About the Breed
The Australian Labradoodle breed dates back to the 1980’s and was initiated by Wally Conran of Royal Guide Dogs located in Victoria Australia. The intent was to create a breed that was allergy and asthma friendly with the temperament of a service dog. This journey was inspired by a visually impaired woman in Hawaii who needed a Guide Dog which would not aggravate her husband’s allergies.
To continue the efforts of Wally Conran, breeders in Australia began breeding Labradoodles determined to produce litters with consistent conformation, coat type, and temperament. During the 90’s, a number of other dog breeds (most often, the English and American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels) were bred into the Labradoodle lines to assist in this effort and to add the characteristics of allergy and asthma friendliness, low to non-shedding and a service dog quality temperament for family companions.
With the continued development of the Australian Labradoodle breed by the two research and development centers in Australia, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the Australian Labradoodle has become a desired breed for many reasons. The characteristics that Tegan Park and Rutland Manor have been selectively breeding and developing for years, combined with a program of stringent health guidelines and standards produce what we now call the Multi-Generational Australian Labradoodles.
To qualify as a purebred multi-generational Australian Labradoodle (Multi-gen) or Purebred Australian Labradoodle: The offspring of 5 or more consecutive breedings of a multi-gen Australian Labradoodle (or Purebred Australian Labradoodle) to a multi-gen Australian Labradoodle (or Purebred Australian Labradoodle).
STANDARD: 21″ TO 24″ The “Ideal” size for a standard female is 21 to 23 inches and for a male 22 to 24 inches. The weight range tends to be 50 to 65 pounds.
MEDIUM: 17″ TO 20″ The “Ideal” size for a medium female is 17 to 19 inches and for a male 19 to 20 inches. Weight range tends to be 30 to 40 pounds.
MINIATURE: 14″TO 16″ The “Ideal” size for a miniature is 14 to 16 inches with no correlation between height and sex of the miniature Australian Labradoodle. The weight range tends to be 16 to 25 pounds.
The Australian Labradoodle coat should be non-shedding and easily maintained. Any length is acceptable. It can appear wavy, straight or form spirals.
The fleece-textured coat is soft in texture, is wavy and is low or non-shedding and is considered an allergy-friendly coat. Fleece coats require more frequent combing to keep it from matting.
The curly or wool coats shed very little or not at all and are an allergy-friendly coat. The wool coat is dense and will take more time to comb thoroughly and can be maintained by combing once or twice a week. The wool coat grows slower and therefore will need less frequent haircuts. The wool coat is similar to a lamb’s wool in texture.
Some of this information courtesy of ALAA website