MINIATURE LABRADOODLE PUPPIES
Also called Miniature Labrapoos, Labradoodles, and Labradorpoos, the Miniature Labradoodle is a well-known hybrid breed in a smaller package. They are sweet-natured and smart, and they love to spend time with their people. They are affectionate with their family. They are also tolerant and compassionate, and they tend to be well-behaved around people of all ages and other pets. Labradoodles are generally healthy and should live to be 10 to 14 years old.
Even the most inexperienced dog parents find this breed to be easy to train and eager to please.
They are too gentle and sweet to make a good guard dog, but they can be useful watchdogs.
Long, furry ears are set on the top and back of their heads. Their muzzles can be medium to long.
The Miniature Labradoodle coat varies a great deal, ranging from straight to loose curls, and usually kept about 4 to 6 inches in length. The coat may be one of three textures. They could have hair similar to fur in shedding dogs, they could have a more dense and non-shedding wool, or they could have more of a silky fleece. They come in a variety of colors:
- Whitish gray
- Blue and cream
Labradoodles generally love water. They’ll play and swim and do just about anything that involves getting wet.
These dogs can adapt well to apartment living because they don’t require much space.
We recommend at least 60 minutes of activity a day and about 8 miles walking per week.
As a newer hybrid breed, the Miniature Labradoodle doesn’t have a long history. It was created in 1988 by Wally Cochran, a breeder and member of The Royal Guide Dogs group. A client of his needed a guide dog but was allergic. He was tasked with making a new breed that was smart, gentle, and hypoallergenic, and the Labradoodle was the result. There are several varieties of Miniature Labradoodle:
- F1: 50% Poodle, 50 % Labrador
- F1-B: 75% Poodle, 25% Labrador, known to shed very little so can be ideal for people with allergies.
- F2: mix of two F1 Labradoodles, similar to the F1 type, though because it sheds more, it may not be as good of a choice for allergy-sufferers
- F3: cross between two F2 varieties
- Multi-Generation: combination of two F3 or higher generation dogs
Major health concerns to be aware of:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Hip Dysplasia
Minor health concerns to be aware of:
- Elbow Dysplasia
Miniature Labradoodles need to be brushed daily. They should only be bathed when necessary, but you may find that their eyes occasionally need to be cleaned with a wet cloth in between baths. As with all dogs, they will need to have their nails trimmed once or twice a month. (Length between nail trims can vary depending on your pup’s activity level.) It’s a good idea to wipe your dog’s ears clean every week to prevent infection. Finally, dogs should have their teeth brushed daily, but two or three times a week should keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy.