There is a common misconception that all Labradoodles are the same, but there are some significant differences, so it is important that you understand these in order to make an informed decision.
Quite confusingly, British Labradoodles, American Labradoodles, Labradoodle Origin and Early Generation Labradoodles are all interchangeable terms for the same type of Labradoodle. These dogs result from the crossing of a Labrador with a Poodle, and only have Labradors and Poodles in their lineage, regardless of what generation they are bred to. Let's call them Early Generation Labradoodles for the sake of reference.
Australian Labradoodles also have Labradors and Poodles in their lineage, but have four additional breeds in their genetic make-up, which have been carefully infused over generations and generations of Labradoodle to Labradoodle breeding. Namely, these are the English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel and the Curly Coat Retriever.
Early Generation Labradoodles are, as the term implies, of low generation. This means that there is very little consistency in the litters of puppies produced. If you cross a Labrador with a Poodle, the resulting puppies vary considerably in size, coat type and temperament. When you get to the second and third generations, things get even more complicated as the genetics play out and throw-backs start appearing. This means, for example, that a second or third generation Labradoodle could look like a poorly bred Labrador or a poorly bred Poodle rather than a Labradoodle. There is much, much more consistency in Australian Labradoodle litters. This is primarily because we are now so far down the generations, and as we breed further, physical characteristics and attributes become more predictable and consistent. Every puppy in an Australian Labradoodle litter will be recognisable as an Australian Labradoodle and throw-backs to parent breeds are very rare.
Every Generation Labradoodles do shed, to varying degrees. Australian Labradoodles have fleece and wool coats, which are non-shedding and have a 98% success rate with allergy and asthma sufferers. This makes Australian Labradoodles, a much better option for asthma and allergy sufferers.
Australian Labradoodles also tend to be calmer and better balanced than Early Generation Labradoodles, which tend to be higher-energy and potentially verging on hyperactive. This makes them much more trainable and a better match for most young families. Australian Labradoodles are particularly intuitive, very intelligent and easily trained. However, they are still full of fun when playing outdoors and can be incredibly comical!