I understand that you can have some difficulty choosing the right dog. Indecisiveness is only natural when it comes to choosing a pet with whom you will be sharing your home for the next decade.
It is for this reason that I hope that this guide on the Petite Labradoodle can help you.
These dogs are an attractive designer breed that consists of a mix between a Labradoodle (which is in itself a compound breed of the Poodle and Labrador) and the American Cocker Spaniel.
Throughout this guide, you’ll learn exactly why this breed is such an excellent option.
I’m going to start off with the things you should know before you even get your hands on one of these puppies, as that would be the natural beginning for any dog breed guide.
After that, we’ll be going over some of the other things that you may want to know, including appearance, temperament, and more.
Petite Labradoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…
Buying a puppy is a very exciting experience and is even more exciting when sharing that excitement with your family.
Adding a furry little friend to your family is also very important and requires extensive research and planning to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
Before going out and getting a puppy, you need to know the price and where to get one.
What Price are Petite Labradoodle Puppies?
Labradoodles are one of the most popular designer hybrid dog breeds out there, and their price definitely shows for it. Unsurprisingly, the Petite Labradoodle is no different.
Although they are slightly cheaper than the bigger version, they can still cost you anywhere between $700 to $1,800 depending on quite a few factors.
Most times, the reputation of the dog breed and the demand for them in a certain area will make the prices go up because of their popularity.
If a lot of people are after one type of dog, it makes sense that the prices need to go up or else there won’t be many dogs left.
So, when checking out where to buy your Petite Labradoodle, see how popular they are around town.
Where to Find Reputable Petite Labradoodle Breeders?
The best place to find reputable dog breeders is online, mainly on websites that are legit and knowledgeable about the dog breed at hand, which is, in this case, the Petite Labradoodle.
Great places to get suggestions from is the American Kennel Club and other official dog websites and organizations since they also give helpful tips as well.
It is crucial after you choose a puppy that you are interested in, to visit their home once or twice to ensure that they are taken care of properly.
Any puppies that are mistreated will most likely develop behavioral problems in the future, so it is best to avoid this early on.
One good indication to see how a puppy will behave is by looking at the parents and how they interact with the breeder.
3 Little-Known Facts About Petite Labradoodle Puppies
- The Petite Labradoodle was created in the 2000s with so much popularity with the Labradoodle, the larger version of this dog. Since many of us love small dogs, breeders worked to create a breed that is smaller with most of the same physical and personality qualities. The mix was achieved by breeding a smaller Labradoodle with a Cocker Spaniel and a Miniature or Toy Poodle.
- Their parent breed, the Labradoodle, originated in Australia and became service dogs due to their size and intelligence. They also got a bonus when they discovered that the Labradoodle was a perfect companion dog as well, making them suitable for families and helping those in need. The Petite Labradoodle takes all these qualities of their bigger counterpart, except for their size.
- Their other parent breed, the Cocker Spaniel, has two types, the American and the English. The Petite Labradoodle is only bred with the American Cocker Spaniel, so it is best not to get the two mixed up. The name Cocker Spaniel came from them being excellent at hunting and retrieving birds, which also means that they are agile as well, which they passed down to the Petite Labradoodle.
Physical Traits of the Petite Labradoodle
The Petite Labradoodle looks very identical to the Labradoodle, with most dogs of this breed having curly, silky hair.
It is usually medium in length and about average density, which does not cause much shedding. There is also a possibility that they can be hypoallergenic if they take after the Poodle more.
They have round heads with ears that are floppy and hang downward, with dark brown eyes and a black nose. Their muzzles are medium in length, making them not too short or too pointy.
Because of the texture of their coat, it is recommended that they are brushed daily to keep it beautiful and free of tangles.
The Petite Labradoodle can be black, brown, or golden.
How Big is a Full-Grown Petite Labradoodle?
Since the Petite Labradoodle was bred to be a smaller version of the Labradoodle, you can expect them to be between 12 to 15 inches tall and weigh 15 to 30 pounds.
This makes them perfect for those of you that reside in apartments and condos as long as you meet their exercise needs, which will be discussed later in this guide.
What is the Petite Labradoodle’s Life Expectancy?
The Petite Labradoodle can live up to 14 years, thanks to the combination of the parent breeds, making their health risks lower than a lot of dog breeds out there.
You can have this dog for a considerable chunk of your life. If you have children, they can grow up happily with this canine.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Petite Labradoodle
Being mixed with the Labrador, Poodle, and American Cocker Spaniel, the Petite Labradoodle is hands down the closet you can get to the perfect dog for any household and family.
They are very easy to train since they love pleasing their owners and are very intelligent. You will get past the potty training phase relatively quickly compared to other dog breeds.
They are also very loyal creatures that will protect their loved ones from harm, no matter the cost.
They are not aggressive, making them open to strangers but suspicious of any weird activity, which is a great trait to have.
Once socialized, they can get along with any animal and children, as long as you teach children to not be rough with them as they may get hurt.
Another great trait that these wonderful dogs have is that they are very sweet and affectionate, making them perfect to cuddle up with after a long day of work.
They can stand to be left alone for a reasonable amount of time without too much fuss, but will still miss you when gone for a long time.
The Petite Labradoodle’s Diet
This dog breed will need about 1.5 cups of food a day to keep them on their feet and ready to play at any time.
It is recommended to feed these pups high-quality dog food to ensure that they get all the nutrients they need to thrive and live as long as possible.
How Much Exercise Does the Petite Labradoodle Need?
The Petite Labradoodle is a very active dog that needs about 90 minutes of exercise every day. This does not mean that you have to go on extra long walks (although you can).
You can also take them to dog parks since they play well with other dog breeds.
If you take them to the park, be sure to keep them on a leash or else they may run after a small animal, and they are hard to keep up with.
You can also play games with them like fetch or frisbee to get them thinking, which stimulates their mind. They are also perfect for obedience and agility training to make sure they are physical.
As long as you meet their exercise requirements, they will be extremely happy and fun.
Petite Labradoodle Health and Conditions
The Petite Labradoodle does not have a lot of health issues.
Their parent breeds are relatively healthy, so you will not have to worry too much about their health until old age, which is usually where a few problems can arise.
These issues are preventable and treatable if they occur.
- Eye Diseases and Disorders
- Patellar Luxation
- Ear Infections
- Joint Dysplasia
- Portosystemic Shunts
My Final Thoughts on the Petite Labradoodle
The Petite Labradoodle is an excellent dog for anyone that wants a loving, energetic, sweet, playful, protective, and intelligent dog.
As long as you buy them the best food out there, keep up with their exercise requirements, and give them the love and affection they need, you will have a happy furry friend to go through life with.
I hope that this guide has taught you everything you needed to know to decide whether this dog breed has a place in your life.
Have a great journey with the dog that you choose, and thank you for reading!
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.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Petite Labradoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Petite Labradoodle
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Petite Labradoodle
- The Petite Labradoodle’s Diet
- Petite Labradoodle Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Petite Labradoodle