The Labraoodle is a very popular dog that is adorable, great with children and as the name suggests, a mix of a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. The Labradoodle is a playful breed, but they might be a little too excitable for young children as they could accidentally knock them down. Due to their high energy, they need some nice long walks or about 30 minutes of exercise per day.
The traits of the Labradoodle
The Labradoodle has three different coat types; depending on which coat yours has, you can expect her to be a non- to average shedder. Usually the Labradoodle doesn't shed excessively, but the thicker the coat, the more your Labradoole wills shed. A Labradoodle needs one or two brushings per week, as well as regular grooming that includes ear cleaning and nail clipping.
The personality of the Labradoodle
Labradoodles are intelligent and need to be mentally and physically stimulated. If they aren't, they can become destructive and hard to handle. This isn’t difficult to do just something to keep in mind. Play catch with your dog, take him or her on walks, teach your Labradoodle to do some tricks to keep her mind active.
The Labradoodle can be gentle, but she can also be joyful, showing her happiness through exuberant jumping and playing. She also tends to be easygoing, since the Labradoodle was bred not to be aggressive. As with any breed, some poorly bred ones aren't all that friendly, but a well-bred Labradoodle with a characteristic temperament is a true joy.
To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they're free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments. Even better, if you can ADOPT A Labradoodle through a rescue group or adoption agency
The size of the Labradoodle
The Labradoodle comes in three size variations, depending on the size of the Poodle used for the first-generation breeding. The three sizes are Standard, Medium, and Miniature.
The Standard Labradoodle should be 22 to 24 inches in height for a male and 21 to 23 inches in height for a female, while both can range in weight from 50 to 65 pounds.
The Medium Labradoodle should be 18 to 20 inches high for a male and 17 to 19 inches high for a female, with both weighing from 30 to 45 pounds.
The average size for a Miniature Labradoodle is between 14 to 16 inches and 15 to 25 pounds.
The socialization of the Labradoodle
Like every dog, the Labradoodle needs early socialization and exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences when they are puppies. Socialization helps ensure that your Labradoodle puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog. Bring your dog to the dog park, take him or her on walks and expose your Labradoodle to other people and pets.
As mentioned above, the Labradoodle are very sociable but each has his or her own temperament. So make sure to watch your pup and how he or she handles these situations. Some ease into social situations while others take time and effort.
We love our pets for so many reasons. Our pets are our four-legged children that provide us with unconditional love. They are usually the first faces to greet us at our door. Now, there’s even another reason to love our furry friends (or bring one into your home if you don’t have one)…they can help improve our mental health and ward off depression.
There have been numerous studies that have shown that pet ownership can actually help improve depression. Below are the top 8 reasons how our pets can help us remain happy.
1.Pets offer unconditional love and acceptance
If you are feeling down or not in the best of moods, our dogs and cats can sense it. They will provide us with warmth and love. They don’t judge us and don’t notice our moods. Even if you aren’t in the mood to talk, our pets are there for us and don’t even notice that we are in a mild funk.
2. Pets can provide us with exercise
Both dogs and cats can get us off the couch and playing with them. Of course, walking a dog is great exercise and with exercising comes the endorphins which are mood elevators. However, don’t dismiss how playing catch with our cats or even laser tag provides some exercise and activity.
3. Pets give us a schedule and structure to our day
Having a daily schedule helps people with depression. A pet’s natural routine of waking you in the morning or wanting food or walks can help you stay on track.Sleeping until noon is no longer a possibility unless you want to spend an hour cleaning up the next day. Staying out all night needs some preparation and forethought.
4.Pets offer us companionship
Being depressed or down can isolate some individuals. It can make you pull back from your friends and loved ones. If you have a pet, you're never alone. That can really make a difference from walking into a lonely home or greeted by our furry friends at the door.
5.Pets provide social interactions
Having a pet can gently push you to get more social contact. You might chat with others while walking your dog at the park or waiting at the vet. Pets are natural icebreakers and other pet owners love to talk about their animals.
