This is a brief history of the Australian
Labradoodle taken from many sources. Many of these sources are
conflicting so we do not guarantee all of the facts but it is generally
correct to the best of our knowledge.
Wally Conron of Royal Guide Dogs Association began
cross breeding Labrador Retrievers and Poodles in Australia in 1988. The
goal was to develop a Guide/Service Dog suitable for people with dog
allergies. The offspring of these dogs eventually became known as "Labradoodles".
In an effort to improve on the desired results, Labradoodle was bred to
Labradoodle creating the multi-generation Labradoodle.
As this cross breed became popular many people
began cross breeding Poodles an Labradors. A veterinarian in Australia
took the first generation (F1) Labradoodles and back-crossed them with
Poodles (F1B) to improve the Labradoodle. These were some of the first
Labradoodles exported to the United States. This is predominantly the
case of the Labradoodles bred in North America today.
In 1989 Rutland Manor Labradoodle Breeding and
Research Center and Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Center
in Darnum, Victoria and Seaspray, Victoria Australia, respectively, were
founded. Their goal was to establish a standard for breeding
Labradoodles to improve and compliment the Australian Labradoodle breed.
In 1997 the Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard was written.
The Australian Labradoodle was created through
research and genetics testing. The breed consists of parent breeds of
Standard, miniature, and toy Poodle, Labrador Retriever, Irish Water
Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel, and English
Tegan Park introduced the Miniature Labradoodle in
1998. When miniatures and standards were bred the result was mediums.
This is the origin of the three recognized sizes.
Tegan Park retired in 1998, leaving Beverley Manor
the only founding breeder still in operation.
In 2012 Rutland Manor achieved recognition for the
breed as a Pure Breed in Development with Master Dog Breeders and
Associates (MDBA) with the name of Australian Cobberdog.
For the originators of the Australian Labradoodle,
now named Australian Cobberdog, please visit Rutland
Rutledge Park Labradoodles’ goal is to breed Australian Labradoodles with superior health and temperaments.
- General Description:
- Australian Labradoodles are generally quite playful, affectionate,
non-aggressive, loyal, intelligent, and happy. They have been bred
to be well suited as service dogs of any kind. Their intelligence,
intuition and desire to please makes them quite easy to train.
Their coats should be low to non-shedding, odor free and
- Australian Labradoodles are very athletic and graceful
dogs. They are generally quite lean and muscular. They have a
wonderful personality and when you look into their eyes you see
happiness, affection, and loyalty.
- Australian Labradoodles are currently available in three sizes,
Standard, Medium, and Miniature.
- Standard - 22 - 26 inches and weighs 45 - 90 pounds
- Medium - 18 - 21 inches and weighs 30 - 45 pounds
- Miniature - 14 - 17 inches and weighs 20 - 30 pounds
- 1. Wool: generally the most allergy/asthma friendly, shed free
coat. It feels and
appears coarse but is quite soft to the touch
- 2. Curly (aka Spiral) Fleece: very little shedding making it quite
allergy/asthma friendly. Is very soft and has flowing curls
- 3. Wavy Fleece: softest and shiniest of the coats