Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed: Labradoodle

Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle, known as BenBeans to his buds, is Top Dog at Pawfun

Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle, known as BenBeans to his buds, is Top Dog at Pawfun.


Height/Weight :

Standard – between 23-26 inches high and 45-77 pounds

Medium – approximately 18-21 inches high and 45-77 pounds

Miniature – ranges 14-17 inches high and 40-55 pounds

Coat: Their coat is curly or wavy and is 4-6 inches in length. There are three coat types:

1. Wool: does not shed, should be the most allergy friendly, feels similar to that of a pure bred Poodle and is usually tightly curled.

2. Fleece: minimal shedding, also allergy friendly, feels wonderfully soft and fleecy, and has loose curls.

3. Hair: light shedding, less allergy friendly, coarser texture, can be curly, short or long.

The wool and fleece coats do not have a dog odor.

Color: The coat comes in various colors:
cream, gold, red, black, chocolate, apricot, cafe, silver, and chalk.


A slightly larger-built dog than their Poodle parents, the Labradoodle is a muscular and athletic animal that shows a pleasing blend of the two breeds. His muzzle and face are more refined than that of a purebred Labrador Retriever while his build is sturdier and his temperament more even than that of a Poodle. The length of the Labradoodle coat is roughly 4-6 inches and it can be either fall in a gentle wave or a relaxed curl.

Temperament: Labradoodle’s are highly social creature, affectionate and loyal by nature, friendly, non-aggressive, loveable, happy, relatively good watchdogs, and very tuned in to its human companions. It also tends to get along well with other canine companions, being less territorial than some breeds.

Like most Labrador Retrievers and Poodles, Labradoodles are generally friendly, energetic and good with families and children (although as with any dog the temperament may vary between individuals). Labradoodles also often display an affinity for water and the strong swimming ability present in both their parent breeds. Below is a fun video of Benny Bix, Australian Labradoodle and spokesdog for pawfun enjoying a game of fetch in the lake.

Doodle training has also proven to be a success. These dogs easily learn what is required of them for daily family life. Plus, they have also made their mark in the service dog arena becoming guide dogs for the blind and terrific therapy dogs.

A fairly large and athletic dog, the Labradoodle requires a moderate amount of exercise. While he is well-suited to either country or city living, be forewarned that this hybrid is happiest if he gets frequent lengthy walks or trips down to the dog park, particularly if he is a younger dog. In addition to his need for physical exercise, the Labradoodle also needs mental stimulation and social interaction – not a dog that tolerates being tied up and left to his own devices, the Labradoodle likes to do whatever his human is doing and his boredom and lack of exercise can result in vices, such as chewing or excessive barking.

Health: The Life expectancy for an Labradoodle is about 13-15 years. Since Labradoodles are a mixed breed or some might say hybrids. They are susceptible to health problems common to their parent breeds the Labrador and poodle. Your dog’s breeder should provide you with proof that such problems are not present in your Labradoodle’s family line.

Labradors are susceptible to hip dysplasia and other joint problems, eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and retinal dysplasia.

Poodles, also generally very healthy, have been diagnosed with genetic disorders such as hip dysplasia, patellar luxations, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and seizures, among others.

Over the past couple of years, a number of Australian Labradoodles have also been found to suffer from Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), an inherited disease that causes blindness, which occurs in both Miniature Poodles and Cocker Spaniels.

Famous Labradoodles:

Sir Donald Campbell, who broke land speed records in the 1950s in Bluebird, was one of the first Labradoodle owners.

Golfer Tiger Woods has two Labradoodles named Yogi and Riley.

U.S Vice President Joe Biden owns a Labradoodle named Brother

Singer/songwriter Neil Young has a Labradoodle named Carl.

Actress Jennifer Aniston owns a Labradoodle, bought for her by former husband, Brad Pitt.

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