The Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle.
These Doodles are popular family pets thanks to their friendly and energetic personalities, alongside their hypoallergenic coats.
Labradoodles are one of the original so-called designer dog breeds after they were created in the 1970s.
While the Labradoodle isn’t recognised by the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club, the Labradoodle is a well-established cross breed.
In this article, we’re going to take a close look at Labradoodle coat colors.
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What Is A Labradoodle?
Labradoodles are a popular designer dog that are created by breeding a Labrador and a Poodle.
The first Labradoodle was bred over 30 years ago to serve as a service dog with hypoallergenic qualities.
Combining desired traits of the Labrador and the Poodle, the result is caring and loving family pet who won’t shed a lot if at all.
Labradoodles have a breed standard as breeders look to attain consistent looks and temperaments.
They can also come in a variety of different sizes, ranging from standard, medium and miniature.
While they haven’t been granted status by the AKC or UKC, the Labradoodle is recognised by American Canine Association Inc, American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America and International Designer Canine Registry.
Labradoodles will inevitably incorporate physical traits of both parents but there’s no way to be sure a first generation Labradoodle will more closely reflect their Labrador or Poodle parent.
The Australian Labradoodle breed standard has the following to say on general apppearance:
The Australian Labradoodle moves with agility and grace when active yet is compact with substance and medium boning. Brimming with joy and energy when free, they become relaxed and quiet when handled. Australian Labradoodles have a free flowing wavy or curly coat that is low to non-shedding. Early generation Labradoodles used for infusion have greater variability in coat.
The breed standard doesn’t make any particular comment with regards to Labradoodle coat color apart from the fact that Albinism is a disqualification.
Labradoodles can have coats of different textures, such as wool, fleece or hair. For instance, the Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association writes that these dogs have a single coat ranging from straight to loose curls or wool.
Where colors are concerned, there can be a vast range of different shades possible for these dogs. The International Labradoodle Association provide a detailed explanation of Labradoodle coat color in their breed standard.
The organization writes that Lavender, Cafe and Chocolate are possible coat colors with dark amber eyes, liver noses, eye rims and lips and dark nails.
Alternatively, the colors of Caramel may have dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes, liver noses, eye ruis and lips and black nails.
Gold, Red, Black, Blue and Silver Labradoodles have dark eyes, black noses, eye rims and lips and black nails.
Colors of Chalk and Cream may have either pigmentation of dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes, liver noses, eye rims and lips and dark nails.
The International Labradoodle Association outline that Labradoodles can have the following coat patterns: solid, parti, phantom, abstract, sable, brindle and multi.
• Solid – Solid and preferably even with no white markings.
• Parti – Color is 50% white spots or patches of any other solid color.
• Phantom – The body colour must be a solid colour with defined markings of a second colour as follows: above each eye, on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheek, on the underside of the ears, on the throat to forchest, or in a chin and forechest pattern, with a minimum second colouring on the feet preferably up the legs, and below the tail.
• Abstract – Any solid color with the second color being white but less than 50%.
• Sable – Black-tipped hairs on any solid color.
• Brindle – Even and equal distrubution of the colors with layering of black hairs in regions of light colors to produce tiger-striped pattern.
• Multi – Multiple colors or patterns.
As the name suggests, Cream Labradoodles should have a light coat that is creamy in appearance. They should have dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes; liver noses, eye rims and lips; and self coloured to dark nails or very dark eyes; black noses, eye rims and lips; and black or self-coloured nails.
Resembling the color of a ripe apricot, they’re also called Gold Labradoodles too. They’ll usually have a black nose, eye rims and lips.
Just like a Black Labrador, Black Labradoodles should have a jet black coat and black noses, eye rims and lips.
Looking like a white dog, Chalk Labradoodles should have a slightly different tint to white when placed next to a truly white dog. They should have black noses, eye rims and lips.
Like a Chocolate Labrador, Chocolate Labradoodles should have a rich chocolate color. This color can start to fade over time.
Blue Labradoodles tend to start life with a black coat that becomes blue/grey over time. Their appearance usually ends up being a dark smoky blue color.
With a rich and dark red color that can fade over time, they’ll have dark noses, eye rims and nails.
As we mentioned above, their coat color is usually 50% white with patches of any other solid color.
Labradoodles with a parchment coat will usually have a creamy chocolate coat color.
Phantom Labradoodles have a solid base color and a second color can be found on their eyebrows, muzzle, fore-chest and legs.
Abstract Labradoodles have a solid color with the second color being white but less than 50%.
A typical Caramel color with dark amber or hazel eyes along with dark noses, lips and nails.
Resembling a cup of coffee in coat color, their coat could become lighter over time.
Like Blue Labradoodles, Silver Labradoodles usually start with a black coat color before their silver coat starts to develop in the first few years of their lives.
Almost pink in color, the Lilac/Lavender Labradoodle will usually start with a chocolate-colored coat before the shades becomes more like lavender over the first few years of their life.
Anything Else To Consider
There is no guarantee that a Labradoodle will have a certain color, especially when dealing with a first generation Labradoodle. As a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle, they can inherits traits from either parent. This includes physical traits.
Having said that, if a Poodle is bred with a Labradoodle to create a multigenerational Labradoodle, there is a great chance of knowing some of the traits that the resulting puppy will inherit.
It’s also worth noting that Labradoodles can have a coat that changes color over time.
In Conclusion – Wrapping Up
We’ve reached the end of our article on Labradoodle coat color.
As we’ve touched upon, Labradoodles can have a range of different coat types, coat colors and coat patterns.
You’ll find common colors such as Apricot, Chocolate, Gold, Lavender and Black as well as less common shades and patterns such as Brindle and Phantom.