What personality do Labradoodles have?
Labradoodles are big, active, hairy dogs that tend to be happy, friendly and lots of fun.
Adult Labradoodles tend to be as tall as 25 inches and weigh between 50 and 75 pounds. Typically, they tend to be brown or apricot in color, although chocolate, black, yellow mini and bicolored Labradoodles are also found.
One thing people love about Labradoodles is their soft, curly, low-shedding, soft, curly coat that some people refer to as their ‘fleece’. What many people also find attractive about Labradoodles is their high intelligence, good temperaments and the ease with which they can be trained to be a well-mannered dog.
Let’s take a closer look at the Labradoodle personality…
Bred For Service
Labradoodles first appeared in the 1980s. Australian dog breeder Wally Conron of the Royal Guide Dogs Association Of Australia is credited with starting the breed by mating a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle in an attempt to create a low-shedding, hypoallergenic guide dog for the visually impaired.
Both dog lines are working breeds. The Labrador Retriever was bred to be a hunting dog and Poodles were excellent waterfowl retrievers. Interbreeding them has produced a loving, energetic, playful dog that works well with both children and adults and is relatively easy to handle when taken out in public.
Lots Of Energy
Labradoodles are very energetic dogs. They love to run and play fetch because of their hunting background. Owners should be prepared to give them lots of physical activity that keep their joints flexible and constantly moving. This is important because Labradoodles are susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia if they are allowed to become overweight.
The breed also needs the mental stimulation playing with their owner provides to keep them fit mentally and physically. People who have Labradoodles as pets should make time to take them for long walks at least twice each day. These dogs love to be on the go all day long.
Love To Play
People with an active lifestyle will really like Labradoodles. The dogs enjoy going to the dog park to run around and play with people and other dogs. Their retrieving instincts make the Labradoodles enjoy playing fetch. Plus, they are very social dogs and love running around and romping with children and adults.
It is important they have room and lots of opportunities to stretch their legs and run around and have fun. Plus, they are very easy to train. This makes them excellent hunting partners, family pets and superb, well-mannered, loving, intelligent, service dogs.
The Labradoodle Temperament
Known for their energetic, easy-going natures, Labradoodles love activities that stimulate them mentally and physically. They excel when they are given tasks and can spend lots of time interacting with their owners. Generally speaking, these are happy-go-lucky dogs that are most content when they are being lavished with attention.
These playful pups need lots of company and do well in households where there are both children and adults. Plus, they tolerate other dogs well. Labradoodles don’t like long periods of isolation and should be given an ample amount of chew toys so their need to use their jaws and teeth won’t develop into destructive behavior.
Enjoy Diverse Activities
If you and the people in your household want a dog you can take walking, running, swimming, jumping around and hiking through hill and dale, the Labradoodle is the dog for you. Their boundless energy, very social nature, desire to please their masters and a keen sense of smell make them a lot of fun when you take them on family adventures. Add their level-headedness, self-confidence, cheerful disposition and affectionate nature and it’s easy to see why Labradoodles have become very popular throughout Australia and the United States.
A Wonderful Friend
Labradoodles have all the traits people look for in a good friend. They have a loving personality, are smart, even-tempered, gentle, kind, friendly, loyal and eager to please. Labradoodles make excellent therapy dogs and service dogs and are terrific family companions. However, they are not particularly adept at being guard dogs or watchdogs.
With consistent early training, the Labradoodle’s exuberance and natural enthusiasm make them the perfect family pet. One with gorgeous, long, curly hair or a lovable shaggy coat, that loves to be petted and played with all day long.