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Miniature Poodle and Lab Cross: Mini Labradoodle
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Miniature Poodle and Lab Cross: Mini Labradoodle

Ellie, Critter Culture Staff
Updated Nov 26, 2020

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A mini labradoodle is a hybrid of a purebred labrador retriever and a purebred miniature poodle. It's understandable to assume that mini labradoodles are small, but their size is a bit of an unknown. Those that take after their poodle side may only be 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 15 and 25 pounds. If they take after their labrador parent, though, they can be between 17 to 20 inches and weigh as much as 65 pounds. Determining their adult size is tricky, too. You can never tell just how big a mini labradoodle puppy will grow, but they're loveable at any size.

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Minature labradoodles are super friendly

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Mini labradoodles are extremely friendly and accepting. They love people and are make devoted family pets. While they can be gentle and loving, they also have a lot of energy and like to jump and play. Proper training is necessary to help keep their exuberance under control. It stops them from getting overexcited and jumping on people to show their affection.

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Even though they might be small, they aren't good apartment dogs

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Though this hybrid can vary in size, even the smallest mini labradoodles need plenty of exercise Both poodles and labradors are retrievers at heart, and mini labradoodles need between 30 and 60 minutes for exercise every day. They're happy to go for walks and jogs with their owners, but they also need time off the leash to run around the yard.

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They love the outdoors, but they're companion dogs at heart

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Mini labradoodles are versatile and can adjust to cities, suburbs, and rural settings, but they are house dogs. Although they like to run around outside and can be used for some working roles, mini labradoodles should not be kept outside. They are companion dogs that need to be around their people as much as possible.

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They're eager to please and easy to train

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Mini labradoodles are a smart breed. Combine their intelligence with their desire to please, and you can see why they're easy to train. This is a good dog for first-time dog owners. Training a mini labradoodle requires consistency and positive reinforcement, but you don't need to be overly firm with them.

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Miniature labradoodles have a variety of coat types

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Mini labradoodles can take after either parent, so it's not easy to predict what their coat will look like. There are three types of fur textures for this hybrid. Hair coats are similar to labrador fur and are the least popular. Wool coats are dense with loose curls, and fleece coats are silky and can be straight or wavy. Wool and fleece coats don't shed as much as hair coats.

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They come in a lot of colors

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Mini labradoodle coats come in a wide range of colors, including apricot, caramel, red, black, chocolate, silver, and blue. Most are solid colors, but they may also have patterns, like brindles, sable, or patched. Regardless of their coat texture or color, mini labradoodles are generally easy to groom. They need weekly brushing and bathed only when necessary. Some may need clipped or trimmed every two months or so.

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This breed is great with children and other pets

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Mini labradoodles are affectionate and playful companions that are great for kids. They can be excitable at times, though, and may knock young children over, especially if they take after the labrador side. They usually get along well with other pets, too, but socialization is important. Most mini labradoodles are not aggressive themselves, but can be unaware of other dogs' aggression.

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Mini labradoodles are pretty healthy

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Mini labradors are healthy and can live as long as 14 years, but they are prone to the same health conditions as both poodles and labradors. These include ear infections, hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, diabetes, allergies, hypothyroidism, and progressive retinal atrophy. This does not mean every mini Labradoodle develops these conditions, but this is something to be aware of before bringing one home.

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They can take after either of their parents

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Mini labradoodles are hard to predict. They can take after either of their parents, and it's hard to tell what traits a puppy will have as an adult. In addition to size and coat variations, there are personality differences, too. Some mini labradoodles are smart, quiet, and reserved like a poodle. Others are rowdy and maintain their puppy spirit for years.

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People mistakenly think they're hypoallergenic

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People who are allergic to dogs are drawn to mini labradoodles, but the truth is that no dog is hypoallergenic. Most people are not allergic to dog fur but the dander or bits of skin that are attached to the fur. Usually, a dog that sheds less, like a mini labradoodle, produces less dander. There are so many coat types with this hybrid, though, that predicting how someone with allergies will react one is hard to predict.

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