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Mini Labradoodle Breed Information

Merle Mini Labradoodle playing with chew toys

Mini Labradoodles are the friendliest of dogs. They are fun, easygoing, and gentle. Mini Labradoodles enjoy canine games like chase, fetch, and Frisbee, and thrive on cuddles and love. Energetic, friendly, and full of life, the Mini Labradoodles make wonderful jogging and hiking companions. They are known to enjoy a good swim, a long stroll, and are very fond of adventures.

The Mini Labradoodle puppies are happy, energetic, and bright bundles of joy. They are loving and eager to please, love to play and cuddle, and are excellent training students. A cross between Labrador Retrievers and Mini or Toy Poodles, the Mini Labradoodle may take after one parent breed or the other in appearance or they may have their own unique look with an added bonus of a hypoallergenic coat.  

BREED TYPE / MIX Doodle Hybrid / Poodle crossed with a Labador Retriever ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Loyal, Obedient, Playful, Charming ADULT WEIGHT 16-25 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 14-17 in LIFE SPAN 12-15 yrs

Characteristics

  • Highly intuitive and receptive, the Mini Labradoodle makes an excellent service dog, guide, and therapy dog
  • The Mini Labradoodles (and Mini Labradoodle puppies) make fast friends with everyone they meet, they are friendly with children of all ages, cats, big and small dogs, other household pets, and strangers
  • Mini Labradoodles have low-shedding coats and are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs
  • Mini Labradoodles and  Mini Labradoodle puppies are little geniuses with a passion for learning; they are easy to train in both puppyhood and adulthood
  • Smaller sizes - the Mini Labradoodle is quick to adapt to any living situation whether it’s a small city apartment or a big countryside farm
  • Bred by reputable breeders, Mini Labradoodles live longer healthier lives due to hybrid vigor
  • Curious and easygoing, Mini Labradoodles are wonderful adventure companions
  • The Mini Labradoodle is comfortable in both hot and cold climates
  • Well-behaved, gentle, and devoted, the Mini Labradoodles are lovely companion pets best suited for families with or without children, singles, seniors, and first-time pet owners 
Brown Mini Labradoodle puppy posing on the grass

Appearance

Graceful in movement, athletic and confident, with a sweet and cheerful demeanor, the Mini Labradoodle is truly a fancy pup. The charming Mini Labradoodle has a compact, small sized, well-proportioned body, sparkly expressive eyes (eyes and nose color may vary based on coat color), endearing floppy ears, and a gorgeous hypoallergenic, low shedding coat.

The Mini Labradoodle coat can vary in texture from straight to wavy or curly, in length from short to long, and it can come in a variety of colors such as: white, black, brown, chocolate, cream, golden, silver, gray, red, apricot or tan. Though it is gorgeous either way, the Mini Labradoodle coat can vary quite a bit in texture and length depending on which side of the family the Mini Labradoodle takes after – the Labrador parent breed or the Mini Poodle breed

The Miniature Labradoodle is medium to small in stature (the Mini Labradoodle stature depends on the generation category it belongs to: the F1 Mini Labradoodle is medium to small in stature, the F1B Mini Labradoodle is small in stature and the F2 Mini Labradoodle is the smallest of the three) with an average weight between 16 to 25 pounds and an average height between 14 to 17 inches.  

Temperament

The Mini Labradoodle is a fun, cheerful, and charming dog. Their lack of aggression, animated personality, and friendly nature has made them one of the most popular and sought-after designer Doodle Breeds. With a positive attitude, a kind gentle behavior, an intuitive, affectionate, and highly devoted nature, the Mini Labradoodle has an amazing reputation as a therapy and guide dog and is known to be excellent with children of all ages.  Mini Labradoodle puppies are bright, happy, and full of energy little fluffballs. They have a great curiosity and are fast learners. They are loving and friendly, and they greet every stranger with a tail wiggle and a kiss.  

The Mini Labradoodles are joyful, animated, and adventurous little dogs. They have a great love for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and swimming, they love canine games like fetch and chase, and they very much enjoy every family activity where they can steal the spotlight even if it’s just for a little while.  Although Mini Labradoodles are attention seeking pups who crave affection and adore being cuddled and spoiled, they are not overly dependent and are more than happy to entertain them - charming little - selves with a canine chew toy or a ball when no one is around.  

