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Australian Labradoodles

History

The Australian Labradoodle breed was started back in the 1980's to serve as an allergy and asthma friendly guide dog.   Breeders worked   to produce litters with consistent conformation, coat type, and temperament.   In the 1990's, a number of other dog breeds were introduced into the Labradoodle lines, most often the English Cocker Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel.  
A true Australian Labradoodle is considered to be a cross between the Poodle, Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever, while the Labradoodle is a cross between only the Labrador Retriever and Poodle.  There are o
rganizations, such as the Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA)  to protect the development of the Australian Labradoodle lines with the established guidelines. 

Coat Types

Hair Coat:  short and shaggy and commonly found in an F1 (a first generation Lab and Poodle breeding). Similar to a Labrador coat, it is  low-maintenance and easy to bathe and brush.  There  will be various degrees of shedding from  heavy to light.  Australian Labradoodles do not have a hair coats.

Fleece Coat:   loose waves or curls, but can also be straight.  This is the “typical” Australian Labradoodle coat type.  The initial  puppy coat is easy to maintain, but will transition from a puppy to an adult coat around 7 to 9 months of age.   At this time,  special care must be taken to prevent matting so  frequent brushing/combing will be important.  You may even want to consider a profession puppy trim at this time.    Adults need to be brushed at least 2 to 3 times a week.  You will be provided with information on proper brushing and combing techniques.   Adults  need to be groomed regularly.  Fleece coats are soft and do not have that "doggy smell".  They can be straight, wavy or curly.   They are  well-tolerated by most  people with allergies and asthma. 
Wool Coat:    tight curls and dense feel, like a sheep.   It is a non-shedding coat and needs frequent professional grooming.   This coat is also well-tolerated by people with allergies and asthma as well.

 

Sizes

Australian Labradoodles come in three different sizes:  standard, medium and miniature.   The size of your puppy will depend on the size of his/her parents and grandparents.
Standard:  21” to 24” at the shoulder.  Weight typically  50 to 65 pounds.
Medium:  17” to 20” at the shoulder.  Weight typically  30 to 45 pounds.
Miniature:  14” to 16” at the shoulder.  Not more than 17”.  Weight is typically 15 to 30 pounds.
Grooming
Australian Labradoodles require grooming.   We recommend daily brushing of 5-10 minutes and a professional groom every 3 months.  As long as you use a gentle dog shampoo, your Labradoodle can be bathed weekly.  However, it is very important that your dog has been thoroughly brushed and is mat free.  It is also important to maintain ear health.  We recommend a powder specifically created to keep ears dry. 

 
Allergies & Asthma
People with allergies and asthma typically tolerate Multigen Australian Labradoodles very well.   Our family suffers from many allergies and we do not have problems.  While no breed of dog is guaranteed to be 100% hypoallergenic, people with allergies can generally live with dogs without dander and  who are non-shedding.  Knowing your own allergies is important.   If you have outdoor allergies, it is wise to learn how to minimize the allergens your dog may bring inside, such as rinsing off feet or having a non-allergic family member brush your dog's coat to remove outdoor allergens.  Our Labradoodles  all have  very low or non-shedding coats and  are well-tolerated by people with  allergies and asthma.
 
 
 
 


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