THE AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE
The first litter of Australian Labradoodle puppies was bred in Australia in 1989 by a man named Wally Conron, the breeding manager for the Guide Dog Services in Australia. A vision impaired woman with a husband who was allergic to dogs had contacted Wally to see if he could fulfill her request for a service dog. After numerous breedings between Poodles and Labrador Retrievers, Wally produced a puppy with an allergy friendly coat. This litter was the official beginning of the Labradoodle breed.
Over a period of time the English and American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels were also infused into the breed to introduce desirable traits to create the Multi-Generational Australian Labradoodles of today.
THE LABRADOODLE’S TEMPERMENT
The Australian Labradoodle is an extremely intelligent, fun loving dog. They are very loving and social. Their loving nature and sweet dispositions make them the perfect choice for a family pet. This, in addition to their eagerness to please and their ability to quickly learn unusual or special tasks, make them perfect for use as therapy animals.
WHAT SIZES DO LABRADOODLES COME IN?
A “Standard” Labradoodle is over 21 to 24″ at the highest point of the shoulders.
A “Medium” Labradoodle is 17″ to 20″ at the shoulder.
A “Mini” Labradoodle is 14″ to 16″ at the shoulder.
THE LABRADOODLE’S COAT
The texture of the coat is divided into 3 main categories:
1) The Hair Coat is seen in early generations and sheds a light to moderate amount.
2) The Fleece textured coat has a soft, silky texture that is often compared to the Angora goat. It can be straight, wavy or have a soft spiraling curl look. It is an easy to manage textured coat. This coat is a low to no shed.
3) The Wool textured coat is more dense and comparable to a lamb’s wool in texture. It should have the appearance of looser spiraling wool which opens up easily to the skin. This coat is a low to no shed.
THE MANY COLORS OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE
Australian Labradoodles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. There are solid colors and patterns such as parti, phantom, abstract, sable, brindle and multi. The most common colors are white, cream, apricot, red, chocolate, black or a combination of two or even three of these colors! There are slight variations in every color. And just to keep things interesting puppies may fade or darken as they mature.