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Australian Labradoodle

Information and Pictures

A brown with white Australian Labradoodle is sitting on a dog bed, its head is slightly tilted to the left and it is looking forward.

"Nina the Australian Labradoodle at 8 months old. Nina is very expressive! She's vocal, loves to cuddle and is always wagging her tail."

Description

Note: there are three different types of Labradoodles currently being bred: the Australian Labradoodle bred in Australia, the Australian Labradoodle bred in the USA and the American Labradoodle.

  1. The Australian Labradoodle bred in Australia and recognized by the Labradoodle Association of Australia and the International Australian Labradoodle Association, Inc., is being bred with the goal of creating a purebred dog. It is unclear how far the Australians have come in their development.
  2. The American Labradoodle is a hybrid dog, bred by crossing the Poodle with the Labrador Retriever.
  3. Some breeders are calling multi-generation Labradoodles Australian Labradoodles (sometimes there are other breeds mixed in besides Lab and Poodle). Multi-generation Labradoodles are hybrids and are different than the ones being bred by the Australian clubs.

The dogs pictured in this info section are the Australian Labradoodles bred in Australia, with the goal of creating purebred dogs. When contacting a breeder selling Australian Labradoodles, be sure to ask what type of Labradoodle they have.

Click here for the Australian Labradoodle Standard for dogs being bred by clubs in the country of Australia.

Temperament

The Australian Labradoodle is good with children and is easy to train. It gets along well with other dogs. It is extremely clever, sociable and joyful, and quick to learn unusual or special tasks. Active, a little comical at times, it can attempt to outsmart its owner if undisciplined. It is very important that you are this dog’s firm but calm, consistent pack leader and provide him with daily mental and physical exercise to avoid behavior issues. Friendly, though obviously loyal to its own family, this dog is non-aggressive.

Height, Weight

Standard: Height 22 - 24 inches (53 - 60 cm)

Standard: Weight Females 45 - 60 pounds (20 - 27 kg)  Males 55 - 77 pounds (25 - 35 kg)

Miniature: Height 17 - 22 inches (44 - 56 cm)

Miniature: Weight 30 - 50 pounds (14 - 25 kg); males are larger.

Health Problems

HD, PRA, VonWilabrands, elbow and patella disorders.

Living Conditions

The Australian Labradoodle will do okay in an apartment if it gets enough exercise. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.

Life Expectancy

About 13-15 years

Litter Size

About 4 to 10 puppies, average of 8

Grooming

Curly coats need regular grooming with a slicker brush at least every two weeks and maybe two to three times a year, a trim, scissoring or clipping to keep tidy. Most Australian Labradoodles shed little to no hair and are possibly non-allergenic.

Origin

This classic example of logical and planned crossbreeding was created in the country of Australia in the 1980s. The goal of the Australian clubs is to create a new "breed" with the best attributes of the original breeds. Wally Conron's objective was to produce assistance dogs that do not shed hair (for people with allergies). Australian Labradoodle guide dogs have been successfully trained and placed in Australia and Hawaii, but as yet the non-shedding characteristic of the Standard Poodle has not become a fixed a tribute. The Australian Labradoodle started out as a simple cross between the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle or Miniature Poodle and is still widely the case in North America. Australians, on the other hand, have taken the Labradoodle a few steps further. In mid-2004 it was announced that the Australian Labradoodle was not just a Labrador x Poodle cross but was a breed in its own right developed over many years with particular goals in mind. To accomplish these goals, further development was done with parent breed infusions added to the already blooming Labrador x Poodle cross lines. The developers of the breed sought out the best way in which to compliment the Australian Labradoodle breed, and to develop the qualities that they find and love in these dogs. In 1997 the very first Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard was written which reflected these goals. The Australian Labradoodle currently consists of 6 different breeds in its origin. The confirmed and approved parent breeds of the Australian Labradoodle are the Poodle (Standard, Miniature, Toy, Labrador Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.

Group

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Recognition
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • IALA = International Australian Labradoodle Association, Inc.
  • LAA = Labradoodle Association of Australia
Two people are holding a thick, wavy-coated brown, long haired Australian Labradoodle in their arms. The Labradoodles tongue is out and it is looking forward.

"Nina's a medium to small Australian Labradoodle. She's now 8 months old. She's very smart, loving, very rarely barks, and is super expressive."

Australian Labradoodle sitting outside in a lawn with its mouth open and tongue out

Photo courtesy of Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Centre

Three Australian Labradoodles sitting together in a lawn, two white adults and one brown puppy

Australian Labradoodles, photo courtesy of Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Centre, Yarragon, Australia

The front right left side of an Australian Labradoodle that is standing in a field with its mouth open and tongue out. It is looking forward and there is a white vignette around the image.

Photo courtesy of Rutland Manor Labradoodles

Three Australian Labradoodle Puppies are sitting in front of a brick wall

Photo courtesy of Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Centre, Yarragon, Australia

Australian Labradoodles are sitting with there owners in a field

Photo courtesy of Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Center, Yarragon, Australia

Close Up - The front left side of a black Australian Labradoodle puppy is sitting in a lawn and it is looking forward.

This is Zeb. He came all the way from Rutland Manor in Australia to the USA.

The front left side of a black Australian Labradoodle that is standing in a lawn. Its head is slightly tilted to the left, its mouth open and its tongue is hanging out.

Zeb the Australian Labradoodle

Close up - The front right side of a black Australian Labradoodle that is laying down in a field and its head is slightly tilted to the left.

Zeb the Australian Labradoodle

The right side of a black Australian Labradoodle puppy that is laying down on a couch, which is surronded by flowers

Photo courtesy of Rutland Manor Labradoodles, breeder

The right side of a black Australian Labradoodle that is laying in a field and it is lookign to the left.

Photo courtesy of Rutland Manor Labradoodles, breeder

The left side of a black Australian Labradoodle that is laying across a yard and it is looking forward.

Photo courtesy of Rutland Manor Labradoodles, breeder

Close Up - A black Australian Labradoodle puppy's face that has a pink vignette around it.

Photo courtesy of Rutland Manor Labradoodles, breeder

Close Up - The face of a chocolate Australian Labradoodle that is sitting outside in a street and it has a pink vignette around it.

Photo courtesy of Rutland Manor Labradoodles, breeder

Close up - The right side of a white Australian Labradoodle puppy that is being held up in the air by a person

Photo courtesy of Rutland Manor Labradoodles, breeder