Dog breeding can be quite complex, especially when it comes to designer dogs like the Labradoodle. Whereas pure breed crossings require two dogs of the same pure breed, designer dogs like the Labradoodle require two different pure breeds. When it comes to Labradoodle puppies, there are a number of different crossings to choose from, each with their own pros and cons.
What is a First Generation Labradoodle?
As you probably already know, a designer dog is the result of crossing two pure breeds. In the case of the Labradoodle, it is a cross between purebred Labrador Retriever and a purebred Poodle. When it comes to the actual crossing of these two breeds, however, it is not always a 50/50 split and certain crossings will not result in a true Labradoodle. Before you start shopping for Labradoodle puppies you should learn the basics about designer dog genetics so you can decide whether you want a first-generation Labradoodle, a multi-generation Labradoodle, or something else entirely.
When you cross a purebred Labrador Retriever with a purebred Poodle, the result is a first-generation Labradoodle – these are identified with the letters F1. An F1 Labradoodle receives 50% of its genetics from the Labrador Retriever parent and the other 50% from the Poodle parent. When an F1 Labradoodle is bred to either a purebred Poodle or a purebred Labrador Retriever, it is called an F1B dog. Breeding two Labradoodles together will create a second-generation Labradoodle, known as F2. A multi-generation Labradoodle is the result of breeding a first-generation Labradoodle with an F1B.
Which Type of Labradoodle is Right for You?
The most important thing you need to realize about designer dog genetics is that it is impossible to make any exact predictions about what the puppies will be like. When you breed two dogs of the same pure breed together you can expect the puppies to be very similar to the parents. With designer dogs, however, there is no guarantee which genes the puppies will inherit from either parent – it could be the best of both dogs, the worst of both, or a combination of the two. Although you cannot say for sure exactly how Labradoodle puppies will turn out, there are some things that seem to be true. For example, first-generation Labradoodles tend to have shaggy or wavy coats – they rarely have curly coats. For F1B Labradoodles, however, coat length and texture can vary greatly – they also vary greatly in color.
Second-generation (F2) Labradoodles have equal parts Poodle and Labrador Retriever genetics so they have traits very similar to first-generation Labradoodles. Multi-generation Labradoodles, on the other hand, are less predictable. Technically, a multi-generation Labradoodle is any Labradoodle third generation or higher, so it could possess a variety of traits from either side. The most common type of Labradoodle is the F1B because they are the most likely to have hypoallergenic coats. Multi-generation Labradoodles can still be largely non-shedding, though you never really know until the puppies are born what kind of coat they will have.
While you cannot predict exactly what a designer dog like the Labradoodle will be like in terms of its personality and temperament, certain genetic crossings have a higher likelihood for possessing certain traits. Before deciding which type of Labradoodle to get, take the time to determine which traits are most important to you and then choose the type of Labradoodle that is most likely to possess those traits.
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You don’t have to be an expert on dogs to know what the Labradoodle is. The Labradoodle is a cross between a purebred Labrador Retriever and a purebred Poodle. Not only are these dogs incredibly friendly and beautiful, but they are one of the most popular designer dog breeds out there. If you want to learn more about this wonderful breed, consider the following fun facts about Labradoodle dogs:
- The Labradoodle was one of the first designer dogs. Though crossbreed dogs have been in existence for as long as dogs have been around, the intentional breeding of “designer dogs” like the Labradoodle really only started within the last century. The Labradoodle breed is about 50 years old which makes it one of the oldest designer dog breeds.
- Labradoodle dogs are great for allergy sufferers. Though the Labrador Retriever sheds to a moderate degree, the Poodle is often labeled a hypoallergenic dog. Because the Labradoodle inherits half of its genetics from the Poodle, many specimens of this breed have low-shedding coats which are great for allergy sufferers.
- The Labradoodle can live for 15 years or more. Both the Poodle and the Labrador Retriever are very long-living breeds so the average lifespan for the Labradoodle is 12 to 15 years, though it isn’t uncommon for dogs of this breed to live longer.
