Chocolate Labradoodle Guide - Getting To Know Your Brown Doodle Dog! (2022)

Chocolate Labradoodle puppies are cute, clever and full of fun. Their friendly personalities and active characters make them very appealing to a lot of family homes. Today we are going to look at the pros and cons of brown Labradoodles, and help you to decide whether this is your perfect pet.

The chocolate Labradoodle is a brown dog bred from a Standard Poodle parent and a Labrador Retriever parent. Chocolate doodles are thought to inherit their rich brown coloration from the chocolate Lab. But it isn’t always that straight forward. Different terms are given to the various shades of this color. For instance, dark chocolate refers to a deeper brown, whereas milk chocolate describes a lighter version of this coat. There is still a bit of disagreement about exactly which shades qualify as ‘chocolate’ by various breed clubs. So, finding the exact shade of chocolate brown Labradoodle you want can take more effort than you’d first expect.

Chocolate Labradoodle Quick Links

  • What is a chocolate Labradoodle?
  • Which shades of brown count as chocolate?
  • Are chocolate Labradoodles rare?
  • Does Labradoodle coat color matter?
  • Chocolate Labradoodle temperament
  • Chocolate doodle health
  • Finding a chocolate Labradoodle puppy
  • Chocolate Labradoodle rescue

Are you thinking about adding a chocolate Labradoodle to your family? In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about this iconic coat color. Let’s get started by finding out exactly what this type of dog is.

What is a Chocolate Labradoodle?

The Labradoodle dog is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle breeds.
Chocolate is one of the many coat colors that these mixed puppies can inherit.

In the world of canine color genetics, the term “chocolate” describes the brown color spectrum. As such, the brown coat color range is often described in terms of different types of chocolate. For instance, milk chocolate describes a lighter brown color and dark chocolate denotes a much deeper, richer brown.

Here, it is important to know that the term chocolate is used only to describe the Labradoodle dog’s coloration. Otherwise, a Labradoodle of any coat color is still considered the same dog breed.

Chocolate Doodle Size

The standard chocolate Labradoodle can be around 70lbs. But a mini chocolate Labradoodle, with a Labrador and Miniature Poodle parent, are usually around 40lbs.

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Which Shades of Brown Count as Chocolate?

Since the Labradoodle breed itself is still early in its evolution and development, there is some disagreement regarding exactly which coat colors fall into the “chocolate” color category. This means that different Labradoodle breed associations and clubs can use different terminology to discuss the various shades in the chocolate coat color spectrum.

The Australian Labradoodle Association of America, for example, separates the dark brown Labradoodle coat color from the cafe (a lighter brown) and lavender (a brown hue with pink, lilac or lavender undertones). But the Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association includes lavender and caramel in with the chocolate coat color category. So how can you be sure the puppy you bring home will grow up to have the shade of chocolate coat you are hoping for?

Chocolate Labradoodle Guide - Getting To Know Your Brown Doodle Dog! (1)

When you are searching for a chocolate Labradoodle, the easiest way to get around this confusing difference in terminology is to let the breeder exactly what color coat you want your dog to have. If you want a chocolate Labradoodle with a lighter or darker brown coat, then use those exact terms so your goal is clear.

And if you are able to find a photograph online of the exact coat color you want that you can show the breeder, this can be even more helpful.

Are Chocolate Labradoodles Rare?

Whenever you are investing in a crossbred dog breed, there can be more genetic guesswork involved to predict which puppies will inherit which genes from each purebred parent dog. This is especially the case when one of the purebred parent dogs has a complicated color genome. Let’s take the Labradoodle’s two main purebred parent dog breeds as an example. The Labrador Retriever breed standard states that this dog breed has three colors:

  • Yellow
  • Black
  • Chocolate

But then there is the Poodle parent dog breed. The Poodle breed specifies no less than 10 different solid coat color possibilities:

  • Apricot
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Cream
  • Gray
  • Red
  • Silver
  • Silver beige
  • White

The Poodle breed also includes 18 potential color combinations! On top of this, the genes necessary for brown coats are recessive. So, a more dominant gene, like the one for a black coat, will often overpower it if it is present. With such a wide range of possible coat color combinations and patterns in the Poodle breed line, breeders often find it hard to breed for a true chocolate Labradoodle coat color that remains consistent throughout life.

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Chocolate Puppies Can Change Color

Unique among the other possible Labradoodle coat colors, the chocolate coat color has a tendency to fade over time. Sometimes the coat color will stay a deep, rich, dark chocolate tone.

