The Labradoodle Buyer’s Guide 2021 (Top 10 Questions)

What Is A Labradoodle?

The Labradoodle is an incredibly popular dog breed – and for all the right reasons. It is a hybrid breed, a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, two of the cutest and most loving breeds! 

Labradoodles were originally bred to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, but they became so much more than that. They are smart, social, and affectionate and make for an excellent addition to any household. 

If you are thinking of getting a Labradoodle, you may have some questions or concerns. Our detailed buyer’s guide answers the ten most commonly asked questions asked by potential Labradoodle owners.

Are Labradoodles Good Family Pets?

As a general rule, Labradoodles are intelligent, loyal, friendly, and playful, which makes them excellent family pets. The breed’s inherent traits are certainly suited to living with a family since they tend to bond with humans are therefore likely to get along with every member of a household. 

They also have a stable temperament and are rarely ever known to be aggressive. This also makes them a good addition to a home that already has other pets. Whether these are dogs, cats, or even birds, you don’t have to worry about your Labradoodle harming them. 

That being said, any dog adjusts well when every family member is consistent with socialization and training. Also, while the breed itself is well-suited for families, it is important to consider your family’s needs before you get a pup. 

For example, these are high-energy dogs need lots of walks and playtime, so it is important to ensure at least one family member can provide this. 

Read more in the full article here to understand whether a Labradoodle is right for your family.

Are Labradoodles Good with Kids?

If you are apprehensive about bringing a Labradoodle to a home with kids, you have nothing to worry about! On average, Labradoodles are very good with kids. By nature, Labradoodles take to families and children rather quickly. These are intelligent, gentle, and extremely loving dogs

In fact, Labradoodles are known to take to young children and bond with them quickly. While the inherent traits of the breed work in your favor, a trusting relationship between your dog and your child depends on mutual learning and respect.

Any dog is likely to react if they are poorly handled, pulled, or poked. Dogs also need to be taught how to stay calm around young children, not to harm them. 

To achieve this, you will have to introduce your pet to your children carefully and supervise the first interactions closely until both the dog and the children learn how to behave well. 

Find a detailed breakdown of do’s and don’ts, as well as effective training techniques for socializing Labradoodles with kids, in a detailed article here.

Are Labradoodles Crazy?

Labradoodles are playful and energetic dogs, which sometimes earns them the wrongful reputation of being ‘crazy’. This is far from the truth, and it is easy to see why. If you explore the lineage of the Labradoodle, neither its Labrador parent nor the Poodle parent is known to be erratic. 

In fact, both of these are extremely adaptive and intelligent dogs. The reason Labradoodles are sometimes seen as crazy because they are high-energy dogs that need the right physical and mental stimulation to be happy and healthy. When this energy isn’t spent, they may act hyper. 

You can avoid this by ensuring you give them the lifestyle they need and make sure you get the right generation from the right breeder. Learn more about your Labradoodle’s temperament and its reasons in the full article here. 

How Big Do Labradoodles Get?

Since Labradoodles are hybrid dogs, they come in various generations, and therefore different sizes. If we explore their lineage, it is easy to see why this happens. The Poodle parent can be a standard, toy, or miniature poodle and weigh anywhere between 9 and 70 pounds. The Labrador parent, on the other hand, is usually between 55 and 80 pounds. 

As a general rule, depending on the size and weight of the parents, your Labradoodle could be anywhere from a small to a medium-sized dog. A standard Labradoodle is usually between 50 and 65 pounds, a medium between 30-45 pounds, and a miniature between 15-25 pounds.

The size you get will depend on your needs, your home, and the dog’s specific traits. Learn in detail about Labradoodles’ different weights, heights, and related nutrition needs in a detailed article here. 

Are Labradoodles Hypoallergenic?

These dogs were originally bred to be hypoallergenic, but their hybrid nature means that there is never a 100% guarantee. The Poodle parent is a hypoallergenic, non-shedding dog, which means the odds may be in your favor if your pup’s coat is closer to a Poodle. 

