HISTORY OF THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER
The Labrador Retriever did not originate from Labrador, but from Newfoundland, Canada. The Labrador Retriever is one of the prime breeds selected as guide and rescue dogs and was originally bred primarily as a working gun dog. The Labrador Retriever has a stable temperament and easily adapts to new surroundings. The most distinguishing characteristics of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weather resistant coat; an "otter" tail; a clean-cut head; powerful jaws; and its "kind," friendly eyes, expressing character, intelligence and good temperament. The typical Labrador possesses style and quality without over refinement. They are loyal and non-aggressive and are a great family-oriented
HISTORY OF THE STANDARD POODLE
Although the Poodle is the national dog of France, it is thought that the Poodle originated in Germany or possibly in Russia. The Standard Poodle is one of the highest rated dog for intelligence. Poodles are very fast at discovering that spoken words mean something. Many Poodle owners believe that their dogs actually come close to understanding grammar and whole sentences rather than just single words and thus are exceptional learners. The Poodle is an elegant-appearing dog, squarely built, well proportioned, moving soundly and carrying himself proudly. Poodles are non-shedding allergy friendly, have a sense of humor, loyal, gentle, obedient, and good with children.
HISTORY OF THE LABRADOODLE
The Labrador Retriever is often used as a service dog because they are quick to learn and have wonderful steady temperaments. Unfortunately, people who have allergies to animals may not be able to take advantage of a service dog because of their allergies. In the 1970’s, Wally Cochran of the Guide Dog Association of Australia was given the task to produce a non-shedding allergy-friendly guide dog for the seeing-impaired who were allergic to dogs. After much research, the Labradoodle as we know it today was born. The original Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle but today there are many genetic variations. The result of this cross has produced intelligent, easily trainable, and in most cases allergy-friendly dogs that are being sought out for service dogs as well as pets. Overall, the Labradoodle is a wonderful hybrid possessing the finest qualities of both breeds and are wonderful companions for families as well as fantastic service animals.
WHY DO LABRADOODLES MAKE GOOD PETS?
Labradoodles are a great pet dog - combining superior intelligence, faithfulness as well as an easy-to-manage coat. Labradoodles come in many different sizes with many different coat types which is great because everybody's "perfect" dog is different. For those folks who want a bigger dog with a low-shedding coat, but don't necessarily want a Standard Poodle, the Labradoodle is a great pick. Even the smallest Labradoodles are not fragile yippy dogs, but are robust and sturdy and can keep up with the most active family. The Labradoodle's playfulness and unique look will delight your family for many years!
1ST GEN, 2ND GEN, MULTI GEN, AUSTRALIAN, F1, F1B?
- 1st Generation (or F1) is a cross between a purebred Poodle and a purebred Labrador Retriever. This cross is not stable and produces a variety of coat types from both curly to labby and likely will shed and may or may not be allergy friendly. 1st Gens can produce pups with fleece, hair or anything inbetween coats but never a true wool coat.
- 2nd Generation (or F1B) is a cross between a purebred Poodle and a 1st Gen (F1) Labradoodle. This cross is also not stable and produces a variety of coat types although most pups in a litter will be curly rather than labby and will be low shedding and allergy friendly. 2nd Gens can produce pups with wool, fleece and hair coats but mainly wool and fleece.
- Multi Gen is a cross between a Labradoodle and another Labradoodle. In a true Multi Gen where the genetics go back a number of generations, this cross is stable and all pups in a litter will look very similar with curly, non-shedding and allergy friendly coats. Multi Gens can produce both fleece and wool, although mainly wool coats but never hair coats.
- An "Australian" Labradoodle or "Aussie" Doodle simply means that one or both parents came directly from Australia or have Australian lines in their breeding. A true Australian Labradoodle is a Multi Gen and produces stable coats in all their litters of pups. Other than where they originated and that they traveled a great distance to get to Canada, it doesn't make them any more special than a "Canadian" Multi Gen Labradoodle or a "German" Multi Gen Labradoodle - other than their name.
Here at Wild Rose Kennels, we have both 1st Generation (F1) as well as 2nd Generation (F1B).
