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I am a family of 4. We had a Lab for 12 years and he past 1 year ago. Our family is looking at getting a new dog. We have a friend that has a labradoodle and we like the dog. I do not know anything about this breed. I have questions I am hoping people can help me with.
1) are they good with Kids (Kids are 11 years and 19 months)
2) How big do they get?
3) what is the dogs temperament?
4) Do they like water?
I have more but I will start there for now.
Thank you for all and any help. I just want to make sure we find the right dog. :(
 

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1) They are GREAT with kids.
2) how big, some really big others not so.
3)loveable, sweet, friendly, good family dog
4)some do, some don't
check out the breed on-line you can get alot of info on them. And the people on here are the best and answering guestions about the breed.
 

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hey,
we also have a three year old and eleven year old and our puppy gets on with them great.
obviously not all dogs will be the sameand it depends how well you socialise your dog with the children. I'd say the labrador in them makes them have some patience with children as Leo is very patient with our three year old who teases him non stop. He can be a bit snappy as all puppys are so you will need to get him used to being gentle with the children and not biting and put a lot of training into it. Hovever i would definately say they are very bright dogs that learn very fast.
as for the size, it depends on the size of the mum and dad-the ones that i have seen have been about up to my waist(but i'm no giant :lol: ) also a female will be smaller.
my doodle hates water at the moment but as he is a mix of two water dogs i would say he'll grow to like it.
 

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1) are they good with Kids (Kids are 11 years and 19 months)
2) How big do they get?
3) what is the dogs temperament?
4) Do they like water?
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1. I don't have kids but with any puppy, beware of the razor sharp teeth and need to chew on everything - including flesh!
2. My girls just turned 2 and are 65 and 75 pounds.
3. I had 3 labs before these doodles and I see both lab and poodle - carrying, retrieving and a bit of an attitude (I guess from the poodle?). One thing I never experienced with my labs is that my doodles killed 2 squirrels in our yard - we now have to be extra alert or they will do it again. Has anyone else had this happen??
4. We have a pool and they were afraid at first - avoided the "abyss" when walking on the deck. We had to coax them in but now they are crazy for swimming.

I love these girls and have no regrets. They are really great dogs and I am sure by reading all the posts in this forum you'll find we doodle owners are crazy for this breed. Good luck. Nadine
 

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1. I don't have any children at home, but Nicky is great with my grandkids (ages 8 and 11) when they come to visit and he'd love to play with all the kids in the neighborhood.
2. Nicky is a big F1b, weighing 83 pounds at last weigh-in (last month). He's 16 months old today!
3. He's turned into a great dog! He's smart, friendly, even-tempered, and lovable. He needs to be walked and played with to use up some of his energy. That's good for me, because I also get the exercise.
4. Nicky didn't like the kiddie pool I had for him. He'd only go in it if it were empty! However, he loves running through the creek at the dog park. He hasn't been to a beach, lake, or swimming pool.

This is the first dog I've owned (not counting my parents' dogs when I was a kid) and I have to say I could not have chosen a better one. The only negative is that he sheds, which means I'm always vacuuming! Not all Doodles shed, though.
 

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Hi Deana,

My husband and I are in our 60's...no small kids at home. We have Tanner an 18 month F1b.

Tanner is not good with kids simply because he has not been raised with them. When I say not good I mean he is afraid of their quick moves and high pitched voices. I am sure if he had been raised around them that he would love them to death.

I think your 11 year old would love the doodle breed...the 19 month old would also but you would have to monitor the interactions until the doodle and child are older.

Tanner is 55 lbs and 26" tall at the shoulder..he is an average sized doodle.

Tanner like streams, creeks, not toy pools the same as Sandy's Nicky.

Tanner does not shed at all but does require frequent brushing

Please feel free to ask any questions that come to mind.

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1) Napa wasn't raised with kids. But, we live in an apartment, so he does have some experience with them. I did have one little girl want to come and play with him. So, given that he had no prior experience with the girl, I think the interaction went well. Napa thought she was a play thing, because of her high voice, and her sudden movements. But she pulled his hair, and he did nothing. I had to hold him still so he wouldn't hurt her. But this was also months ago. So, I guess the point of this is that because most labradoodles are people friendly, as long as they have experience with little ones, they should be fine with them.

2) Napa is 8-9 months and about 30 lbs. But, he's a Medium Australian Labradoodle. So, it's totally up to you what size you want. Although, as a warning, because they are a hybrid, size isn't always something that can be determined. So, if you have a size range you're looking for, that might be better.

3) Napa has the best temperament. He's very people oriented. He loves to be pet and thinks everyone on the earth was put here to pet him. He is VERY smart. And a different type of smart than a retriever. He'll do anything to benefit him. So, where my retriever will do anything to make us happy. Napa needs to see the point of why he's doing it, and how its going to benefit him.

4) Napa hasn't got much experience with water. We're going to try to change that once the weather gets warmer. We got him at the end of the summer, so it was hard to bring him to the beach.

Good luck. Doodles are wonderful pets!
 

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Well if you freeze those squirrels I'll come get them when you have a dozen or so :lol: It's only a 4 hour drive. We love Squirrels :D I use them for Fly tying and Abby is raw fed and adores new foods. I did start a raw feeding thread if you are interested in subsistence dog feeding. You are off to a great start :wink:
 

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I just want to answer the kids questions - as I'm different since we have kids and some of the others dont..

