LAB-A-DOODLE

GROOMING DEMAND RATING   –   MEDIUM

FULL GROOMING INTERVAL   8 TO 12 WEEKS ALSO DEPENDS ON TYPE OF COAT

MAINTENANCE INTERVAL     -2 X WEEKLY DEPENDING ON TYPE OF COAT

FULL GROOMING INCLUDES EVERYTHING   $85.00  DEPENDING ON CONDITION

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Some Labradoodles are more like Poodles: smart, reserved, and quiet with a fine, high-maintenance coat that needs to be trimmed regularly. Poodles are excellent watchdogs, and some (but not all) Labradoodles are as well. Other Labradoodles are more like Labs: rowdy, slow to mature, and prone to shed as often as they breathe.

The coat is where one of this hybrid’s greatest discrepancies turns up. The Labradoodle was meant to be nonshedding (like the Poodle), but it’s still common to have more than one coat type, as well as variation in puppy sizes, within one litter. Some people with allergies have had to give up their Labradoodles because of the shedding, which is what they were trying to avoid in the first place.

Others end up taking care of a finely-textured Poodle coat, though they had bypassed a purebred Poodle to begin with because they didn’t want to have to consistently trim, comb, and take care of that fine coat, with its tendency to mat and tangle.

If you’re allergic to dogs, you’ll still most likely be allergic to Labradoodles, or any of the Doodle mixes. Most people who have allergic reactions aren’t allergic to the coat so much as to the dander, the bits of skin that come off the dog with the shed hair. The less shedding, the less dander that you can react to; but it’s really an individual situation, particularly with the Labradoodle, where there’s a variety of coat types. If this is a foremost concern for you, make sure your breeder understands that so she can help pick out the puppy who is least likely to shed.

Sadly, the hybrid’s rapid popularity has already caused Labradoodles to show up in puppy mills and among irresponsible breeders. Puppy mills tend to sell sickly puppies with iffy temperaments. Irresponsible breeders hopping on the designer-dog bandwagon usually don’t produce good puppies because they think breeding is just about simply finding two dogs of the same breed, when it’s far more complicated than that.

 BEFORE AND AFTER

COCO LAB A DOODLE  COCO  13 YR OLD