A Labradoodle is a crossbred (hybrid) dog crossing the Labrador Retriever and a Standard or Miniature Poodle. The beauty of this breed is the combination of the low-shedding coat of the Poodle with the gentleness and trainability of the Labrador.
Labradoodles are friendly and good with families and children. Like their parent breeds, both of which are amongst the world’s most intelligent dog breeds, Labradoodles are very intelligent and quite trainable, often seeking commands and finding pleasure in learning.
The first known use of the term “Labradoodle” was by Sir Donald Campbell to describe his Labrador/Poodle cross dog in his 1955 book, “Into the Water Barrier”. However, the Labradoodle became better known in 1988, when Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle at Guide Dogs Victoria [source: wikipedia]
Australian Labradoodle Chart & Info
Labradoodle F1 and a Poodle
An F1B with an Approved Parent Breed (see list below) or F1B to an Australian Labradoodle (any generation)
Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle:
The Australian Labradoodle offspring and a Austalian Labradoodle offspring (Australian, Multigen or Purebred)
Purebred Australian Labradoodle:
The Australian Labradoodle offspring of 5 or more consecutive breedeings of a Multigen or Purebred Australian Labradoodle.
Approved Parent Breeds
-Irish Water Spaniel
-Curly Coat Retriever
-American Cocker Spaniel
-English Cocker Spaniel
Australian Labradoodle Coats
(Australian Labradoodles come in two types of coats, wool or fleece, and earlier generation labradoodles can exhibit the third type of labradoodle coat which is called a hair coat.)
Like the texture of lamb’s wool, the coat is soft, not harsh or coarse, and curly to loose waves. This coat is reliably non shedding. This is a low to no odor coat.
A soft textured coat that can range from straight to wavy to spiral curls. It should not feel harsh or coarse; it should feel soft and silky. This coat is also reliably non shedding in the Australian lines and is generally a fine choice for those with allergies or asthma. This is a low to no odor coat.
This coat is common in the early generations and is a straight, shaggy and shedding coat. This coat has the typical doggy odor.
Australian Labradoodle Hair Waviness
The strands loop over themselves in a curl about 1 inch in diameter
The strand waves and wiggles back and forth not looping over
This can be long to about 5 inches or a short 2 inches in length
Australian Labradoodle Coat Colors
The Australian Labradoodle in a number of different and beautiful colours. We have had Red, Chocolate, Lavender,caramel and Apricot. For a Complete listing of Australian Labradoodle Colors, visit the ALA.
Australian Labradoodle Sizes
Height: 14 to 16 inches, not over 17″ from wither to ground
Weight: Weight: 15 – 25 pounds at maturity
Height: 17 to 20 inches, not over 21″ from wither to ground
Weight: 30 – 45 pounds at maturity.
Height: 21 to 24 inches, not over 25″ from wither to ground
Weight: 50 – 65 pounds at maturity.
Australian Labradoodle Temperament
The Australian Labradoodle has a delightful and friendly character. They are non-aggressive dogs with a gentle temperament, as well as designer dogs with a captivating personality.
Because of their keen intelligence, they are very eager and easy to train even when they are puppies. They are joyful, energetic and playful when free; yet soft, quiet and loving when handled. The Australian Labradoodle is athletic and graceful even while remaining compact in stature.
Because of their cleverness they are fantastic with children, as therapy dogs and for people with special needs. They are affectionate, sociable dogs who, when properly trained ~ rarely bark.
Australian Labradoodle Grooming / Allergy Info
Australian Labradoodles were originally bred as service dogs for people with dog related allergies. They started as a mix of Poodles and Labrador Retrievers and over the years have had infusions of English and American cocker spaniel, Irish water spaniel, and, recently, Irish soft coated wheaten.
Wally Conron bred the first “purpose bred” labradoodles for Guide Dogs Victoria in the 1970s. This first breeding was an attempt to produce a service dog for a blind woman in Hawaii whose husband suffered from dog related allergies.
Other breeders realized the “cute” appeal and bred Labrador x Poodle crosses for pet sales, but two breeding and research centers were established by women who had a vision to establish a new breed with non shedding coats and the specific purpose of service and therapy work. Rutland Manor Breeding and Research Center was established by Beverley Manners and Tegan Park Breeding and Research Center was established by Angela Cunningham. Only one of the original founders is still in operation today.
Labrador Retriever (female) and a Poodle (male)
Labradoodle Female (F1) and a Labradoodle Male (F1)
Labradoodle Female (F2) and a Labradoodle Male (F2)
The Labradoodle offspring (F1, F1B, or Multigen) and a Labradoodle (F1, F1B, or Multigen)
Golden Retriever (female) and a Std. Poodle (male)
Goldendoodle Female (F1) and a Goldendoodle Male (F1)
Goldendoodle Female (F2) and a Goldendoodle Male (F2)