Mini Labradoodle Dog Breed: Size, Facts, Training & More

Last Updated on March, 2024

Did you know? Mini Labradoodles are eager to please and hate to be left alone for too long. That’s undoubtedly a sign of a great companion. 

Mini Labradoodles, also known as Miniature Labrapoos or Miniatures Labradorpoos, have an uncanny resemblance to teddy bears and are friendly and outgoing. 

But before adopting these dogs, you must know much about their traits and characteristics. These include their grooming requirements, exercise needs, temperament, etc. 

We’ve developed this ultimate Mini Labradoodle guide to sort things out for dog parents.

Let’s dive deeper into the world of these beautiful family dogs and why most people prefer them over other dogs. 

Quick Summary

Mini Labradoodles are a popular breed due to their low shedding coats, friendly nature, and intelligence, but potential owners should be aware of potential health issues and the cost of purchasing and caring for one.

While they make great companions for families and are easy to train, they also require consistent grooming, exercise, and socialization.

Training and early socialization are important for Mini Labradoodles to prevent potential behavior issues, and they may bark for various reasons, including seeking attention, protection, or due to separation anxiety.

Mini Labradoodle Breed History

A mini labradoodle sitting on a road with a leash

Miniature Labradoodles made their first appearances in Australia back in the 1980s. The Miniature Labradoodle crossbreed came into existence when a breeder, Wally Conran, successfully crossed a Miniature Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. 

Conran, a member of Royal Guide Dogs, was looking to create a service dog with a low shedding coat that could support their owners. 

Labrador Retrievers are excellent service dogs. But their shedding coats are too much to handle for some people. (1)

So the reputable breeder was looking to mix Labrador Retrievers with a breed with non-shedding coats, a Standard sized Poodle. 

This mix gave both Miniature Labradoodles and Standard Labradoodles. Standard Labradoodles were popular but too big for some dog parents. Hence, the purebred Labrador Retriever is mixed with a purebred Miniature Poodle to get a smaller pup. 

It was an instant hit in America. This new Miniature Labradoodle breed had all the famous traits of a Standard Labradoodle and was smaller. Sweet Jesus!

Mini Labradoodle Facts & Stats

Here are some fun facts that you should know about these excellent service dogs.

We’ll talk about them in more detail in the following text:

  • A Mini Labradoodle can be a great therapy or service dog due to its friendliness and loyalty, and it is easy to train. 
  • A Miniature Labradoodle can come in different coats, including dense, straight coats (Labrador Retriever parent side) or soft, curly coats (Miniature or Toy Poodle parent side).
  • Their coats can be of different colors based on the genetics of labradoodle parents. They can be black, brown, apricot, white, etc. 
  • This dog breed only needs 1 to 2.5 cups of kibbles every day.
  • A Miniature Labradoodle can cost anywhere from $500 to $2500, depending on age, size, etc.
  • Their height can be around 14 to 24 inches tall, and they can weigh approximately 10 to 30 lbs, depending on their parents’ traits. 
  • The average lifespan of a Mini Labradoodle can range from 12 to 14 years. 

Mini Labradoodle Personality & Temperament

pictures of mini labradoodles

A Mini Labradoodle is a perfect family pet due to its friendly characteristics. These dogs get along well with kids and other dogs or pets due to their loving nature.

Did you know? A Mini Labradoodle can be very protective of its family. 

So, a Miniature Labradoodle has very protective behaviors, and it’s essential to socialize your pup with other people early to avoid any problems. We’ll get into the details of that later. 

A Miniature Labradoodle is generally easygoing but has a stubborn streak. Still, they are eager to please and are reward-driven. So they become easy to train despite their stubbornness. 

A Mini Labradoodle might be small and calm in temperament (mostly). But these designer dogs are high in energy (Yeah! That sit-less-move-more thing will be at a whole new level. That’s for sure).

These dogs love to exercise and play and do much of that all day. They are no couch potatoes, just like their parents. 