6.Touching our pets is soothing for our souls
Studies show that people feel better when they have physical contact with others. Pets offer something similar. There's something naturally soothing about petting a cat on your lap. Studies have shown that petting a dog can lower your heart rate too. The touch can actually stop certain regions of the brain from responding to threat clues. It’s not surprising that petting a dog or cat can lower blood pressure and heart rate and boost levels of serotonin and dopamine.
7.Pet owners are usually in better physical health
Research has found that owning a dog can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and boost levels of feel-good chemicals in the brain. Due to the increased activity and morning routines, pet owners tend to get sick less.
8.Pets can offer us a distraction
Pets are like enticing movies and books. They take us out of our heads and into another reality – one that only involves food, water and affection. It’s hard to keep thinking about what’s bothering us when a dog is breathing in your face or a cat is purring in your lap.
If you are looking to adopt a highly energetic and friendly cat, the Burmese Cat might just be the one for you. The Burmese cat is very intelligent and loves human companionship, so a Burmese is not a great fit for a home where he or she will be left alone all day. If there are no people around during the day, make sure your Burmese has the company of another pet. The Burmese Catis very sociable and gets along well with other cats and with dogs.
The Burmese are very curious cats
The Burmese is about as curious as cats come. Expect your kitty to explore your home thoroughly and know all of its nooks and crannies. He is playful and remains so into adulthood. Make sure to have interactive toys handy and teach him tricks that will allow him to show off for an audience. Besides sit, roll over, wave and come, a Burmese can learn to fetch a small toy or walk on a leash. Vet visits aren’t a panic as they love any type of adventure.
We are curious and sociable
The Burmese is a very social, interactive cat
A Burmese is a good choice if want a very sociable cat. This cat will want to be involved in everything you do, from reading the newspaper and working at the computer to watching television. He will, of course, sleep on the bed with you and may even snuggle under the covers. When you are sitting down, he will be in your lap or right next to you, waiting to be pet. If you have friends over, they will receive your cat’s full attention, and it is likely that he will win over even those who claim to dislike cats.
Caring for your Burmese Cat
The soft, short coat of the Burmese is easily cared for with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oil. A bath is rarely necessary.
Keep the litter box spotlessly clean. Like all cats, Burmese are very particular about a clean place to do their business.
Coat and Grooming of the Burmese
The Burmese have a compact body with a rounded head; large, their eyes are usually gold or yellow and their medium-size ears are rounded at the tips and tilt slightly forward.
The coat of the Burmese s short and satiny. The traditional Burmese has a rich, warm brown, slightly lighter on the underbody while they have a leather nose and their paw pads are brown. A champagne-colored Burmese is a warm honey-beige shading to a pale gold-tan on the underside. Blue Burmese have a medium-blue coat with a slightly lighter belly. Nose leather and paw pads are slate gray. Platinum Burmese
are a pale silvery-gray with light fawn undertones and a slightly lighter color on the underbody. The nose leather and paw pads are a pretty lavender-pink.
The Burmese are great with children and other pets
The active and social Burmese is a great choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority.
All cat owners typically know what our kitties are telling us as we get to know their personalities. We can tell or decipher what they want by their actions and gestures. It is important for our cats to understand us as we try to teach our cats to do (or not to do) certain things. For instance, teaching our cats simple commands like ‘down’ or ‘no’ will help make our kitty a better pet, while words like ‘treats’ or ‘breakfast’ will help her associate you with something pleasurable.
Feline language is a mix of facial expression, tail position, ear position and other forms of body language in addition to scent and sound. Cats learn to make demands of us by observing which of their sounds cause which human responses.
What is Your Cat Saying?
Whether your cat is vocal or not, she will be fluent in body language, a key component of her interactions with you and other animals. Your kitty will paw you with a loving meow when he or she wants her food.
The following meows are fairly common to most cats:
Short meow: "hello” how goes it.
Mid-pitch meow: A plea for something, usually dinner, treats, or to be let outside.
The long meow: "Where’s my food? Did you forget to clean the litter?”
