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Breed Character Summary
The impetus behind experiments with this type of cross was the desire to achieve an assistance dog that would not shed hair and so produce a hypoallergenic dog that is suitable for people with allergies to fur and dander. This has not yet been consistently reliably achieved in the lower generations of crosses. Labradoodles have varying coat lengths and textures, and one needs to breed beyond the first generation to begin to have reliable coat type. However, the coat usually remains freer from dog odours than that of many types of dog.
The Labradoodle is still under development. Strictly speaking, the Labradoodle cannot yet be described as a dog breed because it does not breed true. In breeders' terms, breeding true means that, when two specimens of the same breed are mated, the puppies will have consistently predictable characteristics, and will resemble their parents, rather than exhibiting random characteristics of the dog breeds in their parents' ancestries
As such, early generation Labradoodles' hair can be anywhere from wiry to soft, relatively straight, wavy, or curly. Their colour range includes white, gold, brown and black. They are generally friendly, energetic, and good with families and children, though like any dog, their temperament will vary between individuals. This may be magnified due to differences between the parents' breeding. Labradoodles often have an affinity for water and are strong swimmers.