Chocolate Labradoodles are a much sought-after color of these popular mixed-breed dogs.
But does the dog’s popular coat color have any influence over the Labradoodle’s personality, health, and coat types? And do chocolate puppy coat colors change as the puppy matures?
Read this guide to find out the facts about the gorgeous chocolate Labradoodle.
What Is A Chocolate Labradoodle?
Other than their gorgeous dark brown color coats, chocolate Labradoodles are much the same as any other color of this popular family-oriented breed.
All Labradoodles are hybrid or crossbreed dogs that are produced by mating a purebred Standard Poodle with a purebred Labrador retriever. There are many different generations of Labradoodles, too, and you can read more about them in the article at this link.
Labradoodles are typically friendly, outgoing, energetic pups that make excellent dogs for families. These popular family dogs are usually good with children and other pets.
What’s The Best Environment For Chocolate Labradoodles?
Labradoodles are energetic dogs that need an active family environment where they can enjoy plenty of company.
That said, these dogs can be pretty rambunctious, so they might not be the best choice for a family with small children or timid pets. Chocolate Labradoodles are intelligent dogs that can become bored and frustrated if they don’t get enough exercise or mental stimulation.
Separation anxiety can also be a problem for these dogs, so you shouldn’t leave your chocolate Labradoodle alone for long periods.
What Size Are Chocolate Labradoodles?
There are several sizes of chocolate Labradoodles to choose from, depending on what size Poodle was used as a parent and the pup’s generation.
The table below illustrates the typical chocolate Labradoodle sizes.
Chocolate Labradoodle Size
15 to 25 pounds
14 to 16 inches
30 to 45 pounds
17 to 20 inches
50 to 65 pounds
21 inches and over
Origins Of The Chocolate Labradoodle
The Labradoodle breed first appeared in the mid-1980s in Australia. At that time, Australian dog breeder Wally Conron was the puppy breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. Conron was approached by a blind woman whose husband was severely allergic to dogs, so he set about trying to breed a guide dog that didn’t shed.
After some three years of trying, Conron finally settled on a cross between the non-shedding Standard Poodle and the proven service dog, the Labrador retriever. The Labradoodle was born, and the rest is history!
But what makes those two dog breeds so suitable for a service dog/family pet role?
The Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever
Standard Poodles were originally used as water dogs, retrieving shot birds from marshes and bodies of water in Germany some 400 years ago.
Labrador retrievers originate from Newfoundland in Canada, where the dogs fulfilled a similar role to Poodles. The dogs worked alongside hunters in wetlands, retrieving shot fowl.
Labradors have a double coat that consists of a dense, fluffy underlayer of insulation and a later of longer, smooth, water-resistant guard hairs on top that keep the dog warm and dry in cold, wet conditions. Poodles have a single coat of tightly curled, wiry hair that barely sheds.
Both breeds are trainable, intelligent, and people-oriented. When the two breeds are crossed, the result is an athletic, lively, trainable dog that makes an excellent family or service dog that can also have a low-shedding coat,
Labrador Retriever and Poodle Coat Colors
Labrador retrievers generally come in three solid coat colors; yellow, black, and chocolate.
In comparison, the Poodle comes in a wide variety of colors, including parti-colors and chocolate brown.
Genetics Behind The Chocolate Labradoodle
Chocolate Labradoodles or brown Labradoodles are quite common coat colors since both parent breeds have a standard brown color morph.
There are two pairs of genes that determine the dog’s basic coat color. Many dogs carry the genetic codes that produce brown or chocolate fur, so you can find chocolate puppies being produced by two black parents or even a black and a yellow dog!
Chocolate Labradoodle color can vary from a dark-colored, rich mahogany hue to a dull pecan shade. Often, you’ll notice two colors mixed together. That’s because the dark-colored recessive genes are often masked by the more dominant light-colored genes.
Chocolate Labradoodle Personality
Chocolate Labradoodles typically have the same personality as other colored Doodles.
However, there is one exception to that.
It’s thought that chocolate coat color in Labrador retrievers may be associated with higher excitability, especially when ignored. In addition, a study carried out in 2014 showed that some chocolate Labs demonstrated a lower fear of noise and were not as trainable as yellow and black Labradors.
That said, these trends were noted by some owners in their dogs, so they might not be the norm for all chocolate Labs. Also, the temperament and personality of the individual parent Labrador will play a huge part in how the puppies turn out.
Generally, chocolate Labradoodles are friendly, energetic, playful, and loyal. However, Labradoodles can be somewhat aloof around strangers, a trait that’s common in Poodles and Labrador retrievers. However, early socialization of Labradoodle puppies is essential to train out that undesirable trait effectively.
Going back to their original roots, Labradoodles of all colors still make excellent service dogs, as well as family pets.
Are Chocolate Labradoodles Easy To Train?
Both the Labradoodle parent breeds are working dogs that are bred to be highly trainable. So, as you might expect, Labradoodles are typically very receptive to training, and they love to please.
Use positive reinforcement techniques to crate train and potty train your chocolate Labradoodle. These dogs are natural athletes that need lots of daily exercise and mental stimulation to keep them grounded and happy. That can also prevent undesirable behaviors, such as chewing, barking, and jumping up at children and visitors to your home.
Are Chocolate Labradoodles Healthy Dogs?
