What You Should Know Before Adopting a Doodle

Doodles come in two different sizes: standard and miniature. They also come in various colors, including red, white, brown, black, and gray.

Some common coat patterns include brindle, blonde and piebald. The average weight of a doodle is between 45 and 70 pounds. You can get more information about these pet animals from websites like WeLoveDoodles.

Apart from these quick facts, here are a few other significant things to know before bringing a doodle home.

Doodle’s Health

The original Doodle was a labradoodle, bred in the early 1980s by Wally Conron while working as a puppy-breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia.

Doodles are some of the healthiest dogs you will find. They only require moderate exercise and quickly adapt to apartment living. Some vets believe that doodles may even be healthier than Labradors because they don’t carry genetic diseases. Doodles, like Labs, are also easy to train.

Origins

Depending on their size, Labradoodles are a cross between the Labrador Retriever and either Standard Poodle or Miniature Poodle. They were first bred in Australia as an allergy-friendly alternative to the Lab.

Temperament

Doodles make excellent family dogs. They are very friendly and well mannered but can be wary of strangers until properly introduced. This breed is also very confident and intelligent. They are easy to train, especially when positive reinforcement training methods are used.

Exercise Needs

Doodles require moderate exercise. A daily walk or two along with an hour of playtime usually does the trick for this breed. Like Labradors, doodles can become overweight if they’re not kept active.

Grooming Requirements

Doodles do not shed, making them a good choice for people with allergies or who don’t want to deal with pet hair on their clothes. They have short coats that are easy to groom, needing only weekly brushing and occasional bathing. This breed sheds just once a year, during the summertime.

Lifespan

Doodles have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years, making them one of the longest-living dog breeds. Doodles are also amiable dogs, meaning they have little trouble getting along with children or other pets.

This breed is sturdy and healthy, with a lower risk of cancer, hip dysplasia, and other health problems.

History

Doodles have a unique history. Labradoodles, or Labradoodle rescues, usually breed an unwanted dog with another small dog. It is because Labs are popular family dogs, and people often adopt them without knowing their needs.

Because Labs require so much exercise, many families give them away because they can’t give them the exercise they need. It leaves many unowned Labs in shelters, where breeders attempt to rehome these dogs by pairing them with more miniature or older Poodles. The resulting puppies are Labradoodles and, if adopted, make excellent family pets.

Diet

Doodles should eat food that is made with wheat, corn, or soy. These ingredients cause the least number of allergic reactions in dogs and are high in protein and carbohydrates.

Variety is also key to feeding a healthy diet, so make sure your dog gets food that contains different meat proteins in each meal.

Types of Doodles You Can Adopt

Not all doodles are born with long tails. Standard and miniature doodles can either have a natural bobtail or a docked tail, depending on the preference of their breeders. Their ears can also be cropped or uncropped. There are also two different coat types in doodles.

A rex (or curly) coat results from breeding a Poodle with a Labrador or golden retriever. The other coat type is straight, which is the result of breeding a Standard Poodle with either another standard poodle or a golden retriever.

When choosing a puppy, you can choose based on their coat type and ear style. Puppies with straight coats are the easiest to train, while curly puppies require more grooming.

Labradoodle rescues or Labradoodles for adoption come from parents who were strays or from breeders looking to make a profit. Mixed breed dogs usually have an easier time getting adopted, so you can find your perfect match at your local shelter.

Doodles are excellent family dogs, making them perfect for families with children. They are often very friendly and well-behaved towards kids. However, due to their stubborn nature, doodles require training at an early age to ensure you can communicate what behaviors are okay and which aren’t okay.

Doodles are intelligent creatures too, so they can be taught to perform tricks or even obey simple commands early on in life. This breed’s patience and good nature also mean they get along well with other pets and dogs.

Last Updated on September 20, 2022

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Leanne is a writer with an intense love for animals. She’s always had this drive to work with them in some way, but unfortunately her passion doesn’t lie in the sciences. So now she spends her days researching and writing about all sorts of animals while playing with her naughty ferret, Rosa. Leanne will hopefully be adding to her family soon – maybe another cat and dog!