About Australian Labradoodles

Australian Labradoodle History

 

The first Labradoodle was developed by the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia in an effort to create an allergy-friendly guide dog.

 

Then, in the late 1980s, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, all to improve temperament, coat, conformation, and size. Eventually, the infusing only included the lab, poodle, and cocker spaniel (American and English). DNA in some lines will still show the original parent breeds. Today's Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent, family-friendly dogs with lush coats that are more reliably low to non-shedding and allergy-friendly than other types of Labradoodles. 

 

A multigeneration Australian Labradoodle comes about from the breeding of one Australian Labradoodle to another. Multigeneration Australian Labradoodles typically have a non-shedding coat (as much as a dog can be non-shedding) if both parents are also non-shedding. Lakeview Labradoodles only breeds Multigeneration Australian Labradoodles.

 

Temperament

 

An Australian Labradoodle is a perpetual optimist. Everything is happy in their world. They are jovial, comical, and goofy, but also content just to relax with their people. They want to do whatever you’re doing. If the kids are running around playing, that’s what they want to do! If you’re snuggled up with a good book, they will happily curl up beside you. It’s the absolute best of both worlds. Australian Labradoodles love to play and have just the right amount of energy. They are incredibly intelligent and eager to please, which makes them extremely trainable. They need regular exercise, but nothing like the requirements of some of the field hunting breeds. They adore toys! Plush, squeaky, tug, you name it; they love them all. They are hypersensitive toward people. They LOVE their humans and tend to be very in-tune with their needs. This makes them excellent therapy and service dog candidates. They are fantastic with kids, other animals, and think everyone is their friend.

 

Size Categories

 

  • Miniature: Under 30 pounds

  • Medium: 30-45 pounds

  • Standard: Over 46 pounds

Lakeview is only able to estimate the adult size. You will notice that available puppies are listed with an "Expected Size" range. For example 30-40 lbs. Since we do not breed parents that are the same size, the offspring can be a range of sizes.

 

Colors

 

Australian Labradoodle colors vary widely and include solid and parti-colors (more than one color). Keep in mind, a pup may not retain his original color. At times, a puppy’s coat will lighten with age or may surprise everyone by darkening. Coat color will range in shade and intensity.

 

  • ​Black pigmented dog colors: Chalk / Cream / Apricot / Gold / Red / Black / Blue / Silver

  • Brown pigmented dog colors: Caramel Ice / Caramel Cream / Caramel / Caramel Red / Chocolate / Lavender / Cafe / Parchment

To learn more about coat and pigment colors, refer to the Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA).

 

Coat Types

 

  • Fleece:  A wavy to curly coat that has the feel of silky angora. This is typically a non-shedding coat. The coat can be higher maintenance during the transition from puppy to adult dog.

  • Wool: Curly like a poodle, usually non-shedding and allergy-friendly. A wool coat typically has a more cotton-like feel. This coat can be high maintenance if kept long. Clipping it shorter will cut down on the maintenance.

Lakeview only breeds wavy fleece Australian Labradoodles.

 

Life Expectancy

 

12-15 years

 

Australian Labradoodle Organization

 

There are multiple associations that work hard to protect the continued development of the Australian Labradoodle lines, and with strict guidelines that breeders must follow to be a member. Each organization has a slightly different vision for the breed, however, they all agree on the basic standards, and all hold their breeder members to the highest possible standards. It is an exciting time to be involved in the development of this breed.

Lakeview is a proud member of the Australian Labradoodle Association of America.​

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