But more often than not, the dark chocolate will start to fade. When it fades, it may end up having a lighter brown (café), a silver undertone (lavender) or a cream undertone (parchment). Even the most color-knowledgeable Labradoodle breeders are generally hard-pressed to determine what the chocolate coat will do over time.

Once the coat starts fading, it may continue to fade for up to three years before settling into the dog’s permanent adult chocolate Labradoodle color. This is the reason the chocolate coat color is considered to be rare in doodles.

Why Is My Chocolate Doodle Turning Grey?

Later in life you might find your gorgeous brown doodle starts to change color again. It’s not something to worry about, and similar to the process that happens to us humans. Your dog’s dark coat might turn grey or even white, and this will begin around the muzzle and face first.

Breeding a true chocolate Labradoodle that stays a true chocolate all through life can be as much of a surprise to the breeder as to the dog owners.

Does Labradoodle Coat Color Matter?

It is true the Labrador Retriever dog parent contributes simpler coat color genetics to the Labradoodle breed. But Labrador Retriever enthusiasts are known to have their own opinions about the three classic coat colors and which one is best for what roles.

For example, yellow Labradors are the top pick for service dogs and guide dogs. Black Labradors are prized for hunting, retrieving and hunting roles. Chocolate Labradors are considered ideally suited for show dog competitions and family pets.

Is this factual?

Or is it just so much personal opinion codified into fact? Here, the answer really depends on what types of activities you want to pursue with your pup. For most owners, as long as their Labradoodle puppy is sound and healthy, coat color is incidental.

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There is nothing wrong with wanting a Labradoodle dog with a specific coat color. We all have our preferences, which is what makes our world so colorful and fascinating. But, be wary if you run across a Labradoodle breeder that is going out of their way to advertise “rare” or “designer” Labradoodle coat colors. Often, this is just a method that less reputable breeders will use to try to inflate puppy prices.

And, remember that Labradoodle puppies are just as likely to inherit one of the many Poodle colors, rather than the three standard Labrador shades.

Chocolate Labradoodle Temperament

As we’ve briefly mentioned earlier, the only difference between chocolate Labradoodles and any other Labradoodle is their coat color. Their temperament will be very similar. However, there will still be variations between puppies, as mixed breeds can inherit any traits from either parent, and how they are raised plays a large part.

As long as you train and socialize your chocolate doodle dog well from a young age, they will most likely be very friendly, energetic, and intelligent. Most Labradoodles, chocolate ones included, are eager to please and love spending time with people, particularly their closest family members.

These large dogs are energetic, too. They do best in active families that have plenty of time to spend with them. Whether it’s playing games, learning fun new tricks, or burning off some of that energy.

Chocolate Doodle Health

A few year ago, a research study made waves by announcing that chocolate Labrador Retrievers might be less healthy. They reported that they are more likely to become obese, suffer from ear infections and joint disorders and die earlier than yellow or black Labrador Retrievers. But is this a concern for Labradoodle dogs, who have one Labrador Retriever parent dog and one Poodle parent dog? It is hard to say. So if you want a brown Labradoodle, just be sure you work with a responsible, health-focused breeder. One who has deep knowledge of the canine genome and keeps careful health records for her breeding dogs and their puppies.

When the breeder invests the time and expense to pre-screen parent dogs for all known heritable (genetically transmissible) health conditions before allowing a mating, there will always be less risk that the puppies will grow up to develop serious health issues. Your Labradoodle breeder should happily show you clear test results for both of your puppy’s parents and give you an initial guarantee of good health for your new Labradoodle puppy.

Health Issues to Watch Out For

There are some health problems that all Labradoodles, including chocolate ones, are prone to. Be sure to learn about the following if you’re bringing one of these puppies home:

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The Labrador parent should have good hip and elbow scores, and a recent clear eye test and PRA certificate. The Poodle parent must also have good hips, but be clear for von Willebrand’s and sebaceous adenitis too. These are just a few of the major problems that can affect Labradoodles.

Finding a Chocolate Labradoodle Puppy

As we’ve already learned, finding a chocolate Labradoodle that will stay the same color for its entire life is rare and difficult. You might find a puppy that’s the perfect shade at 8 weeks, but this will change dramatically over the next few years.

It’s important that you choose a reputable breeder when searching for a chocolate doodle puppy. This will decrease the risk of an unhealthy puppy.

If you’re looking for a certain shade, register your interest with breeders. They may be willing to contact you if they get a chocolate colored puppy in their future litters.

