What Are Phantom Labradoodles?

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Labradoodles are extremely popular family dogs that come in a variety of coat types and colors. But what are Phantom Labradoodles?

Is the Phantom Labradoodle a common color morph? Are Phantom Labradoodles more expensive than other colors?

Read this guide to learn more about the beautiful and rare Phantom Labradoodle.

What Is A Phantom Labradoodle?

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“Phantom” refers to Labradoodles that have a distinct pattern and is extremely rare. For a Labradoodle to be called a Phantom, the coat must have two distinct colors in certain parts of its body. To complicate matters further, the color pattern is inherited directly from the Poodle parent since it doesn’t exist in Labrador retrievers.

Phantom Labradoodles have a base coat color and secondary markings on other areas of their body.

 To be classified as a true Phantom:

  • The dog’s body must be one color, usually black.
  • The other color appears above the dog’s eyes, on the face, to the side of the muzzle, and on the paws. Occasionally, you’ll see a line of the secondary color over the pup’s stomach or chest.

So, the most common form of Phantom coloration is black and gold or brown, similar to the markings on a Doberman Pinscher or Rottweiler. However, you can sometimes find other color combinations, including:

  • Brown and silver
  • Black and gold
  • Brown and cream
  • Black and cream

Phantom Labradoodles often also have white markings. These unusual pups can often have three different color shades to make things even more interesting when choosing a Phantom puppy.

Depending on your dog’s color and genetic makeup, he could have a black or brown nose and brown or blue eyes.

What Size Are Phantom Labradoodles?

black and white Labradoodle in the forest

In theory, Phantom Labradoodles can come in any size like all the available colors.

So, you could have a large Standard Labradoodle, standing 21 to 24 inches tall and weighing 50 to 65 pounds, a Miniature Labradoodle, standing 14 to 16 inches tall and weighing in at around 15 to 25 pounds, or something in between.

Will My Phantom Labradoodle Coat Colors Change?

Regular color Labradoodles can change their coat colors as they mature, making it almost impossible to know what color your puppy will finally turn out!

If a puppy retains the same coat color into adulthood, that’s called “holding” the coat. However, it’s very common for Labradoodle puppy coats to fade to a much lighter shade called “clearing.” When choosing a puppy, always pick one with a darker coat than you want, as most Doodles tend to clear their coats as they grow older.

However, in the case of Phantom Labradoodles, the puppy’s unique markings that he’s born with don’t change. That means that your puppy will always be that unusual, sought-after Phantom color pattern, which is good to know when you see how much these rarities cost to buy!

Labradoodles can’t develop a Phantom color pattern. They have to be born with it, and it won’t change over time, which is what makes this coat color so rare.

How Do You Breed A Phantom Labradoodle?

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So, if these dogs are so rare, you might be wondering how they come about in the first place. 

It’s almost impossible for a Phantom to appear randomly in a litter of Labradoodle puppies.

How so?

Well, the phantom markings must be carried by both parents for the puppies to inherit them. Although Phantom Poodles are seen occasionally, you almost never see Phantom Labrador retrievers. So, it’s more likely that a breeder will produce multigenerational Phantom puppies.

How Much Does a Phantom Labradoodle Cost?

When you consider all of the above information, you can understand that Phantom Labradoodle puppies are much pricier than regular colors and patterns.

A well-bred Phantom Labradoodle puppy from a reputable breeder can cost anything from $2,500 upward! Larger varieties are generally slightly less expensive than the smaller types that tend to be the most popular since they fit better in apartments and small homes.

Can You Predict a Labradoodle Puppy’s Adult Coat Color?

Phantom Labradoodle in the forest

When you consider how much you’re going to have to pay for your puppy, it’s reassuring to know that Phantom Labradoodles are easily recognizable from birth. The Phantom pattern appears immediate and doesn’t change as the puppy grows into adulthood.

As mentioned above, other colors are less easy to predict. Most dogs clear their coats as they get older, even after a few years. Also, since Labradoodles are not purebred dogs, it’s almost impossible to predict how a litter of puppies will turn out. That’s one of the problems with paying in advance for a puppy that’s not been born yet.

Labradoodles are so popular that breeders often ask potential customers to pay a large deposit upfront to secure one of their puppies. Of course, many times, it’s simply a matter of potluck as to what size, coat type, and color of puppy you end up with. 

So, if you have your heart set on a Phantom Labradoodle, we recommend that you don’t part with any money until you’ve seen the puppy in the flesh. 

Final Thoughts

Did you find our guide to Phantom Labradoodles interesting? If you enjoyed the article and found it helpful, please take a moment to share it!

Phantom Labradoodles are a rare color morph reminiscent of a Doberman or Rottweiler. Phantoms have a solid body color, usually black, and markings on their face and chest in a secondary color, typically gold or brown. For a Labradoodle puppy to inherit Phanton coloring and markings, both parents must be Phantoms, making this color so difficult to find. 

What color is your Labradoodle? Do you have a Phantom Doodle? Tell us about your rare pet in the comments box 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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