One of the most popular breeds, especially for dog lovers searching for ‘hypoallergenic’ dogs, is the Poodle. The most commonly known mix with the Poodle, as you may know, is the Labradoodle. Of course, by looking at the name, you can imagine the Labradoodle is a Poodle/Labrador crossbreed.
The Cost of Labradoodle Puppies
In the past, the higher cost puppies were often associated with AKC-registered purebred pups. As breeders started combining two breeds in an effort to intertwine the genetics of both dogs, designer dogs became equal to or higher in cost.
We know the cost of the Labradoodle is high, but we want to warn you not to be tempted by low costs. Of course, that lower cost is tempting, but along with a lower cost, in the beginning, may come a large number of health issues. The most pressing issue or concern you should have with a low-cost puppy is purchase from a puppy mill (often poor genetics).
When puppies are bred correctly, there is a significant amount of time, effort, and money invested by the breeder. This isn’t ‘easy money’ for a good breeder in any way. A good breeder ensures you have a healthy, well-rounded puppy, which is why the cost may be higher than what you would like it to be.
What Kind of Costs Does the Breeder Have?
Now that we have told you the breeder spends money to make money, we would like to show you how this happens.
The lowest cost a breeder spends generally falls around the $7,000 mark once all is said and done. But, on average, a healthy litter of puppies could cost as much as $15,000+ (especially for those breeding show-quality puppies).
The following include items breeders are responsible for:
- High-quality dog food
- High-quality puppy food
- Any necessary supplements to maintain good health
- All veterinary costs
- Whelping box
- Stud service fees (for good genetics)
- Any necessary licenses for their city/county/state
Why You Shouldn’t Consider Low-Cost Pups
Unfortunately, breeding has become a business to many, which has led to an overwhelming number of puppy mills. These breeders often lack any type of veterinary care, do not study the genetics of their parent dogs (to produce a good bloodline), and are essentially just in it for the money.
Genetic problems due to improper breeding will only result in heartache for you. The puppy may appear to be healthy at first, on top of being lower in cost, but have a stack full of veterinary bills as she gets older.
Labradoodles are one of the breeds commonly found in puppy mills due to the high demand for pups. They are easily marketed and sold. That’s why it’s critical to ensure you have a good breeder and it’s also one of the reasons we are committed to vetting breeders here at Preferable Pups.
We aren’t saying ‘get a puppy through us’ necessarily, but rather want to ensure you find the perfect puppy with excellent health. If you are interested in taking a look at the puppies we do have available, you are welcome to contact one of our representatives and learn more by clicking here.
Cost of a Labradoodle Puppy in Dollars
Now, let’s get to the dollar signs. When going through a vetted, reputable breeder, you can usually expect a Labradoodle to range between $500-$3,500. Why is there such a large range? Some puppies may qualify to be ‘show’ puppies due to their coloration, some may have specific personality traits, or it could simply be the breeder and what they are willing to let the puppies go for.
When considering adopting or purchasing a puppy, you should not only factor in the initial expenses but the lifelong expenses as well. There are many dog lovers who unfortunately purchase a dog without fully understanding what the lifelong expenses are.
The Labradoodle Cost: Lifetime Expenses
Food, for example, is a Labradoodle cost. You want your Labradoodle to be happy, healthy, and well-nourished. You want her coat to be shiny and her furry face to be as happy as can be. How much each dog eats varies even among the same breed. This is something you will want to discuss with your veterinarian. Ask your veterinarian, or canine nutritionist, how many calories your unique pup should be eating. And, don’t forget, not all dog food brands are created equal.
Another expense that’s absolutely critical is the veterinary costs throughout your dog’s life. A good, trustworthy veterinarian makes a world of difference. If you don’t have a veterinarian already, take a look around your area and read reviews. You may also ask fellow dog lovers who their veterinarian is and what their thoughts are. Most importantly, you want to find a veterinarian you are comfortable with.
An Optional Labradoodle Cost: Hire a Professional Groomer
Grooming may also be an added expense with your Labradoodle. As previously stated, every dog is unique in his or her own way. One dog may require more grooming than another. Generally, Labradoodles have one of three coats: straight, wavy, or curly.
Regardless of the type of coat your Labradoodle has, you must be dedicated to grooming her on a regular basis. If you don’t have the time or energy to do the grooming, a professional groomer can assist with ensuring your dog’s grooming routine is maintained.
If you go to a professional groomer, you’re looking at (approximately) visiting every two to three months or so. At the groomers, your dog can be bathed, have her fur cut, and have any mats taken out if necessary. You also have the option of having your dog’s nails trimmed or other luxury services depending on your groomer.
As far as the cost of the groomer, that varies greatly among cities, services, experience, etc. A groomer in Los Angeles, for example, will likely be more expensive than a groomer in a small town.
Labradoodles at Preferable Pups
Labradoodles are among the breeds listed by reputable, vetted Labradoodle breeders on the Preferable Pups platform. To check to see what pups are available, fill out an application and we will be happy to walk you through the process. There is no commitment involved when calling us. You are able to look around if you would like, but we are here for you at any time.