However, these dogs tend to feel lonely pretty fast. So they don’t like being left alone for extended periods. 

Be careful when leaving your Mini Labradoodle for more than 8 hours. You’ll end up dealing with a lot of depression and anxiety (ehm, ehm, gulp, furniture destruction)

Miniature Labradoodles are best for retirees or work-from-home families who don’t leave the house for too long and that often. 

Mini Labradoodle Lifespan

Mini Labradoodles are fairly healthy dogs. You should have a good decade before worrying about your cute dog’s aging health issues. 

The overall lifespan of a dog depends upon its lifestyle and other health aspects. Mini Labradoodles live around 13 to 15 years. Some pups live longer depending on how healthy they are and how well they are cared for. 

You must keep your dog on the best diet, maintaining their best weight, with regular visits to the vet. 

Keep an eye on any potential health issues passed down from the parents of your designer dogs. Obesity, hip dysplasia, and other concerns can affect the lifespan of your dog if they go unchecked. 

Mini Labradoodle Appearance

Two pictures of mini labradoodles

Following are some key factors regarding the appearance of a Miniature Labradoodle. 

Size 

A Mini Labradoodle is a smaller variant of a Standard Labradoodle. This breed of designer dogs has the mixed traits of a Mini Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. 

Small Mini Labradoodles can be around 14 inches tall. But that usually comes from their parents. So, larger individuals can grow to 24 inches tall, too. 

Weight 

Like the Mini Labradoodle size, its weight depends on their parents’ genes. Smaller individuals can weigh around 10 lbs, while bigger ones can weigh about 30 pounds.

Coat

The low shedding coat of a Mini Labradoodle is one of the primary reasons for its existence. (Remember, Wally Conran? Yeah, you can thank him for that). 

This low shedding characteristic of a Mini Labradoodle comes from the Mini Poodle side. But they don’t have 100 percent hypoallergenic coats.

Some Mini Labrapoos come with wool textures. This trait is close to the Poodle side. So they will need grooming, a lot of it. 

Others might come with fleece textures with curls or waves.

And that’s the best thing about this dog breed for some dog owners who don’t like grooming their pups much. 

A mini labradoodle sitting on a rug

Yet, other Mini Labradoodles might come with a straight hairy coat closer to Labs than Poodles. The possibilities are endless here. It’s what makes this dogs so unique and adorable. 

Colors

Besides the texture of their coats, these cute teddies can come in different colors. You’ll find them in black, white, cream, beige, apricot, and even silvery white. These colors come from the Miniature Poodle side. 

You will find these dogs in black, brown, and yellow from the Labrador Retriever side. Not only that, Mini Labradoodles can be in single or multi-colors as well (take that Ferrari). 

Miniature Labradoodle Food & Diet

A mini labradoodle is sitting on the floor in front of a rug

A Mini Labradoodle will only need 1 to 2.5 cups of quality kibble daily. But make sure that you break it up in two meals. 

Don’t overfeed your dog, and don’t add any fillers, or your Mini Labradoodle puppy will get fat. Be sure to provide them with proper nutrients. 

Regardless of how tempting it is, don’t go for high-fat treats, no matter how cute they look or sound when begging. 

Keep the age of your dog in mind, too. Senior dogs and Mini Labradoodle puppies need different types of kibbles. Feed your Miniature Labradoodle puppies with puppy-based dog food in their first year. 

With age, feed them senior dog food to provide the most nutrients according to their body needs. Otherwise, they will end up losing weight fast. You can even ask a vet for proper guidance in this regard. 

Mini Labradoodle Family Compatibility

A Mini Labradoodle is a great family dog due to its friendly nature.

Being highly intelligent dogs, they love interacting with their family and are very playful. 

You can take your dog on your trips, hikes, and walks. You can do errands with them, and there won’t be any trouble.

They are good with kids and other pets. 

But don’t leave a Mini Labradoodle or any other dog or small child unsupervised, just to be on the safer side. 

