Puppies - Labradoodle Facts and Tips

  Do Labradoodles Moult? Are they really hypoallergenic?
People who suffer from allergies to animals usually do so because of the hair and
‘dander’ that animals are constantly shedding. This often gives dogs that ‘doggie’
smell and is worse in some breeds than others. A pedigree Poodle does not
shed any hair whatsoever, which is why they must be regularly trimmed and
groomed to maintain their looks and health. They are considered to be a
‘hypoallergenic’ breed of dog (if such a thing exists) A Labrador does however
moult, so any cross involving these 2 breeds can have a combination of genes.

Labradoodles tend to range from 100% non-shedding to normal moulting types.
Generally, the softer more wool-like coats moult less than the coarser more hair-like
textures, but this is not always a reliable predictor.

If you do choose a low or non-shedding Labradoodle, you must be aware that it
will need trimming and grooming regularly to keep it clean, tidy and tangle free.

Labradoodles have great temperaments, being both loyal and intelligent, as both
the Labrador and poodle are. This means that to get the best out of your
Labradoodle, your new puppy should attend a puppy socialisation class. Here
he/she will meet other young puppies and learn important social skills they
cannot learn on their own. Your puppy class is also a great way to find out how to
train your puppy with basic tips and guidance.

Most puppy classes offer follow-on classes for you to get the most enjoyment out
of your dog as he/she gets older. A well trained dog is a happy dog.
Labradoodles tend to be playful and energetic. They do not like being left alone for
long periods, and indeed this can lead to behaviour problems in any young dog
of any breed. Plenty of human company is important to the Labradoodle.

A routine helps your puppy settle into their new home and plenty of mental
stimulation is the key to encouraging him/her to settle. Remember a young puppy
is still growing, and too much physical exercise can damage young bones and
joints, leading to problems in later life. There are lots of toys on the market which
challenge the puppy to use his/her brain, rather than too much running and
jumping, which should be avoided for the first few months.

In the early stages, your puppy needs to be exposed to as many sights and
sounds as possible. Once he/she has had their vaccinations, they should be
taken out in towns, countryside, have regular trips in the car and meet as many
new people, children, dogs and other animals as you can. This will result in a
happy, well balanced dog that is a joy to own.

• Our puppies come with a ‘starter pack’ - a supply of their regular diet (the pups
are totally weaned onto this upon leaving us) and a piece of ‘comfort’ bedding
which smells of mum and their litter mates.

• Your new puppy will have had his/her first vaccination at 8 weeks (the second
booster being due 2 weeks after).

• He/she will have had a microchip inserted and will be registered on the PetLog
database for life. He/she comes with 4 weeks free insurance with the option of
extending this, or renewing with an insurance company of your choice. We do
strongly recommend taking out insurance for your pup, as vets fees can be
expensive and treatments are less stressful for all concerned if the worry of paying
for it is covered. Also, from a third party aspect, if your dog causes an accident at
any time, you are legally liable for damages, so insurance cover is a sensible option.

• We offer a lifetime of support to all our puppies and are always on hand to answer
any questions or concerns.

• We like to keep in touch with our pups in their new homes, so if you want to send
us an update of your pup’s progress, we always love to hear from you.
   

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