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    Me and my partner are looking at getting a Labrador and a Labrador cross poodle. I am wondering if these are good first dogs to get?

    We run together every day, so the dogs would be running with us too - is that enough exercise?

    They would be without us for 9-10 hours a day during the week and be kept outside. We wanted two so that they have company. The yard is hardly huge, but it is enough to have a bit of a play, approx one quarter to half a basket ball court size. Will this be OK?

    At night they would be inside the house with us and likely sleep in the same room with us too.

    On weekends they would be as much our constant companions as feasible. Going for car rides and going on adventures to our friends houses.

    How barky are Labs and lab cross poodles?

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    Two puppies at the same time of any breed are going to be hard work. I guess at least having two they'll entertain each other for the 9 - 10 hours a day they'll be alone nut that will be double the mischief . I'd say your yard is plenty big enough as long as they get out every day for a walk/run. As you'll be leaving them for such a long period a walk/run before work would be a very good idea(read up on excersise limits for pups based on age though)

    Once they're old enough and reliable enough a doggy door so they can be either in or out as they please whether you're there or not is a good idea(well it works well for my dog anyway)

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    Within any breed there are the range of personalities and temperaments. I have met a border collie couch potato and a grumpy labrador who snapped at me. Aybe look at rescue dogs as there may well be a pair they would dearly love to keep together. They would be past the worst chew stage hopefully.The puppy stage is short and expensive so maybe consider other options.

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    Having 2 pups at the same time is not really recommended as they can tend to bond with each other rather than you or sometimes one will try to dominate the other as they grow and there is a potential for scuffles to happen. If you do you will need to spend training time individually with each. Be ready for potential mass destruction in your yard to begin with. Two puppies at the same time is doable but you just need to put some extra effort in.

    My mother has a poodle/lab mix that she recued as a pup and there have been no behavioural issues, but she does have bad allergies. I have never owned a lab although a well bred and trained lab is a nice dog from what I have observed.

    They are a high risk breed for of hip and elbow dysplasias so personally I would never get a lab puppy from untested parents.

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    Some good advice above.....

    I'd add that if they are both young pups that you might not want to exercise them too much at a early age. And Labs love food so get ready for a decent food bill every month.
    I've owned a Lab before and think they are wonderful dogs. I wouldnt say they are 'barky' but if they get bored they might get a bit noisy as any other breed probably would.
    And like Mymatejack said.... have a good read up on Labradoodles and similar breeds. There are a few horror stories out there. I wouldnt recommend you buy one from a so called breeder but rescuing one that needs a home would be the way to go. The $$ they ask for these dogs can be a bit steep for the health risks associated with them.

    Good luck with it all.


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    Two puppies would be very very interesting. Not something I would do though.

    Definitely start looking into ANKC registered breeders for the Lab, and unless you are going to rescue avoid the lab x poodle as they generally come from "breeders" who aren't in it for the love of the dog and see only $$$. They won't be health tested and if you end up with a puppy with hip/elbow issues you could be up for 12k worth of vet fee's to fix.

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    I had 3 puppies at the same time, littermates and there was a big difference in their looks and temperaments as they are cross breeds.
    I had no real problems, it depends on the time and patience you have. They are not bonded more to each other than me either.

    Mine though had a different environment as we are on a farm and in their areas they could be as destructive as they liked. This greatly reduced any stress levels to about zero. When inside we puppy proofed as much as possible, I even ran exposed cords through PVC pipe and anything chewable was out of range, again reducing stress on me. I was also having chemotherapy at the time and they helped me greatly with their unconditional love but they had to learn the word gently very quickly. When they were too boistrus they went outside. Have a worst case scenario and its solution in place in your mind just in case...eg they trash the back yard when you are away..a secure area...., they hate each other when alone and fight.....stuff like that.

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    I think the key to how they will be will be the time yoou have to put in to them and their temperaments. Getting dogs from different litters would be preferable to having them from the same litters where they have already had 8 weeks of bonding with each other. I too had 3 pups at one time. 2 grew up to dislike each other (2 males) and I separate them when I go out, they both get on with the female and 2 are bonded with me the other is more obsessed with one of the dogs. They all work nicely for me though as I did a lot of individual time with each. My sister had 2 litter mates and they are fine although growing up there were a lot of fights for dominance and the trail of destruction in her garden initially is legendary. The joys of puppies LOL

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    Me and my partner are looking at getting a Labrador and a Labrador cross poodle. I am wondering if these are good first dogs to get?
    Are you looking at getting one of each? Both puppies? Double trouble. You want your new dog to get most of their fun and rules for good behaviour from you, not from another dog. Personally I'd like a second dog but not until the one I've got has better recall. She's very good but not quite good enough in an emergency situation. If I got a second puppy now, there's a good chance my first dog would train her that it's ok to ignore me when there are chippies on the park.

    We run together every day, so the dogs would be running with us too - is that enough exercise?
    With small puppies - it's best not to have long exercise sessions - until they're fully grown - so the rough rule of thumb is 5 minutes per month of age in one session - so your first walks with your 8 week old puppy (don't get one younger than this), is about 10 minutes. You'd be lucky to get all the way around a city block. Let alone go for a 20 minute run. But running would be great.

    But you also need to exercise the brains of smart dogs like labs and poodles and poodle crosses. So that means lots of trick training - including being a nicely behaved family pet. You only need to do five or ten minutes of this per day per dog, and you can use the other dog to motivate the first one... ie if one decides they don't have to work with you, you put that one away and get the other out and you can use each dog to practice handling distractions from the other...

    If you just run and don't engage the dog mentally - you just end up with a super fit destructo dog. In your case - double that and then some.

    Garden - what garden?

    Barkiness - isn't breed specific. Any dog can be a barker. There are many including labs and poodle crosses around my burb that bark all the time their family is away. And having two - doesn't mean they bark less. Sometimes - one will bark and the other won't. This again - comes down to training.

    When I'm out of the house, my dog stays inside. When she was little she stayed in a metal mesh crate with a cover over it, to limit the possibility of damage. She spent some time in this crate when I was home too - so she didn't get boiling water on her when I was making dinner etc. The training came down to - never ever going to the crate to let her out when she was noisy. But there's a lot that goes into making sure the crate is a happy place for a dog to be - like feeding them in there, giving them bones or chews in there etc.

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    Getting 2X any dog would not be a good idea for a first time dog owner I think? Unless they're tiny. Labrador is a big dog.

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