Of all the Labradoodle colors, red is probably the most popular. But what’s so special about the red Labradoodle?
Are red Labradoodles healthy? Is a red Labradoodle more hypoallergenic than other colors? And is the red Labradoodle’s temperament different?
Read this guide to learn everything you need about the gorgeous red Labradoodle.
What Is A Red Labradoodle?
The red Labradoodle is not a different breed from other Labradoodles. Red Doodles are simply Labradoodles with red fur.
When referring to a dog’s color, the term “red” is used to describe any shade from pale ginger to deep, burnt orange or chestnut.
One crucial thing to note is that you can’t always be sure what color your puppy will turn out to be when fully grown! That’s because Labradoodle puppies can sometimes change color. You can never be entirely sure what coat type your puppy will have.
So, buying a Labradoodle puppy is a journey of discovery full of surprises!
A Hybrid Dog Breed
Labradoodles are a designer or hybrid dog breed created by crossing a purebred Labrador retriever with a purebred Poodle. So, there’s no such thing as a purebred Labradoodle, and a breed standard for the dog doesn’t exist yet.
Labradoodles have a mixture of different genes from both parent dogs. Breeders use different generations of Labradoodles as parent dogs to complicate matters further, producing even more variations on the original F1 mix.
Coat Color Genetics
So, where does the Labradoodle’s coat color come from?
Every dog has two distinct coat color pigments:
- red (phaeomelanin)
- black (Eumelanin)
These coat colors are known as “default” colors. With that in mind, you might think that every dog would have a red or black coat. However, dogs also inherit other genetic codes that alter and influence those two colors.
In some cases, the genes will change the black pigment so that it appears gray, blue, or brown. Other genes modify the red color to create a cream, yellow, tan, orange, or even golden color variation.
That’s how the red Labradoodle gets his distinctive colored coat. But what about the dog’s nose and eye color?
Red Labradoodle Nose And Eye Colors
The Eumelanin gene determines your Labradoodle’s nose pigment color and eye shade.
Again, more genes can influence the black of Eumelanin so that it appears hazel, amber, brown, or even some other shade.
However, true red Labradoodles will always have a black nose color and dark brown eyes.
Is Red Labradoodle Temperament Different?
All Labradoodles are known to be friendly, outgoing, happy dogs that typically get along very well with other pets and children. That’s what makes these pups such popular family dogs.
There’s no definitive evidence to show that the color of a Labradoodle’s coat causes any temperament differences in these dogs. However, since Doodles are hybrids, no research has been carried out yet.
The best way to work out what kind of temperament your dog will have is to look at his parents.
- The Labrador retriever is a friendly, sociable, highly trainable dog often seen in a service role and family settings.
- The Poodle is a working breed that tends to be energetic and trainable. These dogs are also excellent family pets, getting along well with kids and other pets.
Both breeds are highly intelligent and enjoy an active lifestyle.
So, you can guess that your Labradoodle will be a mixture of the two parent breeds’ temperaments. However, in the case of all hybrid dogs, there’s no real way of telling just how much of each parent’s genes a puppy will inherit.
For example, you might have one Labradoodle puppy that’s shy and reserved when meeting strangers like the Poodle parent. In contrast, another pup from the same litter might be extremely outgoing and happy to play with anyone he meets, like a Labrador retriever.
Meet The Parents!
The best way to get an idea of a puppy’s likely temperament is to ask the breeder!
Reputable breeders generally have an excellent idea of how their puppies will turn out and are happy to share that information with potential buyers. Before committing to buying a puppy, always ask the breeder if you can go along and interact with both parent dogs.
Some breeders will put you in touch with people who have adopted puppies from them so that you can ask how their pups turned out.
Are Red Labradoodles Healthy Dogs?
Labradoodles are generally healthy dogs, thanks to their hybrid breeding.
That’s because of something called “hybrid vigor.” Purebred dogs tend to be very inbred, so the gene pool becomes narrower with every generation produced. That makes it highly likely that inherited health issues and physical deformities will occur more frequently and become more serious with each generation.
Hybrid vigor happens when two dogs are different breeds are crossed. Both those breeds should have different congenital health issues, making it much less likely that the same problems will be passed down to the puppies. So, crossbred dogs are generally stronger, healthier, and live longer than their purebred counterparts.
Red Labradoodle Possible Health Issues
Despite the health advantage of hybrid vigor, red Labradoodles can still inherit a few health conditions from their parents, including:
- Hip dysplasia
- Heart issues
- Addison’s disease
- Compromised thyroid function
- Eye issues, including Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
When searching for a puppy, always buy from a reputable breeder with genetic screening of both parents purebred dog breeds. Ask the breeder for verification of health testing and an initial health guarantee for your puppy.
Responsible breeders want healthy puppies, so they always use healthy parents!
Beware, Puppy Mills!
Unfortunately, hybrid dog breeding has become big business, and Labradoodle breeds of all colors and generations are commanding big bucks. That phenomenon has triggered a massive upswell in backyard breeding operations that have seen the opportunity to make a fast buck.
These so-called puppy mills make money by churning out poorly bred puppies as quickly as possible to meet demand. The parent dogs used are often not health-checked and frequently carry genetic health issues that are passed on to their puppies. As well as those genetic issues, puppies from puppy mills can have poor temperaments, as they haven’t been properly socialized from day one.
Red Labradoodle puppies that you see advertised for a low price are probably from a puppy mill. So, don’t be tempted; walk away!
Red Labradoodle Coat Type
Labradoodles have one of three coat types:
- Hair coats
- Wool type coats
- Fleece coats
The coat type your puppy inherits will depend on the coat genes he inherits from his parents.
Hair Coat Type
The hair coat type is the closest to that of the Labrador retriever.
Labrador retrievers have thick, double coats that shed heavily year-round. So, if you want a puppy that’s a light shedder, a hair-coated type is not the best choice for you.
Wool Coat Type
The wool coat type is the closest to that of the Standard Poodle parent, being tightly curled and very light shedding. Although this coat type is the best for those with pet allergies, any hair that’s shed becomes trapped in the coat’s curls, where it forms mats.
For that reason, you’ll need to brush your Labradoodle every day to remove tangles. A visit to a professional groomer is also necessary every four to six weeks.
Fleece Coat Type
The fleece coat type is soft and silky with soft curls or waves and sheds lightly.
You’ll need to brush this coat type every day or so to keep tangles and mats at bay, and professional grooming is also required every month or so.
Labradoodle coat type is again determined by genetics. Ask the breeder what coat type to expect from their puppies, and take a look at the parents for clues.
What Size Are Red Labradoodles?
Labradoodles of all colors come in different sizes. However, since the breed is a hybrid, sizes can vary widely, depending on what Poodle parent was used in the cross and the puppies’ generation.
Female Labradoodles are usually smaller in stature than males, but there are no specific size differences between Labradoodle coat colors.
Here’s a table illustrating the typical red Labradoodle sizes. Remember to ask the breeder for more information on the size of the puppies they usually produce.
15 to 25 pounds
14 to 16 inches
30 to 45 pounds
17 to 20 inches
50 to 65 pounds
21 inches and over
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Red Labradoodles come in a variety of shades, ranging from light ginger to deep auburn. Interestingly, your puppy might even change color and coat type as he gets older! Always buy a red Labradoodle puppy from a reputable breeder who has their breeding dogs screened for inheritable health issues so that you know your new furry friend is healthy.
What color is your Labradoodle? Did he change color as he got older? Tell us all about your pet in the comments section below.