Labradoodle Puppies for Sale in Scotland
A check on Pinterest will show you a gazillion photos of the Labradoodle in every cuddle combination possible! There isn’t any doubt that the Labradoodle is a breed which has taken the UK by storm in the last decade.
Beautiful to look at with the combined features of their parents, soft curly or wavy hair, strong shouldered and athletic, with a slightly dishevelled stature and gentle, yet mischievous nature, the Labradoodle will bring a smile to the face of anyone who’s having a bad day!
These dogs come in three sizes; standard, medium and miniature sized depending on the kind of poodle (standard, miniature or toy poodle) that’s been bred.
Intelligent and playful, the Labradoodle is an energetic breed which makes an ideal pet for those who have time to exercise this dog which needs at least two hours of walks per day, plus plenty of mental stimulation to keep him from boredom.
Probably not for the most house-proud owner, the Labradoodle likes to play, especially in he mud! His love of water is a throwback to both the poodle and the labradors water retriever duty days and he simply can’t resist a dip, whether it’s in a giant puddle, a river or a stream. It’s worth noting that owners should be careful of letting the Labradoodle off near any potentially dangerous water areas.
If you’re looking for a Labradoodle puppy for sale in Scotland, it’s worth knowing that this breed is playful and full of life; Labradoodles have endless energy, however, their biddable enthusiasm to please makes them easy to train.
Feigning daftness with a soft, curly, clown-like appearance, the Labradoodle is actually highly intelligent so training is really important from the very early puppy days. He’s ultra-quick to pick up new tricks but can just as easily pick up bad habits if not kept in check.
The Labradoodle likes to know who’s the leader. Give him boundaries and training that’s filled with positive praise and you’ll make a loyal and loving friend for life. Just like any dog breed, the Labradoodle left without direction may try to take on the alpha dog role which could show an unpleasant side to his nature as he could become destructive in the home. Setting rules about furniture and food from puppydom, gives him good boundaries and sets him on the road to becoming a well-behaved mature dog.
Give your Labradoodle pup toys that he can chew and let him know that these are his for playing with instead of your belongings and furniture. Remind him daily of what’s his and what’s not and he’ll soon get the picture!
The Labradoodle is renowned for being good with children and vulnerable adults. Their kind and patient natures actually make them the ideal assistance dogs for the blind and hard of hearing. They are also good seizure detection dogs and make good therapy pets. Depending on your Labradoodle mix, many of these dogs can have non-shedding, and so can make great pets for those who suffer from allergies.
Description of the Labradoodle
If you’re looking for a Labradoodle puppy for sale in Scotland, it’s wise to do your breeder research first. As it’s a cross-breed, the Labradoodle the breed is not recognised by the Kennel Club, however, it’s worth visiting the Labradoodle Associaton UK which should be able to help find reputable breeders in your area.
Remember that reputable breeders will not allow their dogs to have lots of litters and remember to ask for all the usual health check certificates when buying a pup. Always visit the pup with its mother too to ensure she and the rest of the litter is healthy. A reputable breeder should not ask for a deposit to let you view their pups.
The first Labradoodle was specially bred in Australia in 1988 for a blind lady in Australia who needed a low allergy guide dog due to her husband having bad allergies to dog hair and saliva. The Royal Guide Dogs organisation in Australia sought to breed a low allergy dog by crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Standard Poodle. Only three puppies were born from this first litter and only one of these puppies didn’t bother the husband’s allergies.
The other two puppies also went on to live fulfilled lives, one as a Guide Dog and the other as a Remedial Dog.
Out of the first 31 Labradroodles bred by The Royal Guide Dog Association, 29 went on to become Guide Dogs. A programme was aired on Melbourne TV about this new breed of guide dog called the Labradoodle and people went crazy for them.
Unfortunately, this led to unscrupulous breeders breeding any Labradors and Poodles together, with various consequences, including dogs that shed lots of hair, forcing families with allergies to give them up after a short time. In 1989, two centres for excellence were set up in Australia – both used only genetically healthy Labradors, Poodles and Labradoodles to produce genetically healthy dogs.
The popularity of the Labradoodle quickly spread to the UK.
In 1998, the miniature-sized Labradoodle was introduced. This was then bred back with a standard Labradoodle to produce the medium-sized dog.
Now there are three sizes of Labradoodles:
The standard stands at between 54-61 cm and weighs in at 22 to 30kgs, the medium-sized dog stands at 43-52 cm and weights 13 to 18.5 kgs, while the miniature stands at around 36 to 41 cm and weighs just 7to 11.5 kgs.
From the very beginning, the Labradoodle coat came in a variety of shedding and non-shedding varieties. In the early days, many Labradoodles were truly non-shedding with as many others appearing to be non-shedding until the first coat shed at eight-months old to be replaced by a coat that was more likely to shed profusely. Some of these dogs wound up with coats more like the coat of a Labrador or Golden Retriever.
Breeding programmes selectively bred away from the shedding coats to produce a variety of soft, curly coated and fleecy Labradoodles that are non-shedding and better equipped for hypo-allergenic properties.
Remember as you are buying a cross-breed you cannot always be sure that you will get a non-shedding dog, but you can speak to breeders to determine the dog parentage and personalities.
Labradoodles come in a variety of colours too from champagne to blonde and apricot, red, black, brown and latte shades.
If you’re looking for a Labradoodle puppy for sale in Scotland, it’s worth noting that they can live up to 12 to 15 years old! It’s a good lifespan for a medium to large-sized dog, but one look into those Labradoodle puppy-dog eyes and you’ll be smitten for life.
If you’re looking for a Labradoodle puppy for sale in Scotland, it’s worth knowing that a he needs at least two-hours exercise each day to keep him physically fit and mentally stimulated. The Labradoodle is a clever dog and if he doesn’t get enough stimulation, he can get bored and start chewing things he shouldn’t!
The Labradoodle has a healthy appetite, so if you do not want him stealing or begging for food at teatime, be sure to avoid tempting him in the first place.
The amount of grooming required by a Labradoodles depends on its coat-type whether it’s tight and curly, curly and wiry, wavy or fleecy and soft; some need little grooming and some need a lot! Some people prefer to keep their Labradoodle’s coat on the short-side and this will mean attending the grooming salon every 2-3 months. Labradoodles shouldn’t be bathed too frequently. If they get muddy, it’s best to let the coat dry and then brush the mud off.
Adult Labradoodles should be fed twice per day with drinking water always available. Owners should check with their vet to monitor their dog’s weight and exercise to check that he is being fed the right amount.
Cost of Keeping a Labradoodle
If you’re looking for a Labradoodle puppy in Scotland, you should know that the average price to buy a puppy ranges between £600 to £1200. It will cost on average between around £60 to £100 per month to keep a Labradoodle in your life , if you include food, pet insurance, grooming and vaccinations an neutering.