March 8, 2023
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Mini Labradoodle – 10 Reasons To Love This Poodle Mix Breed

Mini Labradoodle Australia

The Mini Labradoodle is obtained by crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Mini or Toy Poodle. These dogs are sweet, smart, and fun-loving, and make excellent family pets.

Are you considering welcoming a Mini Labradoodle into your home and heart? Then this guide covers the ins and outs of this hybrid dog and everything else potential owners need to know about them.

What is a Mini Labradoodle?

Mini Labradoodle

Miniature Labradoodles are small, hybrid dogs (also called designer dogs), obtained by crossing a purebred Labrador Retriever with a purebred Toy or Mini Poodle. They were first bred in the 1990s in the United States with the aim of developing a smart, low-shedding dog.

Since the Mini labradoodle is not a purebred dog, the ANKC or other major dog clubs do not recognise it. As a result, there are no standards to go by as far as the Mini Labradoodle height and weight or temperament are concerned.

However, some other canine registries such as the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) have established some standards for hybrid dogs like the Mini Labradoodle.

To understand more about the Mini Labradoodle, let us consider the characteristics of the parent dogs.

Poodles

Poodles are a German dog breed. They were bred to help fishermen and hunters retrieve waterfowl and other shot-down game animals from lakes and ponds. Their curly, low-shedding coat is naturally water-resistant and they also have webbed feet which help them quickly and easily tread through the water.

Poodles are one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. They are highly trainable and are often employed as circus dogs or show dogs. They are also used as working dogs and can be easily trained in obedience, agility, scent detection, fly ball, rally o etc. 

Mostly though, Poodles are popular as companion dogs thanks to their affectionate, sensitive, and friendly natures. Their low-shedding, hypoallergenic coats also make them suitable for people with dog allergies and for use as therapy dogs.

Poodles are available in three sizes – mini, toy, and standard and the ANKC recognises all three sizes.

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers were first bred in Newfoundland, Canada to assist fishermen with various tasks. They were developed to be strong athletic dogs that could easily retrieve objects and game animals.

In addition to working on water, Labrador Retrievers were also invaluable on land. They could help people with a wide range of tasks. Even today, Labradors are used as therapy dogs, hunting companions, police dogs, military dogs, search and rescue dogs, etc. Mostly though, they are companion pets.

Labradors are not only smart, but they are also one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

How Big Do Mini Labradoodles Get?

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Full grown Miniature Labradoodles measure between 14-16 inches or 35-40 cm and weigh around 7-12 kg or (about 15-25 lbs).

Teacup Labradoodles are smaller than the Miniature Labradoodle and weigh less than 7kg. Teacup Labradoodle breeders use Teacup Toy Poodle studs to breed this mix breed.

Coat Types in Mini Labradoodles – Are Mini Labradoodles Hypoallergenic?

Mini Labradoodle Breeders

Mini Labradoodles can have a variety of coat types depending on the kind of genes they inherit. As a cross between Poodle and Labrador Retriever, Mini Labradoodles can have wavy, wiry, straight, or curly coats.

Some Miniature Labradoodles develop short, straight coats and they have a greater percentage of Labrador Retriever genes. These dogs shed seasonally and may not be the best for allergy sufferers. On the other hand, Miniature Labradoodles that inherit the Poodle’s wavy, curly coat may be low-shedding and are often deemed to be hypoallergenic. 

The best Miniature Labradoodle breeders utilise DNA testing to check what coat traits their breeding dogs carry. In this way, they can predict whether their Mini or Toy Labradoodles will shed or not and if so, how heavily.

However, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic as the shedding fur is not the only allergy trigger. A person who is sensitive to pet dander could also suffer from allergy or asthma symptoms due to the pet’s saliva and urine. As a result, if you’re a pet allergy sufferer, you may want to follow all the basic precautions like washing your hands after petting your Mini Labradoodle.

Coat Colours in Mini Labradoodles

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Miniature Labradoodles can come in a variety of coat colours like white, red, ruby, chocolate, liver, apricot, beige, fawn, sable, yellow, black, brown, blue merle, chocolate merle, black and tan, parti-colour, phantom etc. They may also have a solid-coloured coat or a coat with markings or patterns, such as white markings on the chest, paws, or face.

The coat colour of Mini Labradoodles generally changes with age. This is due to the fading gene carried by Poodles. Many poodle mix breeds fade in colour as they age – ruby red coloured dogs will typically lighten to a light red or apricot colour. Also, you could have puppies with different coat colours even if they are from the same litter.

Personality and Temperament of Mini Labradoodles

Is the Mini Labradoodle a Good Family Dog?

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For the right home, a Mini Labradoodle can make an excellent pet. They are friendly, charming, and affectionate. They love the company of humans and get along with kids and other dogs.

Good breeding can make a difference in a mini Labradoodle’s personality. The best breeders raise their Minis in loving environments, offering socialisation and puppy training from birth to 8 weeks of age. This also means that the puppies grow along with their kids and other dogs and grow up to be confident, friendly, affectionate dogs.

