People often ask what the difference is between an Australian and an English Labradoodle.

 

The history of the Australian Labradoodle traces back to the 1980s in Australia, when Wally Conran decided to create a breed of dog that, among other things, was allergy friendly, asthma friendly and would serve as a great service or guide dog.

Initially, the Australian Labradoodle breed started as a cross between a Labrador Retriever and Poodle. Subsequent development through selective breeding infused the desired breed with other carefully selected dogs.

 

The orginal Authentic Australian Labradoodle breeding and development programme was continued aiming to breed healthy dogs with hypoallergenic potential and willingness to serve people being non-shedding and odour free.

 

Years of careful selection has resulted in what we find today; the Authentic multi-generational Australian Labradoodle. Through many years of selection the blood of the dog was enriched with the following infusions- Irish Water Spaniel (to eliminate possible genetic diseases) English and American Cocker Spaniel (to make the size smaller) Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (to make the hair less curly and easier to maintain as well as to solve ear infection problems). This careful selection process has resulted in what we find today; the Authentic multi-generational Australian Labradoodle.  

The amalgamations have produced the qualities that we see today in this rare dog breed. They are gentle, have loving temperaments; beautiful curly, wavy fleece or wool coats with colours as exquisite as chocolate, parti, red, apricot, cream, black and gold. They are highly intelligent; low to non-shedding are asthma and allergy friendly; no-odour and bred for excellent health and soundness.

 

All these qualities endear them to us as great family companions but which are also utilised as wonderful service or guide dogs.

It is for these reasons that the 'Australian' Labradoodle is a much sought after breed and should not be confused with other Labradoodle types. The genuine Australian Labradoodle is obviously not just a cross between a Poodle and a Labrador, but much, much more.

                                                                                         

The differences are clear. 

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Australian Labradoodle Breed Standards

General Appearance

Must appear athletic and graceful with a compact body displaying substance with medium boning. Should not appear cloddy or heavy nor overly fine. A distinctive feature of this breed is their coat, which is non-shedding and easy to manage.

 

Temperament

Extremely clever, sociable, comical, joyful, energetic when free and soft and quiet when handled. They should approach people in a happy friendly manner, keen and easy to train. They should display an intuition about their family members or handler’s current emotional state or needs. This ability to “know” is what has made the Australian Labradoodle an excellent dog for individuals with special needs.

 

Size

Standard

  • Height at wither: 21 to 24 inches.(not over 25) 53cm to 63cm

  • Weight: 23kg to 30kg. (50-65lbs)The ideal size for the female is 21 to 23 inches and the male is 22 to 24 inches.

Medium

  • Height at wither: 17 to 20 inches. (not over 21) 43cm to 52cm

  • Weight: 13kg to 20kg. (30-645lbs)The ideal size for the female is 17 to 19 inches and the male is 18 to 20 inches.

Miniature

  • Height at wither: 14 to 16 inches. (not over 17) 35cm to 42cm

  • Weight: 7kg to 13kg. (15-25lbs)

Body

(to wither) as to length (from sternum to point of buttock) should appear square and compact. Deep chest and well sprung. There should be a good tuck up. Loins should be strong and muscular.

 

Head

Moderately broad with well-defined eyebrows. Stop should be moderate with eyes set well apart. The head should be of moderate width; developed but without exaggeration. Foreface to appear shorter than skull. The head should be clean-cut and free from fleshy cheeks. The whole head must be in proportion to the size of the dog.

 

Ears

Large, expressive and slightly rounded.

 

Mouth

Must be a scissor bite. Upper teeth to just overlap the bottom teeth.

 

Nose

Should be large, of square appearance and fleshy.

 

Teeth

Scissor bite. Undershot or overshot bite is a major fault. Crowding teeth in miniatures is a fault.

 

ForeQuarters

Shoulders blades and upperarms to be the same length, and shoulders should be well laid back. Elbows are set close to the body. Forelegs to be straight when viewed from the front. Toeing in our out is a fault.

 

Hindquarters

In profile the croup is nearly flat, slight sloping of the croup is acceptable. Stifles should be moderately turned to propel forward movement, and hindquarters well muscled for power in movement. Hock to heel should be strong and short being perpendicular to the ground. View from the rear should be parallel to each other, must not be cow-hocked. 

 

Feet

The feet are of medium size, round with well-arched toes having elastic and thick pads. The feet should not turn in or out.

 

Tail

The tail should follow the topline in repose or when in motion. It may be carried gaily, but should not curl completely over the back. Tip of tail should not touch the back nor curl upon itself.

 

Movement

Trotting gait is effortless, smooth, powerful and coordinated in mature dogs. Should have a good reach in front and drive from behind for forward motion. Sound free movement and a light gait are essential.

 

 

 

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