What's a Labradoodle?
first Labradoodles were a cross between a Labrador and a
Poodle in the late 1970's. The Guide Dog Association
of Australia set out to
produce a non-shedding dog suitable for service training to aid with allergy
sufferers. Mr. Wally
Cochran was the driving force behind this program, and the goal was to produce a
non-shedding guide dog by using a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. As
the breed was developed several
other breed types were added to perfect and create a breed now known as the
Australian Labradoodle. Not to be confused with the Labradoodle first crosses
developed in the US.
The result of this cross produced intelligent, easily trainable puppies that
were the beginning of the Labradoodle as we now know it. Crossing these
two breeds and a few other breeds that complimented the end result gave the
breed a hybrid vigor and a variety of coat types:
The Wooly Coat: Somewhat
poodle like which requires regular grooming is non-shedding and allergy and
asthma friendly. See Kali and Flicker on our dogs.
The Fleece Coat: The
ultimate coat that is easily maintained, non-shedding, allergy and asthma
friendly and somewhat like that of an Angora Goat. See Molly or Nikki on
The Hair Coat: (this is common in
early crosses not multigenerations) Anything
from flat and straight to curls down the back and possibly wavy and minimally to
profusely shedding, that is less likely to be allergy and asthma friendly.
Can look wiry as many F1 crosses are.
Overall, the Labradoodle is a fun loving, quiet, calm yet
comical, loving companion for families as well as a fantastic service animal,
being easily trainable, loyal and intelligent.
The Labradoodle is not a recognized breed as yet, however, there is a breed standard
and rules to become and remain an accredited breeder of Australian Labradoodles. The newly formed Australian Labradoodle Association of North
America (ALANA) and the newly rejuvenated International Labradoodle Association of Australia (ILA)
have been formed to provide a place to register and record the Labradoodle to
strive to maintain the soundness and integrity of the breed.
Do Doodles like the water? hummm what do
Ohhh and they also like Music. Phil has them as back up singers.
Related Link: Breed
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