How did the breed originate?
The breed was first developed in Australia in the 1970's when the need was identified for an allergen-friendly guide dog for visually impaired families who were allergic to dogs. It has since become a popular pet due to the allergy friendly and low to no shed coat, coupled with an easy- going, friendly, and highly trainable disposition.
What is an Authentic Mulitgenerational Australian Labradoodle?
In the 1980's, Tegan Park Research Center and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing 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 American and English Cocker Spaniel, and in some lines, the Wheaten Terrier. The resulting labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the mulitgenerational tradition without ever having to go back to the parent breed of the Labrador or Poodle. (Taken from australianlabradoodleclub.com which is an excellent source of further information.)
What is special about an Australian Labradoodle?
Australian Labradoodles are particularly intuitive, very intelligent, easily trained and are excellent with young children, making them an ideal family member. They are also a lot of fun when playing outdoors, often displaying their comical personality as they romp across the yard. Another star quality is their allergy friendly, low to no shed coats.
Are Australian Labradoodles easy to train?
They are extremely easy to train. They are quick to learn and respond well to consistent, positive training.
Do Australian Labradoodles bark a lot?
They typically only bark when they are trying to communicate something to you, such as needing attention or reminding you that it is past dinner time.
Does the breed make a good assistance/therapy dog?
In addition to their intelligence, good temper, and love of being around people, Australian Labradoodles usually respond well to the rigorous training required to become a service animal. The Australian Labradoodle is found around the world as an allergy friendly soul mate, family companion, seizure alert dog, agility dog, assistance dog to the physically and mentally disadvantaged, guide dog, emotional support animal, and more.
They sound perfect! Are there any cons?
While we would not necessarily call them cons, there are a few things to be aware of before deciding if this breed is right for you. These beautiful, low and non-shedding coats do take regular grooming. If not brushed regularly, they can become matted. These friendly souls also do not like to be left alone for long periods of time as they truly love companionship. And of course, like with most breeds, they need regular exercise and activity. If you have no concerns about these qualities, then perhaps it IS the perfect breed.
The Australian Labradoodle Club of America provides top-notch support and fellowship to the Australian Labradoodle Breeders in America. Through love, experience, and dedication to the Australian Labradoodle breed, the Australian Labradoodle Club of America’s members are committed to joining together in our efforts to assure a firm future for the Australian Labradoodle. -ALCA