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 near decades. 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. The infused
breeds include the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever as well as the American and
English Cocker Spaniel. 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
Allergy friendly means that 99.9% 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
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.
Standard: 22 - 26 inches, weighs 22 to 42 kg (48-92 lbs)
Medium: 18 - 21 inches, weighs 15 to 21 kg (33-46 lbs)
Miniature: 14- 17 inches, weighs 10 to 15 kg (22-33 lbs)
The temperament of the Labradoodle can be described in one word,
FUN! They are happy, loyal, affectionate, friendly, playful,
confident, non-aggressive, intuitive, and clever.
Labradoodles are soft mouthed retrievers that love the water. They
are also well suited to be service dogs, such as a Hearing, Guide or
Seizure Alert Dog. They are very easy to train.
There are three coat types:
Wool: does not shed, should be the most allergy friendly, feels
similar to that of a pure bred Poodle and is usually tightly curled.
Fleece: minimal to non shedding, also allergy friendly, feels wonderfully
soft and fleecy, and has loose curls.
Hair: not ideal, light shedding, less allergy friendly, coarser
texture, can be curly, short or long
The wool and fleece coats do not have a dog odor.