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Black Labradoodle: The Perfect Family Dog

A black Labradoodle sitting in a pile of autumn leaves

Are you looking for a new fur baby to adopt into your family? Well, look no more because we have found the perfect family dog. With this mix breed you will get the best of everything — low shedding, high intelligence and above all — the sweetest heart. If you are wondering who we are talking about, it’s the black Labradoodle.

The Black Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Poodle. But in addition to that they also have a black coat. These fur balls are have incredible wisdom and social compatibility. They will get along with your other dogs, but other people too.

The Labradoodle combines the absolutely best traits of both parent breeds, the Labrador Retriever and Poodle, in one dog. On one hand, the intelligent canine has won over many people. However, on the other, there was also criticism from many people. Even the developer of the crossbreed himself! However, the reason why isn’t the breed itself. Instead it’s the unethical way in which breeders try to produce

History and origin

The Labradoodle is not an AKC recognized dog breed. At least not yet. Like we previously said, this is a mix. The resulting hybrid dog originated in Australia in 1989.

The idea of the crossing came from Wally Conron. He worked then for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. Wally wanted to create a guide dog that is also well tolerated by people with a dog hair allergy. As a result, he decided to cross the Labrador, often used as a guide dog, with the hypoallergenic poodle. His end goal was to create an allergy-friendly therapy dog. The name of this hybrid dog results from the contraction of the two breed designations “Labrador” and “Poodle”.

The idea of combining certain characteristics of one breed with those of another also forms the starting point for other hybrid dogs. Such as the Maltipoo (Maltese and Poodle) or Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle). Of course, the process behind it is much more complex than is often assumed.

The Black Labradoodle shares the same history and origin as any other Labradoodle. The only difference is really just the color of his coat.

Black Labradoodle Personality

All Labradoodles are generally considered very social, friendly and smart. Therefore, they are well suited as a family dog. In addition, sufficient exercise and training should be taken into account when keeping a Labradoodle, as both the poodle and the Labrador are working breeds. However, just like with any other mix, the exact characteristics are not always completely predictable. In addition, because there are still no breed standards or control bodies that pay attention to responsible breeding, many breeders don’t consider the well-being of the dogs. Instead, they just want to produce as big litters as possible.

In this context, it is very important to rely on a reputable breeder when purchasing. Otherwise, you may get to someone who is only interested in money. For example, this means too little experience and knowledge or the conscious use of “untested” or pre-contaminated dogs. The result can then be puppies with anxious or aggressive characteristics. Or even very serious health issues.

Appearance of the Black Labradoodle

The Black Labradoodle is a medium to large dog with lush, wavy or even curly fur. Therefore, he requires sufficient care, as it mattes very quickly. Regular brushing and possibly regular shortening will definitely be necessary. Especially in summer, it is highly recommended to keep your dog’s hair short. The Labradoodle is particularly sensitive to heat due to its dense coat. Although the grooming of the Labradoodle is probably a little more elaborate, he loses very little hair. And isn’t that a relief to everyone who hates vacuuming?

In terms of color, we believe that it won’t surprise you that the Black Labradoodle has a black coat. Duh, right? However, the intensity of the black color can vary. Some may be pitch black, while others will have more of a “washed out” black color.

Health

With a lifespan of 13 to 15 years, the Labradoodle can look forward to a long and mostly healthy dog life. As a young hybrid breed, there are only a few hereditary risk factors known as research into this breed is not yet well advanced. The most common health problems occur in the form of elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia and eye problems. The selection of breeders is therefore particularly important. A reputable breeder will make sure that the parents are as healthy as possible. This will also ensure that your Black Labradoodle is healthy.

Even the “inventor” of the Labradoodle, Wally Conron, regretted his innovation of crossing the two dog breeds afterwards. The reason was mainly irresponsible breeding.

He saw the rapid popularity that the Labradoodle gained. In addition to that he also saw the resulting careless breeding done by breeders that pay too little attention to the health of the animals.

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