A b o u t A u s t r a l i a n L a b r a d o o d l e s
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WHAT IS AN ORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE?
The Australian Labradoodle is different from all other Labradoodles. In the early days, 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 known as “Multi-generational” Labradoodles.
Then, in the late 1980’s, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament, coat, conformation, and size. The infused breeds include Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting Labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition. Today, Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs with lush coats that are more reliably 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. The Australian Labradoodle Club of America was founded exclusively to foster and protect the original Australian Labradoodles that have come directly from Tegan Park and Rutland Manor breeding stock, or their offspring.
Our mission is to maintain and improve the quality and soundness of the Australian Labradoodles, and to carefully monitor the further development of the breed. All member breeders are carefully screened to help ensure the future of the Australian Labradoodle. Our member breeders must breed to the highest standards. We have Breeder Mentors to assist member breeders and to help new breeders get off to a good start.
*Reprinted from the Australian Labradoodle Club of America.
There are basically two coat types:
Fleece Textured Coat - This is a soft textured coat much like the texture of an Angora goat. It can have a straight wavy look or a soft spiraling curl look. It is an easy to manage coat. Most of our sundance labradoodles will have the wavy fleece coat.
Wool Textured Coat- This coat is like lambs wool in texture. It will have the appearance of loose spiraling wool which opens up easily to the skin. It should not appear dense, thick or tightly curled.
One of the fun things about labradoodles are how many different colors there are to choose from. Their coats can be a solid color or patterns such as parti, phantom, sable, brindle, abstract and multi. Almost all puppies will fade or darken as they mature. For example chocolate puppies often fade to a cafe' color as they mature. Some common colors for labradoodles are white, cream, chalk, gold, apricot, caramel, buff, parchment, red, chocolate, cafe, lavender, pewter, silver and black! I'll take one in every color please!
Miniature - 14"-16" tall, weigh 15-30 lbs
Mediums - 17"-20" tall, weigh 30-45 lbs
Standards - 21"-24" tall, weigh 45-65 lbs
A Brief History of the Australian Labradoodle
The first labradoodle was bred in 1988 by Australian breeder Wally Conran. He crossed the Standard Poodle and the Labrador Retriever for Royal Guide Dogs in Melbourne. His purpose in doing this was to breed a guide dog for a blind woman that would also be allergy friendly with a low to non shedding coat because her husband suffered with allergies. He selected these two breeds so that they would be easily trainable and have the intelligence they would need to be a great service dog.
The Australian Labradoodle founders, Beverly Manors of Rutland Manor and Angela Cunningham of Tegan Park of Australia took interest in the breed and began to improve what Wally had started. Rutland Manor and Tegan Park research centers of Australia set to work on improving the breed. They began by carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of the cross to improve coat texture, to illiminate shedding, and to improve temperament, conformation and size. They also to wanted reduce known genetic diseases commonly found in the Lab and Poodle.
Among the infused breeds are Irish Water Spaniel, American and English Cocker Spaniel, Cockapoo, and the Corded Retreiver.
The best advise we can give before your purchase of a labradoodle is to do your RESEARCH. This is a big investment in more ways than one. Know that there are differences in labradoodles and those differences can be huge. A lot of these differences show up in temperament and coat. Make sure you know the pros and cons to the types of Labradoodles listed below.
Differences in Labradoodles
F1 Labradoodle - American Labradoodle breeders cross the Labrador Retriever to the Standard Poodle. These Labradoodles are referred to as F1 (50 %,50 % each breed) This is a breeding between two dogs that do not resemble each other. Because of this there will be a wide variety of coats in the litter. From flat, hairy, short coats to very woolly poodle coats. Approx. 30% of F1's are low to no shed coats. Coats vary in length, thickness and texture and can range from completely non-shedding to shedding. There are inconsistencies within the lines making it very uncertain as to what you will end up with.
F1b Labradoodle - (25% retriever, 75% poodle), Is the cross back. The puppy coat is more perfected due to the poodle parent, however the results are mixed as the dogs are different. Coats are typically low to non-shedding but may have variety of coats (hair or wool most usually).
Multigenerational Labradoodle - This is the pup whose parents are both Labradoodles. The coats are allergy friendly and are low to no shed. Sundance Labradoodles breeds multigenerational Labradoodles.
Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle - This is the pup whose parents are both Australian Labradoodles. These puppies are the result of generations of breeding time and investment. They are very allergy friendly and have the no to low shedding coats. They have the attributes and characteristics infused for. Originally bred for service dogs, Australian Labradoodles generally have great temperaments. They have consistent quality of coats, conformation and wonderful temperaments! Sundance Labradoodles breeds multigenerational Australian Labradoodles.