Are you looking for a dog that comes with the friendly attitude of a Lab and the intelligence of a Poodle? And, does it have to be in a smaller package?
The Labradoodle Miniature is probably just the breed you are looking for.
These miniature dogs are unbelievably friendly, attentive, and overall sweet. This pretty much explains why they are one of the most wanted breeds in the world.
But, in the dog world, being popular isn’t necessarily a good thing for the breed.
When a certain breed is in high demand, many “breeders” (read inexperienced owners and puppy mills) want a piece of the action, and that only means unprofessional breeding procedures and watering of the breed.
So, if you have decided that this popular breed is the one you want to provide a happy home, there are plenty of things you should keep in mind.
To help you save some time on the research, and to make sure you know what you are doing, we have decided to come up with this Labradoodle Miniature guide.
In this article, you will get much more familiar with the breed and its traits.
This will, first of all, help you decide if this is the breed that you want.
Then, if you still want a Labradoodle Miniature puppy, you will get the needed knowledge to find a reputable breeder and make sure you buy the perfect puppy.
But first, let’s see what is important to know about the puppies, and what should you pay attention to before buying one.
The Labradoodle Miniature Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before you buy a Labradoodle Miniature puppy, here are the things you should know so that you make sure you are going back home with a healthy, high-quality puppy.
What price are the Labradoodle Miniature puppies?
When seriously thinking about buying a Labradoodle Miniature puppy, the first thing you should check is the price range.
The price tag can go from a few hundreds of dollars to a few thousand.
You will find ads that sell pups for as little as $400, but you will also see ads where the price for a single puppy is as high as $2500.
So, how to know which way to go?
The logical choice would be to opt for the cheaper option, right?
But, cheaper only means low-quality and plenty of potential for genetically heritable health issues.
On the other hand, the high end of the price range is reserved for premium-quality pups with breeding rights and medals and trophies from dog shows.
So, you should first decide what you need the puppy for, to win prizes or to be a family dog.
Once you have that figured out, you can proceed to the next step –choosing the right breeder.
And, here is how you can do that.
How to find reputable Labradoodle Miniature breeders?
When looking for a reputable breeder, there are certain questions you need to ask to be sure that you are dealing with a breeder that stands behind his dogs and that his pups are high-quality.
Here are the questions you need to ask.
- Do the parents of the litter have breeding rights?
If they have the breeding rights, it means that they have undergone mandatory examinations with the veterinarian.
In large breeds, this is the most frequent X-rays of hips, in dogs with a lot of white pigment, the test for deafness, in some dogs, certain checks are made for genetic diseases of the eye, while others require genetic testing for certain hereditary diseases.
Learn about the typical diseases for Labradoodle Miniature breed (we will talk about that later), so that you can assess whether the breeder you are talking with is responsible enough.
- Do the pups have a pedigree?
If you find a puppy selling ad that says “without a pedigree, one price, with a pedigree, a higher price” you should avoid such a “breeder”.
He is probably not even able to make a pedigree for the puppy because he is not registered with the AKC, and of course, counts on you saying “I do not need a pedigree, I will not take him to dog shows”.
Most people don’t know that breeders are required by the law to have a pedigree for each puppy from the litter.
Even if a puppy has a certain breed “flaw” or if it’s the 10th in the litter.
This is a document showing the true bloodline of the litter and it’s not a luxury that should be charged extra by breeders.
A pedigree is the basis of every responsible breeding and it does not cost a fortune.
- Have the pups been vaccinated?
The breeder should tell you this before you even ask, and as evidence, give you a booklet not only with vaccines but also with a reminder of the rhythm of future vaccinations.
- Have the pups been cleared of parasites?
All puppies are born with intestinal parasites and up to the sale, they should be treated with paste, pills or a syrup against the dung.
And, the breeder would also need to submit a plan for you to keep (starting every 14 days) on future determinations.
- Have the pups suffered from some diseases?
If so, ask for a diagnosis and where and what they have been treated with.
Some puppies that survive dangerous infectious diseases may be injured for a lifetime, even though this doesn’t have to be immediately apparent.
- Family history
You should be interested in other dogs coming from the same line – for example, it is very important to know how long your dog’s ancestors lived and how they died.
Keep in mind that this will be very important when your dog becomes a senior citizen…
Is the breeder willing to give you contacts of owners from their breeding? Is he still in contact with them?
The vast majority of responsible breeders remain in contact with their dog owners, Facebook or websites, especially if they have been successful in exhibitions or contests of obedience, sport, and so on.
You could get in contact with some of them and see if they are happy with their dogs, at least as far as health is concerned.
3 Little-known facts about the Labradoodle Miniature puppies
After you’ve found a reputable breeder and after your budget gives you the green light, it’s time to check if living with a Labradoodle Miniature puppy is something you want and ready for.
They are loving
The Labradoodle Miniature dogs are smart, loyal, highly trainable, and above all, extremely loving, especially while they are just pups.
They are also great with other pets and kids, and people who decide to get this dog, usually stick with this breed forever.
They are hypoallergenic
Labradoodles Miniature pups shed minimal, and even not at all in some cases.
This means that they will highly unlikely cause an allergy.
But, even though they can’t cause an allergy, the same cannot be said for allergic reactions, though those situations are highly rare with this breed.
They are tiny in size but with a huge heart
The Labradoodle Miniature dogs are small in size, but they come with an enormous heart.
They come as a combination of the Poodle’s non-shedding properties and the Lab’s loving affection.
And, they are the best of both breeds!
Physical Traits of the Labradoodle Miniature
This is the part where you will get familiar with the final size of your Labradoodle Miniature dog, as well as with his life expectancy.
How big is a full-grown Labradoodle Miniature?
