Labradoodle Lifespan – How Long Do Labradoodles Live?

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Labradoodle lifespan will vary depending on the dog’s Poodle parent. Each Labradoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Labrador, but Poodles come in three different sizes, Standard, Miniature, and Toy. These smart, active and energetic canines each have different health attributes and character traits, with smaller poodles living longer than standards or Labs.

While it’s true that on average, cross breeds outlive most pure breeds, it isn’t just parentage that influences life expectancy. We’ll be looking at the other factors that affect Labradoodle lifespan, such as exercise, nutrition, and calorie intake. And we’ll be giving you some great tips to help your family friendly Labradoodle live as long as possible.

Owners can secure extra years of Labradoodle lifespan by keeping their Doodles at a healthy weight and providing lots of mental and physical exercise. The Labradoodle puppies in this video are getting off to a great start !

You can watch these baby Labradoodles as they grow!

We don’t have as much evidence for longevity and health in Labradoodles as we do for Labradors and Poodles. There are years of data for many purebred dogs but designer dogs are a more recent introduction and we are only now beginning to get a clearer picture. So some of our assumptions about Labradoodle lifespan, are based on the parent breeds rather than on Labradoodles themselves.

How Long Do Labradoodles Live?

According to a study in 2010, Labrador Retrievers and Standard Poodles both live around 12 years. And labradors average just a few months more. Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles both tend to live a little longer – up to 14 years old on average. This is true of most dog breeds: the smaller they are, the longer they live. So a Labradoodle with a Standard Poodle parent might live for twelve years, on average. But a Labradoodle with a Miniature Poodle parent has a higher chance of living longer.

Also, bear in mind that there are plenty of recorded instances of Labs and Poodles of all sizes living well into their late teens. And either parent with good longevity in their genes could pass this down to their puppies.

How Crossbreeding Affects Labradoodle Lifespan

There are many arguments for and against deliberately crossing two distinct pedigrees. One of the most powerful arguments in favor of crossbreeding is that crossbred dogs live longer than their purebred counterparts. By up to 1.2 years according to one 2006 study. And this could give your Labradoodle the edge over either of their parents when it comes to longevity.

How To Increase Labradoodle Lifespan

Sometimes, the reasons one dog lives longer than another are out of our control. However, pups who are properly taken care of tend to live longer happier lives. Here are some things you can do to ensure your Labradoodle lives as long as possible.

Labradoodle Lifespan And Good Labradoodle Breeders

You can actually begin setting your dog up for success before you even bring them home! Of course, this advice won’t apply to everyone. Maybe you’ve already purchased a Labradoodle puppy, or you’re looking to adopt a rescue dog. But if you are planning to buy from a breeder, make you do everything you can to support good breeding practices.

This means avoiding puppy mills at all costs. In these places, they are only concerned about profits and dogs are often mistreated and abused. You may also want to avoid pet stores since many of these dogs may come from puppy mills. If you don’t know what to look for in a breeder, here are a few things to keep in mind.

How to Choose a Reputable Breeder

First, you’ll want to go there directly to them. That way, you can see where the dogs are kept. The housing environment should include all essentials: a clean space, water, and room to run. If everything looks alright from the outside, the next step is to speak with the breeder. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

One of the most important things you’ll want to know is that their dogs are vetted. Parents and puppies should be up-to-date on vaccines and screened for common health concerns. If the breeder does not meet these requirements or denies you information about your pup’s ancestry, walk away and find a new breeder.

Take Your Labradoodle for Regular Check-Ups

It’s important to go to your veterinarian regularly, even if your dog is perfectly healthy. This can help you prevent some illnesses and catch health problems early on. While you’re at the veterinarian, you should keep your dog up to date on their vaccines. Also, keep them on flea and heartworm preventative.

Labradoodle Lifespan vs Weight

Labradoodles should be fed a balanced diet. Importantly, they should not be given too little or too much food, as both can decrease the Labradoodle lifespan. One 2018 study found that overweight dogs died on average 2.5 years sooner than their healthy-weight counterparts.

If you’re unsure what brand of food to feed your dog, or how many calories they should be eating, you can ask your veterinarian for help! Labradors, in particular, are prone to obesity. Many have a genetic mutation which means they cannot tell when they are full, and they can pass this on to their puppies.

Labradoodle lifespan

Give Your Labradoodle Plenty of Exercise

Labradoodles are big, active dogs and need plenty of exercising to stay happy and healthy. This includes a daily walk and lots of playtime. They also appreciate having a yard to run around in by themselves, or to play a fun game of fetch in! With their water-loving ancestry, they also enjoy a good swim. Like with people, dogs who get their energy out are in better spirits, better shape, and they live longer.

