Colors of the Labradoodle
The Labradoodle is a famous crossbreed that is rapidly gaining popularity around the world. First Labradoodles were created in the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia who wanted to create a dog that has the best characteristics of both of their parent breeds - the Labrador and the Poodle.
This popular hybrid was first created by a gentleman called Wally Conron. Mr. Conron was in charge of the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia’s breeding program and his idea was to create a service dog who will be great for people with allergies. Little did he know that he will create one of the most popular hybrids in the world.
There is a huge discussion going on in the cynology world about the quality of this crossbreed and their health, character, and many other uncertain things. Many labradoodle breeders believe that crossbreed dogs have a larger gene pool that is created by crossing two large gene pools from both breeds. By creating such a large gene pool, these breeders believe that they will create a healthier and better dog breed.
Their opposing side says that there are many unknowns when mixing two large gene pools and the possibilities for getting bad genes are the same as the possibilities of getting good genes in the new puppies. They say that selective breeding done by good breeders and cynologists has nearly eradicated genetically transmittable diseases and that uncontrollable breeding will do more harm than good.
Both sides have some good arguments and we will let future owners decide what side they will take.
The only thing we are sure of is that the Labradoodles are cute as hell and that we certainly understand the appeal such a hybrid dog breed has. We will take a look at the most popular Labradoodle colors that can be found.
1. Black Labradoodle
The Black Labradoodle is the most unsurprising color. Original Labradors were mostly black and that is one of their strongest genes. Standard Poodles are also most commonly black so if you mix both black-colored parents, the new Labradoodle puppies will most likely end up with a black coat.
The exact coat coloring and texture is unknown and cannot be predicted. Black Labradoodle puppies can end up having one of these four types of coat - Straight, wavy, or curly fleece, or wooly coat. You can only be sure about the texture of their coat when the puppies grow up and have already fully developed.
2. Chocolate Labradoodle
The Chocolate Labradoodle is somewhat rarer than the black one but is still easily found worldwide. The most common way to get chocolate Labradoodles is to crossbreed chocolate Labradors with brown (chocolate) Poodles. There is also a probability where a yellow Labrador and a black Poodle can produce chocolate Labradoodles.
The most dominant color gene is black and other color genes are recessive (weaker). That also means that black dogs carry genes of other colors so two black dogs may produce a chocolate puppy.
Chocolate Labradoodles are just like any other Labradoodle, except they have a beautiful brown coat. There is also a theory that connects chocolate-colored dogs with a specific set of characteristics, but that is all it is - a theory.
3. White Labradoodle
The white Labradoodle is even rarer than the chocolate Labradoodle. Other than the coat color, they are not that different from other Labradoodles.
It is interesting to know how a white Labradoodle comes to life. As we know, there are no white Labradors and if there are some, it is because of albinism and dogs that are affected with albinism are not allowed to breed. Albinism is a genetic problem that causes a lack of pigmentation.
White Labradoodles get their color strictly from the Poodle side of the “family”. The gene that is responsible for the white coat color is called the S gene and Labradors do not have it. Only Poodles carry the S gene and can transmit that gene to their potential offspring.
White color is still considered as a lack of pigmentation and it can be tricky to determine which dogs are white and which dogs have albinism. An accurate way to determine that is to take a look at the pigmentation in their eyes and their nose. Albino dogs lack pigmentation in their whole bodies while white dogs have pigmentation everywhere except their coat.
4. Red Labradoodle
Labradoodles, in general, came to life when a blind woman needed a seeing-eye dog but her husband was extremely allergic to dog hair. She reached out to the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia and they decided to have a go at creating a hypoallergenic seeing-eye dog.
Red Labradoodles are various colors that fall under “red” category in the canine world. Those colors are apricot, caramel, red, and red caramel. There are many color combinations of red Labradoodles’ noses and eyes. For example, apricot Labradoodles should have black noses and dark brown eyes while caramel Labradoodles should have liver-colored noses and amber to hazel-green eyes.
This is only as far as we know so far since this crossbreed could not have been studied yet properly. What we do know is that all the shades of red make Labradoodles look stunning and gorgeous.
5. Silver Labradoodles
Silver Labradoodle is also called grey Labradoodle. It is one of the most popular color options for people that are keen on getting a Labradoodle and we can certainly understand why. However, it is highly unlikely that you will come across a silver Labradoodle because they are quite rare.
The silver Labradoodle can inherit that color only if both of their parents, a purebred Labrador and a purebred Poodle, carry a recessive silver gene. That might be a bit tricky since purebred Labradors are only allowed in three colors and those are black, brown, and yellow. Purebred Poodles are allowed to be black, brown, grey, and fawn.
It is most likely that you will have to contact a good breeder of one of these breeds that specializes in breeding silver or grey Poodles and ask for their help. It would be best if grey poodles could be crossed with yellow Labs. That is the biggest possibility to get silver Labradoodles.
There are still many unknowns with this hybrid or “designer” dog breed. Generally, Labradoodles are friendly and happy dogs that are very affectionate with their family. As their creator intended, they are great service dogs if they are properly bred and get good genes.
If you are thinking about getting this dog, we advise you to rethink your decision and pick one pureblood dog breed. In case that you are made a firm decision about this dog, although it is a crossbreed, try to follow these general rules when buying a Labradoodle. Ask the breeder as many questions as possible about your new Labradoodle puppy. If it is possible, go to the breeders home and see the breeding dogs yourself. Check the conditions they are being kept in, how they are interacting with the breeder and ask to see the health certificates of both of the puppies parents.
Most puppies can get hip dysplasia if they are being bred from parents that have bad hips so make sure you ask the breeder for hip scans of both of the puppies parents. Try and pick a middle-of-the-road puppy. Do not take a puppy that is hiding in the corner or the one that is attacking their littermates. We would like to encourage you to make your research and make sure that a breeder you are buying a Labradoodle from is as reputable as it can be without being a part of any cynology association.
World Dog Finder team