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Care

Grooming

Mini Labradoodles have moderate grooming needs. Their coats need a daily brush in order to avoid tangles and matting. Mini Labradoodles don’t need to be bathed frequently, a bath every other month will suffice. Their eyes and ears should be checked and cleaned regularly, and their nails trimmed every few months. It is also recommended to take the Mini Labradoodle to a professional groomer for a dental checkup every few months.  

Exercise Needs

Mini Labradoodles are energetic dogs that love to be active. They love every fun outdoor activity there is as well as canine games and sports. They enjoy long walks, jogs, runs, swims, and hikes. Mini Labradoodles need an average of 60 minutes of daily exercise both indoors and outdoors. A few walks per day, or a long active walk will be enough to keep them fit, happy, and healthy. It is also beneficial to exercise their minds with games and puzzles.  

Health

Mini Labradoodle dogs are a healthy breed, and this is particularly true for f1 Mini Labradoodle puppies who benefit from hybrid vigor. Neither Poodles nor Labradors are sickly dog breeds. The health issues that can affect Mini Labradoodles are few and far between. These include hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, allergies, ear infections, and tooth decay.  

Lifespan

The Miniature Labradoodle has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years, although it is not uncommon for these dogs to live longer. One of their parent breeds, the Miniature Poodle, is known to live for close to 21 years in some cases. Given they are fed and raised properly, Mini Goldendoodles can live well into their teen years. 

Training

Mini Labradoodles are intelligent dogs. They are easy to train, have eager to please personalities, and they love the attention that comes with training them. They are known to pick up on tricks quickly and can take on more advanced tasks in obedience training. They respond well to treat based motivation and positive reinforcement. 

Mini Labradoodles are highly sociable dogs. Training them should be effortless as they are naturally open and accepting of new people, places, and pets. Their friendly disposition and curious nature will prevent any shyness when exploring new places.  

Mini Labradoodles are independent dogs. They do well when they are left alone and are not generally prone to separation anxiety like most dogs are. They are not overly vocal, and they spend their time napping or playing with canine toys when they are home alone.  

History

The Miniature Labradoodle, also referred to as “the world’s most loving dog”, is a highly popular and sought-after designer Doodle Breed.  Their sweet loving nature, their keen intelligence and intuition, their fun and playful personality and their hypoallergenic coats have made the Miniature Labradoodles incredibly popular since they took their first paw steps. With an instant rise in popularity across the world and an impressive number of admirers, the Mini Labradoodle would spread out through three generations:

A first-generation Mini Labradoodle, known as an F1 Mini Labradoodle, is when a puppy has a purebred Labrador retriever parent and a purebred Mini Poodle parent.

A second-generation Mini Labradoodle, known as an F1B Mini Labradoodle, is when a puppy has an F1 Mini Labradoodle parent and a purebred Mini Poodle parent.

A third generation Mini Labradoodle, known as an F2 Mini Labradoodle, is when a puppy has two Mini Labradoodle parents.
 

Although the Mini Labradoodle breed is quite new, and without much history, we can take a look back at the journey of the Standard Labradoodle ancestor in order to better understand the designer Doodle Breed.  

The Standard Labradoodle, a cross between a purebred Labrador retriever and a purebred Standard Poodle, was first introduced to the world in the 1970s by Australian breeders – members of the Royal Dogs Association of Australia. Fascinated by the Labradors’ gentle and loving nature and their fantastic reputation as service and therapy dogs and the Poodle’s high intelligence, friendly nature and their hypoallergenic coat, the Australian breeders aimed to create a new and improved breed that would inherit the marvelous traits that make the parent breeds so popular.

Needless to say, the breeders achieved their goal and the new Labradoodle breed was a success – the breed spread across Europe and the United States in just a few decades and their popularity skyrocketed. The Labradoodle was seen as such a wondrous achievement that the breed enthusiasts began crossing a purebred Labrador retriever with a purebred Miniature Poodle in hopes of creating a smaller version of the Labradoodle. The Labradoodle was carefully defined in time and it now comes in three size variations:  

The Standard Labradoodle – with an average weight between 50 and 60 pounds and an average height between 21 to 24 inches 

The Medium Labradoodle – with an average weight between 30 and 45 pounds and an average height between 17 to 20 inches 

The Miniature Labradoodle – with an average weight between 16 and 25 pounds and an average height between 14 to 17 inches 

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