In general, Minis are playful and energetic. They are always ready for a game of fetch. They love to accompany their humans on car rides and trips to pet-friendly cafe, dog parks or beach.

Mini Labradoodles are generally intelligent dogs. They are also eager to please. These traits make them highly trainable. However, good owners start training their pets from an early age. They make sure to teach their Miniature Labradoodle puppy crate training and basic obedience commands like sit, stay, heel, etc. This will ensure that your dog won’t jump on visitors, suffer separation anxiety or bark at guests.

How Much Exercise do Mini Labradoodles Need?

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The amount of daily physical activity that your Mini Labradoodle needs can vary based on your dog’s age, overall health, and individual energy levels. In general, most Mins need a daily exercise of about 30-45 minutes.

Mini Labradoodles are energetic dogs that enjoy a variety of activities like an indoor game of fetch, walking, swimming, etc. Aim to spend at least 30-45 minutes daily with a mix of activities like walking, interactive food toys or running with your pet. This is important to prevent boredom and depression which can lead to behaviour problems like chewing, digging, escaping, spinning etc.

Do Mini Labradoodles Bite?

Minis are not known to be aggressive. As such, aggression in dogs can occur due to a variety of factors including poor breeding, inadequate training, and stressful environments. No dog owner should let their Mini or Toy Labradoodle practise aggressive behaviours like snapping, growling, or biting.

If your Mini Labradoodle is displaying these behaviours, find a dog trainer, dog behaviourist or vet behaviourist near you, to formulate a behaviour modification plan.

Are Mini Labradoodles High Maintenance?

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While Mini Labradoodles need a level of maintenance and attention from their owners, most are highly adaptable dogs that adjust to their owners’ lifestyles.

The amount of grooming your Mini needs will depend on its coat type. The Mini Labradoodle with a wavy/curly coat will need daily brushing to prevent mats and tangles. You must also bathe your dog at least once a month – irrespective of its coat type – to prevent doggy odour.

Mini and Toy Labradoodles can also be prone to ear infections and need to have their ears cleaned out from time to time. Some Minis tend to have sensitive digestion and may need special food or even prescription diets to prevent digestive issues.

In terms of exercise, as mentioned above, these energetic dogs need at least half an hour of activity each day to keep them mentally and physically fit.

Can Mini Labradoodles Be Left Alone for 8 Hours?

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Minis thrive on human attention and tend to develop anxiety or behavioural issues if left alone for prolonged periods.

Therefore, if you’re planning to leave your Mini Labradoodle alone for over 3-4 hours each day, you will first need to develop their independence, through crate and calmness training. These dogs are prone to severe separation anxiety and tend to bark, whine, or defecate indoors if left alone without proper training. 

  • You could consider hiring a pet sitter to provide your dog with companionship or enrol your dog in doggy daycare. Alternatively, hire a dog walker to come and walk your dog every 3-4 hours for a potty break.
  • Make sure to leave plenty of water, interactive food puzzles, stuffed Kongs and adequate food if you have no choice but to leave it alone.
  • If possible, consider getting another dog to give your Mini Labradoodle company.

How Much Do Mini Labradoodles Cost?

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Mini Labradoodles are popular family dogs however there are now a lot of Miniature Labradoodle breeders, which makes this poodle mix breed an affordable option.

In Australia, breeders charge between $1000-$3000 for these dogs. A Mini Labradoodle’s price can vary greatly depending on the breeder’s reputation, the dog’s bloodlines, health testing and also its coat type and colour. 

You can always consider adopting a rescued Mini Labradoodle from an animal shelter near you. Most shelters charge a nominal fee for rehoming dogs and this fee may even cover the dog’s vaccinations, deworming, and spaying or desexing.

What to Feed a Miniature Labradoodle?

The best food for Miniature Labradoodles depends on your dog’s age, overall health, and activity levels. Your breeder or vet nutritionist can guide you in selecting the best food for your puppy or adult Mini. In general, you might want to select high-quality commercial dog food based on the AAFCO guidelines. You may also feed homemade food with the right balance of meat, vegetables, and complex carbs.

How Long Do Miniature and Toy Labradoodles Live?

Miniature Labradoodles are generally healthy dogs and most live for an average of 12-15 years. Common health issues seen in the breed are the same ones seen in the parent dog breeds. These include hip and elbow dysplasia, patella luxation, hip dysplasia, narrow base canines, eye issues like progressive retinal atrophy, and cataracts. 

Good breeding practices can curb some of these issues.

Miniature Labradoodles – Mini & Toy Labradoodle puppies for sale and breeders

The Miniature Labradoodle and Toy Labradoodle are some of the most popular designer dog breeds in Australia. If you’re having trouble finding mini labradoodle breeders or puppies for sale near you, consider looking for a rescue or other similar poodle mixes such as the Standard SchnoodleMini or Standard Bordoodle,  Roodle, LabradoodleAussiedoodle , Mini Cavoodle or Groodle.

The F1b Miniature Labradoodle is particularly popular because of its non-shedding, hypoallergenic coat and high trainability. They have also proven themselves to excel in therapy and emotional support dog roles. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this breed guide to this fun-loving, small-size family companion. 

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