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The Labradoodle is the lovable cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. This mixed breed’s name was first mentioned by Sir Donald Campbell when he wrote about his Lab/Poodle mix in his 1955 book, “Into the Water Barrier.” Originally, the Labradoodle was bred to be a low-allergen guide dog, but today makes a wonderful family companion and hunting dog. They are generally friendly dogs and because their parent breeds are two of the most intelligent dogs in the dog world, they are a very smart, highly trainable breed.
Despite their intelligence, Labradoodles are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Labradoodles are prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinal dysplasia; and skin problems such as atopy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Labradoodle inherits more than just a love of cleanliness or a strong attitude, you’re covered.