10 things you didn't know about the Labradoodle


17 February 2016

1 The Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle.

2 Doodles come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colours - no two Doodles are the same!

3 A Labradoodle's coat can also vary greatly in texture; it can be flat like a Lab or very curly like a Poodle.

4 The name Labradoodle was coined by Wally Conran in the 1980s; he got the idea to mix the two breeds while working as a puppy breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. He had had a letter from a blind woman in Hawaii who needed an allergy-free dog.

5 The term Labradoodle is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary and is featured in an Australian version of Monopoly.

6 Celebrity owners have included presenters Graham Norton and Jeremy Clarkson, actress Jennifer Aniston, and golf champion Tiger Woods.

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7 A Labradoodle nearly made its way into the White House when President Obama was looking for a dog, but was tipped by a Portuguese Water Hound.

8 A white female Doodle became the official 'Top Gear Dog' for the popular BBC show, and she accompanied the presenters on some of their exploits.

9 Although not a recognised breed, the Labradoodle is one of the most popular dog types in the UK and has a large following of fans.

10 Doodles are known to love the water - so watch out the next time you take yours near a lake or river!