Everything You Need To Know Before Getting a Labradoodle Puppy in Singapore
Looking for a Labradoodle puppy for a sale in Singapore? Learn what it takes to care for one and how to avoid common mistakes!
This gorgeous cross-breed has become one of the most popular breeds over the last decade and it is not at all surprising.
The Labradoodle was originally bred to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, a trait they get from their Poodle parent.
This “designer” hybrid results in a sociable, intelligent and affectionate well-suited for guide dogs with the bonus of a low-shedding coat. Over the years, they have become widely loved family and therapy dogs! There are endless reasons to love this beautiful breed.
Continue reading to find out what there is to know and how to care for your new family addition!
Why Get a Labradoodle Pup?
- Who can resist a Labradoodle’s fluffy coats, expressive eyes and adorable smiles.
- They are arguably one of the cutest puppies and the most snuggly even when they get too big.
- More than their looks,
Labradoodles are gentle and playful in nature, always ready for an adventure with their owners. At times, it seems like they don’t know how big they are!
- Labradoodles are big dogs with big hearts! It is their life’s mission to love the humans around them and you will see them thrive on companionship because of their sociable and sweet nature.
- Labradoodles are also a treat to train. Both their Poodle and Labrador parents are highly intelligent breeds making their Labradoodle baby highly trainable. They are smart dogs packed into a teddy-bear body!
- If you are looking for a dog that will keep you active, a Labradoodle will be near perfect. They require a good amount of exercise and mental stimulation to keep happy.
- Labradoodles also make great family pets, especially families with children! It is recommended to give early socialization to your pup. Which means, lots of visits and adventures!
- They have tons of love to give.
- Labradoodles are dogs with favorable characteristics from their Poodle and Labrador parents. A perfect combination of both worlds!
Is It a Good Idea To Get a Labradoodle in Singapore?
These dogs adapt well to many different environments and live well in apartments.
Labradoodles also require daily exercise and mental simulation, perfect for a stroll along Singapore’s clean streets or any nearby parks.
With the right amount of exercise, they are less likely to spend their energy being destructive at home.
This gorgeous “designer” cross-breed between the Poodle and Labrador Retriver, was brought into the world by Wally Coron in Victoria, Australia back in the 1980s. Wally Coron’s inspiration came from wanting to create a guide dog that was allergy friendly. Inspiration came from a blind woman in Hawaii who needed a guide dog that wouldn’t irritate her husband’s allergies. He ultimately wanted to breed lovely natured family dogs, it is safe to say he achieved that!
Interest in the Labradoodle breed grew rapidly the next few years because of their many desirable qualities. Many breeders joined in and their intelligence and teddy-like looks attracted many from around the world. They are now known as the allergy friendly family companion and are also amazing therapy or assistance dogs! This is what you call a dog with many talents!
You will easily be the most excited for training! They are highly intelligent and you will have tons of fun during training. As puppies, their brains resemble sponges, so start young!
Because Labradoodle’s are relatively bigger dogs, we recommend pee or poo breaks in the form of walks. This could be part of their daily walks or completely separate. The key to this is to observe when your puppy goes to the toilet and go accordingly!
Dogs do great in routine and going to the potty at specific timings will easily go into their daily routines. You can also have a pee-tray setup at home.
Leash training is also important! Remember puppies like children have a short attention span and it might bore them so keep treats with you to reward good behavior.
Introduce the leash and let your pup get accustomed to it while keeping them walking beside you. Encourage them to walk with you and give lots of praise with treats when your Labradoodle walks willingingly beside you!
With Labradoodles, it is important to challenge them mentally. Make training fun and full of positive reinforcements! Consider incorporating games into training to give your puppy’s brain a good exercise.
Practice makes perfect!
Labradoodles are active dogs and like every other healthy puppy, they require a well-balanced diet.
A natural diet with as little processed foods as possible will be beneficial for your Labradoodle’s health in the long-run.
A puppy’s nutritional needs are best met through a diet of traditional kibbles because they are packed with nutrition puppies need to grow! You can accompany their kibble diet every now and then with meat-based protein like chicken breast, veggies and healthy carbohydrates.
Labradoodles come in different sizes so make sure to give foods in recommended proportions according to their weight and age.
Never overfeed your dog because health problems can turn ugly quickly if your Labradoodle gets too round in their belly. Once your pup is an adult you can consider switching to a fully home-cooked diet but do consult your vet on any major diet changes!
How Should I Groom My Goldendoodle?
Most Labradoodle sport their Poodle’s parents low-shedding and curly to wavy coat which means lots of brushing! Because they don’t shed as much as other breeds or none at all, Labradoodles need daily brushing to keep them free from tangles and painful matts.
