Hunting dogs are bred to aid hunters in finding and retrieving game, and although not everyone would think of using Labradoodles as one, the breed does have some hunting capabilities. As its name suggests, a Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard, Miniature or Toy Poddle. Both the Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever make good hunting dogs, especially when bred from hunt-tested stock. A Labradoodle, on the other hand, was bred to be hypoallergenic guide dogs. However, given that its lineage includes gun dogs that hunt, a puppy trained to do exactly that can serve as a good hunting dog.
Labradoodles can be taught from a very young age to retrieve, fetch and hunt. However, these abilities need to be recognized from the get go. Most hunters would opt for a dog bred for hunting purposes but it’s understandable why some would seek other options. One of the benefits of getting a Labradoodle is its hypoallergenic quality. This quality helps owners who may be allergic to other hunting dogs but love hunting. To get the best gun dog, go to hunting dog breeders who develop Labradoodles specifically for hunting.
Labradoodles are, in general, easy to train. They are intelligence hunting dogs that are very eager to please. It’s this certain quality in them that makes them easy to train. There are some hunting dogs who also love to think which makes them great at not only obedience training but in other activities such as sports and competitions. In general, Labradoodles like the training experience and it can be considered a fun bonding time for both owner and gun dog when positive reinforcement is used.
The look of a Labradoodle varies because of its mixed lineage. For instance, some hunting dogs may have wiry hair while others can have curly, soft, straight or wavy hair. There are two kinds of Labradoodles: Australian Labradoodle and the American Labradoodle. A third one, American-Australian Labradoodle, also exists which refers to Australian Labradoodles bred within the United States.
Three sizes of Labradoodles are currently distinguished.
The Standards are 23 – 26 inches tall.
The Mediums are 18 – 21 inches tall.
The Miniatures are 14 – 17 inches tall.
The Standards: Females – 45-60 pounds; Males – 55-77 pounds.
The Mediums: 40-55 pounds, Males being the larger.
The Miniatures: 26-55 pounds, Males being the larger.
American Labradoodles can be bred as such:
F1 – 50% Labrador, 50% Poodle
F1-B – 25% Labrador, 75% Poodle (F1 Labradoodle and Poodle cross)
F2 – F1 Labradoodle, F1 Labradoodle cross
F3 – F2 Labradoodle and F2 Labradoodle cross
Multi-generation – F3 or higher generation Labradoodle and F3 or higher generation Labradoodle cross
Generally, Labradoodles are very pleasant and are comfortable with children, other hunting dogs and other pets. They love playing games with people, as well as other dogs, and are generally happy. Most Labradoodles also learn verbal and signed commands very easy. A firm, consistent and positive obedience and socialization training needs to be started at a young age in order to get the best adult temperament. Doing so prevents hunting dogs from becoming really bold or dominant. Since the Labradoodles are willful, breaking this habit while they’re still young and easy to control is ideal. The personality of a Labradoodle is best suited to positive reinforcement training methods.
Although not difficult to groom, Labradoodles do need regular maintenance so they maintain their appealing look as well as to avoid certain problems. Daily brushing is needed so that knots, dirt and tangles are kept out of their fur. The fur around their eyes and chin also need to be clipped occasionally. A Labradoodle doesn’t require frequent bathing because doing so can lead to dry skin and other health-related issues.
Given that Labradoodles are developed from a Poodle and a Labrador Retriver, they also inherit common problems associated with their parent breeds. As such, a Labradoodle is prone to hip dysplasia because both its parents can suffer from it. Other health issues include progressive retinal atrophy and Addison’s disease. Labradoodles have an average life span between 13 and 15 years.