The Labradoodle breed was developed by Wally Conren of Australia when a visually impaired woman in Hawaii contacted the Australian Guide dog association in search of an allergy friendly guide dog that wouldn’t irritate her husband’s allergies. Wally Conren recommended the first cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Standard poodle. It was this first breeding that a puppy named Sultan met the saliva and hair tests of the allergic man. There were other breeders that tried to carry on the tradition of the labradoodle, one man in particular that bred for pet stores but wasn’t good at record keeping. After a few years the Labradoodle breeding was having little success as they did not recognize the importance of the mutated gene which makes the Labradoodle allergy and asthma friendly.
A few breeders saw the exceptional versatility of the Labradoodle; its allergy friendly qualities (low to non-shedding coat), its lovely, compassionate and intelligent disposition. In a few years, several breeders set out with an intentional plan in mind and developed the Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle whom we have become so enamored with today.
The true Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle we know today has reached an all time high in popularity. With the surge of interest amongst the unknowing pet seeker, there has been an insurgence of unscrupulous breeders. Breeders began crossing the Labrador Retriever and Poodle without proper genetic and health testing, resulting in undesirable physical and temperament characteristics.
This popularity spurred the need to develop a standard for the breeds in 1989 the Rutland Manor Labradoodle Breeding and Research Centre and the Tegan Park Breeding and Research Center established organizations in Australia. The dams and the sires were health tested Labrador Retrievers, Poodles and third-generation Labradoodles. The controlled breeding programs ensure that only the most healthy, genetically sound dogs were being used to develop the Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle. With time and conscientious breeding the Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle has developed into a proven allergy/asthma friendly dog with the innate ability to want to please and love their owner.
For more information on the recognized breeding styles check out the Labradoodle Association of Australia (LAA), The International Labradoodle Association (ILA) and the Australian Labradoodle Club of America.
Sizes of Australian Labradoodles
Standard, 22 inches plus
Medium 17-22 inches
Miniature 14-17 inches
There are three coat types, two which are considered allergy friendly. The two allergy friendly coats are: fleece coats, two varieties, one being soft fleece and one that is curly fleece. The other is a wool coat which is a thick, dense feeling curly coat.
Chalk, Crème, gold, caramel, red, black, blue, silver, chocolate, café, lavender , parchment. Parti colors are also becoming very popular.
For more Color Info: http://www.ilainc.com/IALA/IALAColours.html
Labradoodle Color Genetics: http://www.tallai-australian-labradoodles.com/Labradoodle-Colour-Genetics.htm
For more detailed information and photos please go to : http://www.laa.org.au/history.htm
Labradoodle Breed Standard: http://www.ilainc.com/IALA/ALabradoodleBreedStandard.html
Clever, sociable, and joyful. Easily trained. Quick to learn unusual or special tasks. Active and comical. Can attempt to outsmart their owners if undisciplined. Generally friendly to all though obviously loyal to their own family. May show some timidness when going through normal fear stages in puppyhood. Non Aggressive if proper early socialization and training has occurred.
*This above information on breed history and labradoodle information has been generously provided by Paige Slezak of Coulee Labradoodles.
At Earth Angels Labradoodles we are committed to following the breed standards of the Mutigenerational Australian Labradoodle. The focus of our breeding program will be to develop medium sized, well socialized, healthy, soft fleece coated Labradoodles.