A cross between two purebred breeds of dog: The Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. Contrary to popular myth, these crossbreeds were not created to "make a smarter dog" but to create a stable seeing-eye-dog more suitable for those with allergies to dander. Poodles are a single-coated breed, Labradors, the standard seeing-eye-dog, are double coated and blow coat (shed out) twice a year. The crossing of the two breeds for this purpose originally started in Australia.
Also contrary to popular belief, just because you throw a Labrador and Poodle together and make mixed puppies does NOT mean they will all be single-coated dogs. On a first generation mix, it's a crapshoot and they might all shed. If you want a Labradoodle that does not shed, you need to buy it from someone who has been breeding dogs proven not to shed in at LEAST a third or fourth generation mix (Non-shedding Labradoodle to non-shedding Labradoodle). Even then, there might still be the occaisional throw-back to the doublecoated Labrador that will shed.
Also, buying from a reputable breeder ensures that you don't get a dog that is scared of it's own shadow and won't fetch a stick.
"Labradoodle is a silly name for a dog."
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