On the other hand, the Labrador parent is known to shed excessively and even blow out seasonal coats, which could mean that your Labradoodle might turn out to be a light shedder. The good news is that even if your pup is closer to a Labrador Retriever, it will still not be much of a shedder. 

If you are worried about potential allergies, you can minimize the chances of shedding by choosing the right Labradoodle generation with a non-shedding coat type. Understand the different generations and learn which is best for you in the detailed article here.

Are Labradoodles Good Apartment Dogs?

Labradoodles are adorable, and we can easily see why everyone would want one, but not every dog is meant for every home. On average, this specific breed’s needs are undoubtedly suited better to a house, owing to their excessive physical and mental energy needs.

Of course, any dog can learn to live in an apartment with the right training, and the Labradoodle is no different. However, the process will certainly take some time and effort. Labradoodles are social dogs, and they do not like to be alone, so you will need extensive training to ensure you can leave them alone in your apartment for longer periods of time. 

If this is not done properly, they may suffer from separation anxiety, display destructive behaviors around the house, and even become depressed and refuse to eat. If you are looking to learn how to help your new Labradoodle pup adapt to apartment life and how to be more independent and self-sufficient, read the full article here. 

How Often Do Labradoodles Need Grooming?

As a general rule, Labradoodles need a bath and a haircut once every 6 to 8 weeks However, the exact grooming process will depend on the variant/generation you get and your dog’s individual needs and lifestyle.

Your dog may have a hair coat, a fleece coat, or a wool coat, and grooming needs for all of these are different. Bathing needs will also depend on how much time your dog spends outdoors and how dirty they get on a daily basis, while trimming needs will depend on how fast their hair grows and how you want them to look. 

To better understand your Labradoodle’s coat type and find detailed guidelines on their bathing, brushing, and grooming needs, read the full article here. 

Are Labradoodles Good Swimmers?

If you have a pool or live near a lake, you will naturally want your newest furbaby to be part of the fun swimming sessions. Labradoodles can certainly be good swimmers, but the fact is that they are not natural ‘water dogs.’ 

Labradoodles are not known to take to swimming automatically. A love for water varies in every dog and depends more on their individual personality and upbringing than on their breed. If you introduce your Labradoodle pup to water early on in their life and make these swimming sessions fun and exciting for them, they may take to it very quickly. 

If they do, you will find out that they turn out to be great swimmers. They might even take up kayaking, paddle boarding, and surfing with you! If you are trying to teach your dog how to swim or wondering how to positively introduce them to water, find detailed guidelines in the full article here. 

Do Labradoodles Bark a Lot?

Like any other dogs, Labradoodles do bark. While they are generally not very loud dogs, any puppy can fall into a habit of barking, and it needs to be corrected early on to prevent them from growing up to be an excessive barker. 

If you are experiencing something like this, chances are your Labradoodle is doing this to mark their territory. They might also be feeling scared, threatened or lonely, or simply just asking for attention. Listening closely to what your dog is trying to tell you is the key to understanding their behavior and learning how to prevent it. 

You can train them to stop barking on command with the right positive reinforcement techniques. It is also important to avoid common training mistakes, like giving in to the barking behavior and accidentally reinforcing it. 

Find a detailed breakdown of training methods and important Dos and Don’ts in the full article here.

Are Labradoodles Smart?

Both the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle are intelligent, adaptable, and socially smart dogs, so it only makes sense that their offspring would be intelligent as well! There is often a misconception that hybrid dogs are dorky and silly, but this is far from true for Labradoodles. 

They are quick to learn new commands, and 95% of them have proven successful in learning to obey a command within 30 minutes of training. They are also adaptive and independent and like to solve problems on their own. 

It is important to keep your Labradoodle mentally occupied with puzzle toys and other stimulating mental and physical activities to make sure they do not get frustrated or bored. Learn how to potty-train your Labradoodle, teach them new tricks quickly, and what games to play with them to keep them happy in the full article on Labradoodle intelligence here.


Diane is a lifelong owner of Labs, Retrievers, a Poodle, Labradoodle, and, more recently, a Goldendoodle. She loves dogs and enjoy's taking her Goldendoodle Nala for walks in the woods with her daughters.

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