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Labradoodles – Breeder, Sizes, Personality, Grooming

If you are interested in Labradoodles you have come to the right place. As a matter of fact Labradoodles are very similar to Goldendoodles as well.

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We will start with the breeder. No they are not all the same. You may want to read this blog to see questions you should ask. Take your time to do research and ask questions. If they don’t answer the phone or take forever to call you back that should be your first clue. Also if they don’t let you visit then how can you inspect the facilities? Some questions you may ask are as follows:

  • How often are they fed or watered?
  • How often are they cleaned up after?
  • How young are they when they are left alone?

The last question tells you a lot. If they are left alone all day then the breeder has a full time job and breeding is just a hobby. What age do they start leaving them alone? It takes two weeks for puppies eyes to open. It takes about one week for them to start crawling. For the first four or five days there is a risk of the mother accidentally laying on a puppy and smothering it. Until they can crawl they could end up away from mom and get too cold or not enough milk. They use their nose to find mom before their eyes are open. Unless the breeder is cleaning with harsh products such as bleach. When their eyes open it is less dangerous for the puppy.

What Size Are Labradoodles?

Labradoodles can come in many sizes. Naturally though, a Labrador is full size. So if they come smaller than that they are breeding down. That’s fine if they do it over time. Think about this. If you have a miniature poodle female to a full size Labrador male you are going to have problems. The male is to big. If he gets her pregnant then the babies will be to big. Either there will be many puppies die in the birth canal or the mother could die. The best way would be to continue taking the runts of the litter to get smaller and smaller. The other way would be to have a full size female and small male and have her artificially inseminated.

Full size Labradoodles are as follows. Females are usually around 45 lbs. And Males around 75 lbs. They typically are smaller than full size Labradors because full size poodles are smaller. Again you can have smaller simply by having smaller breeding parents.

What Is The Personality of a Labradoodle?

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This part is easy. They are great. They should be loving, friendly, love kids, loyal and of course intelligent. Not to bash poodles too much but they can be a little snippy. Sometimes they are moody and withdrawn to strangers or kids. If you are inspecting the parents keep an eye on this. Labrador are usually pretty friendly so its usually not them. If you find a puppy this way that should be a red flag. The mix is usually great.

Intelligence is great. Now that comes from the Poodle. Not that Labradors can’t be smart. But if you have ever gone to the circus and seen dog acts it is usually poodles. They are very easy to train and can learn just about anything. The Labradoodle is often used for service dogs. They do well. Sandpoint Doodles often uses Labradoodles for this. Prep Service Dogs.

Because of their intelligence they can learn all sorts of tasks. Because of the size they are also good for stability. Even if you are looking for a therapy dog or a dog for PTSD a Labradoodle would be a good fit.

How To Groom a Labradoodle?

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So this is kind of your preference. We cut our Labradoodles about twice a year. A summer cut in the spring and one later in the summer. We don’t care for the poodle cut so we just try to do a happy teddy bear. Remember in the summer they need a little hair or else they can get sunburn. And in the winter they definitely need some hair to stay warm. A professional groomer should be able to give you some suggestions.

We own four Labradoodles and highly recommend them for just about anyone. They adapt easily to different situations. They are ideal for children as well. As mentioned they are great for service dogs and therapy dogs. Several of our Labradoodles can pick up on the mood and know when to come to you to snuggle. Great dog.

The 8 vitality signs of a healthy, happy dog

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Some of you may have read this article recently published in USATODAY and written by Country Living. I felt it was good enough to re-publish.

A new survey conducted by Iams has found that two thirds of Brits believe their pets are living longer, healthier and happier lives because of the love they show them.

The findings confirm that we are indeed a nation of animal lovers, with 69% of pet owners claiming the most important thing to do for our pets is shower them with love — including cuddles and tummy tickles.Some even believe that it could help their pets live up to three years longer.

Meanwhile, the research also found that over half of owners believe the most important contribution to their pet’s happiness and wellbeing is a fit heart, while one in five also think a strong immune system helps, in addition to shiny fur.

