The labradoodle origin (poodle x labrador) was devised in the 1980’s when Wally Conran brought the two breeds together to try and create a guide dog for a blind woman with allergies. The litters he produced were varied in size, temperament and coat, the inconsistency of the crosses were not ideal.
Eventually two Australian based breeders, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor took the concept of what Conran was trying to achieve and infused into the breeding line of labradoodles one out of a further four breeds to gain a more standard type in terms of coat, weight, temperament and size.
These specifically chosen infused breeds are the English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel or Curly Coat Retriever (there is no deviation from this breed list). These infused breed lines became what we now call the Australian Labradoodle or as Rutland Manor/Tegan Park named them the ASD (Australian Service Dog).
Please note, my breeding lines originate from Rutland Park and Tegan Manor and are independently assessed and confirmed by the ALAEU (Australian Labradoodle Association of Europe) of which I am a registered breeder, as being authentic Australian Labradoodles.
I do not breed Australian ‘type’ or 50/50 litters or Cobblersdogs (these are NOT genuine Australian Labradoodles), it can be a case of buyer beware I’m afraid, so please do your research, check the pedigree, check the parent breeds and ask difficult questions of the breeder.
The Australian Labradoodle was not bred for a specific purpose, except to be a great fun, family pet. They have over time proved themselves as a breed to be very easy to train, friendly, calm, unphased and have great energy and joy of life. Additionally they been used as therapy dogs, gun dogs, obedience competition and service work such is their intelligence, fantastic nature and willingness to please.
Australian Labradoodle coats are predominately and most likely to be non-shedding and should have a lovely soft texture in wool, or a fleece coat in loose, wavy or spiral waves.
There are three Australian Labradoodle sizes:
Standard 22 – 26″ / 55-66cm 22 to 42 kg
Medium 18 – 21″ / 45-54cm 15 to 21 kg
Miniature 14 – 17″ / 35-44cm 10 to 15 kg