Labradoodles are a hybrid mix of a Poodle with a Labradoodle. This cross breed of Labradoodle and Poodle has two of the world’s most popular dogs, so it makes sense that Labradoodles are so popular. With Labradoodles, people desire the non-shedding coat of the Poodle along with the Poodle’s intelligence. Additionally, crossing the Poodle with a Labradoodle creates hybrid vigor which tends to make a healthier breed. At Crockett Doodles, we breed four different sizes of Labradoodles. Our Toy/Petite Labradoodles fall within the 5-24 pounds range when fully grown, our Traditional Mini Labradoodles weigh in around 25-40 pounds, Medium Labradoodles are within the 41-55 pounds range, and our Standard Labradoodles grow to 55 pounds and above.
Labradoodles look different from Irishdoodles because they are born with different colored coats and with coats that have a different texture consistency. A Labradoodle will typically have shorter, wirier fur that comes in a larger variety of colors such as black, chocolate, red, cream, white, yellow, and parti-colored.
At Crockett Doodles, we most often have F1b (sometimes called second generation) Labradoodles. An F1b Labradoodle is first generation back-crossed. So we take a first generation Labradoodle (50% Lab and 50% Poodle) that has a nice coat and breed it back to a non-related Poodle.
I tell people that Labradoodles are like your high school senior class president. Labradoodles are confident, dependable, and love to have a task to handle. We recommend Labradoodles as service dogs (seeing-eye Labradoodles, Labradoodles to help those in wheelchairs, etc.). Some Labradoodles are a bit more reserved but in a loyal way. Labradoodles are extremely loyal to their families and are still energetic and playful dogs.
At Crockett Doodles, we breed three sizes of Irishdoodles. Our Toy/Petite Irishdoodles are 5-24 pounds, our Traditional Mini Irishdoodles range from 25-40 pounds, and our Standard Irishdoodles grow to over 55 pounds. Irishdoodles are a wonderful breed for families wanting a medium to large size Doodle that will be an excellent family pet. Irishdoodles are typically born with long, wavy to curly hair in red, apricot, and black on rare occasions. Their fur is very soft and shaggy – making them excellent cuddle buddies!
Irishdoodles seek to combine the intelligence and non-shedding coat of a Poodle with the friendly, happy-go-lucky nature of an Irish Setter. Families that know dogs recognize that Irish Setters are perennially on the list of best dogs with kids because of their friendly nature. Poodles often make the list as well because of their intelligence, desire to please, and hypoallergenic coat. Irishdoodles and Mini Irishdoodles are usually great with kids because of their slightly active temperament. Irishdoodles are very lighthearted and will be entirely devoted to your family.
While Labradoodles and Irishdoodles share a similar build and are both extremely loyal and intelligent, their main difference is in their energy levels. Labradoodles are a little bit more high energy and require more regular exercise. We would recommend Labradoodles for families wanting a playful, loyal, and intelligent pup that will be their forever friend. We would recommend Irishdoodles for families wanting a more laid-back pup that will play with them but be just as ready to cuddle at the end of the day.
We hope this helps you on your journey of deciding which Doodle is right for you!