The Labradoodle is in the race perspective a relatively “new invention”. In 1988 the Australian breeder Wally Conron deliberately crossed a Standard Poodle with a Labrador Retriever. By combining the two racers high intelligence and characteristic:
Poodle’s not moulting fur
Labrador’s friendly mind and good characteristics for training
the aim was to breed a new type of hypoallergenic assistance dog.
The Labradoodle has grown popular both as a family dog as well as assistance dog / guide dog / therapy dog.
It is not a separate race and there is still many years of serious breeding work before the gene pool is large enough to avoid problems with inbreeding and consequent defects due to pathological inbreeding.
The term “Labradoodle” as such is not protected. A Labradoodle puppy can just as well be the result of a more or less random poodle X labrador mating or again the result of serious and purposeful breeding. As breeders we owe “The Labradoodles” future to balance the qualities of health, temperament and appearance towards the goal: an ever improving Labradoodlens gene pool.
Any puppy with Poodle- and Labrador Genes can today be called a Labradoodle.
The term F1 covers a cross of Labrador X Poodle.
Crosses of two F1’er some of the puppies fall most like Poodle and some
most as Labrador and some as Labradoodles. (VERY simplified) See Mendel’s first and second law of genetics.
Australian Labradoodle / Multigenerational Labradoodle
The guaranty for the labradoodles species-specific features proves best where there is multigenerational Labradoodles or Australian Labradoodles. Behind these hides generations of careful and serious breeding.
Multigenerational Labradoodles have only Labrador and Poodle in itself.
Australian Labradodles may have in addition to Labrador and Poodle, American / English Cocker Spaniel, Irish water spaniel in its pedigree. The goal is to add positive properties of these breeds to the gene pool, with a focus on health based on the motto that random spread of genes may be a sign of health when done wisely.
So look carefully before you choose, from where you will buy!
The Australian Labradoodle is an extremely intelligent, sociable, comical and joyful dog who is gentle and calm when being handled. They are very friendly with people and always want to join in the action. They are smart and easy to train. Australian Labradoodles tend to be very intuitive and tuned in on their families, so they are perfect for people with special needs.
There are many possible colors ranging from black to silver, cream to red and parchment to chocolate. Multicoloured dogs are known as parti. Merle is not a colour recognized by the Breed Standard.
There are two types of coat, namely fleece and wool coat.
The “fleece coat” resembles that of an Angora goat, and can occur with soft curls or wavy. It is very soft to the touch.
The “wool coat” looks more like the wool of a sheep. The coat should not be too thick and should be easy to open.
Although Australian Labradoodles do not shed, proper coat maintenance can sometimes be a chore.
The Australian Labradoodle may not have an undercoat.
In the below video created by the American labradoodle club – ALAA – is shown how you groom your Labradoodle.
Officially, there are three sizes, but at this period of breed development, it is possible that different sizes to be inter mated.
Miniature height 35-42 cm weight 7-13 kg
Medium height 43-52 cm weight 13-20 kg
Standard height 53-63 cm weight 23-30 kg
Australian Labradoodles have an allergy friendly coat but this unfortunately does not mean that everyone with a dog allergy will tolerate an Australian Labradoodle. It is possible to be allergic to saliva, urine, hair or dander and each person’s allergy is slightly different.
Experience shows that a large percentage of people with dog allergies do not react to Australian Labradoodles, but this does not apply to everyone. We therefore strongly recommend that you meet an Australian Labradoodle before you begin the purchasing process. Ask your breeder if you can come and meet his or her dogs prior to purchase. Ideally you will be able to meet the mother of your puppy well ahead of time. You should definitely repeat the test with the puppy you plan to introduce to your family. Even if no reaction occurs during your test, you may find that you react when your puppy comes home. This may be because of allergens that the puppy has picked up through contact with another animal (a dog or cat in the breeders home, at the vet’s office etc). If this is the case, you will see a vast improvement after bathing the puppy.
If you see no improvement after bathing, you should contact your breeder. A responsible breeder will always work with you to find the best possible solution. You should never re-home the puppy yourself without contacting your breeder.
Many people ask whether the generation of the Australian Labradoodle affects allergy friendliness. This should not be the case. If the puppy is an Australian Labradoodle, his or her coat should match the requirements of the Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard which stipulates a low to non-shedding, allergy friendly coat. Before a dog can be considered an Australian Labradoodle it should meet these standards. The coat of an ALF1 or ALF2 should be just as allergy friendly as a Pure AL.