Despite what some people might say, a LabraDoodle is a mutt. They're not purebred. They're not special.
It's a marketing ploy. They slap a cute name on something (like "LabraDoodle", "Puggle" or "Poochon") and charge a high price to make you think it's special or a "designer" breed.
What they are is a cross between a Poodle and some other breed, such as the Labrador Retriever.
Unfortunately when you cross two different breeds, you get a mish-mash of genes.
They don't come out the same way each time. It's unpredictable - looks, coat, behavior and health.
You might get a puppy that looks like a Lab, but acts like a Poodle. You might get a tall one or a short one.
It could have a coat that's wiry or soft, or curly, wavy, or straight. Many doodles do shed and some need to be shaved every 6-8 weeks.
Owners are often surprised to find they are allergic to their dogs.
You may also get a puppy that inherited the genetic problems or diseases from BOTH breeds.
Or you might get poor temperament despite the docile Lab temperament that is often advertised.
Some LabraDoodles are high-strung (like Poodles can be) and may not be good with children.
They can also be needy and crave attention which makes them a poor choice if there is no one home during the day.
After paying 2-4 times the cost of a purebred Lab or Poodle, owners sometimes dump them at shelters. Too often it's due to aggression towards children.
Because of the high price people are willing to pay, Doodles are the "breed" of choice for many puppy mills.
The man credited with creating them said he regrets introducing this mix-bred dog to the world. He was trying to breed a guide dog that was also hypoallergenic, but he failed over and over.
"I opened a Pandora's box, that's what I did. I released a Frankenstein. So many people are just breeding for the money. So many of these dogs have physical problems, and a lot of them are just crazy."
If you still want a LabraDoodle, do your homework. Meet the breeder and the parents of the puppy you're considering buying. Check temperament and trainability. Check for health certifications. When your puppy is old enough, enroll him in a Puppy Kindergarten class. It's good for basic training and socialization.
We don't breed LabraDoodles or any mix-bred dog. Nor will we sell a puppy to someone who wants to breed Doodles or any other mix-bred dog.