When it comes to the size of the Labradoodle Miniature dog, the term size is hard to generalize.
Due to the fact that the size range difference between the parents is notable, the end result can vary and depends on how much of each parent the pup got.
For example, if the Miniature Poodle’s genes are dominant, the expected size range can go from 14 to 16 inches.
If, on the other hand, the litter has a pretty much-balanced amount of parental genes, their size range can go from 17 to 20 inches in height.
And, if the litter takes after the Lab dad, they will have a height range that goes from 21 to 24 inches in height.
So, as you can see, they come in various sizes, even though they are called miniature.
As for the weight, it can be anywhere in between some 16 to 65 pounds, again, depending on whose genes are more dominant, the Labs or the Miniature Poodles.
What is the life expectancy of the Labradoodle Miniature?
Contrary to the popular belief, the designer dog breeds usually have a better lifespan than purebred breeds.
When it comes to Labradoodle Miniature dogs, you can expect a lifespan that goes from some 12 to 14 years, assuming that you provide proper healthcare, a proper diet, and proper amounts of exercise.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labradoodle Miniature
When it comes to the temperament of this breed, you can never be completely sure what you will get.
Just like with the size, the differences between their natures, personalities, and traits are significant.
But, this is actually what most people love with this breed as you get to see how their character develops and changes over the years, and you never know how they will act in different stages of their lives.
But, if we want to generalize their personality, we can say that the Labradoodle Miniature dogs are fun, playful, and silly.
They are also friendly to everyone in most cases, and they want to lick the face of every person they meet.
Of course, genetics plays an important role in this and some Labradoodle Minis can be aggressive and suspicious of strangers.
But, such cases are rare and only appear if the breeder lacks experience and chooses the wrong parent personalities.
But, if the breeder knows what he is doing, the pups will be easy going and playful, and you won’t have any problems when it comes to socialization.
You can say that these dogs are like a box of chocolate. With each new chocolate, you discover a new taste.
For example, the Labs love to swim and run, so you can expect that from your Labradoodle Miniature dog as well.
On the other hand, Miniature Poodles have a higher level of intelligence and are less active than Labs when indoors.
So, you can either get a relaxed couch potato that loves to sit on the sofa and watch the TV with you, or you can get a mini Lab that has an occasional romp and stomp bursts around the house.
You see, you never know what to expect with this breed.
However, whichever the case is, you should start the socialization of your pup from the moment you bring it home.
You should invite friends over as often as possible, take your puppy out to meet other dogs and animals, to play with the kids, and experience new sights, sounds and realize that the world is a wonderful place and that he shouldn’t be afraid of every little sound he hears.
If you don’t socialize your dog, you risk him becoming insecure when in the open, and suspicious of everyone that is not a family member.
All in all, the Labradoodle Miniature dogs can be a wonderful addition to your family and a great play buddy for your kids.
You just need to train him properly and socialize him right from the start, and you will soon have a well-mannered, role model of the neighborhood.
Labradoodle Miniature Diet
When it comes to diet choice, we highly recommend dehydrated, processed canned dog food.
Even though these are high-energy level dogs, they are not big eaters and, depending on the size, a cup to two and a half cups of dry dog food, divided into two equal meals, will be enough for proper development.
Of course, a bowl of fresh water should always be available for your dog because they need to water down that dry food and have a normal stool.
How much Exercise does a Labradoodle Miniature need?
When it comes to exercise requirements, you are getting the best of both breeds.
When inside, they will be calm and spend most of the time on the sofa just relaxing and probably imagine how it feels like to be as big as the Lab dad.
But, once they are outside, dad’s genes kick in and your Labradoodle Mini turns into a miniature speedster that besides regular walks, needs full-throttle running sessions so that all of that build up energy is depleted before you go back home, where he can return to his Mini Poodle attitude.
You should be ready to take your dog out for an hour, at least twice a day.
And, besides partnering up for a jog or a bike-riding session, you should also include high-demanding exercise sessions in the dog park, or swimming in the nearby lake or a river.
The Labradoodle Miniature Health and Conditions
Since this is a relatively new breed, there are no specific health conditions that are associated with this breed, yet.
But, having in mind that this breed comes from two different breeds, the health issues that can be expected are the ones that both breeds suffer from.
Those include elbow and hip dysplasia, eye disorders, cruciate ligament injuries, and obesity, from the Lab’s side.
As for the Miniature Poodle health issues, you can expect skin problems, cataracts, and patellar luxation.
My final thoughts on the Labradoodle Miniature
We have reached the end of our Labradoodle Miniature dog guide.
By now, you should have formed a much better idea of what to expect from this breed, if such an expectation is even possible considering the differences between the parents.
But, to make sure you haven’t missed the most important facts, and to be sure you are making a well informed final decision, lets’ take a look again at what we talked about today.
The Labradoodle Miniature dogs are a breed that can only be loved and nothing else.
And, the best thing about them is that they will return that love with all of their hearts.
Also, they are interesting and unpredictable in terms of not knowing if they are going to act as a Poodle or as a Lab, but are loving and easy going in general.
They are also smart and easily trainable, and great with new people and animals, and even better with kids.
All in all, a Labradoodle Miniature dog is one heck of a choice for any type of a family, and you will have countless funny memories for years to come.
They can be fast, slow, energetic, lazy, funny, a true box of chocolates that keeps getting sweeter and sweeter by each taste, and you will not make a mistake if you decide that this is the dog you want to welcome into your home!
Thank you for reading our guide to the end, and if you think that more people should get familiar with this interesting breed, feel free to share it on social media.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- The Labradoodle Miniature Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Labradoodle Miniature
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Labradoodle Miniature
- Labradoodle Miniature Diet
- The Labradoodle Miniature Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Labradoodle Miniature