Posted on: May 5, 2023 Posted by: Petsynse Comments: 0

When it comes to choosing a furry friend to add to your family, there are plenty of options to consider. One popular choice is the labradoodle, a crossbreed between a Labrador retriever and a poodle. While Labradoodles might seem like the perfect choice for those who want the best of both worlds, there are several reasons why you might want to think twice before buying a Labradoodle instead of a purebred Labrador.


1. Labradoodles are not a recognized breed

Unlike purebred Labradors, Labradoodles are not recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) or any other major kennel club. This means that there is no standardized breed standard for Labradoodles, and as a result, their temperament, size, and coat type can vary widely. This can make it difficult to predict what your labradoodle will look and act like as an adult. A purebred breeder may know as many as 5 generations back from your puppy! (beware that bear-looking puppy–it could grow up to be rangy and not at all as you hoped). A purebred breeder can provide you with pictures and allow you to meet the parents of your pup to know what it will look like when it grows up.

2. Labradoodles can be expensive

Labradoodles can be quite expensive–even more than a purebred as they are a “designer” breed, with some breeders charging thousands and thousands of dollars for a single puppy. This is partly due to the fact that Labradoodles are a popular breed right now (especially with Gen Z and Millenials), but also because breeding them can be complicated. Because Labradoodles are a crossbreed, breeders need to carefully select their parent dogs to ensure that they pass on desirable traits to their offspring. You need to be sure HEALTH TESTING is being done on BOTH parents regardless– its the long-term health of your precious canine family member, after all!

3. Labradoodles can have health issues

Like all dogs, Labradoodles can be prone to certain health issues. However, because labradoodles are crossbreed, they can be more susceptible to genetic health problems than purebred dogs. For example, some Labradoodles can develop hip dysplasia, a painful condition that affects the hip joint and can lead to arthritis. Other health problems that Labradoodles can be prone to include eye problems, allergies, and ear infections. Again, if not dealing with a purebred breeder of both poodles and Labradors, they breeder may have NO idea what health clearances are required to be done in poodles and labradors and which health issues must be cleared for. Beware the idea “mutts are stronger” here–not necessarily as this does not carry through with length of life nor disease. But you ‘can’ pay tons for a mutt if you like…

4. Labradoodles require a lot of grooming

One of the main reasons why people are attracted to Labradoodles is because they are often touted as being hypoallergenic or low-shedding. While this can be true for some Labradoodles, it’s not a guarantee. Additionally, labradoodles have a thick, curly coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling (the exact reason many choose labs over Goldens–the short, easy-to-groom coat) This can be a time-consuming and expensive process, and if you don’t keep up with it, your labradoodle’s coat can become matted and uncomfortable for them. You’ll need to budget about $60-$100 a month for regular grooming.

5. Purebred Labradors are a proven breed

Purebred Labradors have been around for centuries and have been bred for specific purposes, such as retrieving game for hunters or serving as assistance dogs for those with disabilities. As a result, they have a well-established breed standard, with predictable temperament, size, and coat type. This can make it easier to find a Labrador that fits your lifestyle and personality. If you choose a breeder with decades of experience in their breed you know they’ve done their homework, done their clearances, are well-respected in the show ring, and have been scrutinized by other breeders and judges within the AKC.

In conclusion, while Labradoodles might seem like a great option for those who want a dog that combines the best of both worlds, there are several reasons why you might want to consider a purebred Labrador instead. From the unpredictability of their temperament and coat type to their potential health issues and grooming requirements, Labradoodles can be a more challenging choice than a proven breed like the Labrador Retriever.–Donna Stanley (all rights reserved) If this article appears on other sites, please report it to us immediately at as we have at least 9 sites stealing my blogs right now. Imitation is NOT always the best compliment.