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History of the australian labradoodle

Australian Labradoodles were bred to be low-to-non shedding and allergy-friendly service dogs. In 1988, Australian breeder George Conran researched and developed a breed of dog for Royal Guide Dogs in Melbourne that would be a suitable guide dog for a blind woman whose husband suffered from severe allergies. The result was a cross between a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever, recognized today as a Labradoodle. Beverly Manors of Rutland Manor and Angela Cunningham of Tegan Park further researched and refined the breed to become what is known as the Australian Labradoodle. By carefully infusing several other breeds into these early generation labradoodles, they were able to improve temperament, conformation and coat texture and to reduce or eliminate shedding, along with genetic disorders often found in poodles and labs.            

A multigenerational Australian Labradoodle (AL) is a dog whose lineage began in Rutland Manor and Tegan Park and has been carefully bred through up to four generations. According to the Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA), the offspring of five or more consecutive breedings of a Multigen AL to a Multigen AL would be considered a Purebred Multigenerational AL. Gorgeousdoodles Elegant Uthana is an A4 grade AL. Her pedigree is stellar, and she has been thoroughly and consistently tested to not only make sure she has the desired temperament, intelligence, beautiful coat and conformation that comes with this breed, but also she has been bred with utmost consideration for the genetic health of the breed. Her puppies should be free of any genetic defects, and to back that up, we offer a 2-year guarantee that our new puppy parents will receive a healthy authentic Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle.

What makes them so special?

When you begin to search for this important member of your family, you need to consider your lifestyle, as well as the pros and cons of each breed of dog. Australian Labradoodles are especially well-suited for families who spend a good deal of time at home and for individuals who could benefit from emotional support and want a lot of snuggle time with their pal.  Of course, they also love to play in a fenced-in yard with some lively interaction between pals or go on daily strolls with their best friend. More specifically, the Miniature Multigen Australian Labradoodle (AL) is well- suited for families who live in down-sized homes or apartments.  

Australian Labradoodles are loving, loyal, intelligent, intuitive, non-aggressive and very social animals.  They can be energetic and playful outside, but when they come inside, they melt at the human touch.  According to the ALAA (Australian Labradoodle Association of America), these dogs “should display an intuition about the emotional state of family members or their 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.”

Seem a little pricey? Here's why...

For starters, breeding dogs are extremely expensive!!!!  Much time and research has gone into reducing or eliminating common genetic weaknesses in the lab and poodle and in breeding for a consistent temperament and the ultimate coat.   In addition, the decision to breed responsibly is a right carefully supervised and monitored so that the Australian Labradoodle retains the qualities that make them so highly desirable.    

A breeding dog from a reputable breeder has been given extensive health testing: DNA, Progressive retinal atrophy, Progressive rod-cone degeneration, Von Willebrand disease, coat color/Trait Test, cardiac, Patellar, penn hip, exercised induced collapse, to name a few. In addition, these dogs have been carefully bred to insure a consistent temperament, coat, and conformation. You can be confident that your pup has inherited the wonderful temperaments and health scores from its parents and ancestry. You will receive pedigrees from the ALAA and/or ALCA to document your pup’s stellar heritage.  

You are investing in an important member of your family for a long time to come. With an Australian Labradoodle, you can have confidence in the kind of pet you are bringing into your home.

Useful Information about Australian Labradoodles

Sizes

  • Standards are 21”-24” tall, weighing between 45-65 lbs

  • Mediums are 17”-20” tall, weighing between 30-45 lbs.

  • Miniatures are 14”-16” tall, weighing between 15-30 lbs

Colors

Coats can be solid color or patterns ranging from parti, phantom, sable, brindle,  abstract and multi. Common colors for labradoodles are Caramel Ice, Caramel  Cream, Caramel, and Caramel Red, Red, Gold, Apricot, Cream, Chalk,  Chocolate, Café, Lavender, Parchment, Black, Blue, and Silver.  Go to  https://alaa-labradoodles.com/breed-colors.html for pictures and descriptions.

