Yellow Labradoodle – A Complete Breed Guide

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Labradoodles are excellent family dogs that are incredibly popular as pets. These dogs come in many different colors, so choosing your perfect puppy can be challenging!

But is a yellow Labradoodle the same as a golden Labradoodle? And are yellow Labradoodles healthier or not as healthy as the other colors you can choose?

Read this comprehensive guide to find out more about the beautiful yellow Labradoodle.

What Is A Yellow Labradoodle?

Yellow Labradoodle on porch

Labradoodles are a cross between a purebred Labrador retriever and a purebred Poodle

A yellow Labradoodle is simply a Labradoodle that comes out in shades of yellow, cream, and golden.

There’s no specific kind of coat type for yellow Doodles, either. Yellow Labradoodles can have straight (hair) coats, fleece coats, or even wool coats; it simply depends on the genetic makeup of each individual puppy.

Labradoodle History

The Labradoodle was created in the mid-1980s by the Australian breeder Wally Conron.

At that time, Conron was the puppy breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. Conron was contacted by a blind lady from Hawaii who wanted a hypoallergenic dog since her husband had a severe pet allergy. So, Conron set out to breed a guide dog that didn’t shed.

Labrador retrievers are proven service dogs. However, Labs are heavy shedders. In contrast, Poodles are very light shedders, thanks to their curly single coats. So, the breeder crossed the two breeds, and the first Labradoodle was born!

We should mention here that the Australian Labradoodle and the regular Labradoodle are two entirely different breeds. The Aussiedoodle breed also carries some spaniel genes in the mix.

Breeding Yellow Labradoodles

So, how do you breed a yellow Labradoodle? Isn’t it simply a case of crossing a yellow-colored Poodle with a yellow Labrador retriever?

No! Producing a yellow Labradoodle is much more complicated than that. The dog’s color is all down to genetics.

Genetics

Canine coat colors are governed by the individual puppy’s genetic makeup and are not at all predictable. 

Labrador retrievers can be chocolate, yellow, or black. In contrast, Poodles come in many colors, including:

  • black
  • cream
  • white
  • apricot
  • gray
  • brown
  • lavender

And that’s just for starters! 

So, you can see that it often takes many generations of selective breeding to produce puppies of the color the breeder wants to produce.

Generally, the coat colors of F1 generation dogs are more predictable than that of multigenerational Labradoodles. That’s because F1 dogs are usually created by using a purebred apricot Standard Poodle and a purebred yellow Labrador retriever.

Coat Pigments

Dog coats contain two main pigments that dictate the color of the coat. Those pigments are eumelanin (black) and phaeomelanin (red).

So, how can a dog’s fur be yellow if the only two pigments in the mix are red and black?

Well, the red pigment is the crucial ingredient in the potion! Phaeomelanin has a color spectrum that can range from a pale cream right through to dark, mahogany brown color. Then, there are other genes that act on that pigment to create the various shades and hues.

Yellow Coat Color Variations

Since there’s so much variation in yellow coat color, you won’t two Labradoodles that look precisely the same, even from the same litter!

Yellow Labradoodles are broadly categorized as follows:

  • very pale, creamy yellow
  • bright, sunshine yellow
  • golden yellow
  • dark, caramel yellow

To confuse matters even further, many breeders also refer to yellow dogs as “golden” Labradoodles.

Sub Categories

As well as the four main “yellow” categories shown above, the yellow color is further divided into many sub-categories, including:

  • cream
  • chalk
  • gold
  • caramel
  • red
  • silver
  • black
  • chocolate
  • blue
  • cafe
  • parchment
  • lavender
  • abstract
  • parti
  • phantom
  • sable
  • multi-pattern
  • brindle

You’ll notice that yellow doesn’t appear in that list. So, what sub-categories include yellow?

As you might expect, yellow Labradoodles are usually described as gold, cream, or caramel. You might also see chalk-colored dogs that can appear a very pale yellow.

You also must remember that Labradoodles can change color as they mature, typically getting lighter in shade. So, a dark yellow puppy could easily finish up much paler when fully grown.

Are Yellow Labradoodles Healthy?

Yellow Labradoodle in the snow

Some dogs’ coat colors are linked to genetic health conditions. However, that’s not the case with yellow Labradoodle coats. Yellow Labradoodles are prone to exactly the same hereditary health conditions as any other color Doodle dog.

Don’t get too hung up on coat color when choosing a Labradoodle puppy. Focus on buying your puppy from a responsible breeder with a good reputation for producing high-quality puppies from breeding dogs that have been health-screened for the most common congenital health conditions that can affect those breeds.

Yellow Labradoodles can inherit a few health conditions, including:

  • Epilepsy
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Addison’s disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Thyroid problems

Choosing a Labradoodle Breeder

If you have your heart set on bringing a yellow Labradoodle puppy into your family, you need to know where to buy a good one.

Ensure the breeder has pre-tested the parent dogs before breeding from them. That ensures the breeding dogs won’t pass down any known genetic health problems to the puppies.

A good breeder will be happy to show you documentary proof that their stud dogs have been health-screened. So, you can then be confident that your puppy will be healthy and well-bred.

Good breeders care about their reputation, so they often offer other benefits when you buy one of their puppies. For example, sometimes you might receive a small supply of high-quality food for your puppy and a few toys. Most reputable breeders have their puppies vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped.

Family Raised

Often, a good breeder will have started potty training your puppy and maybe even begun some basic obedience training.

Rather than keeping their dogs in kennels, excellent breeders keep their dogs and puppies in their homes, raising them as part of the family. So, you know that your puppy will be well-socialized and used to living with other pets and kids.

Ideally, you want to be permitted to visit the breeder’s premises and meet the parent dogs and your pup’s siblings. Most good breeders insist that you meet the puppies before you decide on which one is to be your new furry friend. Often, a breeder will match you to the puppy he thinks will be most suitable for your family circumstances.

Puppy Mills

Portrait of a yellow labradoodle

One of the downsides of the Labradoodle breed’s popularity is that it has fuelled an upsurge in the number of unscrupulous “backyard breeders” that are operating across the country.

The demand for designer dogs has increased exponentially during the lockdown. Now, a desirable puppy can sell for many thousands of dollars, and breeding Labradoodles is now big business. However, puppy mills, as these operations are known, are renowned for not having their breeding dogs and puppies health-screened. 

You also risk buying and taking home a puppy that is already in poor health and might have a suspect temperament, too. 

Bottom line: Reputable breeders do not sell their high-quality puppies cheaply! If you see a pup advertised for a very low price, walk away.

Final Thoughts

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Yellow Labradoodles come in various shades, ranging from cream to dark caramel. To avoid buying a puppy with hereditary health conditions, always choose a breeder with a good reputation, and be prepared to pay the right price for your pup.

What color is your Labradoodle? Tell us 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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