To accompany this study, the team at Iams also uncovered eight vitality signs for your pet’s health. These include…

  1. Healthy heart
  2. Healthy skin and shiny coat
  3. Strong immune system
  4. Healthy digestion
  5. Strong muscles
  6. Strong, healthy teeth
  7. Strong bones (for dogs)
  8. Healthy urinary tract (for cats)

“Most of us are familiar with vital signs: temperature, pulse and respiration, but it would help our pets if we were also familiar with the ‘vitality signs.’ Keeping a close eye on these will help us keep our pets in tip top condition, healthy and happy,” Kellie Ceccarelli, IAMS Veterinary Manager and Pet Nutrition Expert says.

“Pet owners have a unique bond with their pets, understanding their moods and funny little ways. But even though the bonds are very close, even the most caring owner can miss important ‘clues’ about the health and happiness of their pet if they don’t keep a watchful eye on their vitality signs.”

Elsewhere in the study, research uncovered that some owners do struggle to identify signs that their pets are sad. A quarter of respondents admitted they struggle to tell why their pet is unhappy, while 47% of those polled admitted that if their pet is unhappy, they are unhappy too.

Question to ask a dog breeder before you buy

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Purchasing a puppy can be scary. After all you are bringing someone home to join your family. They could be part of your household for many years. It would be helpful to know some secrets dog breeders keep from you and questions you can ask to reveal the truth.

What do you clean with?

This is an important question. Many cleaning supplies can be harmful to dogs let alone puppies. Especially a new puppy just developing. Some chemicals can burn lungs or noses of animals. Also take a look around and see what you see. The breeder may know how to give you the answer you want. For example, Sandpoint Doodles uses essential oils to clean that are safe to new puppies. We have seen breeders who use bleach to clean which can be very harmful.

Do you allow visiting dogs?

Socialization is important. However, remember these puppies have not completed there immunization shots just yet. They won’t complete them until they are about 14-16 weeks. We recommend avoiding contact with dogs until then. Avoid walking on the floor at pet stores, rest stops, or anywhere else that other dogs frequent. A good breeder would not let people bring their dogs to meet the puppies for fear that they could infect the puppies.

Can I visit?

This is huge. If they say no or you have to purchase a puppy to visit, this is a red flag and you should avoid them at all cost. Obviously they are trying to hide something. Sometimes they give the reason that they don’t want you to visit is so the puppies don’t catch a human sickness. That can’t happen. Most likely they have a bad facility they don’t want you to see. Perhaps they have many dogs in kennels that they would prefer you not to see. Remember all puppies are cute, but there is a difference in how they get their start in life and this will determine how healthy your dog will be later on.

Do you fix the puppies and at what age?

Talk to your vet. What do they recommend. Why do they recommend this? Many breeders will fix puppies before 8 weeks old simply to prevent competition of breeding dogs. This is not a good practice. It’s not healthy for a puppy so young to undergo such a surgery. They may give you all kinds of reasons why this is a good idea. Talk to your vet.

Is this your full time job?

If it is, great. That means the puppies are hopefully getting the attention they need. If not, wow. That brings up many more questions.

  • How often are they fed or watered?
  • How often are they cleaned up after?
  • How young are they when they are left alone?

The puppies don’t open their eyes until they are two weeks old. So there are many dangers until then. They can wander off and get too cold. Mom can accidentally sit on them. It’s a scary time. Dogs and puppies knock over there water all the time. If no one is home then what? Are they fed once or twice a day. These are new borns just developing.

Do your research. Ask questions. If they don’t answer the phone now when you have questions, they certainly won’t answer the phone after you buy a puppy and you have questions.

Labradoodle creator regret ???

Labradoodle creator regret ???

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Perhaps you have read this article or seen it on the news lately. i’m certainly not going to claim that it is fake news however you have to think about what’s being discussed and what the regrets are.

