sjtoggle wrote:I know some dont like the fact that they are part poodle but the wife wants one. However, I wont unless it will hunt. Anybody have any experience with these dogs in the field...upland?
My wife's roommate in college had one, and I kept it for a week when she went out of town. I would take it with me when I was training my dog and noticed it had a huge desire to retrieve, and I had it steady at heal in a few days.
While her dog had a lot of good attributes for retrieving, breeders are not focused on intelligence or hunting desire when they pick the sire/dam. The only thing they care about is that the product will be a labradoodle, and you can also run into genetic health issues.
Also I have heard a lot of people get a labrapoodle because they do not shed, or they are hypoallergenic. Do not believe them, these dogs shed like no other, and it is the only dog my wife has ever been allergic to. They are also just as big, if not bigger than a lab and they have to be groomed because their long hair gets matted around their eyes, mouth, and butt. I can not even count the number of dingle berries I cut off that dog, it was worse if it had diarrhea, and in that case you have to buzz it's backside
I loved my wife's roommates dog, but I would not recommend getting one because of all the grooming, and potential genetic problems. Trust me, come home with a lab puppy, and your wife will melt.