So what is an Australian Labradoodle?
The Labradoodle, originated in Australia by The Guide Dog
Association of Australia, when the association received a
enquiry from a blind lady in Hawaii requesting a guide dog
that would not aggravate allergies or asthma. Mr. Wally Conron
was the driving force behind this program, which originally
bred a Labrador to the Standard Poodle. The Australian
Labradoodle continues to be the gold standard by which all
Labradoodle are measured by.
of research, the Australian lines from Tegan Park and Rutland
Manor are brilliantly developed. They have developed
Labradoodles that are consistent in gentle temperaments,
allergy/asthma friendly, non shedding coats and wonderful
intelligence. These are the qualities we want in our dogs. We
have benefited from their incredible knowledge and expertise,
and are honored to continue this incredible line!
Australian Labradoodle is a fun loving, quiet, calm yet
comical, loving companion for families as well as a fantastic
service animal, being easily trainable, loyal and intelligent
Australian Labradoodle is not a recognized breed as yet;
however, many breeders are working towards developing a breed
standard for the future recognition of the Australian
want to avoid making the Labradoodle into a recognized breed,
in order to maximize genetic diversity. By restricting
breeding to early generation dogs (i.e., bred from a Poodle
and Labrador rather than from two Labradoodles), they hope to
maintain a wide gene pool, and avoid the inherited health
problems that have plagued some dog breeds.
people are breeding Labradoodle to Labradoodle over successive
generations, and trying to establish a new breed. These dogs
are usually referred to as Multigenerational (abr. Multigen)
or Australian Labradoodles. Australian Labradoodles differ
from Multigenerational Labradoodles, as they may also have
other breeds in their ancestry. English and American Cocker
Spaniel/Poodle crosses, Two Irish Water Spaniels, Wheaton
Terriers and a Curly Coated Retriever have variously been used
in some Australian Labradoodle lines.
Because of their superb characteristics Labradoodles have
become increasingly well known in recent years. The
Oxford English Dictionary now lists "Labradoodle" as a new
Monopoly board game included a Labradoodle icon in its
"Here and Now" Edition. Their popularity has been used to good
effect, with New York department store
Lord and Taylor raising $50,000 in 2004 and $55,000 in
2005 for Guiding Eyes for the Blind selling Labradoodle plush
Macy's department store raising funds with plush
Labradoodles "Grace" and "Courage" for Breast Cancer Awareness
in 2006. An animated soft toy Labradoodle, "Lucky the
Incredible Wonder Pup", was also the 2006 "Toy of the Year"
and an Oppenheim Platinum Toy Award winner.
The Labradoodle in popular culture
- In 2005 the Oxford English Dictionary first listed the word "Labradoodle" ]
- Australian actor Bryan Brown played a Labradoodle in the 2008 movie, "Dean Spanley".]
- Barack Obama announced in January 2009 that his family had narrowed down their choice for "first dog" to either a Labradoodle or a Portuguese Water Dog (PWD).] (They were subsequently given a PWD puppy, who they named "Bo", by the late Senator Edward Kennedy).
- In an interview given to The Australian in April 2010, Wally Conron said he regretted creating the labradoodle, as he believes their popularity has negatively affected the demand for pedigree dog breeds, and led to the introduction of other "designer" dog types]
Notable Labradoodle owners
- Sir Donald Campbell, who broke land speed records in the 1950s in Bluebird, was one of the first Labradoodle owners.]
- Golfer Tiger Woods owns Yogi and Riley
- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden owns a Labradoodle named Brother.
- Singer/songwriter Neil Young owns Carl
- Former Green Bay Packer and current Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre
- Actress Jennifer Aniston owns a Labradoodle, bought for her by former husband, Brad Pitt.
- Model Elle MacPherson ("The Body") owns Bella, who has her own line of "Designer Dog" wear
- Actresses and sisters Courtney Peldon and Ashley Peldon own Odysseus and Calypso
- Actor and TV presenter Graham Norton owns Bailey
- Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson owns Dodger
- Richard Hammond (also a presenter of Top Gear) owns a Labradoodle called TG (often referred to as "Top Gear Dog") which occasionally featured on the BBC show.
- Model Christie Brinkley owns Maple Sugar
- Actress Barbara Eden has a Labradoodle named Djinn Djinn (named after her invisible dog in the TV show I Dream of Jeannie).
- Actor and director Henry Winkler owns Charlotte
- Actress Julianne Moore
- Actor/singer Hugh Panaro owns Soot
- Political folk/rocker Billy Bragg
- Writer Carolyn B. Ellis
- Middlesbrough F.C. (UK) player Andrew Taylor owns Sonny
- Tom Griswold of The Bob and Tom Show owns Tazzie
- Author Garth Stein
- Legal thriller author David Baldacci owns Finn
- Rodman Primack, chairman of the London auction house Phillips de Pury & Company owns Theo
- Professional ice hockey player Dustin Brown owns Milo, a chocolate Labradoodle
- Author and activist Lynn Hoffman owns Lola
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan owns Dublin
- PBS Television investment program MoneyTrack producer Pam Krueger has a Labradoodle named Chloe, who sometimes appears on the show as an "unofficial co-host".
- Seamus O'Regan, co-host of CTV's Canada AM
- Novelist Susan Rebecca White owns Raney
- Irish Golfer Rory McIlroy, winner of the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic
- Lance Bass (formerly of the boyband N'Sync)
- Danny Hutton, founder of the rock band Three Dog Night has a Labradoodle named Ms. Wilson, a gift from longtime friend and legendary musician Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys
- Golfer Ian Poulter's Labradoodle is named Bentley.
- Dave Vaughan from Big Brother 2010 (UK) owns a labradoodle named Frodo
- Children's writer Leann Sweeney, author of "The Yellow Rose Mysteries"
- Actor Dennis Leary owns Daphne
- Designer Orla Kiely owns Olive
Only settle for the
Australian does make a difference. Be sure to settle for
nothing less than an Australian Labradoodle Multigen, bred for
decades to consistently produce high quality and predictable
companions. Labradoodles seldom need a bath and are naturally
blessed to not have that "doggie" smell. Their fleece is
almost resistant to dirt. The more you bathe your Labradoodle
the less natural oils will be in their coat. Fleas are also
rare and if you live in an area with a high flea population we
encourage you to use Revolution. There are three types of
coat will shed a great amount and is mainly seen in earlier
generations of Labradoodles, such as a lab/poodle cross (F1)
or an F1B (F1 back crossed with a poodle) or sometimes an
F2B (F1B crossed with an F1B).
coat is the most allergy friendly coat. If your family
suffers from asthma, this would be the coat for you. Wool
coats are easy to care for with attentive grooming. We shave
our wool coat dogs 2 to 3 times a year and clip as needed.
coat is gorgeous, and a true fleece coat should not shed and
is also an allergy friendly coat. It offers medium
maintenance and can be scissor-ed or clipped like a wool
coat and grow back to its long flowing style.
Labradoodle Care for more grooming information.
and allergies should be expected with an early generation
dog. If you have these concerns an early generation
Labradoodle should not be your first choice.