Apricot Labradoodle – A Complete Guide

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There are lots of Labradoodle colors to choose from, but the most unusual colors are the most popular. Apricot is a pretty rare Labradoodle color that’s much in demand with pet owners.

But are apricot Labradoodles healthy? Are apricot Labradoodles best for allergy sufferers? And is the apricot Labradoodle healthier than the other colors?

Read this comprehensive apricot Labradoodle guide to find out if this rare and beautiful dog would be an excellent family pet for you.

What Is An Apricot Labradoodle?

Apricot Australian Labradoodle Puppies

Essentially, solid apricot Labradoodles are simply a color variant of the Labradoodle crossbreed and not a separate breed.

These dogs have fur that’s a paler version of the red Labradoodle. Other than that, the apricot Labradoodle has the same basic temperament, needs the same amount of exercise, and has similar common health problems as all the different colors.

Who Knows?

One thing you must know before setting your heart on an apricot Labradoodle puppy is that you can never be entirely certain what your dog’s final color will be.

How so?

Labradoodle puppies often change color as they mature in a genetic quirk known as “clearing.” Your Labradoodle puppy’s final coat type is not guaranteed either!

That’s what makes buying a Labradoodle puppy such an exciting, fun experience!

Hybrid Dogs

Labradoodles are sometimes called designer dogs or hybrids. Hybrid dogs are created by crossing two purebred dogs to create a mixed breed.

In the case of the Labradoodle, a purebred Labrador retriever is crossed with a purebred Poodle. So, there’s no such dog as a purebred Doodle, and no breed standard for the breed exists yet.

So, Labradoodle puppies carry a mixture of different genes inherited from both their parents. To further add to the mix, many breeders use different generations of Labradoodles as parent dogs to create even more variations on the original F1 dog. 

Apricot Labradoodle Genetics

The apricot Labradoodle’s coat has two distinct color pigments that are known as “default” colors:

  • red (phaeomelanin)
  • black (Eumelanin)

So, you might assume that every Labradoodle would be born with a black or red coat. However, other genetic codes are also inherited that can influence and alter those two colors.

For example, sometimes the genes will change the black coat pigment, making it look gray, brown, or even blue. The red hue can be altered to make tan, yellow, orange, cream, or golden.

How Do Apricot Labradoodles Inherit Their Color?

As you know, the Labradoodle breed contains genes from the Poodle and the Labrador Retriever.

Labradoodles come in lots of different colors, and the apricot shade is essentially a paler version of the red Labradoodle coat.

It’s the Rufus gene that creates the reddish-apricot color in the dog’s coat. Since the Rufus gene is recessive, that color only appears rarely, whereas more dominant genes tend to appear more frequently.

What Makes Apricot Labradoodles So Rare?

The apricot coat color is caused by a recessive gene. As the gene is recessive, the apricot coat coloring is much less likely to be inherited by subsequent generations. Hence, apricot and red-colored Labradoodles are pretty rare.

Do Apricot Labradoodles Fade?

Calm apricot labradoodle sitting at the armchair

Unfortunately, the apricot coat color is prone to fading as the puppy gets older, possibly due to the recessive gene.

That’s a very important factor to consider if you’re determined to have an apricot-color Labradoodle. After all, the apricot coat color is one factor that pushes up the price of a puppy, and the last thing you want is for your puppy to lose his apricot tone and fade out to a sandy shade.

Apricot Color Labradoodle Coat Type

Many potential apricot Labradoodle owners want to know if the apricot coat color influences coat type.

So, let’s clear that up first! The dog’s coat color has no influence over his coat type. The dog’s fur type is all down to genetics.

Labradoodles can have one of three coat types:

  • Hair coats
  • Wool type coats
  • Fleece coats

An apricot Labradoodle’s coat type depends entirely on the coat genes the puppy inherits from his parents.

Hair Coats

A hair coat is the closest coat type to that of the puppy’s Labrador retriever purebred parent lines.

Labs have thick, double coats that tend to shed pretty constantly year-round with two major shedding events in spring and fall. If you want a puppy that’s a light-shedder, the hair coat is not a suitable choice for you.

