The black and white Labradoodle is an open, loving and enthusiastic dog. They are generally friendly, active and need a lot of exercise. In the right home they can make the most fabulous family pets, provided they get the training and attention they need.
Today we are going to take a look at how the parti black and white Labradoodle is bred. And help you to decide whether this clever, curly haired dog is a good fit for your family!
What is a Black and White Labradoodle?
One black and white Labradoodle can look very different from the next! In fact, many people mistake black and white Labradoodles for completely different dogs. But, a black and white Labradoodle is simply a Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle mix that has black and white fur. Some may be almost all white with small patches or black, and others may be mostly black with only small patches of white.
As the name suggests, a black and white Labradoodle is simply a Labrador Poodle mix with black and white fur. These Labradoodles can have white bellies, faces, legs, and tails, and patches of black throughout. There are generally two types of black and white Labradoodle coat – the parti Labradoodle and the tuxedo Labradoodle.
The Two Types
A parti Labradoodle has a combination of white and another color in their coat, but at least half of their fur is white. There are several color types of parti Doodles available, and black and white is just one such type.
Tuxedo black and white Labradoodles typically have a white belly and white legs, but the rest of their body is black. They aren’t partis because half of their body isn’t white! Despite this difference, both types have black and white coloring on their fur. Just in different amounts!
Black and White Labradoodle Genetics
When it comes to dog coat color, the sky is the limit. Especially with mixed breeds like Labradoodles. Only two color pigments in your dog’s genes are responsible for the entire rainbow of coat colors. These two base shades are black and red (eumelanin and phaeomelanin). From there, other colors are born. Like white, brown, and combinations of color variations and patterns.
The difficulty with breeding for certain colors is that there is no guarantee which genes your pup will inherit. The Labradoodle’s Poodle parent can already come with a black and white parti coat. And, some black Labradors can have white mismarks. So, there’s every chance that puppies bred from these dogs could inherit the same coloring!
It will all depend on which genes they inherit. Even puppies from the same litter can look very different from one another in first generation mixes.
Black and White Labradoodle Temperament
Labradoodles mix the intelligent Poodle and devoted Labrador Retriever. So, it’s no surprise that black and white Doodles are highly trainable, intelligent, and eager to please. They make great pets for families with children and other animals as long as they are socialized well. Plus, they have quiet high energy needs. So, they will get along well with those that enjoy the outdoors.
Like all dogs and all shades of Labradoodles, black and white Doodles can develop behavioral issues if their needs aren’t met. If they aren’t properly socialized, trained, and exercised, Labradoodles can develop fear-based anxiety and show destructive behaviors.
How to Avoid This
To avoid any destructive behaviors or fear-based anxiety, socialize them well from a young age, and keep them well exercised as adults. When your black and white Labradoodle is a puppy, introduce them to as many new experiences, things, people and places as possible. Keep the first impressions positive. It’s never too early to begin training a clever Labradoodle.
Remember, this mix combines two clever, energetic, and hardworking parent breeds. So, your Labradoodle will love learning new cues and tricks. They’ll need around 60 minutes of exercise a day, as adults. They can cope in apartments if their exercise needs are met. But, generally, they do best in homes with securely fenced backyards where they can run and play freely to burn off excess energy.
Black and White Labradoodle Health
A dog’s coat color doesn’t impact their temperament. But, there is evidence to suggest it can negatively impact a dog’s health. For instance, white dogs have a higher chance of experiencing hearing issues, such as deafness.
Parti Labradoodles will be at least 50% white. So, they could have a higher chance of suffering from hearing problems. On top of this, they will also be vulnerable to the same hereditary health problems as their parents. This can include:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Addison’s disease
- Ear infections
- Canine bloat
On average, most Labradoodles are long lived. Their lifespan tends to range between 12 and 15 years. But, with great care and breeding, there’s every chance that your black and white Labradoodle could extend this average.
To avoid potential health issues, go through reputable sources to get your puppy or rescue dog. Avoid backyard breeders, or online sellers. Instead, go through certified breeders that health test their parent dogs and give you evidence of this.
Black and White Labradoodle Grooming
The amount of grooming that your black and white Labradoodle will need may depend on the amount of white he has covering his body. It will also depend on his fur type, especially if he is a first generation mix. White and lighter colored dogs can be harder to groom. Particularly if they have white fur on their faces and around their eyes. For instance, owners may need to wipe away and clean tear stains.
Outside of this, Labradoodles with straight hair coats will shed frequently, but will only need to be brushed a couple of times a week. Those with tight curls will need more frequent brushing to eliminate any painful tangles in their fur. Many owners prefer to take their Doodle to a professional groomer.
Despite widespread claims, Labradoodles are not hypoallergenic. But, those with curly hair will not shed quite as visibly, so may be better for owners with allergies. During grooming sessions, trim your Doodle’s nails. Check their ears, keeping them free of any wax that could lead to ear infections.
Do You Have a Black and White Labradoodle?
Is a black and white Labradoodle right for you?
Their coat color sets them apart from other Labradoodles, but they will still be an active, high energy dog that needs at least an hour of exercise a day during adulthood.
Choose a reputable, responsible breeder when searching for a black and white Labradoodle puppy. This is the best way to avoid any health or behavioral issues.
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