Though the Labradoodle is not considered a proper breed, it is a popular crossbred dog that was created by crossing the Labrador Retriever with the Standard Poodle. Though the term Labradoodle appears to have been around since the 1950’s, it was made official by Wally Cochran in Australia in the 1970’s.
Cochran was inspired by a blind woman from Hawaii who suffered from severe dog allergies, but desperately required a hypoallergenic guide dog. Of the first litter produced, three of the eight puppies were confirmed to be low allergy. Though results are inconsistent across various litters, the Labradoodle continues to be one of the best dogs for those who have allergies and/or asthma. As we’ll see below, the best way to tell if a Labradoodle will be hypoallergenic is by the kind of coat they have.
General Benefits of the Labradoodle
Labradoodles are incredibly easy to train and have mild, sweet dispositions. Most seem to have the gentleness of the Labrador and the intelligence of the Poodle, making them ideal pets for families. They typically require very little grooming and shed very little, while some don’t shed at all. They have no odor and do not require frequent bathing.
There are three types of Labradoodles, varying in height and weight:
Standard: 21-24 inches high and 50-65 pounds
Medium: 17-20 inches high and 30-45 pounds
Miniature: 14-16 inches high and 15-25 pounds
The colour of the Labradoodle can vary from chalk or milky white, various cream shades, caramel-beige, copper, apricot, golden, black, chocolate, various shades of red, and silver.
The coats of Labradoodles also vary, and this is the attribute that most determines their degree of being allergy friendly. The three coat types are:
Wooly: Similar to that of the Poodle. This coat requires regular grooming and is allergy friendly.
Fleece: This is the best coat for allergy sufferers. Fleece coats are easy to maintain, they do not shed, and they are allergy and asthma friendly.
Hair: This coat can range from straight to curly or wavy. It can vary from shedding a lot to shedding very little. This coat is not likely to be allergy friendly.