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Labradoodle Temperament: 125+ Labradoodle Owners Share What They’re REALLY Like!

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Updated on January 12, 2021. Previously, we showed Labradoodle temperament survey results from over 100 owners.

The Labradoodle has won the hearts of many-a dog lover around the world.

This classic poodle mix breed has become so popular in recent years that you’ve begun seeing them everywhere. And although they don’t resemble real life teddy bears as much as Goldendoodles, the Labradoodle shares many of their characteristics and makes just as wonderful an addition to the family.

Not only is the Labradoodle super cute and cuddly, they are also known to be very family-friendly, highly energetic, super intelligent, and (mostly) non-shedding.

Sounds like a great dog, right? Let’s go over Labradoodle temperament in further detail below.

Labradoodle Temperament

It seems that a lot of other websites have arbitrarily rated Labradoodles in each characteristics category.

We at Doodle Doods, however, wanted a more accurate overview of their characteristics based on feedback from actual Labradoodle owners. This is why we are conducting an ongoing survey to gather this feedback.

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As of January 12, 2021, we have received 679 total responses to the survey since February 2018. The data you see below pertains only to Labradoodles (126 responses).

The survey asked for observations of 37 characteristics across these 6 categories:

  1. Health and Grooming
  2. All Around Friendliness
  3. Trainability
  4. Exercise Needs
  5. Adaptability
  6. Behavioral
Characteristics of the labradoodle - survey results

About the Graphs

The graphs below are updated in real-time as people submit their responses to the survey.

All ratings are based on a scale from Poor to Excellent. Keep in mind that these survey results are anecdotal (based on people’s personal ratings).

Each graph is interactive so you can hover over the sections (on a computer) or tap on the sections (on a mobile device) for more info. On mobile devices, the graphs might look cut off, but you can use your finger to tap and drag to scroll and see the full graph.

Visit this page for information on number of participants from our Doodle Characteristics survey.

Health and Grooming

Amount Of Shedding

One of the reasons why the Labradoodle are so popular is because they are said to be non-shedding. The truth is that no dog is 100% non-shedding, but Labradoodles are among the top breeds that have minimal shedding. Of course, shedding levels vary based on the generation of Labradoodle (F1, F1B, F2, etc.).

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Amount of Shedding from Poor (a lot of shedding) to Excellent (no shedding).

Most people reported Excellent.

Hypoallergenic Level

Typically, people associate the shedding of the fur with triggering allergies. In actuality, pet/animal allergies are triggered by dander, which is just a fancy term for dead skin particles. BUT, since Labradoodles don’t shed that much, in theory this means that their dander isn’t released into the air as easily.

As such, Labradoodles are almost totally hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for people/families with allergies. But again it depends on the variation/generation of the dog.

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Hypoallergenic Level from Poor (triggers allergies) to Excellent (doesn’t trigger allergies).

Most people reported Excellent.

Drooling Potential

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Drooling Potential from Poor (a lot of drooling) to Excellent (no drooling), and most people reported Excellent.

Ease of Grooming

Since the Labradoodle doesn’t shed much, their fur can grow quite long…and with long hair comes great responsibility. Brushing is required multiple times per week to prevent mats; every so often you might need to do some DIY maintenance grooming; and a full-body groom is typically done every few months. Consider whether you have the time and patience for a dog that needs a lot of grooming, or the money to pay someone else to do it.

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Ease of Grooming from Poor to Excellent, and we got mixed results.

When asked what people disliked most about their Labradoodle, among the most common answer related to the high cost and frequency of grooming.

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General Health

Some Doodle breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, such as hip dysplasia. Survey participants evaluated their labradoodle’s General Health from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported between Excellent.

Potential For Weight Gain

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Potential for Weight Gain from Poor (high potential for weight gain) to Excellent (low potential for weight gain).

We got mixed results, though most people erred on the side of low potential for weight gain.

Still, you will want to limit treats, make sure pup gets enough exercise, and measure out his meals as prescribed by the vet or based on his kibble’s packaging.

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All Around Friendliness

Affection with Family

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Affection with Family from Poor to Excellent.

People overwhelmingly reported Excellent!

Kid Friendliness

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Kid-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

This indicates that the Labradoodle are typically gentle with children, yet sturdy enough to handle less-than-gentle petting/hugging, and that they can also well-tolerate the high energies of running, screaming children.

Dog Friendliness

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Dog-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Excellent.

Cat Friendliness

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Cat-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent. The results are truly mixed.

If the Labradoodle was rated less tolerant toward cats, it’s most likely an issue of whether or not he was ever socialized with cats, or at least trained to not be “little hellions” toward them.

Friendliness Toward Strangers

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Friendliness Toward Strangers from Poor to Excellent, and everyone reported their Labradoodle to be at least somewhat friendly toward strangers, with most of them being very friendly.


Trainability

Ease of Training

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Ease of Training from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Very Good or Excellent.

Intelligence

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Intelligence from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.

Potential For Mouthiness

Mouthiness is a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite.

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Potential For Mouthiness from Poor (very mouthy) to Excellent (not at all mouthy).

Most people reported somewhere between Satisfactory and Excellent.

The mixed results can likely be explained by whether or not the pup was ever properly trained to not bite.

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Prey Drive

Prey drive describes a Labradoodle’s inborn desire to chase and sometimes kill other animals such as cats, squirrels, and sometimes even cars.

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Prey Drive from Poor (always chases) to Excellent (never chases).

The results are pretty mixed.

Tendency To Bark Or Howl

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Tendency to Bark or Howl from Poor to Excellent.

We got mixed results.

Wanderlust Potential

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Wanderlust Potential from Poor (prone to wander off) to Excellent (doesn’t wander).