Always avoid puppy mills, pet stores, and backyard breeders, even if their chocolate Labradoodles are cheaper. These places usually give their puppies worse care and are less interested in their health. It’s likely that more puppies will be bred in these places as demand rises, but it’s really important to only choose reputable breeders.

Chocolate Labradoodle Rescue

If you aren’t set on getting a chocolate colored puppy, you can look at rescuing an older chocolate Labradoodle. This is also a good way to ensure your dog’s coat is less likely to change color.

Some dogs are given up to rescue centers because of behavioral issues, but there are lots of reasons for dogs to end up there. Many go on to make wonderful, loving family pets.

Work closely with rescue center staff to make sure you find a dog that will suit your family. Let them know your situation, including if you have other pets and children.

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As the Labradoodle breed gains popularity, breed-specific rescue centers are becoming more common. But, if there are still none near you, check rescue centers dedicated to the parent breeds. They may accept mixed breeds, too. Rescue Labradoodles will often be cheaper than puppies from breeders, and they may have some basic training.

Do You Love the Chocolate Labradoodle?

Chocolate Labradoodles can make great canine companions. These high-energy dogs love to run and romp and play – and their favorite playmate will always be you!

If you love the idea of making your new dog the center of your family and world, a dark brown Labradoodle might be your perfect new family pet.

References and Resources

  • Lewis 2021. Labradoodle Coat Colors. Australian Labradoodle Association.
  • Coopshaw 2020. Labradoodle Coat Colors’, Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association.
  • Chappell. Two Different Types of Pigment. Dog Coat Color Genetics.
  • Mattinson 2016. Which Labrador Color is Best? The Labrador Site.
  • Attaway 2021. Complete Guide to Labradoodle Colors’, Lakewood Labradoodles.
  • McGreevy et al. 2018. Labrador Retrievers Under Primary Veterinary Care in the UK: Demography, Mortality and Disorders. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.


Do Labradoodles get along with other dogs? ›

Labradoodles usually get along well with other dogs and pets. Like most dogs, they need training and socialization for optimum success at living with and visiting other animals.

Do chocolate Labradoodles stay chocolate? ›

Brown-Nose Colors

Then there is the much-loved “Chocolate.” Chocolate is a complicated color, because although puppies are born chocolate, they may or may not stay chocolate throughout their lives. This color can do some interesting things! It can fade into (at least) three distinct, official Labradoodle colors!

At what age do Labradoodles calm down? ›

Labradoodles should calm down by around three years old. However, it winds down gradually as they grow, so don't despair! The breed is also very bright, so they're quick to learn right from wrong.

What is the most sought after Labradoodle color? ›

Silver Labradoodles. Silver Labradoodle is also called grey Labradoodle. It is one of the most popular color options for people that are keen on getting a Labradoodle and we can certainly understand why.

How do you know if your dog wants another dog? ›

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Can Labradoodles be left alone? ›

When it comes down to it, fully grown Labradoodles are fine to be left alone occasionally for anywhere up to 8 hours. As long as you make the environment around them suitable to sustain a full day's worth of activities, and necessities. Labradoodles are however easily one of most people-friendly breeds.

What Colour eyes do chocolate Labradoodles have? ›

Eye Color:

Black, Blue, Red, Dark Chocolate and Silver dogs must have dark brown eyes. All shades of Cafe, Milk Chocolate, Gold/Apricot, Cream and Chalk should have dark hazel to brown eyes if they have black pigment.

Why is my chocolate Labradoodle turning white? ›

Aging. As with many dog breeds, the chocolate Labradoodle's color may slightly fade as they age. Once your pet reaches five years old or more, you may notice a bit of lighter coloring around the face, chin, or other areas. This lightening of the color is typical for Labradoodles.

Are chocolate Labradoodles rare? ›

Labradoodle Colors

But they can be any of the colors that the Labrador Retriever or poodle comes in. The most common colors of the Labrador Retriever are Black and Yellow. Brown or Chocolate is a less common color. Rare Labrador colors are Red, White and Silver.

Are male or female Labradoodles calmer? ›

Final Thoughts. In reality, the main difference between male and female Labradoodles is their hormone levels. If these vary, you'll find female dogs to be more aggressive and protective, but mellow out and are easier to train. Male dogs are wilder during the “teenage years” but will always show you love and affection.

How many hours a day do Labradoodles sleep? ›

Healthy adult Labradoodles will sleep between 12-14 hours per day. Labradoodle puppies should be expected to snooze for 20 hours every day. Unlike humans both adult and puppy Labradoodles rarely enter deep sleep (REM) so they need extra light sleep to be properly rested.