- Labradoodle dogs come in three different sizes. Although Labrador Retrievers only come in one size, Poodles come in three sizes which means that there are different sizes of Labradoodle depending on the type of Poodle used in the crossing. Standard Labradoodles weigh 45 pounds or more and stand about 22 inches tall. Medium Labradoodles stand between 17 and 21 inches, weighing 25 to 45 pounds at maturity. Miniature Labradoodles stand 14 to 16 inches tall and weigh less than 25 pounds.
- The Labradoodle comes in all kinds of colors. The Labrador Retriever breed comes in three main colors – chocolate brown, gold, and black – but Poodles come in a wide range of colors. Because the Labradoodle is a cross between these two breeds they come in all kinds of colors including chocolate, tan, cream, apricot, gold, brown, black, red, and any combination of these colors.
- Labradoodles make excellent service dogs. Both the Poodle and the Labrador Retriever breeds are very intelligent and highly trainable. This being the case, the Labradoodle is also very smart and trainable. Labradoodles make excellent service dogs for the blind and disabled – they also make great therapy dogs due to their gentle natures and friendly personalities.
- The Labradoodle is a very people-oriented breed. Labrador Retrievers are known for being a little mischievous but they are also known for forming strong bonds with family. Poodles are similar in this respect, especially the Standard Poodle, so you can expect your Labradoodle to be very family-oriented. These dogs need a lot of attention and daily interaction with their owners.
Now that you know a little more about the Labradoodle breed you should have a better idea whether or not it is the right choice for you and your family. Even if you aren’t there yet, the fun facts listed above are a great place to start when it comes to learning more about this wonderful breed.
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Some of your most important tasks as a dog owner include feeding your dog and providing him with veterinary care. What many dog owners fail to realize, however, is that naming their dog is a big responsibility as well. The name you choose for your Labrador should be easy for her to learn and it should fit her personality. To give you some ideas, consider the following names:
- Lucy – The name Lucy is short and sweet without being cutesy – this makes it a perfect fit for a loving and gentle breed like the Labradoodle. This name has been in use since the Middle Ages, making it a very old name perfect for a dog with an old soul like the Labradoodle.
- Pepsi – This name brings to mind a dog with a bubbly personality and a love for fun, just like the Labradoodle. It is also particularly fitting for dogs with dark-colored coats to match the color of the beverage.
- Ginger – This name is perfect for a Labradoodle with yellow, tan, or golden fur. Not only is it an apt description of her color, but the name Ginger is cute with just the right degree of zing – perfect for a lively Labradoodle.
- Willow – The willow tree is beautiful yet strong, just like the Labradoodle breed. This name brings to mind the image of a lovely tree that can bend without breaking and it is perfect for the Labradoodle, a dog that is incredibly patient and always loving, no matter what.
- Layla – The translation of this Arabic name means “dark beauty” or “night” which is perfect for a Labradoodle with a dark-colored coat. It also brings to mind the story of the angel Layla who guides Abraham in the biblical story.
- Bella – Translated from the Italian word for “beautiful”, this name is a great description of the Labradoodle’s personality as well as her appearance. With curly fur and a gentle demeanor, the Labradoodle is certainly beautiful inside and out.
- Precious – If you are looking for the perfect name to describe the Labradoodle’s temperament and personality, Precious is a great fit. This name is ideal for a dog with a friendly and loving nature and it is an apt description of how important your dog is to you!
- Allie – This name is a Celtic name meaning “harmony” or “noble” and it is a good fit for the Labradoodle. These dogs will live in harmony with your family and their Poodle blood gives them an air of nobility without being pretentious.
- Trixie – If you want a name that perfectly describes the Labradoodle’s temperament and personality, go with Trixie. This name translates from the Latin for “bringer of joy” which is exactly what your Labradoodle will do.
- Grace – This name brings to mind a dog with a patient and loving personality – a dog that gets along well with children and with people of all ages. All of these things describe the Labradoodle perfectly.
You do not necessarily have to choose a name from this list but if you are struggling to come up with ideas for naming your Labradoodle, these names may be a good place to start. Don’t be afraid to wait a few days to name your puppy – spend some time getting to know her and the perfect name may present itself.
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Brushing and grooming is a necessary evil if you decide to become a dog owner – this is especially true for the Labradoodle breed. These dogs have fairly long coats that come in a variety of different textures. As beautiful as they are, some Labradoodle coats require a lot of trimming and grooming so make sure you are up to the task before you bring your Labradoodle home!
