Though not as popular as their cousin the goldendoodle, 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 the characteristics of the labradoodle in further detail below.

What the labradoodle is REALLY Like

Labradoodle Stats

Dog Breed Group: Hybrid Dogs (Labrador Retriever mixed with Poodle [varying degrees*])
Height: 14 inches to 24 inches tall at the shoulder**
Weight: 15 to 65 pounds**
Life Span: 12 to 14 years

*F1, F1B, F2, etc.
**There are a few different sizes of labradoodles: miniature, medium, and standard.

Characteristics of the Labradoodle

It seems that a lot of other websites have arbitrarily rated the labradoodle 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.

As of March 5, 2018, we have received 89 total responses to the survey. The ratings you see below pertain only to labradoodles (21 responses).

As of May 11, 2019, we have received 131 total responses to the survey. The ratings you see below pertain only to labradoodles (24 responses).

The survey asked for observations of 27 characteristics across these 5 categories:

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

The survey asked for observations of 27 characteristics across these 5 categories:

  1. Health and Grooming
  2. All Around Friendliness
  3. Trainability
  4. Exercise Needs
  5. Adaptability

Characteristics Summary

Based on feedback from over 20 labradoodle owners, we can safely say the following about labradoodles:

  • They’re not likely to shed very much, if at all, and are not likely to trigger allergies.
  • They don’t drool.
  • They require a lot of grooming.
  • They are generally healthy and have little potential for weight gain.
  • They are excellent at being affectionate with their families; and are very kid-, dog-, and stranger-friendly.
  • They are not as good with cats.
  • They are very easy to train and are super intelligent.
  • They aren’t usually very mouthy (nipping, chewing, and play-biting).
  • They have good control over their prey drive (desire to chase and sometimes kill other animals such as cats, squirrels, and sometimes even cars).
  • They have varying tendencies to bark or howl.
  • They may but aren’t likely to wander off.
  • They are energetic and very playful, but that doesn’t necessarily cause them to lead an intense lifestyle (pulling on the leash, inhaling food, etc.).
  • More exercise than average is good for balancing out their high energy.
  • They may adapt fine to apartment living, but they probably aren’t best suited for it.
  • They would make a fine choice for novice dog owners.
  • They are great at handling a noisy, chaotic household; a louder or more assertive owner; or an inconsistent or variable routine.
  • They can handle being alone but they probably don’t like it. Some labradoodles may become anxious and display inappropriate behavior when left alone for too long.
  • They tolerate cold weather very well, but they don’t like hot weather as much.

Each graph below 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.

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

All ratings are based on a scale from Poor to Excellent.


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 the labradoodle 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), and 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, the labradoodle is 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), and 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.

Read more:

8 necessary goldendoodle grooming tools for at-home grooming

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.

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, and everyone reported between Satisfactory and 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), and 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.


All Around Friendliness

Affection with Family


Survey participants evaluated their labradoodle’s Affection with Family from Poor to Excellent, and people overwhelmingly reported Excellent!

Kid Friendliness

 

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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. Most people reported Satisfactory.

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, and most people reported Excellent.

Intelligence

Survey participants evaluated their labradoodle’s Intelligence from Poor to Excellent, and 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), and most people reported somewhere between Satisfactory and Excellent.

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), and most people said they could control their prey drive pretty well.

Tendency To Bark Or Howl

Survey participants evaluated their labradoodle’s Tendency to Bark or Howl from Poor to Excellent, and 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), and 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), and most people reported between Satisfactory and Excellent.

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), and people mostly agreed that they’re not that hyper.

Exercise Needs

 

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Survey participants evaluated their labradoodle’s Exercise Needs from Poor (little to no exercise needed) to Excellent (a lot of exercise needed), and 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, and most people reported Excellent.


Adaptability

Adaptability to Apartment Living

Survey participants evaluated their labradoodle’s Adaptability to Apartment Living from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Satisfactory. 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, and people mostly agreed that they’re fine for novice dog owners.

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, and most people reported Excellent.

Tolerability of Being Alone

Survey participants evaluated their labradoodle’s Tolerability of Being Alone from Poor to Excellent, and most people reported Satisfactory, though the results are pretty mixed. 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, and 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, and most people reported that they can tolerate heat.


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?

Goldendoodles 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.”


Conclusion

It was really interesting to see this feedback from over 20 labradoodle owners. It seems like there are a lot of things that most the labradoodle have in common (they don’t drool, are very friendly with people and kids, require lots of grooming, super smart and trainable, etc.).

If you have a labradoodle, how much do you agree with these survey results?

(Labradoodle owners: take this survey now to shed even more light on the characteristics of these dogs!)

If you don’t have a labradoodle but have been wanting one, which of these survey results surprises you most?

Leave us a comment in the comments section below with your thoughts!

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