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What Is An Australian Labradoodle?

 

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 know as "Multi-generational" Labradoodles.  

 In the late 1980's, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle, began infusing several other breeds into their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament, coat, form, and size.  The  breeds include Irish Water and the American and English Cocker Spaniel.  The end result labradoodles have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.

Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs with beautiful coats that are more low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than other types of Labradoodles such as first generation Lab/Poodle crosses, or first generation crosses bred back to Poodles.  Even when the other types of Labradoodles are bred on for generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the attributes of the infused breeds were not included in their ancestry

 

Temperament/Personality

They are happy and silly, but also content just to hang out with their humans. They want to do whatever you are doing.  If the kids are running around playing, that is what they want to do!  If you are relaxing with a good book, they will happily curl up beside you. It is the absolute best of both worlds!  Australian Labradoodles love to play, they are energetic when they need to be, but also are happy just to chill. They are incredibly intelligent and super eager to please. This makes the Australian Labradoodle very easy to train. They LOVE their humans and tend to be very in-tune to their needs, when I'm feeling sad they are right beside me, and you can see the compassion in their eyes.  They are excellent with kids, other animals.

Generations

First Generation Labradoodle or F1 –  Labrador Retriever crossed with a Poodle. Coats can be somewhat inconsistent at this stage. Approximately 30% either do not shed at all or shed very little. This cross is typically not suited for families with allergies. These coats tend to be easy to maintain.

F1b Labradoodle or F1b – The result of crossing an F1 Labradoodle to a poodle. This combination helps to create a more consistent allergy-friendly coat. The success rate for a light-shedding to a non-shedding dog is much higher. 

Australian Labradoodles – The result of crossing an Australian Labradoodle to an F1, F1b or Poodle, or crossing combination of a Labrador, Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. The result of either will be considered an Australian Labradoodle and are typically allergy friendly.

Multigen Australian Labradoodle – The result of crossing an Australian Labradoodle to another Australian Labradoodle. This cross is considered allergy friendly.

Size

  The Labradoodle comes in three heights and weights.

  • Miniatures: 14″-16″ inches in height and 15-30 lbs in weight.

  • Mediums: 17″-20″ inches in height and 30-45 lbs in weight.

  • Standards: 21″-24″ inches in height and 45-65 lbs in weight.

 

 

Colors

Labradoodle colors vary and include solid and parti-colors (more than one color). Remember, a puppy may not keep his original puppy color. Often, a puppy’s coat will lighten with age but may surprise everyone by darkening. Unfortunately, there isn’t an exact science as to what color your puppy will eventually become.

  • Chalk/White: Chalk should be a white color but when compared to white is rather a chalky-white in color. Nose pigment to be black or rose. Chalk dogs with brown/rose noses are sometimes referred to as Caramel Ice.

  • Cream: Cream should be a creamy coloring sometimes with apricot/gold tinting, all shades of cream are acceptable. Nose pigment to be black or rose. Cream dogs with brown/rose noses are sometimes referred to as Caramel Cream.

  • Apricot: Visualize the fleshy part of a peach. Apricots can range from a light apricot to dark apricot. Some fade over time and some hold their color nicely.

  • Gold: Gold has also been referred to, as “apricot” should be the color of the inside of a ripe apricot to varying shades of rich Gold in color. A true Gold should not have a lighter root than the outer coat and preferable have an even coloration over the entire body. This color may fade as the dog grows older. Nose pigment to be black in color.

  • Red: Red should be a solid even rich red in color. A true red should not be lighter at the root than the outer coat. Reds can fade as the dog grows older. Nose pigment to be black. This is a rare color group.

  • Caramel: Caramel ranges from a rich gold through to a deep red the preferred color is very much the same color as its namesake 'caramel' with even coloration over the entire body. Nose pigment to be rose in color. 

  • Chocolate: .Chocolate should be a dark and rich in color. True chocolates are born almost black in color and maintain the rich dark color throughout their lifetime. Color should be even. Nose pigment to be rose in color (matching the coat color). Rare color group.

  • Black: Black should be a solid with no sprinkling of any other color through the coat. Nose pigment to be black.

  • Silver: Silver can range in shades from very light pewter in color to a dark charcoal. It is preferred to see an even color through the coat but it is acceptable to see uneven layering of color in the coat. Silvers are born black with the coat color developing over time (1-3 yrs). Nose pigment to be black.

  • Blue: Blue should be a dark to medium smoky blue in color. Blues are born black but will have a blue/grey skin pigment. The blue coat color will develop over time (1-3yrs) but as a developed adult should have an even coat color. Nose pigment to be blue/grey (matching the skin pigmentation). Rare color group.

  • Café: Café ranges from a milk chocolate to silver-beige in color and will develop over time (1-3yrs). Nose pigment to be rose in color (matching the coat color).

  • Lavender: Lavender has a definite smoky lavender chocolate color giving an almost pink to lilac appearance. Lavender dogs are born chocolate and will develop over time (1-3yrs). Nose pigment to be rose in color (matching the coat color). Rare color group.

  • Parchment: Parchment is a creamy beige. Parchment dogs are born milk chocolate and will develop over time (1-3yrs). Nose pigment to be rose in color. (Rare color group).

  • Parti: Partis are at least fifty percent white, with spots or patches of any other above solid color. The head can be of a solid color but white muzzle, blaze, or white muzzle/blaze combination (preferably symmetrical) are equally acceptable. Full or partial saddles are acceptable, as long as they do not exceed the color proportion, but are not preferred. Ticking in the white of the coat is acceptable but not preferred. Nose pigment to match the solid color requirements as listed above.

  • Abstract: Abstracts are less than fifty percent white, with the remaining percent any other acceptable solid color.

 

 

Coats

Australian Labradoodles can have three types of coats. Fleece and wool and coats to require a lot of maintenance.

  •  Fleece Coat: The Fleece textured coat is a soft texture as in the Angora goat. It can either have a straight-wavy look or a soft spiraling curl look. It is an easy to manage textured coat.

  •  Wool: Curly like a poodle, usually non-shedding and allergy friendly. 

  •  Hair: Can vary in thickness and length, it tends to be straight or slightly wavy. The coat is low maintenance. Compatibility with allergy sufferers varies considerably because some shed immensely, others minimally.

 

 

 

Life Expectancy

12-14 years