The Australian Labradoodle breed was a planned crossbreeding. created in Australia in the 1980s. The goal of the Australian clubs was to create a new "breed" with the best attributes of the original breeds. Wally Conron's objective was to produce assistance dogs that do not shed hair (for people with allergies). Australian Labradoodle guide dogs have been successfully trained and placed in Australia and Hawaii. They are low to non-shedding and mostly hypo-allergenic. The Australian Labradoodle started out as a simple cross between the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle or Miniature Poodle and is still widely the case in North America. Australians, on the other hand, have taken the Labradoodle a few steps further. In mid-2004 it was announced that the Australian Labradoodle was not just a Labrador x Poodle cross but was a breed in its own right developed over many years with particular goals in mind. To accomplish these goals, further development was done with parent breed infusions added to the already blooming Labrador x Poodle cross lines. The developers of the breed sought out the best way in which to compliment the Australian Labradoodle breed, and to develop the qualities that they find and love in these dogs. In 1997 the very first Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard was written which reflected these goals. The Australian Labradoodle currently consists of 6 different breeds in its origin. The confirmed and approved parent breeds of the Australian Labradoodle are the Poodle (Standard, Miniature, Toy, Labrador Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.
Australian Labradoodles are sought out for their soft fleecy coats, friendly demeanor. They are different from other labradoodles due to them being "multi-generational." This means the initial Labrador Retriever-Poodle cross is quite a few generations in the past. By breeding multi-generational sires and dams to each other, together with holding these breeding dogs to the highest health and temperament standards, Australian Labradoodle breeders continue to further the solid genetic lines of this breed.
Australian Labradoodles are intelligent, loving dogs with coats that do not disappoint. They're more reliably low- to no-shedding and hypoallergenic than other labradoodles and goldendoodles. They're generally easy to train and sociable and more and more people are turning toward them for service and therapy dog needs. Many families report their pet seems to just know when they need a little extra emotional support, even without any extra training!
Keep reading to learn about different sizes, colors, and patterns you might find in the Australian Labradoodle world.
There are three sizes of Australian Labradoodles. Measurements are from the shoulder to the ground. Often, though, the sizes are expressed more in pounds than inches.
- Miniature: 14 - 16 inches, 15 - 25 pounds
- Medium: 17 - 20 inches, 25 - 45 pounds
- Standard: 21 - 24 inches, over 45 pounds
Australian Labradoodles have non-shedding coats. The coat can be wavy or curly, but shouldn't be too thick or fluffy/fuzzy. The texture can range from wavy to wool, but both should be soft to the touch.
- Fleece: non-shedding, soft, much like an Angora goat. Fleece can be either a wavy fleece or a curly fleece where the curls are soft and spiral.
- Wool: non-shedding, soft, similar to a lamb's in texture. The curls should be able to be parted and not be too dense or tight, despite their more wooly texture.