I have a 2 year old and a special needs 3 year old. Shadow has been so good for my 3 year old SN child, but has done well with my 2 year old as well. This is where it's important to get a puppy with a good personality. My kids can pull on his tail or hit him in the face and he doesn't do anything back to them - but he sometimes runs to me as if to tattle on them.... Of course, I don't let them do this and if it does happen they get a time out - but my point is that he is absolutely wonderful with the kids being so young. He really seems to understand that they are just little kids - and never tries to bite or chew on them (as he sometimes does with us adults.) He is very playful, but just seems to know to tone it down with the kids vs. adults.
 

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We have no kids, but there are a couple neighborhood kids. As a pup, Darwin was fine, but as he grew older and larger, he became frightened of the sudden movements of kids. I've never seen him be aggressive, rather, he shies away. Still, I'm cautious with him around children.

Darwin has a great temperament, however he has a sixth sense for "bad" people. He growls at a particular neighbor who is, well, a bad, mean, and aggressive person. But other than that, he is a sweetie.

Darwin is an F1: a full one-half lab; So does he like water? OMG, Yes! He's a great swimmer and we have a blast in the ocean. He'll go wading in the water even in the winter.
I knew Darwin Dude was going to be a big boy when he was only 5 weeks-his mitts gave him away. They were huge. He's 80 lbs now.

Good Luck in your search for the right mate.
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1) are they good with Kids (Kids are 11 years and 19 months)
2) How big do they get?
3) what is the dogs temperament?
4) Do they like water?
1.) Yes. My kids are 8 and 5. They were 8 and 4 when we brought Cody home (Cody was 7 weeks old). As a tiny puppy Cody would occassionally nip with his very sharp puppy teeth when overly excited, but a few times of that and the 4 year old learned when to stop to avoid being nipped. Yes there were a few tears, but she learned.
2.) Cody is just shy of 11 months and is 67 pounds and more or less full grown. His dad was a standard poodle.
3.) Cody is very easy going. He LOVES car rides and afternoons at the doggie park. He loves to lay in the sun. He loves to run and play fetch (if only we could teach him to hand over what he retrieves). He allows my 8 year old son to use him as a pillow and he snuggles with me on the couch.
4.) Cody does like water as long as we're not looking for him to jump in. He prefers to get in on his terms.

Hope this helps your decision!
 

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1) are they good with Kids (Kids are 11 years and 19 months)
2) How big do they get?
3) what is the dogs temperament?
4) Do they like water?

1. I got into Labradoodles BECAUSE of how great they are with kids. My own are grown, but I have small kids next door to me and have 2 young granddaughters and another on the way. They adore each other!
2. My dogs are large... my male poodle is 24" tall and 64 lbs; my female lab is 20" tall and 82 lbs... so their pups are BIG. I have a 5 month old from our last litter and she's 44 lbs at 5 months of age.
3. I can't brag enough about the temperament of my dogs. BUT I was very selective when choosing the parents... no aggression, no nervousness, and VERY people oriented. I also avoided HYPER dogs... as some Labs can be quite hyper.
4. Both breeds are duck hunters by nature, so if introduced to water early on, most should love the water. In warmer months I keep a child's wading pool in my dog runs so that they can play in it and get used to it very young and see the older dogs in the water as well.

A lot depends on the breeder, the dogs they breed and the work that's put into them as puppies. As with most things, there are good and bad.
 

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you are all great~

1. What should I know about Labradoodles before I get one?
2. Should I ask if they have temperament testing done?
3. How do I find a good breeder? What do I need to look for?
4. Health problems with Labradoodles? Hips?

I want to thank you again for your help. We want to make sure we get a dog that works for both the dog and the family. :D
 

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I think one thing to know about doodles is that they need to be with their people. Doodles don't do well if you don't have time for them. They are not a dog to be left outside. They want to be with their families. they are very social dogs.

I think finding a good breeder is one of the most important. Your breeder can help you with choosing the right dog for your situation. You have a large group of owners on this forum and I would ask for personal experiences of a breeder when you have one in mind. There are many wonderful breeders here on the forum. If you pick a questionable one, someone will more than likely send you a PM (private message) with their experience.

Use the search feature on this site for specific questions...such as, grooming, what to feed, favorite toys.

Lastly I would suggest that you purchase dog insurance. There have been several good discussions on the forum and there are several good companies. The breeders can test the hip, elbows etc of their dogs but it still helps to have the insurance backup.
 

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1) my doodles are great with my teenagers and also some friends with 2 to 7 yr olds
2) peanut is 22in tall and 55lbs...max is 26in tall 80 lbs and Beau at 7mos old is approx 50lbs 21-22in
3) what is the dogs temperament? awesome, sweet, laid back , happy Beau is the real calm one
4) Do they like water? mine love the creek but took a bit of time to get used to the pool

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1. Doodles are people oriented and cannot be left on a dog run or in the yard alone for long, they LOVE being around the family, train fairly easily, and very smart dogs along with being comical adn loving.

2.temperment, see what kind of personality fits in with you and your family. all puppies go thru stages but some puppies can be more submissive with others being more dominant.

3. a good breeder answers all your questions, provides references and/or vet number if requested, gives a guarantee on health and stands by it
also some will fully test their breeding dogs to ensure their hips, eyes, elbows are good along with elimination of heriditary disease thus the higher cost
4. a good breeder will take time to get to hear what you are looking for and aid in you choice of the right puppy and temperment for you.
and many puppies personalities dont start to fully show till 6weeks or so of age.
5. LASTLY a good breeder will not let any puppy go home with anyone till they're at least 8 weeks old .

OH I Have VPI pet insurance
 
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