The last couple of years have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club has seen dog ownership soar to record levels.
But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One dog that often appears at the top of people’s canine wishlists is the Labradoodle – they are one of the UK’s most popular crossbreeds and have a range of positive attributes that make them a great family pet.
Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the breed.
1. All colours and sizes
The Labradoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever, but this can lead to a wide range of different-looking dogs. Depending on the size of Poodle (toy, miniature or standard) and the colour of the Labrador Retreiver (black, yellow, chocolate, or red), the resulting puppy can come in a large number of sizes and shades. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. In good health
Despite what Wally Conron says, the Australian Labradoodle Association of America, insists they are "generally considered healthy dogs", although they are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, eye diseases and Addison's disease. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Australian cousins
The Australian Labradoodle differs from the Labradoodle bred in Europe and America as they include other breeds in their ancestry. An Australian Labradoodle may be part Cocker Spaniel, Water Spaniels or Wheaten Terrier. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. Not a pedigree...yet
While the Labradoodle is not yet recognised as a breed by the Kennel Club, this could change. Many pedigree dogs started life as crossbreeds and some breeders of Labradoodles are attempting to establish the breed standard, regulations and ethical requirements required. Photo: Canva/Getty Images