Labradoodles, that exciting and invigorating combination of Labradors and poodles, might be the ideal addition to your family. Although these dogs need your interaction and attention, they also have a loving nature that makes them good with children. Explore what’s involved with adding a labradoodle to your family to see whether you have what it takes to keep up with this pooch.
Different Labradoodle Breeds
Because labradoodles are a hybrid of two different dog breeds, the breed actually changes over the generations with different temperaments and characteristics of the dogs being apparent. Australian labradoodles are a mixture of Labradors, poodles and several different spaniels. The size of a labradoodle or Australian labradoodle depends on the size of the poodle — standard or medium. Not every labradoodle breed will be equal in its suitability for a family with kids, so it takes a little detective work to find a dog that will fit into your family.
Many dogs in the first generation of a new labradoodle line have higher energy levels and a more active temperament than dogs in succeeding generations. This is often due to the personality of the Labrador in the labradoodle mix. The Rainmaker Ranch Labradoodles website recommends that any family considering a labradoodle should talk to a breeder and check into the pedigrees of the parents to see what types of temperament exist in the line. Aggression in parents often passes down into successive generations. You might ask pertinent questions like, “Describe the parents of the puppies” or “What type of temperaments exist in the line of these dogs?” You might even ask, “Would these labradoodles be appropriate with toddlers or preschoolers?” Don’t be afraid to be direct and even a little pushy as you learn about a labradoodle’s breeding.
Age of Children
Little ones need a labradoodle with a lower energy level and a calmer temperament during the puppy years. It would be a mistake to pair a lively labradoodle who likes to jump energetically with little ones who might get hurt from this hyperactivity. Even a big labradoodle would be fine with little kids as long as the dog’s temperament is calm and laid-back from the start. By about 2 years of age, most labradoodles have calmed down significantly, and they would be perfect for even the littlest kids. So you might want to buy an adult labradoodle and skip the rambunctious puppy years.
If your family is active, you might have what it takes to handle even an energetic labradoodle. The dog will need lots of outside running and walking with family members, and labradoodles tend to bore easily, according to the Sierra Vista Labradoodles website. Remember, a bored dog is a naughty dog, and you’ll be in for major trouble when it starts chewing and digging with abandon. As long as your family will keep the labradoodle engaged with lots of outdoor activities — not just turning it out into a fenced yard for hours on end — your family lifestyle should fit well with a labradoodle’s personality and temperament. Stick your little one in the jogging stroller and enjoy exercise and fresh air with your furry family member.