Good news is, brushing makes for great bonding with you and your Labradoodle!
Comfort is key while grooming, so if you are bringing your Labradoodle for a fresh cut take note of any signs they may give you that indicate discomfort or stress. There are also grooming courses you can take to give your Labradoodle his own simple trim at home!
We hope that these grooming tips were helpful! Happy fluffing!
Shower and Brushing
Labradoodle’s need to shower once or once every two weeks. Labradoodle’s coats can vary from curly, wavy or straight depending on how dominant their Poodle or Labrador gene is. Curlier, longer fur can require more maintenance but too much showering can be just as harmful as not showering enough. Dogs have natural oils in their fur and skin, overbathing can overstrip natural oils which will lead to overcompensation and a greasy dog. It can also cause dry and itchy skin especially in Singapore’s hot and humid climate.
Just like any first-time experience, exposing your Labradoodle to the world of showering should be a positive one! This will help your pup build a positive association and make future bathtimes enjoyable.
Remember to brush their fur well before and after showering. Also keep plenty of towels nearby, it’s going to get wet! Happy showering.
Pick a spot where your Labradoodle is relaxed and you can hold him/her in your lap as you clip away.
Consider taking breaks in between and shower them with love, praises and treats when they do a good job!
Cut at an angle and take your time, always avoiding the quick which is the blood supply that nourishes the nail. Alternatively, you can use a nail grinder that is gentler if it is your first time or take monthly trips to the groomers.
You should be brushing your Labradoodle’s teeth a few times a week to prevent tartar from building up and keep bad breath away.
Tartar can lead to gingivitis (the early stage of periodontal gum disease)
Start by playing around with your puppy’s teeth and gums whenever they’re calm or resting to introduce the sensation of toothbrushing before using a finger brush or toothbrush.
Unethical breeding typically leads to many different genetic health issues that are passed down from parents due to the horrific breeding conditions and lack of care they receive. Pet Me Please only works with ethical breeders that perform genetic health testing before breeding with love and care for the well-being of all their puppies!
Healthy Labradoodles live long lives but like every other breed, Labradoodles have health conditions they are more at risk for. Hearing health issues that your dog is prone to can be scary but don’t worry! These are conditions that Labradoodles are predisposed to by nature, it doesn’t mean every Labradoodle will get them. Keeping informed can go a long way in ensuring the health of your pup!
Ear Infections: This is a common health issue seen in Labradoodle’s because of their floppy-eared parents. The famous floppy ears of this breed traps moisture which increases the risk of developing ear infections, especially in Singapore’s humid weather. Make sure to clean your Labradoodle’s ears regularly and look out for discolored and/or smelly ear wax.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Hip Dysplasia is often hereditary and common in larger dogs. There are many different factors that can lead to hip dysplasia in Labradoodles and it is often hereditary (which is why genetic health tests are important!) Dogs with hip dysplasia have hip joints that don’t develop properly which causes deterioration of the joints overtime and eventually the loss of function of their hip. Other factors like insufficient exercise, improper nutrition and excessive weight gain can also increase your Labradoodle’s chances of developing hip dysplasia in older Labradoodles.
There are two main things you can do to avoid this painful condition. First is to make sure that health checks are done by reputable breeders on parents (like what we do here at PMP!). Second is to make sure you never overfeed your dog, stick to the recommended proportions and give them regular exercise to keep healthy!
Epilepsy: Labradoodles are also prone to this neurological condition that is usually inherited and chances are dogs who inherit the gene suffer from epilepsy for life. Seizures are terrifying and serious conditions, sourcing your Labradoodle from an ethical breeder is the first step to ensuring that both you and your Labradoodle don’t suffer from epilepsy because of the stringent health checks they do (like what we do here at PMP) Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!
DNA TESTS ARE IMPORTANT!
It is heartbreaking for dog owners to see health problems in puppies. If you are looking for a Labradoodle in Singapore, keep an eye out for reliable breeders that are transparent about their health checks on their pups and parents!
To give our pawparents peace of mind when bringing a puppy home, our breeders from Germany and Australia conduct health checks on all parents before breeding to prevent genetic diseases from being passed down to their offspring.
Below are some examples of the DNA tests we do. This is the assurance you will get with us here at PMP on the health of our dogs!
Here at PMP we do our best to help our pups find the right families.
It is a huge responsibility but it is not at all scary. We’ll equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and community to provide a warm and safe home for your new puppy.
Drop us a Whatsapp message at 8878 4248 if you would like to know more about our Goldendoodles!