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Size: Large (60 to 100+ lbs.)
Lifespan: Medium (8 to 12 years)
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Labradoodles are an increasingly popular "hybrid" or "designer" breed created by mixing a Labrador Retriever with a Standard Poodle. Labradoodles were first bred as guide dogs in Australia in the late 1980s, and exhibit traits of both a Lab and a Poodle. Labradoodles are large, Muppet-like dogs that are generally good with kids, strangers, other animals, and seniors. (Labradoodles are increasingly popular as service dogs for disabled or elderly persons with allergies: Labrador Retrievers are the #1 service and guide dog worldwide, along with Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds, and Poodles are renown for shedding little to no hair.) Celebrities Rikki Lake, Jennifer Aniston, Henry Winkler, Tiger Woods, and Christie Brinkley are all said to own Labradoodles.

For more information, check out the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle pages.

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Labradoodles are attractive family pets, especially for those concerned by allergies. By breeding the no-shed, practically hypoallergenic Poodle with the mild-mannered, favorite Labrador Retriever, enthusiasts claim to have found the "perfect dog." Labradoodles are generally energetic, happy dogs that love to swim. Overall, mutts do have fewer health problems than purebreds, but experts warn that it's hit or miss whether or not your puppy will actually have the traits you desire as it grows. If you like Labs but not Poodles, or vice versa, then it's probably best not to take a chance on a hybrid dog.

For more information on Labradoodle ownership and care, check out the International Doodle Owners Group.

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