Where to Get A Labradoodle

Labradoodles are dogs that need to be outdoors for the most part, although many rescue organizations recommend that the dogs they adopt out be indoor dogs. In any case, they do not do well in small apartments. They are very popular dogs and while Labradoodles for sale are easy to find, it is not always easy to know if they are truly Labradoodles. It is very important to research a breeder to make sure they are recognized and responsible, and that you are able to "meet" the parents in their kennel and as well as get proper health papers on your puppy.

Labradoodles are best for people who already have (or have had) dogs, and they may not be a good dog to bring up with very young children. They are relatively high maintenance and cannot be neglected when it comes to early training and socialization, the great amount of grooming once mature and constant exercise to help prevent them from acquiring bad behaviors.

Labradoodle Price

There are many factors that affect Labradoodle prices, but one two-part factor needs to be known: inexpensive "Labradoodles" may not be what you expect and a high-priced 'Doodle doesn't guarantee that it's an actual Labradoodle. Proper papers are paramount when purchasing a Labradoodle puppy, and poorly bred ones may have more expensive health costs.

Nevertheless, the basic cost of Labradoodle pups tends to be from $1,200 to $2,000 — although there are some that fetch prices as high as $2,750. A few things to keep in mind when contemplating how much your Labradoodle will cost:

  • Chocolate Labradoodles command the highest prices
  • More Poodle means more hypoallergenic
  • Papers detailing health lineage
  • One or both parents registered with AKC, UKC or Australian National Kennel Council
  • One or both parents are or come from winning bloodlines

Finding A Free Labradoodle

A Google search will return the names of several thousands of shelters and rescue organizations that are trying to find homes for rescued 'Doodles. Getting a free Labradoodle may be costly as the dog may have significant health concerns from neglect or poor breeding and personality disorders from abuse. Adopting a rescued Labradoodle is not recommended for those who are seeking their first dog and certainly not for people who are unable to spend much of every day with the dog.

If you live in Wisconsin, you may be eligible for a remarkable program in that state that allows people to house a breeder's Labradoodle for the period of time prior to their breeding career. The puppies start their life in the qualified family's home (after an apparently rigorous application process), get carted off to the kennel when they are able to breed and are then returned anywhere from four to five years (for females) or up to eight years later (for males) when they are retired. All of the vet care (including spaying /neutering when the dog is retired) is paid for by the breeder, and while this program may strike some as odd, it is as free a Labradoodle as one will find — when one has the dog, of course. There may be other kennels out there that offer this opportunity; all you have to do is start searching.

How to Choose A Labradoodle

Adopting a Labradoodle is a very big decision, and it is best to adopt one if you have a fenced-in yard, a lot of time and the resources to properly care for the dog. Young children, if constantly supervised and well-behaved, are OK with Labradoodle pups but the kids and the puppies must be patiently and persistently socialized to ensure responsible, and safe interaction. If you have young children in the home, adopting an adult 'Doodle may not be the best idea.

When adopting a Labradoodle puppy, most responsible breeders insist on picking up the puppy at about eight weeks of age, and no sooner nor later for a variety of reasons.

Labradoodle Grooming

Read the grooming requirements for Labradoodles including coat care and other maintenance.

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Authored by:Dog-Learn
Updated:August 17, 2016