The Australian Labradoodle
From the ALAA Website:
The Australian Labradoodle breed dates back to the 1980’s when Wally Conron of the Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia received a request from a vision impaired woman in Hawaii for a guide dog that wouldn’t aggravate her husbands allergies. He began breeding Labradors and Poodles in hopes of developing an allergy friendly dog with the temperament for guide work. It was found that only a few of these early crosses were non shedding and allergy friendly. He then carefully selected puppies and bred them on to other carefully selected Labradoodles. This was the beginning of the Labradoodle. Two breeding and research centers, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor continued the selective and careful development to create a breed that would carry the service dog quality temperament desired with an allergy friendly low to no shedding coat.
The Australian Labradoodle breed is not just a cross between a labrador retriever and a poodle. The Australian labradoodle is multigenerational with lineage including infusions of English and American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniel. These multiple generations of breeding are what gives us the consistent quality of the puppies’ coat, appearance, and temperament.
Here is an explanation of the various generations of the Labradoodles
F1 = First generation labradoodle. Labrador Retriever bred to a Poodle. 50/50 mix of Lab and poodle. This cross produces a wide variety of coats and appearance. May be shedding or non-shedding. Pups may vary greatly in appearance within the same litter.
F1B = Labradoodle bred to a Poodle. Low to non-shedding.
Multigenerational = Labradoodle bred to a labradoodle. F2, F3, F4 and so on.
Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle = Australian Labradoodle bred to an Australian labradoodle. Foundation lines developed in Australia and are the result of careful planning for several generations.
We only breed the Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle as they are the most consistent in temperament, coat, and appearance. All of our breeding stock and puppies lineage can be traced back to the original Australian lines from Tegan Park and Rutland Manor.
Standard Labradoodle: over 21″ at the withers, 45-60 pounds
Medium Labradoodle: 17″ to 20″ at the withers, 20-40 pounds
Miniature Labradoodle: 14″ to 16″ at the withers, less than 20 pounds
Wool – The Wool coat has tight round curls and should have a soft texture similar to the Poodle. Non-shedding, allergy friendly and easily managed. Requires regular brushing and grooming.
Fleece – The fleece coat is like human hair. It is a single coat with loose loopy spirals, or soft waves. It feels soft to the touch. Low to non-shedding, allergy friendly and easy to mange. Requires regular brushing and grooming.
More information on the ALAA Breed Standard: ALAA Breed Standard
More Information on the ALAA Breed Colors: ALAA Breed Colors
One of the main reasons we fell in love with the Australian labradoodle breed was their fabulous temperament:
Extremely clever, sociable, comical and joyful. Energetic when free and quiet when handled. Should approach people in a happy, friendly manner. Keen and easy to train. Should display an intuition about emotional state of family members or handler’s current emotional state or needs. This ability to “know” is what has made the Australian Labradoodle an excellent dog for individuals with special needs.