The Labradoodle is a crossbreed of dog, a mix of Labrador and Poodle. They were first bred in Australia in the late 1980s by Wally Conron to fill the need for a guide dog suitable for vision-impaired people who are allergic to dogs. Since that time the popularity of this cross-breed has spread worldwide, and started the ‘oodle’ trend. They are now a very popular breed of dog, loved as family pets but also extensively used as therapy pets. Many Labradoodles do have hypoallergenic coats, depending on their breeding genetics.
Australian Labradoodles have also been bred with other dog breeds, mostly the Cocker Spaniel or Cockapoo. As a result, the coats of Labradoodles come in three different types – fleece, wool and hair. Fleece and wool coasts tend to be hypoallergenic, while those dogs with longer hair coats may still shed. The size of Labradoodles can either be mini or miniature (35cm – 43cms), medium (over 43cm but under 52cms) or standard (over 53cms.) They now come in a wide range of colours.
Labradoodles are usually friendly and intelligent, although they can have a goofy nature and love to be mischievous. They bond very strongly to their owners and are affectionate and loving pets. They can be trained either to be therapy pets, guide dogs, active family pets or even lap dogs depending on their size and early socialisation and training. The larger Labradoodles tend to be very energetic and take a lot of maintenance.
The adaptability of Labradoodles makes them suitable for many living environments, but they thrive on companionship and may become anxious if left alone for extended periods. They do suffer separation anxiety and can become hyperactive and destructive, chewing and digging if left alone and bored.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.