A mini labradoodle on a leash on a brick walkway

Teach your kids not to be rough with this designer dog (Yup! No chewing, pulling ears or tails, or jumping on them). They might be easygoing, but even the friendliest dogs have limits. 

Despite being friendly, you must train your dog to be accepting of new friends and family members. Especially the ones that enter the house. 

No need to lock your Mini Labradoodle up each time someone visits your home, right?

Mini Labradoodle Health & Care

Mini Labradoodles are generally healthy dogs and are not prone to health issues like other dog breeds.

They might suffer from potential health conditions passed down from their parent breeds. 

Some health concerns that Mini Labradoodles might develop are obesity and hip dysplasia. 

Labrador Retrievers are more prone to obesity than other dogs, and this can pass down to their crossbred children. (2)

Obesity can lead to a wide range of other issues, such as arthritis and joint pain.

A mini labradoodle sleeping in a crate

So keep an eye on the body weight of your Mini Labradoodle. Feed them with quality kibble filled with proper nutrients. 

Hip dysplasia can occur when the hip incorrectly develops while they’re young. It can cause suffocation and pain as they grow up. This condition can worsen into various mobility issues or arthritis. 

Moreover, a hereditary disease called progressive retinal atrophy can harm a pup’s eye cells and can lead to blindness. Mini Labradoodles are most susceptible to it, especially if their parents have it. (3)

Hence, when buying a Mini Labradoodle, ensure their parent breeds have none of these issues. Also, don’t breed your dog if it has these health issues. 

Besides that, exercise-induced collapse may occur when your designer dog overexerts during exercise. This life-threatening issue is more common in these dogs. So keep a close eye on them as they run around. 

Check the overall body activity of your Mini Labradoodle as it is playing around. Look for any muscle weakness, lack of coordination, or exhaustion symptoms. Stop your designer dog and take a break if they are burning themselves out. 

They are also prone to ear infections, such as hypothyroidism. (4)

Therefore, keep their ears clean and free from any infection. This brings us to another important point about their maintenance: Grooming and training. 

Mini Labradoodle Grooming

A common misconception is that Mini Labradoodle doesn’t require much grooming. On the contrary, these dogs need consistent grooming. 

It keeps their costs manageable. Daily brushing your Mini Labradoodle is ideal, but if that’s too much for you, groom them multiple times a week (and if that’s a problem too, buying a stuffed toy would be a better option).

Mini Labradoodle Training and Exercise

A mini labradoodle wearing a bow tie and seated in front of a fence

Mini Labradoodles are hyperactive as they come from active dog breeds. They need at least 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise. You can take your dog for long walks, playtime, or mental stimulation.

Mini Labradoodles should have plenty of space to run around in fenced yards and vast indoor areas. They live to run and want to burn off all that energy. 

Training a Mini Labradoodle is fairly simple, even for first-time dog owners. They are food-driven, and as we mentioned earlier, they are eager to please. 

Did you know? If nothing works, just pull out a bag of treats, and that stubborn Mini Labradoodle is all yours. (Great way to stop excessive barking, BTW).

You can teach your designer dog all sorts of tricks like down, sit, stay, or anything else. They are intelligent and fast learners. 

But again, be sure to start training your Mini Labradoodle puppy early to avoid any issues later. Keep a bag of dog treats at arm’s length during the early days of their training. 

Praise a good, desirable behavior as soon as you see it in your Mini Labradoodle Puppies. 

And we can’t emphasize any more, but train them as early as possible. If you wait too long, Mini Labradoodles can become stubborn and develop their own ways. 

You can use training leashes and collars if you haven’t trained a dog before. They can get the hang of leash training pretty quickly. 

Do Mini Labradoodles Shed? 

Two brown mini labradoodles standing next to each other and looking at the camera

One of the primary reasons for their popularity is that Mini Labradoodles have low shedding coats. But your dog shedding depends upon their parents’ genes. 