Grooming the Different Coat Types
Something that many people don’t know about the Labradoodle is that they come in three different coat types. Dog genetics can be complicated and the type of coat your Labradoodle has will vary depending on the two dogs used in the crossing. If your Labradoodle has more Poodle blood than Labrador Retriever blood, he could end up with a wool coat – this is a very curly coat that grows long like a Poodle’s coat but it has a softer texture. If your Labradoodle has more Lab blood, he may have a hair coat – a thick coat with a slight wave that sheds more than wool coat. The fleece coat is almost a combination of the first two coat types – it is generally kinked or wavy without being curly, but it has a soft texture and it flows freely.
Labradoodles with fleece or wool coats tend to shed very little – they inherit this trait from the Poodle. Although shedding may not be a big concern for these dogs, they still need to be brushed frequently (ideally every day) because their coats are prone to matting. Labradoodle owners often choose to keep their wool-coated Labradoodles shaved or clipped fairly short to reduce matting and to make grooming easier. Fleece-coated Labradoodles also require plenty of grooming to prevent tangles, though their coats are a little easier to maintain because the curls aren’t so tight. The hair coat is the easiest to brush because it only has a slight wave to it, but it requires the most brushing because it sheds the most out of the three coat types.
Clipping and Shaving Your Labradoodle’s Coat
The way you choose to maintain your Labradoodle’s coat is entirely up to you. If you plan to show your Labradoodle, you may prefer to keep his coat long but you should be aware that this will require a lot of regular brushing and grooming. If you are keeping your Labradoodle as a pet, you should seriously consider clipping his coat short for easy maintenance. Many Labradoodle owners shave their Labradoodles’ coats down to a half inch all over the body twice a year. If you do this, you will find that your daily brushing becomes easier and you only need to do some monthly trimming to keep the fur on your dog’s face, feet, and tail short and tangle-free.
Although the Labradoodle is frequently considered a hypoallergenic breed since it sheds minimally, this is not true of all Labradoodles. Some coat types require more grooming than others, so be sure to do your research before deciding which type of Labradoodle to get. No matter which option you choose, however, you should be prepared to brush your dog’s coat daily and to trim it as needed.
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Choosing a name for your dog is one of the most important tasks you have as a dog owner. Not only does it need to be a name that is easy for your Labradoodle to learn, but it should also suit his temperament and personality. To help you choose the best name for your Labradoodle, consider the top 10 male Labradoodle names listed below:
- Cooper – This male dog name is cute without being cutesy, making it the perfect fit for a Labradoodle. These dogs are definitely adorable with their curly coats and floppy ears, but there is nothing delicate about them!
- Bailey – This name brings to mind the cream-colored Irish liquor, making it the perfect name for a Labradoodle with a cream-colored coat. This liquor is also smooth with a bit of a kick which is perfect for a breed like the Labradoodle who is gentle with a bit of a mischievous side.
- Lucky – The name Lucky could be a reference to the dog’s fortune at being welcomed into your home or it could describe the way you feel to have him! Whatever the case may be, this male dog name is cute and sweet, perfect for the Labradoodle breed.
- Tucker – This name is short and sweet but it can also be a reference to the Australian slang for food. Though each and every Labradoodle is unique, they all have one thing in common – they absolutely love to eat! Labradoodles are also very energetic, so it takes a lot of play and exercise to tucker them out.
- Shadow – This name can be a reference to the Labradoodle’s people-oriented nature. These dogs form strong bonds with family and they are often seen following their owners around the house like a Shadow. This is also a good name for a Labradoodle that has black or dark fur.
- Buddy – An apt description for a lively and friendly dog breed like the Labradoodle, this name is perfect for a male dog. While every Labradoodle is unique in terms of personality and temperament, it is certain that your dog will become your very best friend.
- Sparky – The name Sparky brings to mind a dog with a fiery personality and that is exactly what the Labradoodle is. These dogs are full of spunk and life, eager to spend time with family playing a game or going for a walk.