Pay Attention to Your Labradoodle

Along with taking care of their basic needs and exercising them regularly, keeping an eye on your dog every day is one of the best things you can do for their health. Sometimes, one of the first symptoms you’ll notice is a change in behavior. If your dog becomes less active, doesn’t finish their food, or is simply acting strange, these can all be signs to get them into the veterinarian for a check-up. But you won’t spot these issues unless you’re paying attention!

Health Problems that Impact Labradoodle Lifespan

Several health problems can impact Labradoodle lifespan. As we discussed above, some of these can be prevented by breeding healthy dogs so hereditary illnesses aren’t passed down. Others can be prevented, or at least treated, by regular check-ups and help from your veterinarian.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia occurs when a dog’s hip socket doesn’t form properly. It’s common in large dog breeds such as Labradoodles and can lead to arthritis or the inability to walk. Whilst it isn’t lethal by itself, severe cases of hip dysplasia can cause so much pain and loss of quality of life. Eventually, euthanasia becomes the kindest option. To minimize the possibility of this happening, only purchase a Labradoodle puppy from health tested parents with good hip scores.

Eye Disease

Labradoodles are prone to eye diseases including

  • cataracts
  • progressive retinal atrophy
  • retinal dysplasia.

Loss of vision isn’t necessarily life-threatening by itself. But can put your dog at greater risk of accidents if they don’t see a hazard in time. To keep them safe, you’ll need to be their eyes for them at all times.

Bloat

Bloat is a condition where food and gas become trapped in the stomach. This is dangerous and must be corrected surgically. If bloat is left untreated, your dog will die.

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism can occur if the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough or produces too much of the thyroid hormone, respectively. Labradoodles can develop either of these problems. Both affect a dog’s metabolism. And if left untreated, can pave the way for other life-threatening conditions to set in.

Fortunately, with early veterinary intervention, these conditions can be managed, and need not have any effect on Labradoodle lifespan.

Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease is when a dog’s adrenal glands don’t produce enough cortisol. It is most common in middle aged female dogs, and left untreated it can caused damage to the kidneys and eventually be fatal. Luckily though, when caught early, it is easily managed and doesn’t affect overall lifespan.

The Labrador Handbook by Pippa Mattinson

Cancer

Like humans, dogs can develop cancer. If you notice any lumps on your dog, don’t panic right away. But do bring your dog to the veterinarian. Unfortunately, Labradors are prone to tumors, but they aren’t always malignant, or cancerous. However, it’s best to be safe and catch it early if you can.

The Longest Living Labradoodle

We don’t have any records on the longest living Labradoodle. However, a dog named Bella might have been the longest living dog in the world. She was a Labrador mixed breed, just like a Labradoodle! And she lived to be 29 years old. The longest living Labrador and Poodle were both 27 years old.

How Old Is Your Labradoodle?

Do you have a very old Labradoodle? What do you think has been the key to their long life? Tell us in the comments!

References and Further Reading

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Pippa Mattinson is the best selling author of The Happy Puppy Handbook, the Labrador Handbook, Choosing The Perfect Puppy, and Total Recall.

She is also the founder of the Gundog Trust and the Dogsnet Online Training Program 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I have a standard size labradoodle who will be 12 years old in a couplE if weeks, and he suffers from arthritis which i do treat with supplements so was able to eventually take him off the bet’s medication… he always had a super slim body until he was 8 years old and had an enlarged prostate so I decided to neuter him and within a year he had gained 5kg which im now trying to get him to loos weight but some days hes really slowed down but is weather dependent & others hes not slowed down like nice weather days.. my labradoodle is my world, I actually love him more than life its self! Hes been treated with complete love since i got him! He can still play like a puppy some days too! I will feel like my worlds came to an end when i have to say goodbye to my boy Jake! Hes recently been diagnosed with a collapsed treachea and im heartbroken, because eventually it will suffocate him, but i know my boy Jake better than anyone on this planet and i will know whens the best time to have him put to sleep at home, i want him home and where he’s comfortable in his bed with me when he takes his last breathe, and there are vets that perform theseat peoples home in the uk incase you didnt know…. Honestly i love the bones of my super loving & friendliest and playful boy! And iv made some of my best memories with this boy!!

  2. Polly a miniature Labradoodle was 15yrs on 31st January 2022. She is an amazing pet who’s has never ailed and hasn’t needed vet intervention. She can still out run most dogs in the park and loves to run wild on the beach. Her hearing is now starting to diminish but her smell and eyesight seem to be ok. Fingers crossed she can carry on into her 16th year ❤️

  3. I found this site while searching for answers or anything of consolation. My sweet baby girl and best friend passed on October 10, 2021 at 11 years and 2 days old. Gemma was a cream standard labradoodle from a certified breeder with multigenerational health records. She died within 8 hours of bringing her to the hospital from what was underlying severe chronic liver failure. She goes to the vet for regular and ad-hoc checkups, gets plenty of exercise and the highest quality food and we kept her at her ideal weight always. There were no signs until it was too late. We thought we did everything right and are devastated. We thought we would have more time or some sort of warning to say goodbyes.

