When looking at Labradoodle sizes, whichever type of Labradoodle you are interested in (Australian Cobberdog, Australian Labradoodle, Australian Service Dog or a straight Poodle x), you probably already have a rough idea about what you want.
So what sizes do Labradoodles come in?
We work to 4 Labradoodle Sizes, Fully Grown, at 12 Months of Age:
On our Previous Pups page, we simplify these sizes to Mini and Medium+. Size 1 and 2 are Miniatures, whilst sizes 3 and 4 are Medium+.
Many people when assessing the height of their ideal dog think about where the head would be. However, UK labradoodle breeders will refer to the parents' size in inches to the shoulder.
To work out how tall you want your dog to be, we suggest lining up your family members. Ask them to indicate on their leg where they want the front shoulders of the dog to be when it’s fully grown. You may find that certain members of the family have very different Labradoodle sizes in mind!
Here at doodleDogs, we have all four sizes available. So, no matter which size option you want, we can breed a puppy that meets your height requirements.
We prioritise healthy and consistent genetic lines. To ensure this, we make sure we always maintain a low inbreeding percentage between parents. Because of this hybrid vigour from outcrossing, we sometimes find a pup in a litter that is slightly bigger (or smaller) than expected. If they are on the border of two sizes, a breeder may refer to them as both. You might hear them describe a dog as a “Small-Medium Australian Labradoodle” or “Australian Labradoodle Medium-Large”.
You might not think much about sizing - or think that you’d be happy with any size.
That might be the case; however, there are some factors you should consider before making your final decision:
- Amount of exercise
- House and garden space
- Age of children
- Size of car
Firstly, you should really think about how much exercise you’re willing to commit to every day. Larger Labradoodles will need more than a small breed. Walking the dog will be an everyday necessity for the next 7-15 years. So, be realistic about how much time you have available.
Similarly, it’s important to think about how much room you have - in your house and garden (if you have one). Before sharing it with another living being, you should make sure there is enough space. You all want to be able to live together comfortably. It’s one of the biggest reasons people with flats don’t adopt large dogs.
Thirdly, whilst your kids will grow, it might be easier if they are very young (baby-toddlers) to have a small dog. The dog won't tower over them, and it might be easier for you to look after both.
That being said, maybe a more pressing issue would be the size of your vehicle. It might even be the deciding factor. Since you’re probably going to take your dog places, it does matter whether you drive a smaller or standard-sized family car. It’s much harder to fit a standard labradoodle in the back of a Ford Focus than a mini Cobberdog.
Another factor is health. This isn’t a massive problem if your breeder has undertaken extensive health screening. That includes DNA testing for hereditary diseases.
The larger the dog, the increased risk of structural health problems. In particular, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and patellas (knees). So, before adopting a puppy, please make sure these checks are done. They significantly reduce the risk of your dog developing avoidable health conditions.
A small factor to consider as well is gender. Male dogs are generally slightly larger and stockier than females. If you’d rather your dog grow slightly bigger than expected, sometimes gender can make the difference. Since we neuter both sexes before they’re adopted, there are few behaviour differences between them. Regardless, boys and girls are likely to vary in adult size once fully grown. Therefore, it’s definitely something to consider when deciding between a male or female labradoodle.
The points mentioned are areas to think about before bringing any animal into your home. Whilst we emphasised the concerns for larger dogs, all sizes of Labradoodles make fantastic pets. We wanted to highlight these points to make sure that you know how each size differs in terms of requirements. If you want a large dog, you need to consider whether it’s practical with your lifestyle. If it is, great! They can be a wonderful addition to your family! If not, it’s better to know now, than to realise two years down the line.
The Australian Labradoodle and the Australian Cobberdog (a Breed in Development) are generally smaller than British Labradoodles. This is because the other infusion dog breeds influence the final height and coat type of the puppies. When you think about the height and weight of these breeds, it makes sense.
We’re very clear about which breeds go into an Australian Cobberdog. It makes this breed much easier to size, compared to a British Labradoodle.
Eight different breeds make up an Australian Cobberdog. Depending on the size of your Cobberdog, they will either have Standard Poodle or Minature Poodle genes.
A Standard Labradoodle is typically a Labrador Retriever crossed with a Standard Poodle. This was the original large Labradoodle, popularised by the Guide Dogs in Australia by Wally Cochran. If you want this type of labradoodle, they’re often advertised as “Standard Labradoodle Puppies for Sale”. F1 Labradoodles only have 2 breeds in the mix and usually shed.
To reduce the height of an F1, Miniature Labradoodle UK Breeders may choose a miniature poodle parent or even a toy poodle parent. Their aim is to produce mini labradoodle sized puppies. These types are often advertised as “Miniature Labradoodle Size” or “Medium Labradoodle Size” puppies for sale. Even though they’re a different size, they’re still an F1 Labradoodle. The only difference is their size; the colour and coat won’t change.
F1b denotes a backcross to a pedigree breed, usually the Poodle breed. Backcrossing is when a hybrid (e.g. Labradoodle) is bred to a dog of similar genetics to one of its parents. In this case, it’s often a Labradoodle x Poodle cross.
If you're contacting Labradoodle breeders with F1b puppies available soon, ask for the parents and grandparents sizes. This is particularly important on the Poodle's side. Both generations of backcross Labradoodle breeding will influence their final size.
If your puppy’s grandparents are Standard Poodles, for example, your pup might grow to be bigger than expected. It wouldn't matter that the direct parent is medium-sized.
Mixed breeds, like all pedigree dog breeds, can vary in sizing. So all sizes are approximate and for illustration purposes only. Your dog could grow to be bigger or smaller than their parents. This variance is often a result of their ancestors' sizing genetics. It might also be from the breeds used during cross-breeding.
Cobberdogs are the best if the height is important to you. Their sizing is much more predictable. This is especially true if you want a small Labradoodle. The other pedigree breeds offset the height of the Labradoodle Retriever and Standard Poodle.
When filling out our application form, you can pick more than one size and state your preference. Our most popular request is an Australian Cobberdog in miniature medium size. It's a good size Labradoodle puppy for families with young children.