Do you have your heart set on a brown labradoodle? If so, this is the guide for you! This blog post will cover everything you need to know about this popular coat color and gentle breed. We’ll discuss their origins, traits, care needs, and more.
Plus, we’ll provide tips on finding a reputable breeder. So whether you’re just starting your research or are ready to bring home your new pup, read on for all the info you need!
Brown Labradoodle Origins
Brown Labradoodles are a relatively new hybrid breed. They were first bred in the 1980s, and their popularity has flourished. As the name suggests, brown Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle.
This mix results in a dog that is intelligent, friendly, and highly trainable. Brown Labradoodles also are less shedding than other dogs and may be a good choice for people with allergies.
Getting a brown (also known as chocolate brown) labradoodle can be tricky sometimes because of genetics. Poodles have a breed standard of ten basic coat colors, while Labradors have three standard solid coat colors.
Combining the two can often lead to chocolate Labradoodles with different shades of brown, but the litter may have some outliers depending on the parent dog’s genetics.
Recessive B genes determine the adult coat color of this hybrid breed, making this one of the more beautiful coats to get depending on their gene pool. There are never any guarantees there will be a brown labradoodle in a litter, so it’s best not to get your heart set on one unless you’re willing to be put on a reputable breeder’s waitlist.
You’re more likely to get a dog with some popular shades like deep chocolate shade, lighter tan-like shade, and mahogany shades.
Brown Labradoodle Traits and Care
With brown labradoodle care, grooming is important to keep your dog looking and feeling his best. Fortunately, brown Labradoodles are relatively easy to groom. They should get regular brushing, and their coat will only need to be clipped every month or two. Brown labradoodle do shed, but not as much as other dogs.
The style of coat can determine how much or how little they shed. The variances in coat texture can include:
- Straight coat
- Wavy coat
- Curly coat
- Fleece coat
- Wool coat
Each one of those types will shed differently and have different grooming needs. For example, the fleece and wool coats are non-shedding but will require more frequent brushing to avoid matting. The straight coat is the easiest to groom, while the curly coat may need special shampoo and conditioner to avoid frizz.
You’ll also need to trim their nails from time to time as this will help with their foot health and avoid overgrown nails.
Will my Brown Labradoodle’s Puppy Coat Change Colors as They Grow?
One of the most common questions about brown puppies is whether their coat color will change as they grow.
The answer is that it depends on their genetic makeup. Some brown Labradoodles will keep their shade of brown or chocolate coat throughout their life, while others may lighten to a cream or café au lait color as they age. This is just a natural aging process that happens over time.
This is because brown is a recessive gene. So, if one parent is not brown, the puppies may inherit the non-brown coat color. However, if both parents are brown, the puppies will likely stay brown as they grow.
This can make getting this coat color difficult, and while you may get a chocolate-appearing coat, it may change over time, and exposure to sunlight can cause the fading of coat color.
Do Brown Labradoodles Shed?
As we mentioned, brown Labradoodles do shed, but not as much as other dogs. This is because they inherit the low-shedding gene from the Poodle parent. If you are concerned about allergies, ask your breeder how much shedding to expect.
Labradoodle coat types can vary depending on the genes they inherit from their parents. Some Labradoodles will have a straight coat that sheds, while others may have a curly coat that sheds less. It really varies from dog to dog.
Breeders are working on trying to stabilize coat types and colors through generations of breeding. This is so buyers can better understand what they are getting when purchasing a labradoodle.
Are Brown Labradoodles Hypoallergenic?
There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. However, depending on genetics and coat type, there are very low-shedding breeds of dogs. The Labradoodle is one of them!
Labradoodles have low shedding because of their genetics. We know the Labrador Retriever for being a shedding breed, while the Standard Poodle hardly sheds at all. This means that Labradoodles inherit the low-shedding trait from both Labrador Retrievers and Poodles depending on genetics and generation, making these great dogs for families.
How Big do Brown Labradoodles Get?
Brown Labradoodles come in three different size categories: Standard, Medium, and Miniature. Standard brown Labradoodles can weigh anywhere from 50 to 65 pounds and stand 21 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder.
Medium brown Labradoodles weigh in at 30 to 45 pounds and reach 18 to 21 inches tall, while miniature brown Labradoodles top out at 15 to 17 pounds and stand 14 to 16 inches tall.
Brown Labradoodles are highly intelligent dogs that are easy to train. However, like all dogs, they will need patience and consistency from their owners in training. The best way to train your brown labradoodle is with positive reinforcement training such as treats or praise.