- Teddy – This name is perfect for the Labradoodle because they have soft, fluffy coats and a friendly personality – just like your favorite teddy bear! The name Teddy aptly describes the breed’s warm, affectionate nature as well as his love for cuddling on the couch.
- Harley – If you are looking for a name that is short and sweet but still inspires an image of strength, Harley is the perfect choice. Inspired by the motorcycle brand, a Labradoodle named Harley is strong and dependable with a bit of a wild side.
- Samson – Inspired by the biblical character known for his strength and his beautiful hair, Samson is a fitting name for a Labradoodle. This name also brings to mind qualities such as loyalty and protection.
Now that you have some ideas you should be well on your way to choosing the best name for your Labradoodle dog. You do not necessarily have to choose a name from this list, but keep these options in mind as you and your family pick a name.
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Not only is the Labradoodle a cross between two of the most popular dog breeds, but they are also one of the oldest designer dog breeds. Labradoodles are known for their curly coats and friendly personalities, but these are just a few of the many traits that make these dogs easy to love. If you are considering a Labradoodle for your family, take the time to choose a responsible breeder to ensure that the puppy you bring home is healthy and well-bred.
Why is it Important to Choose a Responsible Breeder?
The Labradoodle is a healthy and hardy breed in general, as are the two parent breeds – the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. It is always important to remember, however, that most dog breeds are susceptible to certain inherited conditions that can be passed on from parent to offspring. For the Labradoodle, this may include various congenital eye problems as well as things like hip dysplasia. Because these conditions are inherited, choosing two parent dogs that do not have these conditions is the best way to prevent them from manifesting in the puppies – this is the main reason why responsible breeding is essential for dogs. The health of the breeding stock directly influences the health of the puppies so, by choosing a responsible breeder, you can increase your chances of bringing home a healthy, well-bred puppy.
Tips for Choosing a Labradoodle Breeder
Now that you understand why it is important to choose a responsible breeder you are ready to learn some tips for going about the process. When you first start looking for a breeder it is always a good idea to start with referrals and personal recommendations – if you have a friend with a Labradoodle, ask what breeder they used. If you don’t have any personal references to draw from, ask around at your local pet stores or clinics. You can also perform an online search for breeders in your area but be sure to vet them thoroughly before you make your final choice. You should always check the breeder’s website and contact them directly to ask questions about their experience and about their breeding operation.
When you contact potential breeders on your list, you need to ask the tough questions. Why did the breeder get into the business and how long have they been breeding Labradoodles? You want to find a breeder who is interested in preserving and improving the breed – not someone who is only in it to make a buck. Once you’ve narrowed down your list to a few options you should actually visit the breeding facilities to ensure that everything is clean and in order. If the breeder refuses to give you a tour or if he will not show you the breeding stock, it is a major red flag. You also want to see how the breeder responds to you – a responsible breeder will be just as interested in finding good homes for his puppies as you are in finding a breeder who knows what he is doing and who has healthy, well-bred puppies to offer.
If you are sure that a Labradoodle is the right choice for you and your family, do yourself and your future dog a favor by carefully selecting a breeder. The more well-bred your Labradoodle puppy is, the greater the chances that he will grow into a happy and healthy adult dog whose company you will enjoy for many years to come.
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If you are thinking about getting a dog for yourself or your family you have probably already done a little research into the different breeds of dog. In your search you may have come across the term “designer dog” which refers to dogs that are a cross between two different breeds – the Labradoodle is an example, a cross between a purebred Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. While crossbreed dogs are becoming very popular, there is a great deal of debate regarding the use of the term “designer dog” – keep reading to learn why.
What Exactly Is a Designer Dog?
In the simplest of terms, a designer dog is a dog that is a cross between two pure breeds. The Labradoodle, for example, is a cross between a purebred Labrador Retriever and a purebred Poodle. What makes designer dogs unique is the fact that they inherit their genes from two separate breeds. While this can yield good results in some cases where the traits inherited are the best from each breed, there is also the risk that the puppies will inherit some of the bad habits or undesirable traits from the parent breeds. That is the most important thing you need to know about designer dogs – it is impossible to predict exactly which traits the puppies will inherit from either parent breed.
