. Hip dysplasia is common in Labrador retrievers as are a variety of eye problems. Standard poodles seem to develop epilepsy more than other breeds. Make sure your breeder can prove that she has tested for these genetic problems and can provide to you with an Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) certificate. If the breeder cannot provide an OFA, do not adopt the puppy. Do not buy your labradoodle puppy from a pet store as the puppies are usually bred and raised in cramped and isolated conditions. The health and temperament problems you will bring home can be extensive and expensive. Be aware that any labradoodle puppy is going to need a lot of physical and mental exercise. Never forget that one of the breeds that went into the creation of your puppy has the word "retriever" in its name. You must commit to daily walks and ball throwing sessions with your puppy.

    The basic coat types of the Labradoodles are coated hair, fleece coated or wool coated that might come in a variety of colours such as white, caramel, gold, black, chocolate etc. The characteristic coat of Labradoodles requires basic grooming and treatments so you should bare it in mind and be able to satisfy all the requirements. 

    Learn here about the dog breeds or ask an expert for advice.

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