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Our eleven year old Bernese Mountain Dog passed away recently and DS9 wants a new dog for his tenth birthday in two weeks time. He's very keen to get a labradoodle (labrador/poodle cross breed). I know very little about them and wondered whether anyone here might have experience of them, or know someone who has, and might be able to tell me the good, bad and indifferent about them.

 

Our BMD, although a beautiful girl and an absolute darling, especially with children, was not an 'easy' dog - despite a lot of training from an early age she was always rather pushy and stubborn and tended to overwhelm people, and I've been told that is just the breed's temperament (although I still think DH was rather too soft with her :glare:). Life is so hectic these days I really feel that I need a dog that I have a chance of training to be reasonably 'compliant'.

 

Many thanks in advance for any advice.

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We love our labradoodle - you can see her on this walk. She's a small one, very placid and easygoing. I brush her once a fortnight and bath her once a month. Apart from that, she has an amazingly strong bladder, so she doesn't need more walking than I have time for (when she's not in heat, at which point all bets are off) and is very happy to cuddle. She's not very lively, but there are certainly lively labradoodles: she wasn't well socialised as a young dog, so she is very low key.

 

It's important to choose a reliable breeder, because labradoodles are fashionable - I'm sure that there are unscrupulous people out there selling puppies without genetically safe parents.

 

ETA: Blondie is a 4th generation Australian Labradoodle. She doesn't shed and husband has had no allergic reaction to her.

 

Best wishes

 

Laura

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Our eleven year old Bernese Mountain Dog passed away recently and DS9 wants a new dog for his tenth birthday in two weeks time. He's very keen to get a labradoodle (labrador/poodle cross breed). I know very little about them and wondered whether anyone here might have experience of them, or know someone who has, and might be able to tell me the good, bad and indifferent about them.

 

Our BMD, although a beautiful girl and an absolute darling, especially with children, was not an 'easy' dog - despite a lot of training from an early age she was always rather pushy and stubborn and tended to overwhelm people, and I've been told that is just the breed's temperament (although I still think DH was rather too soft with her :glare:). Life is so hectic these days I really feel that I need a dog that I have a chance of training to be reasonably 'compliant'.

 

Many thanks in advance for any advice.

We have two Labradoodles and love them to pieces. They are litter mates and when pups were a handful as with two you never really knew who did it.?! They are a little over two yrs old now and such fun.

Both of them are good with kids. The boy, Wishbone, is our son's and the girl,Shadow, is our daughter's. We have 7 grandchildren from the age of 2 1/2 to12 which come and both dogs are always right in the middle of all of them. At Christmas when we were opening gifts Wishbone was laying in the middle of the floor just watching/taking it all in. He also watches movies/tv. It is a hoot to watch him. Our dd has worked with both of them a bit in training them and they are very trainable but I have to admit neither of them are well trained in obedience area. It has seemed that the older they have gotten the better they have gotten though. I have not had the time to really work with them, another downside to getting two at the same time. It took about 2 months to get them both well house broke which I didn't think was bad.

One of the down sides is they are normally very spendy dogs. I don't know if you have checked out the price or if that is an issue. I believe getting ours was a God thing and we got the two of them for $400 which is a fraction of what one normally costs.

I don't know where you are located but if you want the name of the breeder we purchased ours from I can try to find her card and send you the her info. PM or send me an email at mom 4 him 48 at yahoo . com

We do love ours and would get another one in a heart beat.

Oh, they do need to be trimmed/clipped 3-4 times a yr. Their hair doesn't grow excessively fast but it does grow and unless you are going to brush them all the time(I am not good at that)you need to get them clipped or do it yourself to keep them from getting mats. They do not shed much but they do some.

If you have any specific questions that I haven't answered feel free to ask. I would be happy to answer if I know the answer.

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Our chocolate labradoodle is 7 now, and she is a sweet girl. She is first-generation, which means she does shed a bit, but not nearly as much as my previous lab. Later generations shed very little.

 

Our girl is more lab in appearance than poodle, and is beautiful. (I can send you a pic if you like--I have not mastered posting photos!) She is really easy-going, friendly and sweet. She barks about once a month. I have never had to be concerned about any aggression from her. She loves people, is friendly to other dogs, and has always been gentle with the kids.

