Labradoodle Breed Information
How It All Began
Labradoodle Breed Information. In the late eighties, Pat Blum a vision-impaired woman from Hawaii contacted GDAV, the Guide Dog Association of Victoria (Australia). Due to her husband’s allergies, Pat hoped to get an “allergy friendly” guide dog. The manager at GDAV, John Gosling agreed to help. Wally Conron, the breeding manager for GDAV, bred the first intentional litter of Labradoodles. Harley, a poodle, and Brandy, a Labrador, produced three Labradoodle puppies. Out of the three pups, one fit the mold. Sultan, not only was an allergy friendly puppy, but his temperament and trainable nature made him the perfect guide dog companion. He was successfully trained as a guide dog, and at the age of 18 months was united with Pat. Over the years, this union has proven to be a superior combination. Not only are the pups as cute as can be, but they are also incredibly smart, trainable, and have excellent temperaments. These attributes along with their allergy-friendly and light-to-non-shedding coats make the Australian Labradoodle an increasingly sought after pet.
What Is An Australian Labradoodle?
Because of the service dog potential, breeders in Australia began breeding Labradoodles with the hope of producing puppies with consistent conformation, coat type, and temperament. Organizations have been formed to protect the continued development of the Australian Labradoodle lines. The Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA) is the largest and most respected of those organizations. It is an exciting time to be involved in the development of this breed.
The Australian Labradoodle is considered to be a cross between the Poodle and Labrador Retriever with intermittent infusion (a dash) of Cocker Spaniel or Cockapoo. The Australian Labradoodle also includes the original Australian Labradoodle bloodlines from Tegan Park and Rutland Manor. Most Australian Labradoodle bloodlines originated in Australia. You can learn more about Labradoodles at www.alaa-labradoodle.com
An Australian Labradoodle is a perpetual optimist. Everything is happy in their world. They are jovial, comical and goofy, but also content just to hang with their people. They want to do whatever you are doing. If the kids are running around playing, that is what they want to do! If you are relaxing with a good book, they will happily curl up beside you. It is the absolute best of both worlds! Australian Labradoodles love to play, and in my opinion, have just the right amount of energy. They are energetic when they need to be, but also are happy just to chill. They are incredibly intelligent and super eager to please. This makes the Australian Labradoodle extremely trainable. They can be a little too smart for their own britches at times. Be careful, it’s not uncommon for them to outsmart you. They need regular exercise, but nothing like the requirement of some of the field hunting breeds. They adore toys! Plush, squeaky, tug, you name it; they love them all. One of my favorite traits of the Australian Labradoodle is their sensitively toward people. They LOVE their humans and tend to be very in-tune to their needs. This makes them excellent therapy and service dogs candidates. They are fantastic with kids, other animals, and think everyone is their friend.
First Generation Labradoodle or F1 – The product of a Labrador Retriever crossed with a Poodle. Coats can be somewhat inconsistent at this stage. Approximately 30% either do not shed at all or shed very little. This cross is typically not suited for families with allergies. These coats tend to be easy to maintain.
F1b Labradoodle or F1b – The result of crossing an F1 Labradoodle to a poodle. This combination helps to create a more consistent allergy-friendly coat. The success rate for a light-shedding to a non-shedding dog is much higher.
Australian Labradoodles – The result of crossing an Australian Labradoodle to an F1, F1b or Poodle, or crossing combination of a Labrador, Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. The result of either will be considered an Australian Labradoodle and are typically allergy friendly.
Multigen Australian Labradoodle – The result of crossing an Australian Labradoodle to another Australian Labradoodle. This cross is considered allergy friendly.
The Labradoodle comes in three height categories. Determine size by measuring from the floor to the top of the shoulder.
Miniatures: 14″-16″ inches in height and 15-30 lbs in weight.
Mediums: 17″-20″ inches in height and 30-45 lbs in weight.
Standards: 21″-24″ inches in height and 45-65 lbs in weight.
Labradoodle colors vary widely and include solid and parti-colors (more than one color). Keep in mind, a pup may not retain his original puppy color. At times, a puppy’s coat will lighten with age but may surprise everyone by darkening. Unfortunately, there isn’t an exact science as to what color your puppy will eventually become, but we can give you a pretty good idea. Coat color will range in shade and intensity.
Chalk / White: White does not necessarily mean white. Shades can vary between white and cream when compared to a bright white.
Cream / Gold: This is richer in color than a chalk or white. The color ranges from just hints of gold to a deeper gold.
Apricot: Visualize the fleshy part of a peach. Apricots can range from a light apricot to dark apricot. Some fade over time and some hold their color nicely.
Red: Ah, the beautiful red! A real red will be quite dark and red. Many mistake a dark apricot for a red. They can fade to an apricot, but others will retain their deep dark red. Red is one of the more challenging colors to produce.
Caramel: A caramel is an apricot or red with a liver nose and green eyes. A dark caramel is my personal favorite. A dark caramel can also be a challenging color to produce.
Chocolate: This color can range from dark chocolate to milk chocolate. The chocolate color may stay a rich chocolate or fade over time.
Black: Unlike some of the other colors true blacks should retain its color. If there are any recessive genes in the line for silver or blue, the pup can fade to silver.
You can find more detailed information on Australian Labradoodle colors HERE
Australian Labradoodles can have three types of coats.
Fleece Coat: A wavy to curly coat that has the feel of silky angora. This is typically a non-shedding coat. The coat can be high maintenance during the transition from puppy to adult dog.
Wool: Curly like a poodle, usually non-shedding and allergy friendly. A wool coat typically has a more cotton-like feel. The coat can be high maintenance if kept long. Clipping it shorter will cut down on the maintenance.
Hair: Varies in thickness and length. Tends to be straight or slightly wavy. The coat is low maintenance. Compatibility with allergy sufferers varies considerably because some shed immensely, others minimally.