There is little proof that the brown gene or a brown coat has any influence on the dog’s overall health.
However, there is a limited amount of research suggesting that chocolate Labrador retrievers are becoming less healthy as a breed, largely because of inbreeding that’s narrowing the gene pool. Consequently, chocolate Labradors now have a notably shorter lifespan than yellow or black Labs.
Although thanks to hybrid vigor and the crossbreed’s genetic makeup, Labradoodles are generally healthier than their purebred parent breeds, that research is worth bearing in mind if you have your heart set on buying a chocolate Labradoodle.
You can guard against buying a puppy that has congenital health defects by choosing a reputable breeder who insists on having their chocolate-colored breeding stock screened for genetic health problems.
Common genetic health problems affecting Labradoodles include:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Cardiac issues
- Eye disorders
- Thyroid problems
You can go a long way towards keeping your chocolate Labradoodle fit and healthy by feeding him a correct, balanced, high-quality diet. Also, keep your dog fit and at the correct weight by giving your pet plenty of daily exercise. Your dog should also have annual health tests carried out by your vet to rule out or treat any potential problems early.
Are Chocolate Labradoodles Hypoallergenic?
Are chocolate Labradoodles hypoallergenic? That’s the six-million dollar question!
So, let’s bust some myths right here!
The first thing to know is that there is no such thing as a dog that doesn’t cause allergies in sufferers. Period. Even hairless dog breeds can trigger an allergic reaction.
The term “hypoallergenic” means that something is less likely to cause a severe allergic reaction. And that depends on the dog’s coat type rather than its color.
Pet dander is a combination of dead skin cells and dried saliva. The dander contains specific proteins that trigger allergies in sufferers.
Dander drops off the dog or cat onto your floor coverings as it moves through your home, climbs onto your furniture, rubs against your clothing, etc. When someone walks across the floor, the dander drifts up into the air to be inhaled by the allergy sufferer, who then has an allergic reaction.
Dander can also be attached to the roots of pet hair. So, when a pet sheds, the hair is often loaded with dander. Therefore, a dog that sheds very lightly is less likely to cause a severe allergic reaction than a heavy shedder. That’s why some dogs are considered to be “hypoallergenic.”
Hypoallergenic Coat Types
Like all Doodles, chocolate Labradoodles have three distinct coat types:
- Hair coat
- Fleece coat
- Wool coat
The hair coat is similar to that of a Labrador retriever, being relatively straight or slightly wavy. This coat type sheds more heavily than the other coat types and is, therefore, considered the least suitable for allergy sufferers.
The fleece or wavy coat is slightly curly and tends to grow in spirals if left unchecked. The fleece coat doesn’t shed much, so these dogs are often referred to as being hypoallergenic.
Curly coats are most reminiscent of the Poodle parent’s coat of hair. Although curly-coated dogs do shed to some extent, the loose fur is trapped amid the tight curls. So, you can remove most of it by brushing your dog every day before the hair and its cargo of dander fall out.
Consequently, chocolate Labradoodles are considered to be the most hypoallergenic.
Before you buy your chocolate Labradoodle, you should know that your pet’s fur type can change from his puppy coat to an adult coat. Also, Doodles are famous for having a color-changing coat.
So, in theory, you could buy a dark brown puppy with a fleece coat and end up with a light coffee-colored puppy with a straight coat!
Chocolate Labrador Grooming Requirements
Every chocolate Labradoodle coat type needs regular brushing to keep the dog’s skin and coat healthy. The amount of brushing and grooming required depends on the dog’s coat type rather than the coat color.
- Hair coats should be brushed every couple of days to keep shedding to a minimum.
- Fleece coats need to be brushed every day or two to prevent the hair from matting.
- Curly fur requires the most maintenance of all the Labradoodle coat types. You need to brush your dog’s fur every day right down to the skin to prevent the hair from matting and tangling.
Fleece and curly coats should also be clipped by a professional groomer every four to six weeks. That prevents overgrowth, keeps the coat tidy and smart, and reduces the amount of maintenance required.
How Much Are Chocolate Labradoodles?
Labradoodles are fashionable, popular dogs, and their price reflects that. Since the chocolate-colored Labradoodle is in demand, you can expect to pay top dollar for one of these pups.
High-quality, well-bred puppies from reputable breeders are the most expensive. Small dogs are the most popular since they are suitable for life in small homes and apartments and require less exercise than standard-size Labradoodles. So, Toy and Mini Labradoodles are more expensive than larger dogs.
As previously mentioned, Labradoodles with curly coats shed less than those with straight or fleece coats, so they are more popular with allergy sufferers, making these pups the most expensive.
As a ball-park figure, you should expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 for a chocolate Labradoodle puppy.
Don’t be tempted by cheap prices! Puppies on sale for a few hundred dollars are most likely from puppy mills. Breeding dogs used by puppy mills are seldom health-screened, and the dogs’ living conditions are typically very poor. Help to put puppy mills out of business by only buying from a reputable breeder!
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Chocolate Labradoodles are much the same as all the other color varieties of these popular family dogs. There is some research to suggest that brown coat colors are less trainable and have a higher likelihood of inheriting genetic health problems from their parents.
However, provided that you feed your dog a high-quality diet, keep your dog fit, and give him the love and care he deserves, your chocolate Labradoodle could live for an average of ten to 15 years.
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