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About Labradoodles

In the 1980’s, The Guide Dog Association implemented a breeding and research program for an allergy friendly Guide dog. This was the start to the Australian, multi-generation Labradoodle as we know it today. This Australian Labradoodle started out as a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Dogs from the Australian cross were bred to each other for several generations, to create what is also known as “multi-generation” Labradoodles.

The Australian Labradoodle has been developed over the years. The founders of the Australian Labradoodle, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, infused several other breeds into the early generation lines of their Labrador retriever / Poodle crosses, to achieve the consistency in temperament and coat that we have today.

Australian Labradoodle Parent Breeds

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Poodle (all sizes)
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Curly coat Retriever

Dogs from these infusions have been bred together to continue the Australian, multi-generation lines. The Australian Labradoodle is much more likely to be low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than other types of Labradoodles, such as the first generation Labrador Retriever / Poodle crosses, or first generation crosses bred back to Poodles. Even when the Labrador Retriever / Poodle crosses are bred for several generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the other foundation breeds are not there to enhance their basic qualities.

The true Australian Labradoodle is the result of six or more successful generations of careful breeding. The result is a healthy, well tempered dog with a non-shedding allergy friendly coat.
Allergy friendly means that 95% of people with asthma and/or allergies will not have reactions to the dander or the coat of the Australian Labradoodle. The small population of people that have allergies to Australian Labradoodles are most likely allergic to dog saliva, and will generally react to any breed of dog, shedding or not.

The Labradoodle is available in three sizes, Standard (largest), Medium, and Miniature (smallest). The appearance is the same for all three sizes. The Labradoodle is a compact dog, that is athletic, yet graceful, and always appears to be happy. The coat should be non-shedding, and as allergy friendly as possible.

Sizes and Weight of Labradoodles

Labradoodle Size Weight
Standard 22 – 26 inches 22 to 42 kg (48-92 lbs)
Medium 18 – 21 inches 15 to 21 kg (33-46 lbs)
Miniature 14- 17 inches 10 to 15 kg (22-33 lbs)

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