What is an Australian Labradoodle?
The Australian Labradoodle was originally bred around 30 years ago to provide allergy and asthma friendly service dogs. Their popularity has rapidly increased (is it any wonder?!) and they can now be found not only in service, but in homes around the world as very much loved family companions. They make wonderful pets, primarily because they are incredibly sociable and love to be with their people. They are very intelligent and well balanced dogs. Calm, gentle and loving, but full of fun!
The Australian Labradoodle has six parent breeds: Labrador, Poodle, English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel and Curly Coat Retriever. These breeds were carefully infused over many generations of breeding to produce the fantastic dogs that we now refer to as multi-generation Australian Labradoodles.
A Labradoodle which is from only Labrador and Poodle lines (with none of the other breed infusions mentioned above), is often referred to as a Labradoodle Origin, Early Generation Labradoodle, British Labradoodle or American Labradoodle. For the purpose of reference, let's call them Early Generation Labradoodles.
Early Generation Labradoodles are actually very different to Australian Labradoodles in many ways. (Please note that the place of birth makes absolutely no difference to whether the Labradoodle is classified as Australian or Early Generation!) The primary difference is the coat type. Australian Labradoodles have non-shedding fleece and wool coats which grow quite long (but can be clipped to your desired length) whereas Early Generation Labradoodles have much shorter hair coats which shed to varying degrees. Australian Labradoodles also have a more solid build and a squarer conformation than the Early Generation Labradoodles. Although both can make loving family pets, Australian Labradoodles are generally calmer and much easier to train. They are also very easy going, fun loving and can be quite comical!
Here are some photos of typical Lomond Hills Australian Labradoodles and typical Early generation Labradoodles to demonstrate the differences in appearance...
What size are Australian Labradoodles?
Australian Labradoodles are bred in three different sizes: miniature, medium and standard.
Miniature: 14 - 17" at the shoulder (Cocker Spaniel size).
Medium: 17 - 21" at the shoulder (small Labrador size).
Standard: 22" + at the shoulder (Golden Retriever size).
At Lomond Hills, we concentrate on breeding miniatures and mediums, and only very occasionally have standard size puppies available.
What colour are Australian Labradoodles?
Here at Lomond Hills, we breed Australian Labradoodles of all colours as we love them all the same! However, we do understand that individual families may have their own colour preferences and as such, when reserving a puppy we do ask our customers what their preferences are.
Australian Labradoodles are also available in a very wide range of interesting and beautiful colours.
be black or rose.
Australian Labradoodle coat types
Australian Labradoodles are available in three different coat types: fleece, hair and wool. The vast majority of Australian Labradoodles have fleece and wool coats - these coat types are intentionally bred. They are non-shedding and have a 98% success rate with allergy and asthma sufferers. Hair coats are not bred intentionally and occur only very occasionally. They are considered a 'fault' within the Australian Labradoodle breed standard and they do shed their coat to varying degrees. Experienced breeders know what coat type their puppies have within a few days of birth. Here are some examples:
Also known as ‘curly’, this type
is suitable for allergy/asthma sufferers
Also known as ‘borderline’ or ‘wavy’, this type is suitable for
Also known as ‘flat’ or ‘slick’, this is a shedding coat and, therefore, not suitable for allergy/asthma sufferers
For more information on coat care and grooming, please visit our Labradoodle grooming page.