If you are considering a designer dog like the Labradoodle, you need to be very careful when it comes to choosing a breeder. Many hobby breeders prey on ill-informed dog owners, charging them exorbitant fees for so-called designer puppies when, in reality, they are simply crossbreed dogs. Many purebred dog breeders consider designer dogs to be nothing more than mutts and they believe that designer puppies should be sold at a discount, not at a rate higher than the price for a puppy of either pure breed. No matter where your beliefs fall along the spectrum, you need to be careful about choosing a responsible breeder.
Are Designer Dogs Healthier than Purebreds?
One of the biggest arguments surrounding the designer dog debate is in regard to the health of crossbreed dogs. Many breeders suggest that because designer dogs are bred from two separate breeds they have a larger gene pool to draw from and therefore a reduced risk for inheriting congenital conditions. While this may be true to some degree, if both parent dogs are carriers for the same condition the puppy’s risk of inheriting it is actually significantly higher. In the end, there is no solid “yes” or “no” answer to this question – it is up to the individual dog owner to do his research in order to ensure that the puppy he brings home is healthy and well-bred. This is true for all dogs, not just designer breeds like the Labradoodle.
Whether or not you choose a designer dog for your family, be sure to do your research to ensure that the breed you choose will be a good fit for your family and your lifestyle. Once you choose a breed, you also need to be careful about selecting a responsible breeder to ensure that the puppy you bring home is healthy and well-bred.
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The Labradoodle is by no means a small dog, so you should be prepared to purchase a lot of dog food if you become a dog owner with this breed. While it is true that Labradoodles eat a lot of food, you need to be careful about what kind of food you choose and how much you feed your dog at one time – if you aren’t careful your Labradoodle could end up with a serious health problem like obesity or gastric torsion. Keep reading to learn some healthy feeding habits for Labradoodle owners to follow.
- Choose a High-Quality Diet
If you want your Labradoodle to live a long and healthy life, the best thing you can do is choose a high-quality commercial dog food product to feed him. Inexpensive dog foods are made with high levels of carbohydrates and low-quality fillers like corn, wheat, and soy ingredients. Any protein that these products include typically comes from animal by-products or plant proteins. To keep your Labradoodle healthy, you need to choose a high-quality product that is made with real animal proteins and healthy animal fats with limited carbohydrate levels. Choose a product that is free from corn, wheat, and soy ingredients as well as artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Real animal protein should be at the top of the ingredients list and any carbohydrates listed should be digestible – things like sweet potato, whole grain oats, or brown rice are infinitely preferable to corn or wheat products.
- Consider a Large-Breed Specific Formula
The basic nutritional needs of all dogs are the same, though individual breeds have slightly different requirements when it comes to calorie intake. You may be surprised to learn that small-breed dogs actually need a more calorie-dense diet than large-breed dogs in order to support their fast metabolisms. Labradoodles are a medium- to large-sized breed so they need plenty of protein in their diets with moderate amounts of fat and limited carbohydrate content. To make sure that your Labradoodle gets the nutrients he needs without taking in too many calories you might want to consider a formula that is designed specifically for medium- or large-breed dogs.
- Monitor Your Labradoodle’s Intake
No matter what kind of food you choose for your Labradoodle, you should keep a close eye on his intake and make adjustments where needed. Use the feeding instructions on the dog food package as a guide for determining how much to feed your dog. Follow the recommended amount (usually based on your dog’s weight) for a few weeks and keep an eye on your Labradoodle’s weight and condition. If your dog gains too much weight you should scale back his daily intake a little bit. If he loses weight or appears to have low energy levels, increase his portion a little bit.
As you can see, learning about the Labradoodle’s temperament and personality is not enough if you are serious about becoming a Labradoodle owner. The type and amount of food you offer your Labradoodle will have a serious impact on his health and wellbeing so take the time to learn about your dog’s nutritional needs and to provide for them as best you can.
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You and your family have fallen in love with an adorable fluffy little Labradoodle puppy and you want to bring him or her home as soon as possible. Before you let the puppy’s cuteness cloud your decision, you will want to know a few things about Labradoodles before making your final decision. Gather your family around for the following details so you can all make decide if the Labradoodle will make a perfect fit for your household.
