Why a Poodle?
Standard Poodles are elegant, energetic athletes who move with a light, springy gait.
They excel in advanced obedience competition, where retrieving and jumping skills are required, and in agility (obstacle course) competitions, where they fly over and under and through the obstacles with strength and grace that is breathtaking to watch.
They have a few instinctual habits, like hunting and herding, which may be noticeable on walks or around the yard.
Overall, Poodles are eager to please and a lot of fun to be around.
Even better, a good Standard Poodle is one of the smartest and most trainable of all breeds.
He is a “thinking” dog who pays attention to his owner, learns quickly, and responds eagerly to positive training methods.
Indeed, Standard Poodles NEED some sort of mental stimulation in order to be happy — advanced obedience classes (not just basic), agility classes, or challenging games such as hide and seek or fetching a variety of named toys.
This intelligent breed cannot simply sit in the backyard and be ignored.
Most Standard Poodles make great watchdogs and some even have mild (and sensible) protective instincts, but this is not an aggressive breed.
Their attitude toward people varies from friendly to politely reserved.
Early socialization is important to avoid excessive watchfulness or timidity.
With other dogs and cats, Standard Poodles are usually peaceful and accepting.
Poodles can be clipped into a show clip or a shorthaired clip who are a snap to brush.
Poodles also do not shed and are the most hypoallergenic of all coated breeds.
Why A Labradoodle?
A Labradoodle is a hybrid cross between the Labrador Retriever and a Poodle.
Most Labradoodles are a first-generation cross, which in turn gives them the “hybrid vigor”.
This term is referring to the fact that the first-generation cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier.
They are also known to grow better than their parent lines.
When you take a labrador retriever and a poodle you bring the best out of both breeds in one!
Labradoodles are an intelligent and wonderful family companion.
They are social dogs, who love to be with their people.
The Labradoodle is everyone’s friend and is devoted to its family.
They enjoy numerous activities with their families, including hunting.
They enjoy other animals, children and are easy going with strangers.
Labradoodles are obedient dogs.
Labradoodles require a moderate amount of exercise daily.
They do well in a city or on a farm.
They are happiest when they are with people.
Labradoodles can have fur like a golden, a poodle or something in between!
They do require grooming.
The Labradoodle should be brushed a few times a week.
Depending on the length you choose to keep your doodle, they may also require a visit to the groomer every 8-10 weeks.
Our Labradoodles are F1 standard size.
They work well for most families with mild allergies as they shed very little to not at all.
You can expect that your doodle will be 50lbs or more as an adult.
They have a life span of 12-15 years.
Labradoodles make excellent therapy and service dogs as well.
The F1 can come in different sizes and colors, depending on the size and color of the parents.
Most F1 Labradoodles are compatible with families that have mild allergies, but not necessarily for those with more severe allergies.
The F1 may or may not shed (lightly).
Although a Labradoodle can have one of a range of coat types, the desired length is 4 to 6 inches and has a single coat with hair ranging from straight to loose curls.
The curls shouldn’t be tight and the coat shouldn’t be thick or fluffy.
There are three types of texture:
- The Hair coat, which is similar to fur in shedding breeds, is the least popular. Hair coats shed and usually have a normal doggy odor. This coat is seen in first generations, although breeders try to avoid it.
- The second texture, called a Wool coat, is dense and similar in feel to a lamb’s wool, hence its descriptive name. Wool coats hang in loose curls and aren’t dense. Generally, the Wool coat doesn’t have a “doggy” odor and it’s usually nonshedding.
- The Fleece coat has a silky texture often described as an Angora goat texture. This coat ranges from straight to wavy.
Labradoodles are considered to be non-shedding to low shedders, especially those with a Fleece or Wool coat.
Hair coats tend to shed just as they do in other breeds, ranging from very low to average shedding.
What is an F1b
An F1b is a backcross between a labradoodle and a poodle.
This results in the pup being 75% poodle and 25% labradoodle.
This is the most hypoallergenic option out of the labradoodle generations.
These dogs almost always do not shed and their coats can range from wavy to more curly.