How do you tire out a Labradoodle puppy? ›

Take Daily Trips to the Dog Park

One of the best things you can do for your dog is to bring them to the dog park every day. They'll get to run wild off leash, play with their friends, sniff around, and by the end they should be one pooped pup. Dog park trips also help keep your pup properly socialized.

Do Labradoodles like to cuddle? ›

Do Labradoodles like to cuddle? Yes, for the most part; especially if they're tired out from play. They are an extremely affectionate breed, love time with their people, and aim to please.

How often can you bathe a Labradoodle? ›

Australian Labradoodles need bathed and brushed out approximately once a month. Puppies can be bathed as needed. Use a natural, gentle dog shampoo/conditioner that rinses out thoroughly. If you are going to bath your Australian Labradoodle at home, be sure to brush through the coat completely first.

How do I know if my Labradoodle will be curly? ›

You can determine if your Labradoodle puppy has a fleece coat. You'll start to notice at around five weeks old. You can identify fleece coats by the way the fur sits between the eyes, as this area starts to get curly first. This is the curliest coat type, but it still comes in a variety of types.

Are dogs happier with a second dog? ›

yes and no. Dogs are social animals and usually happier around other dogs, but a second dog will never be a substitute for inattentive, absent or too busy owners.

Is it better to have 1 or 2 dogs? ›

Having two dogs can feel like a lot of work sometimes, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. From easier training to better mental and emotional health (for you and your dogs!), to saving the lives of animals, there are so many solid reasons to adopt a second dog today.

Will my dog feel betrayed if I get another dog? ›

For example, if you get a new pet and start paying it more attention than your dog, the dog will not feel betrayed in the true sense of the word. However, it may show signs of distress and disappointment because it is suddenly being treated differently or being deprived of something it is used to getting.

At what age are Labradoodles full grown? ›

At what age is a Labradoodle fully grown? Labradoodles typically need 12 to 18 months to reach their full size, especially if their parents were on the heavier side of the average weight spectrum.

Do Labradoodles bark a lot? ›

Labradoodles in general are said to be a “medium barking” breed. This basically means Labradoodles will bark deliberately to send you, their owner, specific types of information. They may bark if they want some attention, some food, or out of frustration if their needs aren't being met.

Are Labradoodles protective dogs? ›

Labradoodles are not watchdogs

Friendly, devoted, and playful, Labradoodles are great family pets, but they're not great for protection! That's because this joyful dog breed, typically easygoing, was bred not to be aggressive.

Do Labradoodles like water? ›

Since Labradoodles are a mix of Labrador Retrievers and Poodles, they come from a long line of dog breeds that love the water. Both Poodles and Labradors were bred to be water dogs and retrieve ducks after a hunt from the lake. Therefore, their mix is a water-loving breed as well.

Can Chocolate Labradoodles have blue eyes? ›

Chocolate Labradoodle

They sometimes appear black at birth, but their true color will settle after a few weeks. Those with blue colored eyes are much rarer, and as such are priced slightly higher for their desired look.

How do I know if my doodle will fade? ›

Look at Their Coat

With many puppies, it's possible to tell whether or not they are likely to fade from a very young age. The hairs around their eyes or between their toes hold important clues. Those who have the fading gene will often have much lighter hairs here from the day they are born.

Are Labradoodles dramatic? ›

Now researchers have examined the genetics of the Australian labradoodle, revealing that the dogs are mostly poodle. “We were surprised to see that it was really quite dramatic,” said Dr Elaine Ostrander, a co-author of the research from the National Human Genome Research Institute in the US.

Do Labradoodles have hair or fur? ›

Australian Labradoodles have three broad coat types, namely, wool, fleece and hair. Each looks and feels very different, so it is important to understand the differences between them.

What is the calmest Doodle breed? ›

The calmest Doodle mixes are those that were created by crossing Poodles with very laid-back breeds. For example: The Maltipoo – a cross of Miniature or Toy Poodle and Maltese. The Cavapoo: A mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Mini or Toy Poodle.

How big do chocolate Labradoodles get? ›

The chocolate Labradoodle is the name given to a brown Poodle Labrador Retriever mix. They usually combine a Standard Poodle with a Lab, and have a dark wavy coat. Most chocolate Labradoodles weigh around 50 – 65 lbs.

Why do chocolate Labradoodles turn GREY? ›

There are two ways that a Labradoodle can get a grey coat. They will either inherit a dilute gene from each parent to weaken the black color to grey. Or, they will inherit the greying gene from their Poodle parent.