 

Good luck whatever you decide.

 

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A few years ago we took in a "labradoodle" free from Craigslist. It was quite obvious that she was poorly bred. My boys were allergic to her, she was a spaz, and she did shed. Needless to say, we found a new home for her.

 

Now we have an Australian Labradoodle. Neither of my allergic-to-animals boys are allergic to him. He does not shed. He has a wonderful, calm temperament and is easy to train.

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We have a Goldendoodle, who is the best dog I have ever had. Her father was a white standard poodle, and her mother was a Golden Retriever. She looks very much like the picture of Laura's labradoodle. Addie is so eager to please and looks at you to ask permission before getting up on the furniture (which we allow); she even goes to the bathroom on command! I haven't had the time to train her much, but she would be so eager to learn tricks. My dd 6 taught her to sit.

 

She is very good-natured and wonderful with our kids and their friends. Her bark is loud and has scared quite a few repairmen, but if she sees that we greet them at the door and that they are supposed to be there, she is friendly.

 

She is large (about 70 pounds) but is a gentle giant. We do have to get her trimmed three or four times a year. When we let her fur get too long, it does get matted.

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Thank you so much to everyone who has shared their stories about their labradoodles, it was very helpful. Laura, Blondie looks like a real darling.

 

So on Friday I looked up our local breeder on the UK Labroodle Association website with a view to visiting and finding out a bit more from them. Amazingly, the nearest breeder was in one of the local villages, and when I contacted her discovered that she was the mum of a couple of boys my children used to go to school with, and who DH coaches football with on a Saturday morning. Her reason for breeding was simply that she so loved her little labradoodle, Mabel, that they wanted one of her pups. The pups are just five weeks old and, unfortunately, we all went to visit them yesterday and totally fell in love with both the pups and Mabel!

 

So we have 'ordered' a little black 'curly girly', and will hopefully bring her home on 1 March. And then the fun and games begin ... I never imagined things would happen so quickly, I really thought that I had another couple of months at least before mayhem and chaos descended :tongue_smilie:.

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Thank you so much to everyone who has shared their stories about their labradoodles, it was very helpful. Laura, Blondie looks like a real darling.

 

So on Friday I looked up our local breeder on the UK Labroodle Association website with a view to visiting and finding out a bit more from them. Amazingly, the nearest breeder was in one of the local villages, and when I contacted her discovered that she was the mum of a couple of boys my children used to go to school with, and who DH coaches football with on a Saturday morning. Her reason for breeding was simply that she so loved her little labradoodle, Mabel, that they wanted one of her pups. The pups are just five weeks old and, unfortunately, we all went to visit them yesterday and totally fell in love with both the pups and Mabel!

 

So we have 'ordered' a little black 'curly girly', and will hopefully bring her home on 1 March. And then the fun and games begin ... I never imagined things would happen so quickly, I really thought that I had another couple of months at least before mayhem and chaos descended :tongue_smilie:.

 

Have fun!

 

Laura

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Thank you so much to everyone who has shared their stories about their labradoodles, it was very helpful. Laura, Blondie looks like a real darling.

 

So on Friday I looked up our local breeder on the UK Labroodle Association website with a view to visiting and finding out a bit more from them. Amazingly, the nearest breeder was in one of the local villages, and when I contacted her discovered that she was the mum of a couple of boys my children used to go to school with, and who DH coaches football with on a Saturday morning. Her reason for breeding was simply that she so loved her little labradoodle, Mabel, that they wanted one of her pups. The pups are just five weeks old and, unfortunately, we all went to visit them yesterday and totally fell in love with both the pups and Mabel!

 

So we have 'ordered' a little black 'curly girly', and will hopefully bring her home on 1 March. And then the fun and games begin ... I never imagined things would happen so quickly, I really thought that I had another couple of months at least before mayhem and chaos descended :tongue_smilie:.

I am so glad you found one close. Our little girl is black and she has the sweetest temperament. She loves to play but also loves to come stand by my chair and with her eyes will ask to be loved on. She just soaks it up. She is also so funny as when she isn't in a hurry is such a lady but when someone opens up our back door she will come running, slipping and slidding trying to get there first. It is a hilarious to watch.

Enjoy your new baby.

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