The parti Labradoodle has fur that is half white and half another color.
Parti Labradoodles are always half white, but the other color in their coat can vary. The exact pattern in their coat can vary too, from spots, to splodges, to stripes.
So, two parti Labradoodles can look quite different from one another, despite technically having the same coloring.
Other than their fur, these Doodles will have the same general temperament as others from the same breed.
What is a Parti Labradoodle
The term “parti” just refers to a specific color combination that Labradoodle dogs can have.
A parti Labradoodle is a Labrador and Poodle mixed breed that has two colors in its coat. One of those colors will be white.
Neither color will dominate the other. Each will cover about 50% of your dog’s body.
Parti Labradoodles are available in all different color varieties. They can even have different pattern combinations, like spots of patches.
This coloring isn’t that uncommon. But, it can be hard to find puppies unless you know what you’re looking for.
Parti Labradoodle Color Genetics
All dog coat colors come from two pigments: red and black.
Different genes will act on these two pigments to create the entire spectrum of Labradoodle colors.
So, it’s likely that you’ll see parti Labradoodles with combinations like black and white.
Are Parti Labradoodles Rare?
Parti Labradoodles are not that rare. But, remember there is a lot of variation even within this type of coloring.
So, some parti color combinations will be more common than others.
This is because red and apricot coats belong to the rufus gene – a recessive gene.
It’s a good idea to be wary about terms like “rare” or “unique” when searching for a healthy parti puppy.
Some less reputable breeders may try to advertise their dogs as rare to get a quick profit. Scroll to the end of this guide for more help finding a healthy parti puppy.
Parti Labradoodle Temperament
Coat color can impact human perception of personality in dogs. But, there are no studies that have shown coat color itself impacts your dog’s personality.
Your parti Labradoodle will be just as lovable as any other Labradoodle. Expect them to be:
When properly trained and socialized, parti Labradoodles get along well with everyone they meet. They make great pets for first-time dog owners, and can do well with children and other household pets.
Training and Socialization
Despite their reputation as a perfect family dog, Labradoodles of all colors need plenty of training and socialization from a young age.
This will reduce the risk of behavioral issues as your Doodle grows older. Particularly towards strangers, children, and other animals.
Keep training sessions positive, fun, and consistent. Labradoodles are eager to please, so they will respond best to positive reinforcement.
Even though Labradoodles get along well with kids, you should monitor young children around your dog. Plus, teach older kids how to properly interact with your Doodle.
Parti Labradoodles are energetic, so need regular exercise. Make sure they get the chance to burn off this energy, to avoid any destructive or undesirable behaviors like barking.
Parti Labradoodle Health and Care
Labradoodles of any color will usually live into their teens. On average, you can expect to have your Labradoodle with you for 12 – 15 years.
The Labradoodle as a whole is quite a healthy breed. But, they are prone to some issues that owners should be aware of.
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- von Willebrand’s Disease
- Ear infections
- Sebaceous adenitis
White Dog Health Issues
It’s also worth remembering studies have shown that white dogs will suffer from more health issues, including:
- White dog shaker syndrome
Parti Labradoodles will be around 50% white. So, they may be at risk of these health issues.
Mixed Breed Health
Crossbred dogs can experience certain health benefits due to their genetic makeup. This is known as hybrid vigor.
When reputable breeders mix two breeds, they are widening the gene pool.
This can reduce the risk of your Doodle inheriting any hereditary health issues.
But, it’s not a guarantee that they won’t get them.
To get the healthiest parti Labradoodle possible, choose a reputable breeder who carries out health tests, and learn about the potential issues your Doodle can face.
Attend regular veterinary check ups, and give your parti Labradoodle the best general care possible.
Parti Labradoodle Grooming
Parti Labradoodle grooming can be more time consuming than grooming other colors.
Partis are around 50% white in color. So, dirt and debris is more likely to show up on this lighter fur than it would on black or chocolate Labradoodles.
On top of this, white or light dogs are more prone to stubborn tear stains. So, parti Labradoodles with white on their faces need plenty of gentle care.
Invest in quality products and prepare to brush and bathe your Doodle as needed.
Labradoodles should be bathed once every three to four weeks. Don’t over-bathe your parti Doodle unless they are particularly dirty.
Overbathing can lead to skin and coat issues.
Cleaning Without Bathing
You can gently wipe away dirt or tear stains from your parti Labradoodle’s white patches rather than bathing them, if you’ve bathed them quite recently.
Or, try brushing dirt gently out of their fur. If in doubt, you can always take your parti pup to a professional groomer, who will be able to give you the best tips.
As well as routine bathing, brush your Labradoodle regularly. During grooming sessions, check their ears to keep them clean and free of wax.
Their teeth should be brushed regularly with a dog safe toothbrush and toothpaste.
And, trim their nails regularly to keep them from cracking and splitting during play.
Finding a Parti Labradoodle Puppy
If you’ve fallen in love with the parti Labradoodle, it’s important to find a puppy through a reputable breeder.
You may need to choose a breeder that specialises in dogs with this color combination. Especially whilst colors like apricot and red remain the most popular puppy choice.
But, remember you’re investing in a dog and not a color. So, you should consider all aspects of a Labradoodle, such as temperament, health, social needs, and more, before deciding if this mix is right for you.
Labradoodles are continuing to rise in the dog kingdom. This has pros and cons.
The benefit is that finding puppies is usually not too hard. Even finding more unusual colors like the parti Labradoodle.
The downside of this is that waiting lists for healthy puppies can be much longer, prices can rise with increased demand, and puppy mills will appear to try and take advantage of the trends.
Avoid Puppy Mills
Even if you’re struggling to find a parti Labradoodle through a reputable breeder, you should always avoid puppy mills and pet stores.
Doodles from these sources will likely suffer from more health and behavioral issues than those from reputable breeders.
Puppies may be cheaper from puppy mills. But, the cost of veterinary bills later in life will usually outweigh this lower initial cost.
If you’re struggling with the price of parti Labradoodle puppies, you might consider rescue. Rescue dogs are often a little older, but they are more affordable than young puppies, and may even have some basic training.
Take a look at rescue centers near you to see if they have any parti Labradoodles!
Do You Have a Parti Labradoodle?
Do you think this Doodle is the right dog for you? Remember, whilst coat colors are fun, there’s a lot more to consider when choosing the right dog for you.
Labradoodles of any color need plenty of care, exercise, and training. But, if you have the time and dedication for this, you’ll be making a lifelong friend.
Which parti Labradoodle color combinations are your favorite?
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