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Weight: 30-50 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The Miniature Labradoodle is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 10-14 years
The Miniature Labradoodle is a mix of a Labrador Retriever and a Miniature Poodle. (In some cases, they may be mixed with a Toy Poodle or a small Standard Poodle.) Although they are less prone than purebred dogs to hereditary health problems, some may experience health issues that are common to either parent breed.
Joint problems like hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia are possible concerns for the Mini Labradoodle. Both of these conditions are degenerative and stem from issues with malformed joints, leading to discomfort, pain, limping, and, in severe cases, arthritis or even lameness. Surgery may be required in the most serious cases. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not bred, so be sure that your puppy’s parents have no history of the condition. Although hip dysplasia is genetic, it can also be triggered by excessive weight gain or injury, typically from jumping or falling. Do not let your dog run on slippery floors or jump from great heights while he is a puppy with still-developing joints.
A blood-clotting disease called Von Willebrand’s might affect some Miniature Labradoodles, resulting in excessive, uncontrollable bleeding from even minor injuries. A blood transfusion may be required in severe episodes to replace lost blood.
Addison’s disease is another potential health issue for the Mini Labradoodle. Addison’s disease is a pituitary gland issue that does not always show symptoms and can be difficult to diagnose. Possible symptoms include anorexia, vomiting, muscle weakness, and lethargy. At times, a severe episode known as an “Addisonian crisis” may be the first sign of the disease, in which the animal collapses in a state of shock. Once the disease is diagnosed, it can be treated with medication.
Skin issues may impact some Mini Labradoodles. One possible skin issue is sebaceous adenitis, in which the skin stops producing enough oil. This leads to dry, scaly skin and a foul odor. Because the dog may scratch his skin frequently, this condition can also result in hair loss. Mini Labradoodles may also experience allergies.
Eye problems like cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) may impact some Miniature Labradoodles as well. PRA is when the retina degenerates, resulting in failed daytime vision. Vision loss is gradual with this condition, giving the affected dog time to adjust. Most dogs with PRA continue to live happy lives, despite the fact that there is no viable cure or treatment.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Mini Labradoodle may exhibit any combination of characteristics known to the Labrador Retriever and the Miniature Poodle. However, the typical Miniature Labradoodle is sociable, loving, and loyal. He is also gentle, tolerant, and sweet. In general, he is an easygoing and accommodating dog.
The Miniature Labradoodle can flourish in an apartment, but he does need 30-60 minutes of vigorous exercise each day. He can go for long walks or jogs, and he should be given space to run as often as possible. He also loves water, so a swim may be an enjoyable activity for the Miniature Labradoodle. Be sure to dry his ears thoroughly any time they get wet to avoid infections.
This breed gets along well with children and other pets. He loves spending time with his people and makes a good companion dog for the entire family. He is polite with strangers, but some Miniature Labradoodles may need socialization to ensure they do not become timid or shy. He is capable of alerting his family of danger, but he should not be relied on to protect or guard his family physically if the situation escalates. Any potential owner of a Miniature Labradoodle should be aware that he may drool and snore.
The Miniature Labradoodle is quite trainable and can be a good choice for a first-time dog owner. They are loving, loyal dogs who are keen to please and make for easy and enjoyable training. Encouragement, praise, and delicious treats go a very long way with this breed. Miniature Labradoodles do still need early socialization to ensure that they do not develop any problems with timidity, shyness, or fear.
The Miniature Labradoodle has a low shedding, low maintenance coat that can be managed with a quick weekly brushing. Bathe your Miniature Labradoodle as needed to prevent his skin from drying out.
Trim nails as needed; do not let them grow long enough to touch the floor. Be sure not to trim your Miniature Labradoodle’s nails to the quick, as this can be very painful. Check his ears regularly for signs of infection like redness, tenderness, and odor. Ensure that there is not an excessive buildup of wax, dirt, or debris. Brush his teeth at least 2-3 times weekly to maintain good oral health and prevent bad breath.
On average, the Miniature Labradoodle should consume 1.5-2.5 cups of high-quality dry dog food daily. It is recommended to split his food into at least two smaller portions. The ideal type and amount of food for your individual dog will depend on factors like size, age, metabolism, and activity level. Be sure that you do not overfeed your dog; monitor his weight and eating habits.
Ensure your dog has access to clean, fresh drinking water at all times.
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Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Miniature Labradoodle ranks a 1.5. He is fairly expensive to acquire, and he may drool and snore. However, he is generally very healthy, he can adapt to almost any living situation, and he is highly trainable. He also has a low-maintenance, easy-care coat, and he is a sweet, loving, and tolerant breed. He makes a great dog for a first-time owner.
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