Are Labradoodles Alpha? ›

Since Labradoodles consider themselves the alpha and believe they're more in charge than their owner, an older dog of this mixed breed may be more stubborn and much harder to train.

Are Labradoodles prone to separation anxiety? ›

They require a great deal of training, socialization, exercise, and grooming. They have high energy levels and need to have healthy ways to exercise or else they will turn to destructive behaviors in the house. They want lots of attention. They bark and can be prone to separation anxiety.

What age do Labradoodles live to? ›

12-15 years

Do Labradoodles like blankets? ›

Providing your dog with a warm blanket or pillow will also help keep your Labradoodle happy on chilly days. Additionally, you may need to consider feeding your Labradoodle a little extra because they require more energy to keep themselves warm.

Do dogs know when humans are sleeping? ›

Their heightened sense of smell registers the change of chemicals that occur during a human's body as they enter a sleeping state. They are also able to see, feel or hear tiny shifts that occur as a result of sleep.

How often should a Labradoodle be walked? ›

How much exercise does a Labradoodle need? Energetic and playful, the Labradoodle loves to play. They are categorised as a large breed of dog, and require sufficient exercise. Experts advise regular exercise, typically two walks a day, both of which are at least an hour long.

How do you entertain a Labradoodle? ›

Dog puzzles, hide and seek or toy search are all fun for your Labradoodle to learn. You can also invent your own games with your dog based on what they like. Are they an avid squirrel watcher? Teach them to bark once for every squirrel they see.

How far should I walk my Labradoodle? ›

Adults Labradoodles are those between 12 to 18 months and are fully grown. They are strong enough and will enjoy at least an hour of medium-paced walking each day. Some may prefer a bit more or a bit less, but that should not cause worry.

Do Labradoodles bark excessively? ›

Labradoodles are natural barkers, like all dogs, but they don't make it a nuisance habit. Most of the time, they bark within reason as it is also a means of serving their purpose as dogs.

Do two Labradoodles make a Labradoodle? ›

But can you breed two Labradoodles together? Yes! There is no reason that you cannot breed a Labradoodle with another Labradoodle, so long as they are both healthy dogs and not closely related.

Are Labradoodles inside or outside dogs? ›

In general no Labradoodles cannot live outside. They are truly social animals and need to be with their owners. It is rare for a Labradoodle to happily and comfortable spend allots time outdoors.

How often should a Labradoodle be walked? ›

How much exercise does a Labradoodle need? Energetic and playful, the Labradoodle loves to play. They are categorised as a large breed of dog, and require sufficient exercise. Experts advise regular exercise, typically two walks a day, both of which are at least an hour long.

Will a Labradoodle bite? ›

Labradoodle biting is a recognized problem among pet owners. They can be worse than other breeds when it comes to gnawing, ripping, chewing, and ruining things in your home. In severe cases, your Labradoodle might even bite you or other humans.

Do Labradoodles like to cuddle? ›

Do Labradoodles like to cuddle? Yes, for the most part; especially if they're tired out from play. They are an extremely affectionate breed, love time with their people, and aim to please.

What does F1 mean for a Labradoodle? ›

A first generation Labradoodle from one Labrador parent and one Poodle parent is an F1 Labradoodle. The F stands for 'filial', which is a word to describe the relationship between a parent and their offspring.

Is F1 or F2 Labradoodle better? ›

The F1 Labradoodle is the best of both worlds when it comes to dog breeds. Both parents are among the most intelligent dog breeds, and they're known as family-friendly dogs. Since they have a more stagnant genetic make-up, the F1 Labradoodle is often healthier than the F2.

What does F2 mean in Labradoodles? ›

F2 Generation- An F2 Labradoodle is an F1b Labradoodle bred back to a poodle. The result is an 87% poodle and 13% Labrador.

Where should a Labradoodle sleep? ›

In most cases, Labradoodles are more than fine sleeping on the ground, couch, or bed during random times of the day. And some days they may be more active than others, meaning that they will sleep more often.

Do Labradoodles get curlier as they get older? ›

All Labradoodle puppies have fine, soft, straight hair at first. But, as they grow, a curlier adult coat may replace this. Adult Labradoodles with straight hair are known to have a 'hair' type coat, rather than fleece or wool types.

What are Labradoodles known for? ›

Known for their intelligence, calm temperament, affection, extroversion, and elegant gait, the Labradoodle is a fantastic home dog. In fact, the Labradoodle personality is so affectionate and sociable, that they often need to be trained to mitigate their abrasive excitement for life.


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