Wool Coats

Wool coats are closest to the Poodle parent’s coat type, being tightly curled and shedding very lightly.

Wool coats are best for you if you want a dog that doesn’t shed much. That said, you do need to spend time brushing your dog every day to remove loose hair that would otherwise create tangles and form mats in the dog’s coat.

It would help if you also took a wool-coated Labradoodle to a professional groomer for bathing and clipping every four to six weeks.

Fleece Coats

Fleece coats are between hair and wool coats. 

The fleece coat is soft and silky with waves or soft curls and doesn’t shed much. This coat type needs daily brushing to prevent matting and tangles, and professional grooming is necessary every four to six weeks.

Ask The Breeder!

Litters with apricot puppies can have dogs with different coat types, depending on which parent dog each puppy most takes after.

So, always ask the breeder if you want an apricot version of a particular coat type. Experienced breeders will know the likely final coat type of their puppies.

What Size Are Apricot Labradoodles?

Regardless of their color, Labradoodles come in several different sizes.

However, as these dogs are a crossbreed, their size can vary, depending on the generation and the kind of Poodle that was used in the cross. 

Generally, female dogs are smaller in build than males. However, when it comes to coat color, apricot Labradoodles are no different in size than other colors.

The following table shows a summary of the typical Doodle sizes. Ask the puppy’s breeder to give you an idea of your apricot Labradoodle’s size.

Labradoodle Size

Weight Range

Height Range

Labradoodle Size

Weight Range

Height Range

Labradoodle Size

Weight Range

Height Range

Miniature

15 to 25 pounds

14 to 16 inches

Medium

30 to 45 pounds

17 to 20 inches

Standard

50 to 65 pounds

21 inches and over

Is The Behavior Of Apricot Labradoodles Different From Other Colors?

Labradoodles make wonderful family pets, thanks to their easygoing temperament, social attitude toward other pets and small children, and trainability. 

There’s no documentary evidence to indicate that a Labradoodle’s coat color has any influence over the dog’s temperament or behavior. 

That said, since these dogs are a hybrid breed, no specific research has been carried out yet into any possible relationship between color and temperament.

Ask The Breeder

The best way to find out what temperament your puppy is likely to have is to have a chat with the breeder and take a close look at the puppy’s parents.

  • Poodles were originally bred to be working dogs. So, they tend to be intelligent, energetic, and trainable. These dogs also get along fine with other pets and children.
  • Labrador retrievers are also working dogs and possess many of the same temperamental characteristics as Poodles. However, this breed has a more gentle temperament and is often seen in a service role. 

Since both Poodles and Labrador retrievers are essentially working dogs, you can expect your Labradoodle puppy to be lively and very smart. These dogs are not couch potatoes, so you must be prepared to spend time giving your happy apricot Doodle puppy lots of exercises every day.

Not All Puppies Are The Same

However, thanks to the wider gene pool that contributes to every litter, no two puppies will be identical in temperament. And you can’t be sure exactly how much of each parent’s characteristics each individual pup will inherit.

For example, you could pick an apricot Labradoodle that’s boisterous, cheeky, and headstrong, whereas his brother could be shy and more reserved when introduced to strangers.

Meet The Parents!

As previously mentioned, a good breeder will know how a particular set of parents’ puppies are likely to turn out.

The breeder will often insist on meeting you and matching you with a puppy that he thinks will suit you. However, we recommend you ask the breeder if it’s okay for you to go to the kennels and meet both the parent and puppy.

Many reputable breeders take the time to socialize their pups and even begin basic obedience and potty training. So, be sure to shop around and ask lots of questions.

Are Apricot Labradoodles Healthy Dogs?

Cute apricot labradoodle dog sitting on the yellow sofa

Labradoodles in general are pretty healthy dogs, largely because of the hybrid crossbreeding.

Thanks to something referred to as “hybrid vigor,” crossbreed animals are usually less prone to congenital health defects than purebreds.

In the case of pedigree, purebred dogs, lots of inbreeding takes place. With each generation of puppies, the likelihood of the dogs inheriting physical deformities and health problems increases.

However, when dogs of different breeds are mated, it’s far less likely that they will have common health problems that could be passed down to the next generation of puppies. That’s because both breeds will have different congenital health problems, so onward transmission is far less likely.

For that reason, hybrid or crossbreed dogs are usually healthier and longer lived than purebreds.

Apricot Labradoodle Possible Health Issues

Despite the health advantage of hybrid vigor, apricot Labradoodles can sometimes inherit several health issues from their parents, including:

  • elbow joint problems
  • hip dysplasia
  • epilepsy
  • Addison’s disease
  • heart issues
  • thyroid problems
  • bloat 
  • eye conditions, including PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)

Responsible breeders always have their parent dogs health-screened to ensure that their puppies are healthy. Ask the breeder to show you documentary proof that health testing has been carried out and for an initial health guarantee for the apricot Labradoodle puppy you’re buying.

Beware, Puppy Farms and Backyard Breeders!

Thanks to the upsurge in demand for Labradoodle puppies of all colors, the business of breeding these designer crossbreed dogs is booming. That spawned a whole raft of backyard breeding operations and puppy farms.

These puppy mills are solely out to make as much money as possible by producing hundreds of poorly bred puppies quickly to meet demand. Usually, the parent dogs are not health-checked and are kept in very poor conditions. In many cases, the pups are not vaccinated and often get sick within days or arrive at their new home.

Since these puppies are usually much cheaper than those that are well-bred by responsible, licensed breeders, unsuspecting buyers continue to purchase the dogs, fuelling the puppy farms.

What Price Are Apricot Labradoodles?

Labradoodles are extremely popular dogs, especially with first-time owners looking for a lively, friendly, trainable, and healthy dog. For that reason, these crossbreed dogs are not cheap to buy.

You can expect to pay upwards of $1,500 for a well-bred puppy from a reputable breeder. That said, there are several factors that can influence the price of your Doodle puppy, including:

  • Size
  • Color
  • Breeder reputation
  • Coat type

Size Matters

Most potential dog owners want a pet that isn’t too big. So, the smaller-sized Labradoodles that are suitable for small homes or apartment life are more expensive than larger pups.

Color

As previously mentioned, rare colors and patterns are very much in demand, which pushes up the price. So, Labradoodles with apricot coloring are more expensive than black or cream dogs.

Breeding

No responsible dog owner wants to take on a pet with hereditary health problems.

Responsible breeders have their breeding dogs health-checked to try to rule out common health problems that can affect the breed. A reputable breeder will show you health documents relating to your puppy’s parents, so you know you’re buying a healthy puppy.

Hypoallergenic

Beautiful apricot pet labradoodle calmly going through hair cutting

Many dog owners want a pet that doesn’t shed much, especially if the household contains allergy sufferers.

That means that Labradoodles with very curly or wavy coats are more in demand than those with straighter fur that sheds more. Consequently, a mini apricot Labradoodle puppy with a curly coat will be more expensive and could set you back anywhere up to $5,000!

Final Thoughts

Did you enjoy our guide to the beautiful apricot Labradoodle dog? If you found the article helpful, please take a few moments to share it.

Apricot Labradoodles are an usual, much sought-after color of this popular crossbreed. Their popularity makes apricot Labradoodles quite expensive to buy, so you should know that apricot puppies often fade to a much lighter shade when adults. 

Always get your apricot Doodle puppy from a responsible, reputable breeder who has all their breeding dogs health-screened for inherent diseases that could be passed onto the puppies. Never buy a cheap puppy; it could be from a puppy mill!

Do you have an apricot Labradoodle? Did your pet’s color fade out as he got older? Tell us all about your apricot Labradoodle in the comments section below.

Meet our writer

Alison Page was brought up with dogs and various other pets! For a few years, Alison worked as a Practice Manager in a small animal veterinary clinic. Alison is now a full-time writer, specializing in creating articles on the care and training of dogs, cats, and fish.

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