10 Pros and Cons of Owning Miniature Labradoodles

While Labradoodles are so cute and lovable, they do come with some downsides to their owners as well as many upsides.

Here’s a list of the most frequently mentioned pros and cons of owning miniature Labradoodles, to help you make an informed decision before bringing one home with you from the breeder.

1) Beautiful coat

The most obvious pro to owning a miniature labradoodle is its beauty. These dogs come in a variety of colors, with patterns ranging from spots to swirled or brindle.

If you want a dog that doubles as an attractive piece of art, a miniature labradoodle may be for you. These pets are also high-energy and don’t do well sitting around all day; if you’re looking for something that will spend most days snoozing by your feet, then check out other breeds.

But if energy is what you need, Labradoodles provide plenty in spades!

2) Friendly disposition

10 Pros and Cons of Owning Miniature Labradoodles
10 Pros and Cons of Owning Miniature Labradoodles

If you’re looking for a dog that will warm up to your entire family right away, then miniature Labradoodles are your best bet.

These little furballs are known for their friendly personalities, an admirable trait especially when it comes to children and older adults.

The breed is perfect for those who have trouble adjusting to new animals. They’re great with guests too, so you can host get-togethers at your place without having to worry about Fido making a fuss in front of the company!

3) Easier training

These dogs are highly intelligent and well-mannered. The smartness of Labradoodle make them easier to train.

This makes it easier for owners to teach their pets basic commands such as sit, stay, come, down, heel and place.

It also reduces any unwanted behavior such as whining or barking because they know what you want from them.

It’s harder to have a poorly trained miniature labradoodle than a poorly trained regular Labrador retriever because of their intelligence level.

Since these dogs are so intelligent, they can get bored easily if you don’t give them enough attention and exercise time.

4) Take up less space

Before you jump in, it’s important to consider how much space you have. With their long, dense fur, miniature Labradoodles are going to take up a fair amount of room.

If you live in a studio apartment or rent an apartment that doesn’t allow pets, they might not be right for you.

Similarly, if you already have other dogs at home, there might not be enough room for your mini Labradoodle to get all its energy out. Likewise, if your miniature Labradoodle will spend most of its time outdoors with only limited indoor access (say during bad weather or when friends come over), space is key because they will be spending a significant portion of their day on your floors and furniture.

5) Not hypoallergenic

10 Pros and Cons of Owning Miniature Labradoodles
10 Pros and Cons of Owning Miniature Labradoodles

If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog, miniature Labradoodles are not it. It is possible to raise a non-shedding dog that doesn’t produce dander; what you want to look for in a pet with hypoallergenic listed as an attribute is one that doesn’t produce allergens (i.e., proteins from your dog’s skin).

When you have a miniature labradoodle, dander will be produced in abundance, so make sure to keep plenty of hand sanitizer nearby if you do choose to own one.

6) Expensive dogs to own

While these little guys are cute, they aren’t cheap dogs to own. If you’re hoping to have a small lap dog that doesn’t need a lot of attention, look elsewhere. These dogs are active, and energetic and don’t do well if left alone for long periods at a time.

Additionally, given their propensity for barking when bored or lonely, your neighbors might not be as keen on having miniature Labradoodles nearby as you might think!

A great alternative to keep them busy: play fetch in an open field with plenty of room to run around; you’ll get your exercise while also giving them what they want—your company!

7) Costly health issues

10 Pros and Cons of Owning Miniature Labradoodles
10 Pros and Cons of Owning Miniature Labradoodles

As with any breed, miniature Labradoodles suffer from certain health issues. For example, they are prone to hip dysplasia due to their squat shape.

However, as a designer dog, it’s not easy to identify which puppies will be affected by a genetic condition like hip dysplasia.

As such, you’ll have to pay for regular vet visits—and probably expensive surgeries—to make sure your labradoodle stays healthy.

Another issue you might have to deal with is eye problems. Dogs with curly hair often need their tear ducts cleaned out, as well as regular grooming to keep their eyes free from any discharge.

Since miniature Labradoodles are a cross between two different breeds, they will also be at higher risk for certain health issues specific to both of their parent breeds.

8) Best breed for allergy sufferers?

If you’re allergic to dogs, a miniature Labradoodle is probably not best for you. These adorable pooches are low-shedding but, unfortunately, they are still dog breeds — meaning they all carry dander (dead skin) that can trigger sneezes.

If you’re only mildly allergic, however, it may be worth taking a look at miniature Labradoodles to see if you might be able to deal with one.

They do have beautiful coats (they won’t need as much brushing as other dogs), but their shedding tends to come in cycles, making them easier to tolerate for those who aren’t severely affected by fur or dander.

9) Smart dog, high maintenance dog?

According to some labradoodle owners, miniature versions have far fewer hypoallergenic qualities than larger versions.

If you’re prone to allergic reactions, it may be better to stick with a smaller dog in general. But if your allergies are manageable, size is unlikely to make much difference.

The more important question is whether you’re ready for a dog that requires a good deal of grooming and regular trips to the groomer.

That’s likely true no matter what breed you choose, but Labradoodles are certainly among those requiring more upkeep. Luckily, they look adorable when they need a bath!

10) Makes a great lap dog?

10 Pros and Cons of Owning Miniature Labradoodles
10 Pros and Cons of Owning Miniature Labradoodles

Dog lovers looking for a new best friend might consider adopting a miniature labradoodle. The dogs are considered to be hypoallergenic, which means that they shed less fur than other breeds, making them ideal house pets for people with allergies.

They’re also loyal companions that love to curl up on your lap while you watch TV or read a book. With plenty of things going for them, it’s easy to see why so many people want to own one.

Unfortunately, not all miniature Labradoodles make good pets. It’s important to research before you adopt so that you know what you’re getting into and can best prepare yourself for living with a dog—even if it is small!

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