- Allergies – Labradoodles shed less compared to other dog breeds, however they are not completely shed-free or hypoallergenic. If anyone in your household suffers from allergies due to pet dander you may want to reconsider adopting a Labradoodle.
- Special Attention – Labradoodles require plenty of attention. They enjoy companionship and spending time with their family. If you are at work all day or your entire family is always on the go a Labradoodle may not be the right breed for your family.
- Exercise Requirements – Labradoodles are filled with energy that needs to be burned off through exercise in order to have a well-balanced healthy life. Labradoodles require at least two 45 minute walks per day. This means that you or someone in your household needs to be healthy, energetic and have enough time in their schedule to dedicate to exercise time every day.
- Lifetime Expenses – The Labradoodles life span is 10 to 15 years. This means you need to be financially secure now and plan to remain that way for the next 15 years. As a Labradoodle owner you will have the financial responsibility for food, veterinarian office visits, medication, dog accessories, emergency pet care and unexpected vet bills.
- Grooming – Labradoodles need to be brushed at least once a week or more. This will help remove loose hair and prevent hair from matting. You or someone in your household will need to take the time to groom your Labradoodle frequently.
As a dog owner you will want to provide your dog with a healthy, happy lifestyle where they can eat well, drink plenty of water, feel safe and cared for every day. Not paying attention to your Labradoodle or leaving him or her home alone for extended periods of time can cause behavior issues to arise. Labradoodles are happiest when they have almost constant attention, plenty of exercise, play time, cuddle time and the feeling they are part of a family.
If you are absolutely in love with a Labradoodle and also happen to work long hours every week, you can make adjustments to your lifestyle. You will either want to get a pet sitter that will come to your home during the day while you are at work to care for your Labradoodle or you will want to enroll your dog in a local doggy daycare. This will allow you to be a responsible dog owner by meeting all of the needs a Labradoodle requires while at the same time honoring your work commitments. If you choose this option you will want to spend your personal time off from work with your dog so that you can bond and enjoy the beautiful life you provide for him or her.
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It’s time! You are about to become a dog owner and you are ready to bring home your Labradoodle puppy. This is one of the most exciting times in a dog owner’s life. Before you run off to pick up your Labradoodle pup and bring him or her home you will want to make a few preparations. The following list will guide you to preparing for the arrival of your new pup.
- Puppy Proof Your Home – Your pup will be running around your home smelling, licking and chewing on just about everything he or she can reach. Puppy proofing your home is easy but time consuming. You will want to remove all toxic house plants, small objects or anything that can cause harm or injury to your pup.
- Puppy Proof Your Yard – If you live in a house that has a yard you will want to begin by fencing in the yard and patching up any holes in the fence. Remove any debris and toxic plants, trees and bushes from the yard as well. You can replace toxic greenery with non-toxic and puppy-friendly plants, trees, flowers and bushes. If you have a vegetable garden you will want to create an enclosure to assure your pup won’t run through it and damage your garden. Or, worse eat all of the vegetables and fruits.
- Choose a Kennel – Labradoodles are standard size, medium size and miniature. Depending on the size your Labradoodle will be as an adult, you will want to purchase a large enough kennel for him or her to easily stand up, turn around and lie down stretched out. All dogs are den animals and feel safe in their kennel. It also will come in handy when you leave the house for brief periods of time and it is a good tool for house training.
- Food and Dishes – Purchase food and water bowls for your pup to enjoy every meal. You will want to choose a healthy food that provides your pup with all of the nutritional needs required to raise a Labradoodle pup. If you have any doubts on what is appropriate contact your local veterinarian for further guidance.
- Leash, Collar and Identification Tags – There are a variety of collars and leashes to choose for your pup. They come in a wide range of collars and styles. Find the one that is best suited for your pup and that is the appropriate size. You will want to have an identification tag prepared that includes your pup’s name, your telephone number and address. This will assure your pup will be returned home if he or she gets lost.
Preparing ahead of time will lessen the stress and make your pup’s new arrival more enjoyable. Don’t forget to provide plenty of toys for your pup so that he or she stays busy and is able to keep their mind occupied as well as provide them exercise and play time. Labradoodles are increasingly becoming popular family pets due to their kind disposition and their ability to get along well with children. Enjoy your experience being the proud owner of a Labradoodle.
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