The Wonderful World Of Pets

3 Questions To Ask A Breeder When Selecting A Labradoodle Puppy

by Samuel Sullivan

Visit any dog park and you are bound to see several Labradoodles frolicking in play. The popularity of the labradoodle has been on the rise in recent years. Prospective pet parents seek out Labradoodles because they tend to shed less than other large breed dogs.

As with any mixed breed dog, it can be difficult to predict your new puppy's exact characteristics. Here are three questions that you should ask your breeder to ensure you select the right labradoodle to bring into your home.

1. Will the Puppy be Hypoallergenic?

Part of the reason so many people are drawn to Labradoodles is the perception that these dogs are hypoallergenic.

Anyone who is allergic to pet dander used to be limited to smaller breeds that featured hair instead of fur. The labradoodle makes it possible to own a hypoallergenic big dog, but you must keep in mind that not all Labradoodles can be classified as hypoallergenic.

You will need to ask your breeder about the expected coat type of a puppy to determine if it might be hypoallergenic. People with severe allergies tend to fare better with puppies that have a curly or wavy coat. Labradoodles with a flat or straight coat could still shed slightly.

2. How Big Will the Puppy Get?

There are numerous size variations within the labradoodle breed. These size differences can be attributed to the size of the poodle parent. The smaller the poodle, the smaller the labradoodle will be when fully grown.

It's best to work with a breeder that maintains contact with previous litters. Most reputable breeders keep a scrapbook of progress pictures from past litters that you can use to get an idea of what your puppy will look like as an adult.

If you have a specific size you are hoping for, you should ask to see both parents before selecting your labradoodle puppy.

3. Is the Puppy Healthy?

Purebred dogs are often prone to certain physical maladies. Although Labradoodles are technically a mixed breed, they do tend to suffer from some of the same ailments as their purebred poodle and Labrador retriever.

Always ask your breeder for copies of health records for both the litter and the parents of a puppy you are considering. Responsible breeders never use animals that have a genetic predisposition toward hip or elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, or other abnormalities.

You will want your labradoodle puppy to come with a health guarantee so that you can avoid costly vet bills in the future.

For more information, contact a Labradoodle puppy breeder in your area.