High-pitch Meow: "Don’t try to clip my nails!”
The long meow to nobody in particular – “I’m older and a bit confused”
And the more obvious signs of communication:
Purring: Most often a sign happiness but can also be response to hide weakness from predators.
Hiss: Stay away from me.
How you can communicate with your cat
As you communicate with your cat, the words you use are not as important as how you say them and the body language that accompanies them. If you say ‘no’ in the same voice as you use for ‘good girl’ you'll confuse your cat and she'll misinterpret what you're saying. Consistency is the key to successful communication with your kitty.
If you are trying to correct a negative behavior, use a loud, firm voice, and use this same tone consistently in tune with body language. For example, when ordering your cat ‘down’, use a stern voice and use one of your hands to point down.
To reward good behavior or when calling your cat to dinner or offering treats, use a higher-pitched ‘happy’ and motion with your hand.
If your cat is begging for attention when you are trying to work or trying to eat your food, you will need to say ‘no’ firmly and gently push your cat away without showing affection. Cats don't understand our personal space and will try to invade it, so you may need to repeat the no (gentle push) combination several times before your kitty gives up and leaves you alone. If you say "no" and pet your cat instead of pushing her away, she will interpret your actions as a welcome signal. (I have a really hard time with this one and usually give in!)
If you consistently use the same voice, facial expressions and hand gestures, most cats will have no trouble understanding what you say. The more you communicate with your cat, the better the two of you will become at understanding each other. Each cat has their own way of communicating and you will learn from trial and error what works.
If you are thinking about adopting a cat, but are worried about if they will get along with your kids, not to worry. Cats and children are a great fit. If you adopt an especially playful kitten or cat, your kids will be their new best friends. It is great for kids to have the responsibility of pet ownership while the cats benefit from the love and devotion of the kids.
If you can find a kitty that has some of the following characteristics, it will start the relationship on a solid foundation. Of course, it isn’t always easy to know in advance, but it is best if they are: tolerant of loud noises and sudden movements, enjoy being handled and pet, don’t claw or nip when picked up and are sociable.
Choosing a cat or the cat choosing you:
Take your kids with you to select a cat, hold it and see how they get along. If the cat approaches your children readily, that’s a great start. Have your child pick up the cat and see how they like each other. Does the cat cringe or try to hide when he or she hears loud noises? If so, she might not be the best choice for your family. If the cat cowers or hides in a corner, she might not be a good choice in a raucous family environment. If the cat purrs, however, that is a great sign.
When adopting, you don’t always know the breed of the cat, however; the below cats usually have more tolerant and playful temperaments. They are less likely to be possessive of or bonded to individual family members, which means they are less likely to see a new baby as a threat. These are all social, people-oriented breeds.
American Shorthair: These happy, social, energetic cats also get along really well with dogs and kids.
Burmese: Friendly and people-oriented, the lovely Burmese are very gentle with kids.
Maine Coon: These big mellow cats are naturally sociable and a great cat with kids, but they do need to be brushed daily.
Manx: This tailless breed loves attention, and is also a social, friendly cat. And they don’t shed!
Persian: Like the Maine Coon, a Persian needs daily grooming, so be prepared for that commitment before adopting one. They are social and love attention.
Ragdoll: Ragdolls also are very furry but are very gentle cats who love to be picked up. They are amiable and love kids.
As mentioned above, when choosing a cat based by the breed, it does not guarantee a perfect match. Try not to limit your family to specific breeds that you might miss out on some of the wonderful mixed breed cats awaiting for homes at your local shelter, many which are great kid-tolerant pets.
Don’t forget to Spay or Neuter Your Cats:
Spaying or neutering your cat is the single most important action you can take to ensure that the cat will not lash out at one of your children. When your cat is spayed or neutered, it not only calms them down, but makes them less testy. And, of course, there are so many homeless kitties out there that we don’t need any more.
Selecting a cat with the right personality for your family will make your household that much happier. Even a meek or shy cat can and will benefit from the experience and will learn to love your family and become more affectionate.