Labradoodle puppies are extremely cute and generally look like extra fluffy Labrador Retriever pups. However, since you can’t base selecting your puppy on cuteness, there are certain aspects you need to consider.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that the Labradoodle is not considered a true breed, is not recognized by any major kennel clubs, and does not have a standard, certain traits may vary from litter to litter.
That being said, the following is what you should keep in mind when inspecting Labradoodle puppies to find the perfect hybrid pooch to call your own.
Labradoodles have broad heads, a medium stop and defined eyebrows. The ears are mildly thick, lay flat against the head and are level with the eyes. Their teeth should form a complete scissor bite. The nose is large and square, and varies in color depending on the dog’s pigment.
Their eyes are set well apart and are slightly rounded. They should not protrude or appear sunken. The eyes of Labradoodle puppies should be very expressive, and like the nose, may vary in color based on pigment.
Labradoodles can have black or rose pigmentation. Dogs with black pigment have dark brown eyes and dark noses. Dogs with rose pigment may have green, golden hazel, or brown eyes, and a rose colored nose.
Labradoodles have compact bodies with well sprung ribs. They have a level back that flows into a low set tail that shouldn’t curl or droop. Their shoulders are well angled and the elbows are firm. The hind legs are strong and muscular with moderate angulations. All four legs and feet should be straightforward and not turn in or out. They have a jolly gait and are a galloping dog.
Labradoodle puppies are available in three coat varieties:
1. Hair – High shedding coat that is easy to maintain but is not hypoallergenic
2. Curly/Wool – non-shedding coat that is the most hypoallergenic and requires grooming a few times per year.
3. Fleece – Low and/or non shedding coat that requires moderate maintenance, occasional trimming, and is generally hypoallergenic.
Coat colors are solid and include: Cream, chalk, sliver, black, blue, chocolate, café, gold, apricot and red.
These are all the physical characteristics you need to consider on your puppy search. In addition, keep in mind that Labradoodles are a very friendly and affectionate breed, so no pup should be standoffish.
Also, don’t forget to research the breed standards of Standard Poodles and Labrador Retrievers, as these purebreds are directly linked to Labradoodles.
Finally, always ask to see the parents of the Labradoodle puppies to get an idea of what the pups will look like when fully grown.