Most people said their dog is not prone to wander.


Exercise Needs

Energy Level

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Energy Level from Poor (low energy) to Excellent (high energy).

Most people reported Very Good.

Intensity

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Intensity (hyperness) from Poor (very intense leash pulling, inhales food, etc.) to Excellent (laid-back attitude about everything).

The results are quite mixed.

Exercise Needs

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Exercise Needs from Poor (little to no exercise needed) to Excellent (a lot of exercise needed).

Most people reported between Satisfactory and Excellent.

Potential For Playfulness

You know what they say: age is relative, and that phrase couldn’t be more true when it comes to the Labradoodle. Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Potential for Playfulness from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported Excellent.


Adaptability

Adaptability to Apartment Living

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Adaptability to Apartment Living from Poor to Excellent.

The results are very mixed here.

This means that while they can adapt to living in a small apartment, they probably won’t like it much.

Compatibility With Novice Owners

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Compatibility With Novice Owners from Poor to Excellent.

People mostly agreed that they’re great for first-time dog owners.

Whether or not someone thinks Labradoodles are suitable for first-time dog owners, probably depends on their dog’s personality and how easily-trained he was.

Sensitivity Level

Sensitivity Level describes whether the dog can better handle a noisy, chaotic household, a louder or more assertive owner, or an inconsistent or variable routine.

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Sensitivity Level from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed, probably depending on how well-trained or desensitized the dog is to certain triggers.

Tolerability of Being Alone

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Tolerability of Being Alone from Poor to Excellent.

The results are pretty mixed.

This indicates that some Labradoodles may become anxious and display inappropriate behavior when left alone for too long.

Tolerability of Cold Weather

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Tolerability of Cold Weather from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported that they can tolerate cold weather well.

Tolerability of Hot Weather

Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Tolerability of Hot Weather from Poor to Excellent.

Most people reported that they do not like the heat so much.

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Behavioral

Destructiveness

Do Labradoodles like to destroy things in the form of chewing, digging, or demolishing toys? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Destructiveness from Poor to Excellent.

The results are very mixed.

Behavioral Issues

Do Labradoodles have behavioral issues such as counter surfing, digging through the trash, etc.? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Behavior from Poor to Excellent.

The results were mostly either Very Good or Excellent.

Food Motivation

How food motivated are Labradoodles? Do they inhale their food, beg without shame, steal food while no one’s looking, etc.? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Food Motivation from Poor to Excellent.

The results are quite mixed.

Food Aggression

Do Labradoodles show signs of food aggression? Do they growl or lash out when someone goes near their food bowl? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Food Aggression from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mostly Excellent.

Ingestion of Non-Food Items

Do Labradoodles eat things that aren’t food, such as socks, rocks, poop, etc.? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s likeliness to ingest non-food items from Poor to Excellent.

The results are a mixed bag.

Aggressiveness

How aggressive are Labradoodles? Do they growl, pick fights, or lunge at strangers and other dogs? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Aggressiveness from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mostly Excellent, and in second-place is Satisfactory.

Separation Anxiety

Are Labradoodles prone to separation anxiety? Do they sulk when you leave the house without them? Do they get into trouble while you’re away? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Separation Anxiety levels from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed.

Anxiety Toward Groomers and Vets

How anxious do Labradoodles become around groomers and vets? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Groomer/Vet Anxiety from Poor to Excellent.

The results err on the side of Very Good to Excellent.

Anxiety Toward Loud Noises

How anxious do Labradoodles become due to loud noises? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Noise Anxiety from Poor to Excellent.

The results are truly mixed.

Enthusiasm Toward Water

How enthusiastic are Labradoodles toward water? Do they like to swim, get washed, etc.? Survey participants evaluated their Labradoodle’s Enthusiasm Toward Water from Poor to Excellent.

The results are mixed.


Comments From Survey Participants

What Do You Love Most About Your Labradoodle?

To this question we received a lot of great answers! Here are some of our favorite.

Non shedding, very companion oriented. 

The love you get from him.

Companionship and the attentiveness he shows to people. He would have been an Excellent therapy dog or a great ‘babysitter’ when I had younger children.

Low Maintenance, non hyper, very loving.

Their goofy personalities and how loving they are.

His adaptability and gentleness.

Loyal and great around children.

He’s very loyal and affectionate, very active and the most intelligent dog. He adapts easily as long as he knows his humans are with him.

He is the most amazing dog I have ever owned. His human like and so gentle with the children.”

What Do You Dislike Most About Your Labradoodle?

Labradoodle may seem like the perfect dog, but as they say, nobody is perfect. Here are some answers to this question that “shed” a little more light on some of the downsides of the Labradoodle:

Grooming although he doesn’t shed or smell.

Like to run way and explore (And Escape Artist).

Absolutely nothing!”

Even at 3 she is still SO EXCITABLE and hard to control around new people.

“Shedding.”

Separation anxiety.”

He likes trash.

Smart like a poodle nose like a lab. Counter surfer.

He requires a lot of attention, can’t be left alone for extended periods of time and requires a lot of exercise. Also, the daily brushing and coat maintenance is something you have to be dedicated to.”


What Can We Gather About Labradoodle Temperament?

There are so many things that can be said based on these survey results on Labradoodle temperament. But mainly, when it comes to Health and Grooming and All Around Friendliness, most people can agree that Labradoodles are excellent. However, the results are truly varied when it comes to Adaptability and Behavioral issues.

As such, ensuring that your Labradoodle gets the proper training that he deserves is of utmost importance.


Parents of Labradoodles: take this survey now to shed even more light on the characteristics of these dogs!

If you have a Labradoodle, how much do you agree with these survey results? Let us know in the comments!

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