Australian Labradoodles

What is an Australian Labradoodle?

Red and White 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...

Chocolate Australian Labradoodle
Early generation labradoodle

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.

Phantom Australian Labradoodle
Solid base colour with sharply defined markings of a second colour appearing above each eye, on the sides of the muzzle, on the throat and forechest, or in a chin and forechest bow-tie pattern, as well as on all four legs and feet, and below the tail. A phantom without clearly defined face markings or one that presents with its whole face coloured in the second colour is acceptable, as long as it maintains all the other specified body markings. Any combination of acceptable colours is allowed. Nose pigment should follow the pigment requirements of the solid base colour. [Rare colour group.]
Parti Australian Labradoodle
Parti-coloured is defined as - at least 50% white, with spots or patches of any other acceptable solid colour. The head can be of a solid colour, but white muzzle, blaze, or white muzzle/blaze combination (preferably symmetrical) are equally acceptable. Full or partial saddles are acceptable, as long as they do not exceed the colour proportion, but are not preferred. Ticking in the white of the coat is acceptable but not preferred. Any colour nose pigment acceptable but preferably should follow the pigment requirements of the patch colour. [Rare colour group.]
Parchment Australian Labradoodle puppies for sale
This colour is a creamy beige chocolate colour (reminiscent of a cup of coffee with a generous addition of milk). Parchment dogs are born milk chocolate and will develop over time (1-3yrs). From a distance, adult dogs can be mistaken for a dark or smoky cream. Nose pigment to be rose. [Rare colour group.]
Lavender Australian Labradoodle breeder
This colour has a definite smoky lavender chocolate colour, giving an almost pink/lilac appearance. Lavender dogs are born chocolate and will develop over time (1-3yrs). Nose pigment should be rose [matching the coat colour]. [Rare colour group.]
Cafe Australian Labradoodle dogs
This colour ranges from a milk chocolate to silver-beige and will develop over time (1-3yrs). Nose pigment should be rose [matching the coat colour].
Chocolate Australian Labradoodle for sale
This colour should be a dark rich chocolate. True Chocolates are born almost black in colour and maintain the rich dark colour throughout their lifetime. Colour should be even. Nose pigment to be rose [matching the coat colour]. [Rare colour group.]
Blue Australian Labradoodle puppies
This colour should be a dark to medium smoky blue. Blues are born black, but will have a blue/grey skin pigment. The Blue coat colour will develop over time (1-3 yrs) but, as an adult, should have an even coat colour. Nose pigment to be blue/grey [matching the skin pigmentation]. [Rare colour group.]
Silver Australian Labradoodles for sale
This colour can range in shades from very light pewter to a dark charcoal. Ideally, the coat should be an even colour throughout, but it is acceptable to see uneven layering of colour in the coat. Silvers are born black with the coat colour developing over time (1-3 yrs). Nose pigment to be black.
Black Australian Labradoodle for sale
This colour should be a solid black, with no sprinkling of any other colour throughout the coat. Nose pigment to be black.
Red Australian Labradoodle puppies
This should be a solid, even, rich red in colour. A true Red should not be lighter at the root than the outer coat. Reds can fade as the dog grows older. Nose pigment to be black. [Rare colour group.]
Caramel Australian Labradoodle puppies
This colour ranges from a rich gold through to a deep red. The preferred colour is very much the same as its namesake "caramel" , with even colouration over the entire body. Nose pigment to be rose.
Gold Australian Labradoodle for sale
This colour has also been referred to as 'apricot'. It should range from the colour of the inside of a ripe apricot to varying shades of rich gold. A true Gold should not have a lighter root than the outer coat and ideally should have an even colouration over the entire body. This colour may fade as the dog grows older. Nose pigment to be black.
Cream Australian Labradoodle
This colour should be a creamy colouring, sometimes with apricot/gold tinting. Alll shades of cream are acceptable. Nose pigment to be black or rose
Chalk Australian Labradoodle puppies
This colour should appear white, but, when compared with white, is rather 'chalky'. Nose pigment to
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:

Wool coat Australian Labradoodle breeder

Also known as ‘curly’, this type
is suitable for allergy/asthma sufferers

Fleece coat Australian Labradoodle

Also known as ‘borderline’ or ‘wavy’, this type is suitable for
allergy/asthma sufferers

Hair coat Australian Labradoodle puppies

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.