    Don’t wait for the perfect time to make that special trip to the coast or let a bit of rain or snow stop you from having fun and getting dirty. Love each day like it’s the last because it was Gemma’s last 2 days ago. Heart. Shattered.

  4. We have a twelve year old apricot labradoodle. We have provided him tons and tons of exercise his whole life (3 miles a day of walks, + swimming and dog park and for 8 years 100 acres to roam). The vet says he has the blood panels of a five year old. Unfortunately he not only has some arthritis which we treat with Galliprant (is able to get in an out of the car and up stairs) but also cognitive decline (doggy dementia) leading to anxiety issues which we treat with CBD oil and a thundershirt and lost of extra hugs (may have to resort to gabapentin). He is a bit chubby (my fault) does not eat people food but does get more treats than he needs. We have a 1 year old Aussie who keeps him active and mildly annoyed but entertained. Hoping to have him two more good years. Thanks for the article.

  5. Hi,
    Our dog Buckley was born on April 15, 2005 and will be 16 in 2 months. He super intelligent, loving, and happy. He’s about 60 pounds and was the fastest dog at the dog park for the first decade of his life. He is an escape artist, opening doors, as well as latches, gates, crate doors, etc. in the past. He could scale a 6 ft fence when he was younger. He has slowed down some and does have hip stiffness and maybe some cataracts, now. I have found that CBD oil, glucosamine, and turmeric help with his hips. We’ve always fed him high quality dog food, like Nutro for the first 12 years, then Fromm. Now we will try one of the fresh dog food services (human grade) to see if that helps. I think he may need more off leash time to stretch out his hips and run.

  6. My standard Labradoodle is 12 years old and still acts like a pup! He has started having a touch of arthritis in his left hip, but it hasn’t slowed him down a bit. We have a new vet and she couldn’t believe how “young” he presented.
    We do on occasion give him a bit of table food from time to time as a treat, but he eats healthy foods and loves a dog biscuit at the end of each day. He’s the sweetest, most loving and loyal dog, and I can’t praise Labradoodles enough! We adopted him when he was two, and his weight hasn’t changed at all since then. He loves running around the yard, but on walks he prefers to stop and smell everything every two feet! Can’t imagine live without him!

  7. Our family F2 black labradoodle Rita was born on 31/5/2009 and passed away 29/10/2020.She seemed to of had a seziure on Wednesday night blood tests were taken by our vet and seemed to of found a clotting on the stomach.She stopped loving food as days before she loved everything she could eat. I will be definitely be getting more labradoodles again

  8. We have a labradoodle named Scamp. He will be 15 in January. He has always had a big yard to run around in, and we always fed him good food and very little human food. When he was 12 we adopted a dachshund and this really livened him back up. He was diagnosed with a heart murmur around the same time but it does not seem to affect him much. He is definitely slower these days, and a little skinny. He still has a healthy appetite and eats well. He does have a lot of tumors recently, but they have not been tested. If he needed surgery he most likely wouldn’t make it, so we are enjoying the time we have with him. He is not in pain and still loves to play with his tennis balls. We sure love him.

  9. I really wish I had lovely feedback but am still heartbroken. Both my divine boys were at the small end of a medium sized labradoodle.

    My handsome red labradoodle Dugg died at just under 12 years from cancer. It was very quick. Anyone can get cancer but it was sudden and he died within a couple of weeks of being diagnosed.

    And then my gorgeous parti-puppy choc/white labradoodle Jacky died within 1 month of his brother from diabetes. He died the day he was diagnosed. It was devastating. My vet explained that diabetes is unusual in the size he was 16-19kg but that the poodles genetics can carry diabetes.

    Labradoodles are a wonderful breed and even though I’m still sad I can’t recommend them highly enough! They are truly adorable doodles!

    Mary

  10. Hi Karen,

    I have two labradoodles and one is named Maxwell just like yours! Unfortunately, my Max’s sister Chloe is not feeling well and I came on here to see what might be wrong while we wait for a vet appointment. Reading about your sweet Maxwell has helped me to feel much more calm and hopeful that both of my sweet babies will be with me for many more years. Thank you and I hope you and your sweet boy have many more wonderful days ahead =)

  11. Hello,
    My Maxwell has beaten the average for sure!
    He was born on 1/26/2001. At almost 16 yrs and 3 months he’s definitely slowed down, is skinnier, although he eats well most days.
    He has eyesight and hip issues. He experiences weakness but still gets up and out on his own. Still enjoys walks in the backyard. No one told Max how long his breed lives and he’s quite comfortable and happy. Not to mention spoiled.

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