Having a canine companion at your side can make all the difference in the world. No matter the breed of dog you choose, you can be certain that they are loyal, loving, and, most importantly, in need of love & care themselves. At any given time, there are dogs all around the world looking for a new home and waiting for the right person to find them. There are dogs of all breeds that need such care, but its certain that if you’re reading this, you’re newly interested in adopting or rehoming a labradoodle.
This interesting cross breed between a Labrador retriever and a poodle has been around since the 1950s & 60s, officially being named later on sometime in the late 80s. Though not a breed officially recognized as any major variety of dog, they have grown in popularity over the past two decades thanks to their loving demeanor and hypoallergenic coat. When thinking about adopting a dog, there are many different things to consider, especially when it comes to labradoodles.
It's easy enough to find labradoodle puppies for adoption, though it can be difficult to know whether a labradoodle is the right dog for you and your home. Let’s take some time to explore the different kinds of labradoodles there are, what taking care of a labradoodle (or two) will involve, and how you can adopt and help your labradoodle acclimate to its new home with little fuss. Hopefully, you’ll be ready and raring to continue your path to adoption afterwards.
Types of Labradoodles
Realistically speaking, taking care of any of the following labradoodles will lead to the same experience that’s outlined in the next section. No matter what specific kind you’re looking for, you can be reassured that they will make great a great companion, friend, and source of comfort. That being said, there several kinds of labradoodle that can be found through various means of adoption.
There are actually three main ‘breeds’ of labradoodle. Two of them are the Australian Labradoodle – though they have the same name, one is bred in America while the other is bred in Australia.
Those bred in Australia are claimed to be purebred because they have been bred solely out of crosses between Labrador retrievers and poodles, or with mini poodles to produce a mini labradoodle variant. Led through the efforts of Wally Conroy, these dogs were also specifically bred to be hypoallergenic and do not shed (usually – this has variable success).
The other form of Australian Labradoodle is essentially the same, though they are bred in America and are designated as being a hybrid breed. Australian researchers claim that this difference is important and that they have now created an entirely purebred dog through their own efforts, as seen in this profile on Australian labradoodles here.
There are also American Labradoodles which are almost identical to their American-bred Australian labradoodle counterparts. Generally, the American-bred Australians are grouped together with the American labradoodles despite having slightly different features that are more similar to Australian ones.
Regardless of the specific type of labradoodle mentioned above, labradoodles are all reliably hypoallergenic, are usually gold, red, black, chocolate, or cream colored (though there are some rarer mixes like parti, merle, and black/white), and can be found as a mini labradoodle as well.
Caring for Labradoodles
All types of labradoodle are well-known for having a good temperament and being easily trained when they are young. There are a lot of ideas involved, though most of them revolve around similar guidelines that are useful for raising any dog.
Labradoodles tend to grow to a medium size once fully grown, weighing in around 50-60 pounds and living between 12-15 years. Being on the larger side of ‘medium’, they will require greater focus on exercise and should have an adequate amount of space to play/relax in. You won’t need a large mansion, nor a rigorous exercise routine, but they’re quite energetic/large and would prefer greater open spaces if possible.
Finally, labradoodles tend to be one of the smarter breeds, meaning that they’re easier to train. To take full advantage of this, start disciplining them when they are young utilizing an assortment of treats, bathroom pads, and gates to get them used to what they should or shouldn’t do.
Adopting Your Labradoodle
Getting to the fun part, adopting a labradoodle is an exciting process. If you’re looking for somewhere to find a dog or puppy to adopt, you can use Adopt a Pet’s search functions to find labradoodles that are near you here. The search capabilities are extensive, easy to use, and can have you connected with someone looking to have a labradoodle adopted in no time. From there, you can look for a certain type of labradoodle at a specific age if you’d like, which is especially helpful for those looking to adopt older dogs.
Once you’ve done that, its time to start preparing for your new labradoodle. There are three things you can do to best prepare a good home for your labradoodle. First, be patient with them – it will take time for them to familiarize themselves with the new environment and learn who you are.
Second, you mentally prepare for a variety of possibilities, including your new labradoodle having feeding issues, wanting to run away, or even not wanting to train. Again, taking it slow is your best option to best help them out. Finally, try not to be all over your new friend right away.
Giving them the right amount of space is essential to how they come to love and accept you/their new home without fear. If you do this, you can be sure that they’ll be all over you instead in no time.
With that, have fun training, raising, and loving your new labradoodle as much as you can. Once you’ve determined what type you’d like and whether the labradoodle would be a good match for you and your family, you can look forward to adopting a dog that will be by your side endlessly.