Bred as a cross between a Standard Poodle and a Labrador Retriever, the Labradoodle has become known for its outgoing nature and even temperament. The Labradoodle is typically friendly, yet gentle and outgoing, without crossing over into aggressiveness.
The Labradoodle mixes the intelligence of the Poodle with the willing obedience of the Labrador. The dogs respond well to positive reinforcement training and learn quickly when they receive plenty of praise from their families. Eager to please and reliable in their learning, Labradoodles do particularly well when they begin training early in life.
Because the Labradoodle is naturally inclined toward gentleness, training typically is used to teach desired behaviors and contain boisterous enthusiasm. Once trained, the affable Labradoodle can excel as a family pet and often makes a skilled therapy or service dog. It is less popular as a guard dog, however, as its congenial nature and eagerness to make friends most often remains a part of its character.