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About Labradoodles

History of the Australian Labradoodle

In Victoria, Australia, in 1988, Wally Cochran of The Royal Guide Dogs produced the first litter of Labradoodles. Cochran had a request from a blind woman in Hawaii who needed a guide dog that would not inflame her husband’s allergies. Hair and saliva samples from many poodles were sent to the couple to see if they would cause an allergic reaction, but all of the tests were unsuccessful. Determined to find an answer, Cochran crossed one of the Royal Guide Dog Labs with a Standard Poodle. Three puppies were born, and one of those puppies did not trigger her husband’s allergies. That dog went on to be a tremendous guide dog for the blind woman. 

Interest in the Labradoodle began to spread in Australia, and a few breeders began to breed this dog with a specific plan. These Australian breeders infused other breeds with the Labradoodle to help improve the breed's beauty, health, temperament and boning. The infusion of new bloodlines created the Australian Labradoodle.

There are 5 parent breeds in the Australian Labradoodle. In order for a dog to be considered an "Australian Labradoodle", he or she must have all of these bloodlines:

• Poodle
• Labrador
• Irish Water Spaniel
• American Cocker Spaniel
• English Cocker Spaniel

Labradoodles for Less

I knew I wanted a Labradoodle! I began researching breeders on the Internet. At first glance, I could not understand why some breeders were charging only $300-$400 while other breeders were charging $2,300. What was the difference? I began to realize that many breeders cross a Poodle with a Labrador and call it a "Labradoodle". This first generation cross is called an F1.

With a first generation cross, or F1, it is impossible to predict the results in any particular case. The dog could shed like crazy, or you might get a mix of the two breeds called a hair coat. The appearance and temperament of the F1 dog simply can't be foreseen.

You may also see the term F1b. This means that the F1 generation has been bred back to a Poodle.  This breeding tends to produce a bit more consistency in the coat, but will not necessarily produce the non-shedding, allergy-friendly and beautiful dog we know as the Australian Multi-Generational Labradoodle.

An Australian Multi-Generational Labradoodle has taken generations of hard and careful work to create. The advantage of purchasing an Australian Labradoodle is that you will know just what you are buying, and they are bred especially for their prized temperament, coat, non-shedding qualities and size.

Sizes

There are three sizes of the Australian Labradoodle:

• Mini: 14-16 inches, 15-25 lbs.
• Medium: 17-20 inches, 30-45 lbs.
• Standard: 21-24 inches, 50-60 lbs.

Allergies and the Australian Labradoodle

The Australian Labradoodle was specifically bred for allergy sufferers. It is important for those who are looking for an allergy-friendly dog to investigate an Australian Multi-Generational Labradoodle. If you are interested in a Labradoodle for this reason, the best way to determine if your specific allergy is a rare exception that still might pose a problem is simply to spend a little time around one in a controlled environment. Please feel free to give us a call to discuss a plan to assist you with finding out whether an Australian Labradoodle will work for you or a member of your family with allergies.

Australian Labradoodle Coat Types

Wool: A Wool coat is soft and thick, with fairly tight curls that are slightly looser than the curls of a poodle. These coats tend to shed the least and are very easy to care for. A good brushing once a week should suffice for this type of coat.

Fleece: A Fleece coat is silky and extraordinarily soft. My daughter collects the hair from one of our Fleece girls and says she is going to send it out to have a sweater made from the amazingly soft hair from our girl Halle. A Fleece coat sheds a very small amount and can be wavy to loose, soft flowing curls. A Fleece coat may require slightly more grooming, and will need to be cut down a few times a year.




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