All about your Labradoodle

Labradoodles are highly intelligent dogs with bundles of energy and a loyal, affectionate nature. From grooming advice to common health conditions, our guide covers the key things you should know about this loving livewire, known for his intuition and eagerness to please.

    Breed information & advice

    The Labradoodle is a crossbreed, with the energy and enthusiasm of the Labrador Retriever and the devotion to work and family life of the Labrador and Poodle. Boisterous and a little bit silly, he doesn’t make a good watchdog, but he is obedient and easy to train.

    • The Labradoodle comes in three different size variations: miniature, medium and standard, depending on the type of Poodle used for the first generation breeding
    • He is a below-average shedder, and you will only need to brush him once or twice a week
    • Typically a standard-size will weigh between 23kg and 29kg, when fully grown
    • A healthy Labradoodle will usually live between 12 and 14 years

    Typical size of a Labradoodle: Medium: 53cm-61cm

        Recommended exercise & nutrition

        Labradoodles are laid-back and energetic, so while they will adapt to almost any setting they will also need up to an hour of exercise each day. Excitable and smart, your dog will love to play but he needs to be stimulated intellectually too, so you might want to take a ball out on your walks together for a game of fetch, so he can blow off steam.

        His friendly nature means he is great around other dogs, but as with all breeds it’s a good idea to socialise him from puppyhood to get him into good habits.

        Your dog needs two high-quality meals each day so he gets all the nutrients he needs, while this will help you monitor his weight and adjust his meals if needs be. How much you feed him will depend on his size, age, food type and exercise regime – always read the serving suggestions on the food packet.

          Up to one hour of exercise per day

          Labradoodles love human company, so think of his daily exercise as a great opportunity for the two of you to bond.

              Common health problems & illnesses

              There’s no reason why your Labradoodle shouldn’t live a long and happy life. However, being aware of the ailments your dog will be more prone to, along with the associated symptoms, can help you to deal with any health issues that crop up.

                1. Warts and growths

                Non-cancerous – or benign – masses that sit under the skin and usually grow outwards, showing as lumps or bumps, are common in this breed. They could be viral, wart-like growths; lipomas, which are fatty benign tumours; or sebaceous adenomas, which are growths located in the oil-producing micro-glands that sit just beneath the skin. Benign growths are only problematic if they get infected or are hindering movement, when your vet might recommend surgery to remove them. You can check for any changes in your dog’s skin during his weekly grooming session. If you are worried that it could be more serious, your vet can investigate.

                  2. Ear problems

                  Inflammation of the ear canal, or otitis externa, is a common problem for Labradoodles because of their long, floppy ears. Your dog might try to itch or nurse the affected area, which will be sore if he has the condition. Avoid the build-up of moisture and wax with gentle and regular cleaning, but if infection does occur, antibiotics and other medications from your vet should clear it up.

                    3. Joint problems

                    Arthritis, or inflammation of the joints, is a common problem for many dogs and usually develops later in life, but it can occur in Labradoodle puppies if they have had problems with bone development. Signs to look out for in your dog include stiffness, a lack of enthusiasm for exercise and incessant licking of a painful joint. Your vet will be able to advise you about pain relief.

                      4. Gastroenteritis

                      This breed can be susceptible to gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the stomach lining caused by disease or damage. Signs of the condition include diarrhoea and vomiting, lethargy and a downturn in your dog’s mood. Usually it is enough to withhold food for 24 to 48 hours and to make sure your dog has a fresh water supply, for the illness to pass. However, the cause will need to be investigated by your vet if your dog’s condition does not improve – or gets worse – after this time.

                        5. Epilepsy

                        This condition, where the brain becomes over-active and sends confused signals to the body, causing fits or seizures, can affect Labradoodles. Symptoms do vary from dog to dog but could include anything from moments of confusion to convulsions. While this can be distressing to see in your dog, there are treatments available to control the disease.

                            Dog name popularity

                            If you’re struggling to think of a name for your Labradoodle, take a look at the most popular ones at Tesco Bank Pet Insurance for inspiration.

                              1 Luna
                              2 Buddy
                              3 Alfie
                              4 Bella
                              5 Ruby

                              Average treatment costs

                              Wondering whether pet insurance for your Labradoodle is worth it? We’ve put together the top five conditions claimed for by Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customers in 2019, and the average cost of treatment.

                                Top five conditions and average costs

                                Top five conditions and average costs



                                    Epilepsy / fitting / seizure


                                        Arthritis and degenerative joint disease


                                            Skin allergy


                                                Addison’s disease


                                                    Tesco Bank Pet Insurance claims data from paid treatments including excesses from 01/09/19 to 31/08/20.

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                                                    Grooming advice

                                                    Your dog has a single coat, which will vary due to his crossbreed heritage, so his hair can be straight or made up of loose curls. He should be brushed once or twice a week to keep his fur from matting, and you’ll find that he doesn’t shed often, making him the ideal pet for those with allergies. You may want to arrange for professional grooming of his fur every six to eight weeks to keep it manageable.

                                                    His teeth should be brushed two or three times a week to avoid tartar and bacteria build-up, while his nails will need trimming once or twice a month if they don’t wear down naturally.

                                                    Similarly to the Labrador, your Labradoodle may be at risk of ear infections commonly associated with the breed because of his lovely long ears, so take time to properly check and clean them as part of your weekly grooming. Getting him into a good routine right from being a puppy will mean he’s as comfortable as you are with the grooming process.

                                                      Fun & interesting facts

                                                      • The Labradoodle was developed in 1988 by an Australian breeder as a hypoallergenic guide dog for the blind.
                                                      • Labradoodles come in many different colours from gold, cream and caramel to black, chocolate, blue and red.
                                                      • Don’t be surprised if your dog is a keen water baby – both the Poodle and the Labrador are hunting dogs bred to work in water, so he will be a natural swimmer.
                                                      • A hugely popular dog, he replaced the Scottish Terrier icon in the popular board game Monopoly.
                                                      • Jennifer Aniston, Jeremy Clarkson and Graham Norton are among the celebrities to have fallen for the charms of the loveable Labradoodle.

                                                      Important information

                                                      Key information

                                                      The content on this page aims to offer an informative introduction to pet breeds, but does not constitute expert veterinary advice. If your dog or cat falls ill or has an injury, contact your vet immediately. Tesco Bank Pet Insurance has a partnership with vetfone™ which means that as a customer, you can benefit from their advice as part of your policy.

                                                      Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

                                                      All facts and figures were correct at date of publication and were compiled using a range of sources.

                                                        What is vetfone?

                                                        Vetfone™ is a 24/7 unlimited, free telephone or video call service that provides expert advice from nurses qualified with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons). If your pet has a medical emergency, or you need reassurance on grooming, feeding or general advice, vetfone™ is there to help.

                                                        As a Tesco Pet Insurance customer, you can access expert veterinary advice provided by RCVS registered vet nurses as a standard benefit with your policy, and the service is provided at no additional cost. A quick telephone call or video call could answer any questions you have about your pet, give you peace of mind and could even save you a trip to the vet.

                                                        Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

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