THE AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE
The first litter of Australian Labradoodle puppies was bred in Australia in 1989 by a man named Wally Conron, who was 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 time English and American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels were also introduced into the breed to bring in desired qualities of those breeds.
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 task, make them perfect for use in therapy.
WHAT SIZES DO LABRADOODLES COME IN?
A “Standard” Labradoodle is over 22 inches at the highest point of the shoulders and weighs between 45 to 80 lbs.
A “Medium” Labradoodle is 15″ to 21″ to the shoulder and weighs 30 to 45 lbs.
A “Mini” Labradoodle is 14″ or less at the shoulder and weighs about 15 to 25 lbs
THE LABRADOODLE’S COAT
The coat can be described as one of two main categories:
1) The Fleece textured coat is a soft texture as in the Angora goat. It can have a straight wavy look or a soft spiraling curl look. It is an easy to manage textured coat.
2) The Wool textured coat is like a lamb’s wool in texture. It should have the appearance of looser spiraling wool which opens up easily to the skin. It should not appear thick and dense or tightly curled.
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.