English Labradoodle – Breed Information & Care Guide

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The English Labradoodle is a newer hybrid breed that results from crossing a Poodle with an English Labrador Retriever. They are bred for their excellent temperament and have become increasingly popular in recent years, making them one of the favorite dog breeds for families.

This guide will provide you with all the information you need to know about the English Labradoodle, from their size and coat appearance to their health and care needs.

English Labradoodle Origins

The English Labradoodle was first created in 1989 by crossing two purebred breeds, a Poodle and an English Labrador Retriever. The aim was to create successful designer breeds with the best characteristics of both breeds, including the English Labradors’ gentle and good-natured temperament and the Poodles’ trainability and intelligence.

Generations of English Labradoodles

There can be quite a bit of variation between different generations of English Labradoodles, as the breed is still relatively new compared to other breeds out there. Some breeders are more careful about which dogs they use for breeding types of hybrids, and as a result, there can be a big difference in terms of temperament and health between puppies from different litters.

However, all English Labradoodles share some common characteristics, including their love of people, high intelligence, and trainability. They are also known for being good with children and other pets, making them ideal family dogs.

GenerationLabradorPoodle
F1 Labradoodle50%50%
F1B Labradoodle25%75%
F1BB Labradoodle12.5%87.5%
F2 Labradoodle50%50%
F2B Labradoodle37.5%62.5%
F2BB Labradoodle18.75%81.25%
F3 Labradoodle
(F3 is 3rd generation)
40%at least 60%+ Poodle genetics

As you can see, this can make for some interesting traits being passed down depending on the blend of breeds. Do your research before deciding which generation you want, as some may not be as suited to your lifestyle as other generations.

Size

The English Labradoodle is a medium to large breed, with dogs typically reaching heights of 16-24. They weigh anywhere from 50 to 65 pounds and can vary in other traits depending on the generation.

There are three different sizes of the English Labradoodle. The following are sizes that are most commonly found within the breed. However, there are always exceptions to the rule.

  • Miniature: Of English Labradoodles, this size is the smallest of the three. They usually go up to about 16 inches in height and about 15-20 pounds in weight.
  • Medium: These English Labradoodles usually clock in around 20 inches, fully grown with a weight of about 30-45lbs.
  • Large: The largest of the three types, these English Labradoodles typically weigh around 50-65 pounds and stand about 24 inches tall when fully grown.

As with any dog breed, males and females will differ in size by a few inches or pounds here and there. There’s never, however, a set or exact size for these dogs, especially depending on their parentage, traits, and other factors involved. Their parents will tell you what the average for your dog might be, but there are always exceptions to the rule.

Coat Appearance

One of the most distinctive features of the English Labradoodle is its coat. They have a thick, fluffy coat that can be either wavy or curly and come in various colors, including black, chocolate, cream, gold, and red. The coat is low-shedding and hypoallergenic, making them a splendid choice for people with allergies.

There are three types of coats the English Labradoodle can have, including:

  • Wool Coat: Akin to its name, this coat is very similar to a lamb’s coat in texture with its dense curls. This is sometimes referred to as a curly coat and doesn’t have as much smell like a regular coat due to its dense nature.
  • Straight Coat: This is the least common of the coat types and sheds the most of the three as it’s more like a hair coat. If you’re a person living with allergies, this likely isn’t the best type of coat for you. This is usually the less sought-after coat type, so breeders are more careful with the parents being bred to avoid it.
  • Fleece Coat: Comparable to the soft coat of an angora goat coat, this coat has the slightest possibility of shedding and is usually best for those with allergies. This can also be named the wavy coat, depending on who you’re talking to.

When looking for hypoallergenic properties in a dog, it’s important to consider the coat type and the parent breeds. Not all dogs considered hypoallergenic will have the same coat type, so it’s essential to do your research before deciding on a breed.

English Labradoodle Temperament

The English Labradoodle is an intelligent and friendly breed that is great with children and other pets. They are a highly trainable breed and make excellent companion dogs. They are also very active and need plenty of exercises, so they are not well suited for a sedentary lifestyle. You can have a very well-behaved dog suited to your lifestyle with proper training, both physical and mental training.

If you plan on living in an apartment, the English Labradoodle would not be the dog for you unless you can give them adequate exercise. You’ll want to evaluate the needs of you, your family, and the dogs to ensure a good fit.

If you are an active household, for example, that lives in an apartment and can provide plenty of exercise, then you may be alright with one. If you are not one to be active but still want one, consider hiring a dog walker to walk them once or twice a day for proper stimulation and exercise.

As you can see, many situations have various households and dog temperaments. Take stock of what you’re looking for, have time for, and have the energy before committing yourself to this breed.

Health Issues

Playful Labradoodle Puppy

The English Labradoodle is generally a healthy breed, but there are some health conditions to be aware of. These include hip and elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, and epilepsy. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the best way to keep your English Labradoodle healthy. You’ll want to ensure you’re getting a puppy from a reputable breeder and one that has puppies from health-tested parents.

The following are common health concerns in the breed:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Ear infections
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer

While not all English Labradoodles will experience these health concerns, it’s important to be aware of them and give them proper care. Be sure to ask your breeder about the parents’ health history and talk to your veterinarian about any veterinary care you may need for them.

Basic Care

English Labradoodle standing outdoor

Everyday grooming is important in taking care of your English Labradoodle’s beautiful coat. They should be brushed at least once a week to prevent mats and tangles from forming in their coat. It’s also important to bathe them as needed, but not too often, as this can strip the natural oils from their skin and coat. This will help to keep their skin and coat healthy and looking their best. 

Owning an English Labradoodle is an enormous responsibility. They need lots of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behavior. A daily walk or play session is a must, as is providing them with puzzle toys and regular training.

If you plan on living in an apartment, the English Labradoodle would not be the dog for you unless you can give them adequate daily exercise. You’ll want to evaluate the needs of you, your family, and the dogs to ensure a good fit.

Conclusion

The English Labradoodle is an excellent breed for active families with plenty of time to take care of them. They are intelligent, friendly, and make excellent companions. However, they are not suited for a sedentary lifestyle and need plenty of excercise. Be sure to consider your needs and the dog’s needs before committing to this breed.

Thanks for reading! We hope you now better understand what an English Labradoodle is and whether they would be a good fit for your family. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or leave something in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!

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Karen is a former pet business owner with 17+ years of experience in training and taking care of pets. She currently owns three dogs (a greyhound, saluki, and golden mix) and has gone through several types of programs to further her education in the pet world.

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