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Labradoodle and Cockerpoo - common diseases and injuries

Discover the common and uncommon illnesses and injuries in Labradoodles and Cockerpoos. Statistics are based on Agria Sweden's damage statistics between 2016 and 2021.

The Labradoodle and Cockerpoo have increased in popularity

The Labradoodle and Cockerpoo have increased in popularity in recent years and many arrived to their new families as puppies during the pandemic. Because they are popular and have become so numerous in number, Agria has broken them out of the large group of mixed breed dogs, which they were previously part of. Nowadays, their injuries are collected in the database under labradoodle and cockerpoo respectively.

The labradoodles and cockerpoos in Agria's stock are still young and this is important to remember for those reading the material. They are therefore less often affected by diseases that usually come with increasing age, for example tumours, and therefore the damage statistics will probably change over time. In the health profiles, each breed is compared to all other breeds.

Other mixed breeds visit the vet less often

Compared to other mixed breed dogs, it is clear that both the Labradoodle and the Cockerpoo visit the vet more often. The profiles count the number of veterinary visits and the diagnosis the dog received. The profiles show that both labradoodles and cockerpoos have more vet visits than other mixed breeds. Mixed breeds also have fewer vet visits than other dog breeds.

Labradoodles suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea twice as often

The health profile for veterinary care shows that labradoodles have slightly more veterinary visits than other dogs. They therefore have reason to visit the vet more often. The most common reason for the vet visit is that the dog suffered from vomiting and diarrhoea, which is more than twice as common in labradoodles than in other breeds. The evidence also shows that males visit the vet slightly more often than females.

Another bar that stands out in injury statistics compared to other breeds is ear infections, which are often brought on by the Labradoodle's coat type combined with the shape of the ears. In addition, there is a foreign body in the stomach or intestine, which can be a sign that they are young and curious dogs who like to put everything possible in their mouths. Other common problem areas are eye inflammation as well as skin problems and itching which can be signs of allergy.

On the plus side, they have fewer problems than other dogs with urinary tract, tumours and genitalia in both females and males, which may be due to the young population. Here, the future will show how the diagnoses change with an aging population of labradoodles. The next update will take place in about five years.

Female cockerpoos visit the vet more than males 

In the cockerpoo group, a slightly higher percentage of dogs had to seek veterinary care than the comparison group of all breeds. The females account for a slightly larger proportion of the visits than the males. Like the labradoodle, the cockerpoo suffers from vomiting and diarrhoea more often than the dogs in the comparison group. In second place above common problems are ear infections and itching, which can be signs of allergy. Symptoms of poisoning then come in third place. It could be that the pet owner suspects that the dog has eaten something inappropriate and goes to the vet to inject an emetic.

The positive news is that the cockerpoo rarely suffers from problems such as various tumor diseases, which may be due to the fact that the dogs in Agria's stock have not yet reached the age where these diagnoses are common. Among dogs in general, problems in the locomotor system are common, but the cockerpoo is affected less often

About Agria Breed Profiles

The number of veterinary visits for each dog breed is compared with how common the diagnosis is for the "All Breeds" group. The basis is based on the dogs that visited the vet and used their animal insurance during the period 2016-2021.

The frequency is calculated on dog-years-at-risk (YAR), which refers to the time that each dog was insured during the period 2016–2021. A dog that has been insured for a year generates 1.0 YAR, a dog insured for six months generates 0.5 YAR. Frequencies are given as the number of dogs that registered an event (veterinary care or death) per 10,000 YEARS. A dog that has more than one event within a diagnostic category is counted only once per category, but is counted separately within each new diagnostic category. Categories where fewer than 8 dogs suffered a compensable injury (veterinary care or death) are not reported. A breed can contain several coat type or size variants.

Agria Breed Profiles is based on data from Agria Djurförsäkring which reflects the health status of our Swedish dogs. The primary goal regarding Breed Profiles is to provide a basis for Swedish breed clubs in their health work within their breeds. The first profiles were submitted to the Swedish Kennel Club and the various breed clubs in 2002 and covered the years 1995–2002. Agria has since presented four updates; 1995–2006 (about 100 races), 2006–2011 (about 130 races), 2011–2016 (about 180 races) and this version 2016–2021 (about 180 races).

 

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