Labradoodles were first bred by Wally Conran in the 1980’s after years of research into developing a hypoallergenic guide dog. Wally had the idea to combine the gentleness and trainability of a golden retriever with the low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat of the standard poodle. The Labradoodle was born, and it wasn’t long before dog owners of all types wanted these obedient, intelligent, and loving companions as part of their family. Once available only from specialized breeders in Australia, Labradoodles are now available all over the United States and continue to grow in popularity every year (see our list of Labradoodle Breeders to find one in your state).
Personality of Labradoodles
Labradoodles are lovable dogs with lots of personality and charisma. They tend to be more reserved around newcomers than their cousin the Goldendoodle, but are equally affectionate once they become accustomed to a new friend. Labradoodles crave human attention and want to be inside of the house with the rest of the family whenever possible. They are gentle and mild mannered, which makes them very good with children.
A favorite choice by guide dog breeders, Labradoodles are extremely intelligent and exceptionally easy to train. They will quickly learn basic obedience and have no problem learning more complex commands (more Labradoodle training tips). Their intelligence also makes them very curious, which can lead them into mischief if they are left alone for extend periods of time. Labradoodles can be particularly destructive with their chewing, so proper discipline is important.
Labradoodles are active dogs and require a moderate amount of exercise. They love to play fetch or go swimming. Labradoodles get along great with other dogs and are non-aggressive.