WHAT WILL MY LABRADOODLE’S COAT BE LIKE - wool, fleece, hair?
Now that you're familiar with the various terminology of Doodle crosses we'll tackle the issue of what kind of coat you can expect from your Labradoodle. Labradoodles in general have three main coat types: wool, fleece, and hair.
1. The wool coat has the touch and feel of that of a Poodle’s and is always curly. It never or rarely sheds and is the most preferred for people with severe dog-related allergies. The wool coat can be quite coarse, dense and feels very similar to a sheep (coarse and curly). The coat can have tight curls or loose spirals as it gets longer. Grooming is required for a wool coat otherwise the coat will become matted. If a Labradoodle is a true Multi Gen, a litter of pups should all have similar coats and fall into the wool category. No 1st Gen Doodles have a wool coat.
2. The fleece coat is soft and silky (somewhat like that of an Angora rabbit) although it can have coarse sections. It can have medium to long loose curls or spirals or waves. It is easily maintained with regular brushing and generally low-shedding and can be allergy friendly (but not always). Some will not shed and be allergy-friendly; unfortunately others may shed and not be as allergy-friendly.
3. The hair coat can be short to medium in length and generally has a few waves with wispy sections around the face which may be quite coarse in texture. This coat may only have a row of waves along the top of the dog’s back, whiskers and eyebrows and can have either long or short wispy hairs on the legs and chest. The hair coat is less allergy-friendly and may or may not result in shedding. A hair coat likely won't need any profesional grooming rather than brushing.
A litter of 1st Generation doodles can have coats that range from fleece to hair. If allergies are a big concern for you - don't get a 1st Generation. Here at Wild Rose Kennels, we do coat evaluations on our pups when they are 5 weeks old (prior to adoption) which gives our clients a good understanding of what their puppy's coat will be like as an adult.
ARE LABRADOODLES ALLERGY PROOF?
Here at Wild Rose Kennels Labradoodles, we never use the term allergy proof or non-allergenic. We refer to our Labradoodles as “allergy-friendly” - but not all are, and not for everyone! Because each person’s allergy tolerances are so unique and are triggered by so many different things as well as the complicated role of genetics in each dog, a definitive answer to this question is virtually impossible. The Poodle’s non-shedding gene appears to be quite dominant in Labradoodles; therefore their shedding is often (but not always) minimal.
WHAT IS A MICRO MINI, MINI OR STANDARD?
This term refers to size. Here at Wild Rose Kennels we've attempted to categorize our Labradoodles into sizes. Micro Minis are anywhere from 18-20 lbs as adults and will be about the size of a Miniature Poodle or small terrier. Minis usually reach 25-45 lbs and are about the size of a beagle or small border collie. And Standards can range anywhere from 55 and upwards and are the size of an adult Labrador Retriever or Standard Poodle. Each pairing of Mom and Dad is unique based on their size so you get a variation in sizes within these categories depending on who the Mom or Dad is.
WHAT COLOR ARE LABRADOODLES?
Labradoodles come in every color depending on genetics. They can be solid (one color) or Parti (two colored) or multi colored. They can also have various markings. It's a good idea to check with the CKC website for a full explanation of colors and markings.
ARE LABRADOODLES CKC REGISTERED?
Labradoodles are not yet a recognized CKC breed in Canada therefore our puppies are not registered with the Canadian Kennel Club. They are intended as pets and not for breeding or showing.
WHAT KIND OF TEMPERAMENT DO LABRADOODLES HAVE?
The Labradoodle is a great family-oriented dog being especially good with children and the elderly. They are easy to train and get along well with other dogs. Labradoodles are extremely clever, sociable, playful and natural comics. Most Labradoodles are non-aggressive but will bark to ward off strangers and are obviously loyal to their family. The Labradoodle is a sweet and gentle dog and easily adapts to new environments.
WILL MY LABRADOODLE SEE A VETERINARIAN BEFORE LEAVING THE NURSERY?
