Getting a new puppy is exciting but it can be difficult to decide what breed you like. One breed you should consider is a Labradoodle puppy. The Labradoodle is a cross between a poodle and a Labrador. Below is more information about this dog so you can decide if it would be right for you and your family.
Coat and Size
You will find Labradoodles can be small to large, so make sure you ask the breeder about the parents of the puppy you are purchasing. This way you will know how large your puppy will grow. You will also find the coat may be longer or medium in length. Some coats are straighter like a Labrador and others will be curlier more like a poodle.
If you have allergies, look for a Labradoodle that has a curlier coat as they shed less and will not bother allergies near as much as a dog that sheds a lot. These dogs are not 100% hypoallergenic but close to it. If your dog has a thick coat, brush it a few times per week to prevent matting. Take your dog to a groomer every few weeks or as needed. The groomer can also clip their nails and clean their ears.
Living With a Labradoodle
Labradoodles are intelligent and they are also playful and funny. If you choose this dog, make sure you have room in your yard for it to run and play. Play with the dog outside yourself with a ball or other dog toys. Labradoodles generally get along well with other dogs, so you can invite friends with dogs over for a playdate.
Labradoodles love to be with their family so if you are gone a lot this would not be a good choice for you. If you leave a Labradoodle alone in a home all day, you will come home to problems such as chewed-up belongings, digging, etc.
Exercising and Training
Make sure your Labradoodle gets enough exercise each day, which can be taking them for long walks, taking your dog to a dog park, going swimming, and much more. Labradoodles can adapt to any home but will be best in homes that provide them with a big backyard. Take your dog with you when you go out if you can. This will also help socialize your puppy.
Because Labradoodles are intelligent, taking them to a trainer is beneficial. A trainer can help in many ways, such as helping with walking your dog on a leash, teaching your dog basic commands, and much more. The trainer can also give you many tips on training practices you can do with your dog at home.
Once you decide you want a Labradoodle look for Labradoodle breeders in your area. You may also be able to find a Labradoodle at a dog rescue that needs a good home.