Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard, courtesy of the ALAEU.
General Appearance: Must appear athletic and graceful with a compact body displaying substance with medium boning. Should not appear cloddy or heavy nor overly fine. They have a free flowing wavy or curly coat that does not shed and is allergy-friendly.
Temperament: clever, friendly, sociable, comical, joyful, energetic when free and soft and quiet when handled. They should approach people in a happy friendly manner with eye to eye contact. Keen and easy to train. They should display an intuition about their family members or handler’s current emotional state or needs. Based on this intuition some Australian Labradoodles can be trained to become a service dog.
There are three Australian Labradoodle sizes:
Labradoodle Size Weight
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
Head: Moderately broad with well-defined eyebrows. Stop should be moderate with eyes set well apart. The head should be of moderate width; developed but without exaggeration. Foreface to appear shorter than skull. The head should be clean-cut and free from fleshy cheeks. The whole head must be in proportion to the size of the dog. Skull should be slightly rounded but not domed. Forehead medium breadth, muzzle not snipey, but should have depth and breadth. The head should flow naturally into a strong slightly curved and muscular neck and not appear to be ‘stuck on’. The head should be fully coated as on the body, legs and tail.
Eyes:Wide set, Large, expressive and slightly rounded.Wide round or narrow shaped eyes are less desirable. Eye colors can be darkest brown, a transparent honey color, or shades of hazel
Ears: Set slightly above eye level and should lay flat against head in proportion with the skull with a slight lift at the base for air flow. Leather should be of medium thickness, and leather should not hang below the lower lip line.
Mouth: Must be a scissor bite. Upper teeth to just overlap the bottom teeth. A complete set of teeth of an adult Australian Labradoodle consists of 42 teeth.
Nose: Should be large, of square appearance and fleshy. Not narrow, pinched or pointed.
Neck: Well proportioned of good strength, moderately long lending an air of elegance, slightly arched and flow into shoulders with no appearance of abruptness.
Forequarters: Shoulders blades and upperarms to be the same length, and shoulders should be well laid back. Elbows are set close to the body. Forelegs to be straight when viewed from the front.
Body: Height (to wither) as to length (from sternum to point of buttock) should appear square and compact. Well sprung. Loins should be strong and muscular.
Level top line, strong over loins and slightly sloping croup and with sloping shoulders flowing into firm elbows and front legs straight to the ground. Stifles should have medium angulation and be long, with short strong hocks parallel and straight to the ground. They are a galloping dog, so flanks should rise to a medium tuck up, from a deep brisket and well sprung but not barreled ribs.
Hindquarters: In profile the croup is nearly flat, slight sloping of the croup is acceptable. Stifles should be moderately turned to propel forward movement, and hindquarters well muscled for power in movement. Hock to heel should be strong and short being perpendicular to the ground. View from the rear should be parallel to each other
Feet: The feet are of medium size, round with well-arched toes having elastic and thick pads. The feet should not turn in or out. The breed is born without hind dewclaws.
Tail: A sable shaped tail. The tail should follow the topline in repose or when in motion. It may be carried gaily.
Movement: Trotting gait is effortless, smooth, powerful and coordinated in mature dogs. Should have a good reach in front and drive from behind for forward motion. Sound free movement and a light gait are essential. When viewed from the front or rear, the legs turn neither in or out. When galloping, they should appear to float almost above the ground. Light and airy, flowing and free moving with a complete absence of apparent effort.
Coat: A distinctive feature of this breed is that the coat is non-shedding and does not have any doggy odor. The coat is allergy friendly to the vast majority of persons with dog related allergies. The coat should be even over the entire body. It should be straight, wavy or forming spirals It should be a single coat. Can range between a fleece to wool in texture.
*The Fleece textured coat is a soft texture as in the Angora goat. It can either have a straight wavy look or a soft spiralling curl look.
*The Wool textured coat is like a lamb’s wool in texture. It should have the appearance of looser spiralling wool, which opens up easily to the skin.
Colour: albinism and merle are not acceptable for genuine Australian Labradoodles
Character: Any sign of aggression or dominance, fearful, timid, yappy or highly-strung temperaments
Short or overly thick neck
Toeing in or out is a fault.
Excessively short front limbs
Straight upright shoulders are a fault as are straight stifles
Cow hocks are a fault as are toes turning either inwards or outwards.
Movement: Bad carriage or heavy gait
Head: Weak underjaw is a fault. A long narrow (poodle head) or block head. Protruding or sunken eyes. Watery or tearful eyes.
Crowding teeth. Canines must not point into the uppergums. Over or undershot or pincer mouth.
Excessive hair in the ear canal is undesirable
Tail: Tail should not curl completely over the back. Tip of tail should not touch the back nor curl upon itself.
Coat: The coat should not be too thick or dense or tightly curled, nor should it be fluffy or fuzzy. Any sign of an undercoat is a serious fault. Extremely harsh hair is highly undesirable. It should not shed. Improper coat, like flatcoated retrievers.