Before our puppies leave our Nursery they each are checked by a certified Veterinarian for heart, eyes, ears, bite and general health. They are dewormed, vaccinated and microchipped for identification. To the best of our knowledge, our puppies leave our Nursery in excellent health! Their immune system is still developing and is pretty sensitive so like all babies they are susceptible to unexpected illnesses. It is a good idea, therefore, to keep your puppy separated from the general dog population until the pup has completed their immunization protocol. When your puppy first comes home, they may initially experience some diarrhea due to: 1) stress; 2) chlorinated city water; 3) change of diet; 4) new environment, etc. If you are ever in doubt about your puppy’s health, always get an expert opinion from a trusted Veterinarian. Although not required, it is a good idea to take your new puppy to your Veterinarian as soon as you get them home to ensure their soundness.
ARE LABRADOODLES KNOWN FOR GENETIC WEAKNESS?
Labradoodles in general are described as having hybrid vigor. This means that the genetic strengths of both the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle are passed to the next generation. So far very few genetic problems have been found in Labradoodles. Wild Rose Kennels' Moms and Dads all have had their hips x-rayed and been health checked by a Veterinarian prior to breeding. Unfortunately some breeders - especially backyard breeders - do not health check their adult dogs and as with some other pure breeds, Labradoodles are also susceptible to poor genetic breeding.
HOW MUCH EXERCISE DO LABRADOODLES NEED?
Labradoodles love to play and will thrive on lots of exercise but they also do well in less active homes. They enjoy going for walks, chasing balls, swimming, playing games and most are natural retrievers. Labradoodles easily adapt to their environment and although it is true that bigger dogs usually do better in bigger spaces, owners who live in smaller homes do quite well with a Labradoodle as long as they take it for exercise every day just as they would any dog. When our pups are 5 weeks old (before adoption) we do Temperament Evaluations to help in matching the right dog with the right family.
WHAT SHOULD LABRADOODLES EAT?
We are what we eat - same is true for dogs! Veterinarians say that wrong nutrition results in over half of their veterinarian work. In other words, a lot of health problems can actually be avoided altogether by correct diet!! Although genetics do come into play, studies have shown that superior quality food for puppies and adolescent dogs can actually help prevent hip dysplasia and other bone disorders later on! Wild Rose Kennels is committed to giving our pups every chance possible for a healthy start in life so we’re always doing research into the newest dog foods available. Standard Labradoodles are a large breed dog which means their bones are growing at a rapid rate, therefore it is vital that they get a great nutritional start – don’t skimp on nutrition! There are many fine foods on the market which promote optimal yet controlled growth for large breed dogs. For each puppy, be an informed dog owner, read the ingredients on the dog food package and do your research when it comes to your own dog’s nutritional needs!
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY LABRADOODLE PUPPY COMES HOME?
Get some basic supplies: travel kennel, dog blanket, two dishes, a collar and a leash. You should also have dog shampoo, brush, comb and nail clippers. Don't forget cleaning supplies for house-training accidents! Bringing a puppy home is similar to having a toddler in your home so make sure you puppy-proof the area where your puppy will be. Puppies eat everything so watch for things like poisonous plants, electrical cords, and small items that might get stuck in your puppy’s throat (like Lego). Your puppy has just left his brothers and sisters and will naturally experience some loneliness; expect some night crying for awhile. It’s a good idea to kennel-train your puppy for portions of the day and especially at night. All puppies teethe so provide lots of age-appropriate chew toys that satisfy their constant need to chew. Be patient - they won’t be little for long!
DO LABRADOODLES NEED OBEDIENCE TRAINING?
All puppies need obedience training! There is no such thing as a bad dog - only a poorly trained one. Read a good dog-training book for tips on house-training, obedience and other training topics. Around four months of age, professional obedience training is highly recommended for you and your puppy! Even a small puppy should be trained to never nip (even in fun) and to never jump up on you. A well-mannered dog is a joy to have around - both for you and your friends! We model our puppy socialization and training after a book called, "The Art of Raising a Puppy" by the Monks of New Skete. We are also huge fans of Cesar Milan, "The Dog Whisperer". These are great resources for every new puppy owner!