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Red Fox Labradoodle -Does Your Dog Have The Rufus Gene?

The red fox Labradoodle coat is a stunning rich foxy red. A red Labradoodle is quite rare and usually occurs in Labradoodles from apricot lines. More common variations on reddish fur in doodles range from golden red, through apricot, to brown.

The genes that cause a fox red Labradoodle coat are recessive. So, it can be hard to find a red Labradoodle puppy, in the exact shade you want.

What is a Red Labradoodle?

The thing that makes the red Labradoodle unique is its coloring. Like his other Labradoodle counterparts, the red Labradoodle is a mix between the Standard Poodle and the Labrador Retriever.

Most Labradoodle dogs are a golden color. But, some can come in black, white, or a mix of different shades.

The red Labradoodle can range from a golden red to apricot. But, some breeders may even label puppies a red Labradoodle if they are a dark brown color.

Everything else about this variety is the same as other Labradoodle dogs. Their health, temperament, and size are similar, but it will depend on the traits they inherit from their parents.

Red Labradoodle Genetics

All dog coat colors are the result of two base colors in a dog’s genetics. These pigments are red and black.

Coat color is less predictable in mixed breed dogs, because they can inherit any trait from their parents.

Labradors only come in black, yellow, and chocolate (brown). But, Poodles come in a much wider range of colors, including:

  • Black
  • White
  • Cream
  • Apricot
  • Sable
  • Black and white
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Gray
  • Silver
  • And…red!

So, your Labradoodles red coat color is a genetic trait passed down from its Poodle parent.

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The Genes for a Red Coat

Sadly, according to biologist John Armstrong, red coated Poodles are quite rare.

Their coat is the result of something called the Rufus gene.

This is a recessive gene. So, it’s less likely to present itself than dominant genes like the ones for a black coat.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You just might have to wait a bit longer to find a puppy with the exact shade of red you’re looking for.

Some Labradoodle Coats Fade

Bear in mind that some red fox Labradoodles will change color as they grow.

So, even if you find a puppy with the red coat you’ve been looking for, the color of their fur may fade or deepen as they age.

If coat color is the most important thing to you, it might be better to look for an older red Labradoodle to rescue.

Their coat is less likely to change color over time.

Red Fox Labradoodle Temperament

The red Labradoodle is highly intelligent, energetic, outgoing, and family friendly.

These dogs are eager to please, easy to train, and get along with people and pets when they’ve been socialized properly.

Red Labradoodles are like any other doodle. They’re the ideal family companion for active homes with children or even singles who enjoy the outdoors.

But, this high level of intelligence comes with a downside. Red Labradoodles, like other shades, can be prone to anxiety and destructive behaviors if they’re not properly mentally stimulated and routinely exercised.

They are happiest in homes with committed owners who are willing and able to devote time to training, exercise, and affection.

Red Labradoodle Training and Exercise

Like all other Labradoodle colors, the red version of this breed needs plenty of exercise every day, and can take well to training.

As a large, energetic dog, the Labradoodle needs training from a young age. Without it, they could easily and accidentally hurt someone when they jump off, or hurt themselves by running off in a dangerous situation.

Labradoodles of all colors need owners that will be able to match their high energy needs.

So, if you’re considering a red Labradoodle, make sure you’re prepared to exercise them every day, and to train them well from a young age.

Red Labradoodle Health

In some cases, coat color is linked to health issues in dogs. But, luckily, no such link has been found with the red Labradoodle coat.

In general, this dog will live into their teens. Especially if they have good general care and come from a reputable breeder.

Many experts believe that crossbred dogs are healthier than purebred dogs, thanks to their wider gene pool. But, your red Labradoodle will still be prone to any of the genetic health issues of his purebred parents.

Breeders and Labradoodle owners should be aware of the following issues:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • von Willebrand’s disease
  • Ear infections
  • Epilepsy
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Allergies
  • Bloat

Reputable breeders will screen potential Labradoodle parents to ensure they do not have any of these health issues.

Red Labradoodle General Care

We’ve already spoken briefly about the high energy levels and training requirements of Labradoodles, but there are a few extra care needs to bear in mind.

Make sure you socialize your red Labradoodle well from the time they’re a puppy to encourage the best, friendliest temperament.

Red Labradoodles are relatively easy to groom, especially if they inherit the Poodle’s curls. Many Labradoodles are considered hypoallergenic.

In truth, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic. But, this mixed breed is likely to shed less than other breeds. Just bear in mind Labradoodles that inherit the Lab coat could still shed a lot.


Labradoodle coats can grow quite long. This can lead to mats and tangles, especially if your doodle has a wavy coat.

Brush your red Labradoodle a few times a week to reduce the chances of skin or coat issues. You can take them to a groomer for a regular trim if you don’t feel confident doing this at home.

During these grooming sessions, check your red doodle’s ears and eyes. Labradoodles can be prone to ear infections, so cleaning their ears often is important.

Make sure you also trim your red Labradoodle’s nails to keep them from cracking or splitting. Brush their teeth daily using a dog safe toothbrush and toothpaste.

Red Labradoodles will need to be bathed occasionally, especially if they find something smelly to roll in whilst you’re out!

Finding a Red Labradoodle Puppy

Red is still not the most popular Labradoodle color, but it is on the rise. So, you might struggle to find a puppy straight away.

On top of this, red coloring is recessive. So, it’s much less common than other more dominant shades.

You may have more success finding this breed by telling your breeder what you’re looking for. Although, you may have to wait on a waiting list for a puppy to come up.

Choose a reputable breeder to minimise the risk of inherited health issues in your dog. The best breeders will be able to show you certificates of health proving their puppies have been screened and cleared of any of the health issues we mentioned earlier.

If color is the most important thing to you, you should also consider looking for a red Labradoodle in rescue centers.

Rescuing an older dog is often cheaper, and will offer a dog a second chance at a loving home. Plus, you’ll be able to choose one with the exact shade of red you’re looking for!

The price of puppies and older dogs will vary depending on where you’re looking, and on demand.

The Red Fox Labradoodle – A Summary

Is the fox red Labradoodle right for you? These dogs are devoted mixes who can vary slightly in their overall appearance and temperament.

They’re adaptable to apartment living, as long as their exercise and stimulation needs are met. And, they get along well with children and other pets, as long as they are properly socialized.

Make sure you familiarise yourself with common Labradoodle health issues, and choose a reputable breeder if you’re getting a puppy.

Do you have a red Labradoodle at home? Or are you hoping to welcome one into your family soon?

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