Coats

The Fleece-textured coat has a straight wavy look or a soft spiraling curly appearance. It is an easy coat to maintain.  Unbelievably soft!            

The Fleece/Wool blend has loopy spiraling curls and is quite similar to an Angora  goat.              
Coats grow approximately 3-5 inches long and have low-to-no odor.    

*Non-shedding coat guarantee definition: (Webster’s- definition of shedding; to shed a natural growth; continually to drop off or fall out, to pour out, give off, always replacing, emit)

Doodles May Have Some Low Hair Loss Between Winter And Summer. Labradoodles will have some very low hair (breakage) loss…just like humans can have low hair loss, but that is not shedding

Grooming

  • Do not shave your puppy’s coat until at least 14 months as it is continuing to change and shaving may altar its adult texture.  When puppy coat is changing to their adult coat (between 6-14 months), use scissors only to cut.  After 14 months, clippers may be used for back, sides and legs.   Coat will thicken and coat may lighten or darken.  A change in curl or waviness may occur as well.

  • You can achieve different looks depending upon what you want for your doodle.  There is a standard look but some owners like to groom their dog’s coats differently for summer and winter.  Regardless of the length, the AL coat is low to nonshedding and easy to manage.  Their coat is also considered odorless so unless they’ve been outside rolling around or swimming, they just need combing every few days and bathing occasionally  Some do have extra hair inside their ears which your vet or groomer can pluck for you as needed.  The hair around their eyes needs to be trimmed frequently making certain the eyelashes are not cut as they help keep the hair out of their eyes.  Toenails need to be clipped as needed like any other dog’s would.

  • Australian Labradoodles tend to have sensitive skin so use gentle shampoos and conditioners.  It’s best to let their coats dry naturally as too much blow drying may dry out their skin.  Also, avoid topical flea and tick treatments.  Our vet recommends Bravecto, a tablet that is effective up to 3 months.  As with all dogs, heartworm medications are an absolute must for your dog’s health and longevity.

  • It looks best to keep the coat on the head, face, and tail long with the ears neatly trimmed.  You should always keep the area around the eyes trimmed but be careful not to cut the eyelashes!

Differences in Doodles

Labradoodle vs Australian Labradoodle

Australian Labradoodles

Dogs with Poodle, small infusion of  Cocker Spaniel (American and/or English) and Labrador Retriever pedigrees. Other infusions early on may have included Cockapoo, Spanador, and/or Irish Water Spaniel.

  • Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle (Multigen):  AL+AL
    Because these puppies are the result of generations of careful breeding, record-  keeping and investment, they are reliably allergy friendly and have the ultimate  coat which is low to non-shedding.  Since they were originally bred to be service dogs, they also have wonderful temperaments and have been carefully bred to  reduce or eliminate genetic weaknesses often found in Poodles and Labradors

  • Purebred Multigenerational AL (Multigen) OR Purebred AL:
    The offspring of five or more consecutive breeds of a Purebred or Multigen  AL+ Purebred of Multigen AL.

Labradoodles

  • Labradoodle F1: Purebred Lab+Purebred Poodle
    Coats are unreliable; they vary from flat, hairy, short coats to wooly poodle coats.  They range from completely non-shedding to shedding. You may pay as much for  these dogs as for a Multigen Labradoodle or Multigen Australian Labradoodle.

  • Labradoodle F1B: Labradoodle F1+purebred Poodle
    Most have low-shedding coats and do not have the same looks or temperament of  Australian Labradoodles. Coats still vary, usually hair or wool.

  • Multigenerational Labradoodle (Multigen):  Labradoodle F1B or Multigen+ Labradoodle (F1B, F1, or Multigen)
    Coats are allergy-friendly and low-to-non shedding.

  • Purebred Multigenerational Labradoodle (Multigen) The offspring of 5 or more consecutive breedings of a Multigen Labradoodle (or Purebred Labradoodle) + Multigen Labradoodle (or Purebred Labradoodle)