ABOUT THE BREED
WHAT IS A 100% AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE?
The Australian Labradoodle is an awesome dog, Born to Serve and happy to do just that. It was created by discerning breeders in Australia who wanted to develop the Labradoodle Origin (Labradoodle X Poodle) which, although a lovely dog, was not consistent in coat type and often shed profusely. The aim was to produce a dog that would provide companionship and therapy to the mentally and/or physically challenged with the added bonus of not shedding, making it suitable for hair related allergies as well.
With an outstanding temperament and character, the fame and high reputation of these wonderful dogs has spread around the world making the breed in high demand.
The Founders of the Australian Labradoodle infused 4-6 breeds to make up the Australian Labradoodle or ASD Australian Service Dog as it was originally called. A great deal of effort went into the creation over a long period of time. Emotional and financial investment went beyond the norm and with such a high reputation to maintain, it is vital that the Code of Ethics established by the Founders is not compromised.
The breed came over to the UK in the early 2000's with the help of a very small number of passionate breeders who wanted to work with the Australian Breeders to introduce the breed to this country and to Europe. I am pleased to say that due to the diligence, hard work and huge investment undertaken the wonderful Australian Labradoodle is making a name for itself, turning heads and helping those who probably thought they would never be able to enjoy dog ownership due to allergies.
WHAT AN AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE IS NOT
The English Labradoodles known as 'Labradoodle Origin' stem from the Labrador and Poodle parents. The First Generation Cross being referred to as F1, the Second Generation Cross as the F2 etc etc. They are Labradoodle in origin. The same is true for the Labradoodle Origins born in Australia - they are still Labradoodle Origin NOT Australian Labradoodles!
It is important to understand that the Labradoodle Origin is STILL being crossed. Labradors and Poodles continue to be crossed to produce the Labradoodle, with back crosses to the Poodle allowed to correct coats and size.
The Australian Labradoodle has finished being crossed. There is no requirement to cross the Australian Labradoodle with any other breed other than itself. This is to preserve the non shedding coat and tremendous reliability of character - which is of course part of the Breed Standard. It is still termed a Cross Breed however as it is not recognised by The Kennel Club as a Pedigree Breed.
There are Groups that have formed around the world such as the ALAA, ALAEU, WALA, the ALAUK and of course the UKALC, to bring breeders together and offer support and mentor-ship and give customers confidence in finding a reputable breeder. Breeders who belong to groups like these adhere to the Code of Ethics for the breed and offer a high standard of practise and ensure that the lineage remains true and unbroken.
What does 'Breed Standard' mean?
Basically it means what you can expect from the Breed - what characteristic traits it has and how it should look.
Breeders aim to breed from the very best and this is done by careful and sympathetic selection of their own stock as well as importing breeding stock from other lines.
As well as being exceptionally clever and responsive to good consistent training, they have a natural intuition and seem to 'know' when and how to approach a child or adult with special needs or when we are just feeling anxious.
Their appearance should be of compact build with good muscle and have a real swing to their gait, rather like a prance or glide!
Their coats can vary from tight curls, spiral, wavy fleece and wool and all should not shed.
They hate being left alone and thrive on good consistent human companionship as well as enjoying other canine company.
They can jump up a lot and think it's fun to dig up your garden!
Breeds that make up the AL
There are six main Pedigree breeds that make up the Australian Labradoodle.
1. THE LABRADOR
2. THE POODLE
3. THE AMERICAN COCKER SPANIEL
4. THE ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL
5. THE IRISH WATER SPANIEL
6. THE SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIER
There is no requirement to infuse any other breed nor to infuse the original breeds any further - the Australian Labradoodle is a breed on its own. The breed is now recognised fully by the International Genetic firms that carry out the DNA health testings on Breeding Stock.
The Kennel Club do not recognise the Australian Labradoodle as a Pedigree Breed, so there is more need for Membership regulatory bodies such as the ALAUK and UKALC to support Breeders and provide a place for customers to find a reputable breeder.