Online training courses or puppy obedience classes are also a great way to socialize your dog and start working on basic commands, such as:
- Drop it
- Leave it
Teaching them these commands with short training sessions can increase the bond between you and your dog while establishing ground rules. You’ll also want to add some stimulation through mental training and not just commands. You can often achieve this by doing activities such as ‘find it’ where the dog is required to think to find an item while using their nose.
How to Play ‘Find It’ with Your Dog
The game of ‘find it is a great way to mentally stimulate your dog and help them burn off some energy for periods of time. You can do this indoors or outdoors; you only need a few simple items.
To play, hide a toy or treat somewhere in the room or yard. Once your dog sees you hide the item, give them the cue to ‘find it’. Your dog will then use their nose to sniff out the hidden item. When they find it, praise them and give them a treat.
You can make the game more challenging by hiding multiple items or using an unfamiliar scent each time you play. You can also try hiding the item in a different location each time.
Mental Stimulation Toys
One of the most important things for any dog is mental stimulation. You can achieve this through a variety of activities, such as playing fetch or tug-of-war, but it’s also important to provide some mental stimulation like brain toys.
Some great options for mental stimulation toys include:
- Kongs: These are hollow toys that can be filled with treats or peanut butter. Your dog will have to work to get the treats out, which will keep them entertained for hours.
- Puzzle toys: These are toys that require your dog to solve a problem in order to get a treat. They come in a variety of difficulty levels, so you can find one that’s perfect for your dog’s skill level.
- Interactive toys: These are toys you can play with along with your dog. They’re great for bonding and can be as simple as a rope toy or a ball.
Health Issues of Brown Labradoodles
All dogs have some health risks, but brown Labradoodles are healthy. Some common health concerns to be aware of include hip and elbow dysplasia. These conditions are caused by the way the bones fit together in the joint and can lead to pain and arthritis. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help, is to have preventive care and regular veterinary care along with:
- Ensure your dog has a good diet and plenty of exercise
- Have them checked by a veterinarian regularly
- Make sure they are groomed regularly
- Avoid letting them jump or run on hard surfaces
Some of the most common problems seen in brown Labradoodles include health conditions such as:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
- Von Willebrand’s disease (vWD)
- Dental health issues
These conditions are all hereditary and can be avoided mainly by purchasing your brown labradoodle from a reputable breeder who health tests their dogs. Health tests for these conditions are necessary for breeders to ensure their lines are healthy for future litters. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, ask for a health record, visit the home where the dogs are bred, and inquire as to previous litters and their health.
We know brown Labradoodles for being friendly, outgoing, and affectionate dogs. They love to be around people and get along well with other animals. Brown Labradoodles are also highly intelligent and trainable. This makes them great pets for families with children or first-time dog owners.
Training is an essential part of shaping a dog’s temperament over the course of its life. It can help to prevent problem behaviors and can also help you teach your dog obedience commands and basic manners. Teaching them these things will help with improvement in their confidence and their bond with you and your family.
One of the major benefits of training your dog is that it can help to create a stable temperament. This can help to prevent problem behaviors, such as chewing on furniture or jumping up on people.
Finding a Reputable Breeder
If you are interested in finding a brown labradoodle puppy, the best place to start is by doing your research and finding a knowledgeable breeder. There are many reputable breeders out there and many resources for breeders, but some might not have your dog’s best interests at heart.
Be sure to ask lots of questions and get referrals before deciding. A good breeder will be happy to answer any of your questions and will have no problem providing references as well as helping you through the application process.
When you visit the breeder, please pay attention to the conditions of these popular family dogs and their puppies. They should be clean, well-cared for, and have plenty of space to run and play. The breeder should also be able to provide health clearances for the owner without hesitation.
When looking for a brown labradoodle puppy, it’s important to do your research so you don’t fall prey to backyard breeders. Backyard breeders are unprofessional breeders who often have no regard for the health and well-being of their dogs. They often produce unhealthy puppies with poor genetic health that can be expensive and difficult to treat.
Now that you know all about brown Labradoodles, you can decide whether this is the right breed for you. If you are looking for a friendly, intelligent, family companion, and trainable dog, then a brown labradoodle is the perfect choice for families and first-time pet owners.
Just remember to do your research and find a reputable breeder before deciding. Do you have questions about brown Labradoodles? Share them in the comments below!