Labradoodles, The Best of Two Breeds in One Dog
The Labradoodle is one of the most popular designer dog these days, it is a hybrid dog made by breeding a purebred Labrador Retriever with a purebred Standard Poodle. In the beginning Labradoodles were strictly a hybrid cross but now enthusiasts are breeding Labradoodle to Labradoodle over successive generations, in an effort to establish a new breed.
Wally Cochran is widely believed to be the originator of the Labradoodle although credit is usually given to The Royal Guide Dog Association in Victoria Australia. He was inspired to develop the Labradoodle after receiving a request from a blind woman living in Hawaii that needed an allergy friendly guide dog for her husband who was allergic to dogs.
The soaring popularity of the breed is due in large part to its intelligence, trainability, low shedding coat, and lack of that doggie smell that some breeds can have. Regular brushing will keep their coats soft and lower what little hair and dander they do shed.
Labradoodles tend to love water as evidenced by the natural swimming traits that their parent breeds share. They make a very good companion dog and can do quite well as a service animal with proper training. Be aware that they are high activity dogs, if your lifestyle consists of keeping the recliner warm, then a Labradoodle may not be your best choice.
Being an active dog they need plenty of regular exercise, owners with large yards and active lifestyles are a good fit. The Labradoodle can make a great family pet they have a sweet happy disposition, are great with children and responds easily to training.