For example, a Mini Labradoodle will have more shedding if it’s more on the Labrador Retriever side. Similarly, shedding also increases or decreases with the time of the year. 

There’s a misconception that Poodles don’t shed at all. Somewhat shedding is there, and that little shed fur gets trapped in their curly coat (so they DON’T have a non shedding coat). 

However, they don’t shed too much, making Mini Labradoodles hypoallergenic. 

Still, if you are allergic in some way, maintain regular cleaning habits for your dog. This way, you will reduce any risk of allergies, and your dog will stay healthy. 

Do Mini Labradoodles Bark?

All dogs bark because it’s in their nature. It’s their way to tell you something that is bothering them.

A dog that barks is less concerned than a dog that doesn’t. 

But Australian Labradoodles are not known to bark that much. (But when they do, it does seem A LOT.)

Understanding the reasons rather than furiously reacting (because that won’t make the barking go).

Sometimes, Mini Labradoodles bark a lot because they like you and seek your attention. 

These dogs don’t bark at night, but if they start doing that, there might be some medical conditions or boredom alerts. 

A mini labradoodle standing on a wooden floor

Mini Labradoodles may bark due to legitimate disturbances, or maybe your dog is dealing with separation anxiety. They bark when they see unfamiliar faces, or they are barking to protect their family and loved ones. 

They also bark when they are super-excited. It’s better to leave them with toys and sounds to play and listen to. 

Train them to socialize as early as possible (Train, Oh boy! There we go again). And be careful not to surprise your Mini Labradoodle when it is eating. 

So, How Much Does a Mini Labradoodle Cost?

A Mini Labradoodle can cost around $500 to $2500. Your best bet is to go for the lower range. But don’t go too low, as there might be something wrong with that pup. 

It’s a popular dog breed. So you can find some reputable breeders or adoption sites online or near you. 

Other guides and tools you might need when training your dog:

Frequently Asked Questions

Mini Labradoodles require consistent grooming for their safety and cleanliness due to their luscious curls. It is important to brush and trim them regularly.

Mini Labradoodles need at least 30 minutes to 1 hour of play, exercise, or mental stimulation on a regular basis to manage their hyperactive tendencies. Engage them in activities like playtime, sports, and walks to channel their energy and keep them mentally sharp.

Mini Labradoodle puppies are expensive because reputable breeders ensure their ethical breeding practices and provide health guarantees. As a result, their cost may exceed $2500.

Mini Labradoodles can have a range of colors and coats, as well as different personality traits. Their preferences can vary from long walks to playing in the yard. Some enjoy being indoors, while others prefer the outdoors. Additionally, their coat texture can also differ, making them unique and one-of-a-kind dogs.

Yes, Mini Labradoodles are hypoallergenic. Their coats have low shedding and produce minimal dander, making them suitable for those with allergies. However, they do require regular grooming to maintain their beautiful coats.

Yes, Mini Labradoodles make great family pets and are excellent companions and workout partners. However, they may be too energetic for first-time dog owners. Their trainability and friendly nature make them a top choice as a pet.

The cost for a Mini Labradoodle puppy is typically around $2000, but exotic colors such as bluish-grey, lavender, or red may cost even more due to their rarity. Additionally, older dogs may be less expensive than puppies.

Ready to Bring a Mini Labradoodle Home?

Mini Labradoodles are cute, intelligent, loving, and protective. These bundles of joy can be so much fun to be around, making them great family pets. 

Their low-shedding coats are available in different colors depending on their parent breed. They can be your therapy dogs and get along with children and other pets. 

There’s so much to love about a Mini Labradoodle. And the best thing is that your little pooch will love you back as much. 

Feed and play with your dog regularly. Give them time and love, and train them as early as possible. You’ll have the cutest thing in the entire neighborhood. 

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Laura Vinzy is one of our contributors. She is also a certified professional dog trainer & currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and her two rescue dogs.

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