Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What Are Australian Labradoodle Puppies

By Marissa Velazquez

The history of Australian Labradoodle puppies is relatively short if counted in years as a breed. Thirty years ago the idea of an intelligent hard working dog that didn't shed hair or dander came to be reality when Wally Conran cross bred a poodle with a Labrador. After several litters he finally came up with one puppy from a litter that could be trained as a guide dog for a woman in Hawaii with a husband that was allergic to dogs. Of the thirty one other dogs bred twenty nine became guide dogs. An unheard of average for any breed.

Since that time the dog has gained popularity with people from all walks of life. There are three different lines of ancestry for these dogs. Two separate factions that breed Labradors, Poodles, and a spaniel to accomplish both coat and temperament and another in America that breeds strictly Labradors and Poodles to get the same results. When looking for a puppy be sure to ask which breeders they come from. There are some differences according to the breeder's standards guidelines.

Any puppy can be a handful when first acquired. These dogs are very smart and are easily trained. They are also very active and need to be exercised daily in both mind and body. They have a tendency to take over the house if you are not a strong pack leader. That being said they are very social with people and animals and display no aggression.

It is always wise to ask the breeder what they have been feeding the puppy and what kind of feeding schedule they have him on. It is best not to change these things too suddenly. A gradual replacement of the known food for the new one is easier than a puppy with an upset system.

If your breeder has begun training the puppy you should find out what the training is and what methods are being used. If no training has been started make a schedule that will allow you to take the dog outside every three or four hours and stick to that schedule for housebreaking. You will also have to leash train him early so that he gets enough exercise.

It is important to start grooming the puppy early in his life. The sooner he gets used to the feel of the brush the better he will like it. With the lack of shedding and very thick coats they should be brushed no less than three times weekly. Twice yearly trims at the groomer for nails, ears and a trim will suffice.

The coats on these dogs will vary from litter to litter. The difference is caused by the dominant genes in the parents. The coats will range from curly to thick and wavy. Some will even have a longer flowing coat reminiscent of the spaniel coats. The size of the dogs may also vary. Poodles genes dominate here so they can be very large or very small.

Australian Labradoodle puppies are adorable as babies and grow up to be excellent family pets as well as service animals and companions. When deciding whether or not they are the right dog for you consider the size, activity level, and over all intelligence of the dog you are seeking. If you are active, dominant and smarter than the puppy it should be a good match.

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