Labradoodles get their name from their mixed heritage - Labrador Retriever and Poodle. They are a hybrid dog, a first generation cross. As such they exhibit "hybrid vigour," referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. The puppies take on the best traits of both breeds. Most live to be fifteen years old.
Labradoodles were first deliberately bred in Victoria Australia, in 1988. A Labrador Retriever was crossed with a Standard Poodle - the goal was to breed a guide dog that could serve a blind person and not aggravate their allergies. Many poodle crosses inherit the fur qualities of the Poodle, but not the texture. This means that most don't shed, or shed lightly. This has made the Labradoodle a very popular companion of families with allergies.
Labradoodles are affectionate, non aggressive, intelligent, and quick to learn. The AKC has ranked them 1st in popularity in North America since 1990. The Poodle is ranked 5th. The dogs we breed range in color from cream to brown.
The size of the Labradoodle depends on its parentage.
Standard - The parent breeds are a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. They weigh greater than 45 pounds.
Medium - The parent breeds are a Labrador Retriever and a Miniature Poodle. They weigh 25 to 44 pounds
Miniature - The parent breeds are a Medium Labradoodle and a Toy Poodle. They weigh less than 25 pounds.