The creator was disgusted at puppy mills and those who do mass breedings just for profit. It wasn’t the dog or its temperament that the creator regretted.

If you are interested in a Labradoodle you should research the breed. perhaps you could talk to a neighbor or friend who has purchased one and discussed their likes and dislikes. Talk to your vet as well about them being hypoallergenic. Like most people you probably aren’t going to find many negatives about this breed.

So as a future dog owner or while you are doing research it is important to consider the personality of the dog you would like to purchase. It doesn’t matter so much about how they came into existence or what the original creator has to say

Best labradoodle breeder

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If you are looking to add a Labradoodle or any dog to your family obviously you would want to do your research. Perhaps you may want to make a list of important questions you would like to ask the doodle breeder. First of all, if you cannot get a hold of the breeder that is where your search should end. Second, if you get a hold of the breeder but they won’t let you visit unless you purchase a puppy then that should also be the end. If you get a hold of them and you visit then take a look around.

What to look for

Is it clean?

Do the puppies get plenty of exercise?

Do the puppies have interaction with the family?

Are the parents available to meet?

What is the temperament of the parents?

What kind of food does the breeder feed their puppies?

Do the parents look healthy?

Don’t be fooled

Documentation stating the puppies and the parents are healthy can be doctored especially with a friend that is a vet. Use your observation. Health guarantees also aren’t always reliable. If you have a problem you may never speak to the breeder again once you pay them. Even if you do, most live half way across the country and will expect you to bring the puppy to them or to their vet friend to be inspected. So health guarantees don’t always mean a lot.

Sandpoint Doodles

What you will notice:

Tanya is always available to answer your questions

The 10 acre ranch give the puppies plenty of room to roam

All the parents are on site all the time

No cages or kennels

All dogs are in perfect health

Family interaction is a must

The knowledge of dogs and training ability can not be beat

Hand delivered puppies from birth

Essential oils used in cleaning

What is a Labradoodle?

What is a Labradoodle?

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The Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Like both of his parent breeds, he’s intelligent, friendly, and at least moderately active. He has a shaggy or curly coat that requires maintenance.

The Labradoodle typically acquires the friendliness and well-tempered nature of their parent breeds. Likewise, they are considered very intelligent and highly trainable. Like Labs, they are amazing family dogs and are both good with children and loyal. Like Poodles, they are very smart and can be protective of their people. They’re fun-loving, affectionate, athletic, graceful and highly active dogs. They generally make good watchdogs and therapy dogs and get along well with other animals. Unsurprisingly, considering their mix, Labradoodles love the water and can be exceptional swimmers. They can be cautious or shy with strangers and may also be prone to restlessness or loneliness if left along for too long.

Labradoodle origin

It’s not surprising that the Labradoodle has gained such popularity so quickly. Originally developed to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, the first planned crosses of Poodles and Labrador Retrievers were arranged by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia. The result was a smart and sociable dog who not only possessed a nature appropriate for guide dogs but also had a low-shedding coat. While the hybrid is not yet achieving consistent results in coat or temperament, she is a wildly popular and affectionate dog.

Why a Doodle?

Why a Doodle?

Doodles seem to be the latest craze. But Why? First of all the Doodle is not a registered breed with the AKC so don’t look for papers. But that doesn’t stop the Doodle from being a very popular dog. When I say Doodle I mean anything crossed with a Poodle, i.e. Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Bernedoodle, Double Doodle, etc. Well to start with, mix breed dogs are healthier than purebred dogs. So mixing in a Poodle gives you a much healthier dog, for example, Bernese Mountain Dogs live around 8 years, but once you mix in Poodle they live to be about 16 years. Second, because of the Poodle they don’t shed and are hypoallergenic. That alone makes this a great dog. Third, intelligence. Notice how the circus always has a Poodle in it. That’s because they are smart and easy to train. That’s also why you see so many Doodle service dogs. Why not just buy a Poodle. Yuck! Who likes Poodle personalities. That’s why you want a Poodle mix.