An Australian Labradoodle will melt your heart and become a loving member of your family.
Take the easy going, loyal nature of a Labrador and mix it with the smart, comical, non-shedding Poodle and Cockapoo, and you’ve got a Labradoodle. But there’s a bit more to know about the Labradoodle, especially if you want an authentic Australian Labradoodle, and you want guaranteed quality and low or non-shedding. Labradoodles are very social. They are also great with kids and are wonderful therapy & service dogs.
Not all dogs identified as Australian Labradoodles are the real deal. Bloodlines are important. The true Australian Labradoodle, originating in Australia over 20 years ago, is a loving dog that has been selectively bred to exhibit four unique and highly sought-after traits.
The Australian Labradoodle Club of America explains it this way:
“The Australian Labradoodle is different from all other Labradoodles. In the early days, the Australian Labradoodle was simply a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Dogs from this cross typically were bred to each other over future generations, whereby the Australian dogs are also known as “Multi-generational” Labradoodles. Then, in the late 1980’s, Tegan Park and Rutland Mannor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperment, coat, conformation, and size. The infused breeds include Irish Water Spanial as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting Labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.”
The Australian Labradoodle Association describes these dogs this way: “Extremely clever, sociable, comical, joyful, energetic when free and soft and quiet when handled. They should approach people in a happy friendly manner, keen and easy to train. They should display an intuition about their 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.”
The hallmarks of the Australian Labradoodle
The authentic Australian Labradoodle is:
1. Very Low to non-shedding, 2. Allergy-friendly, 3. Highly intelligent, 4. Excellent temperament
Before joining their new families, our puppies are well on their way to being potty trained, crate trained and have been well socialized with our other dogs and lots of people (both young and old). They also have had their first set of vaccinations, Healthy Vet Check, microchipped and have been wormed.
F1 or First Generation is a Labrador/Poodle cross. This makes an “F1” half Lab and half Poodle. In this cross, the coat is inconsistent and there may be some shedding. The social, happy temperament in the F1 will be consistent in this wonderful Lab/Poodle mix.
F1B is an F1 Labradoodle that has been bred back to a Poodle to enhance the non-shedding, allergy friendly coat. Generally, these coats are low or non-shedding with either a silky, fleece coat or a curlier, wool coat. If they do shed, it is most likely light shedding.
The Australian Labradoodle is typically non-shedding or very low shedding. A “Multi-generational” Australian Labradoodle is the crossing of an Australian Labradoodle or “Multi-Gen” to a Multi-Gen. They have the very low or non-shedding coats that Labradoodles are known for.
Here are some basics to consider when choosing an Australian Labradoodle Puppy:
- COAT: Fleece or wool – both are allergy and asthma friendly.
- SIZE: Miniature (13 – 16+ inches at the shoulder), Medium (17 – 20 inches at the shoulder, around the size of a border collie) Standard (21+ inches, approximately the size of a standard poodle).
- COLOR: Cream, caramel, gold, chocolate, café, parchment, black, silver, apricot, red, parti (spotted) or phantom.
The American Labradoodle Association Chart:
|Heightat wither:21 to 24inches(not over 25)Weight: 50-65lbs.||Heightat wither:17 to 20inches(not over 21)Weight: 30-45lbs.||Heightat wither:14 to16inches(not over 17)Weight: 15-25lbs|