5 Most Popular Labradoodle Colors

5 Most Popular Labradoodle Colors

Author WDF Staff | Last updated: May 09 2023


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 which 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 that 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 possibility of getting bad genes is the same as the possibility of getting good genes in the new puppies. They say that selective breeding is done by good breeders and cynologists have 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 of such a hybrid dog breed. 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 are unknown and cannot be predicted. Black Labradoodle puppies can end up having one of these four types of coat - Straight, wavy, 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.

Black Labradoodle would look great with a colorful collar, so you should check out the PetSafe Quick Snap Buckle Dog Collar. It comes in different colors to choose from.

black labradoodle

2. Chocolate Labradoodle

The Chocolate Labradoodle is rarer than the black one but 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 that a yellow Labrador and a black Poodle can produce chocolate Labradoodles.

The most dominant color gene is black; 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.

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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.

white labradoodle

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 the “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.

apricot labradoodle

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.

silver labradoodle

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 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 breeder's home and see the breeding dogs yourself. Check the conditions they are being kept in, and how they are interacting with the breeder, and ask to see the health certificates of both of the puppy's parents.

If you want to check your dog's DNA and see what breeds have been mixed, you can do that at home now. Embark Dog DNA Test Kit allows you to test your dog's health, ancestry, and DNA.

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 one that is attacking its littermates. We want to encourage you to do your research and make sure that the breeder you are buying a Labradoodle from is as reputable as it can be without being a part of any cynology association. 

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