What is an Australian Labradoodle?
IT'S MORE THAN THE TRADITIONAL LABRADOODLE MOST OF US KNOW OF
The Australian Labradoodle dates back to the 1980s during the first creation of the Labradoodle. In 1988 the first labradoodle was purposefully bred by Wally Conron of Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia to create an allergy-friendly guide dog with low to non-shedding fur. This is the cross of the poodle and the labrador retriever, which we know of today as the Labradoodle. It became popular fast and quickly took off all over the world. In an effort to refine the breed, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor began to infuse other breeds such as the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, and the American and English Cocker Spaniel. After breeding each hybrid back into one another for nearly 20 years, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor created what we know today as the multi-generational Australian Labradoodle.
These dogs generally come in three different sizes: miniature (14-16" tall, 15-25 lbs), medium (17-20" tall, 25-45 lbs.), and standard (21-24" tall, 45-65 lbs). They also generally have three different coat types: wool, curly fleece, and wavy fleece. However, their colors can vary greatly resulting in caramel, chocolate, cream, gold/apricot, parchment, red, cafe, chalk, black, silver, blue, lavender, parti, and phantom.
For more information on this beloved breed please visit the Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association website (WALA) or the Australian Labradoodle Association of America website (ALAA).