There are three coat types:
Wool: does not shed, allergy friendly, feels similar to that of a pure bred Poodle and is usually tightly curled.
Fleece: minimal to non shedding, allergy friendly, feels wonderfully soft and fleecy, and has loose curls.
Hair: not ideal, light shedding, less allergy friendly, coarser texture, can be curly, short or long
The wool and fleece coats do not have a dog odor.
Australian Labradoodle History
In the 1980's, The Guide Dog Association implemented a breeding and research program for an allergy friendly Guide dog. This was the start to the Australian, multi-generation Labradoodle as we know it today. This Australian Labradoodle started out as a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Dogs from the Australian cross were bred to each other for several generations, to create what is also known as "multi-generation" Labradoodles.
The Australian Labradoodle has been developed over near decades. The founders of the Australian Labradoodle, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, infused several other breeds into the early generation lines of their Labrador Retriever / Poodle crosses, to achieve the consistency in temperament and coat that we have today. The infused breeds include the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. Dogs from these infusions have been bred together to continue the Australian, multi-generation lines.
The Australian Labradoodle is much more likely to be low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than other types of Labradoodles, such as the first generation Labrador Retriever / Poodle crosses (F1), or first generation crosses bred back to Poodles (F2). Even when the Labrador Retriever / Poodle crosses are bred for several generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the other foundation breeds are not there to enhance their basic qualities. The true Australian Labradoodle is the result of many successful generations of careful breeding. The result is a healthy, well tempered dog with a low to no shedding allergy friendly coat.
Australian Labradoodles are very loving, social, highly trainable and excellent companion dogs with majestic beauty that compares to no other. Their eagerness to please and smart, soulful nature make them perfect for therapy work or a perfect family pet.
Standard Labradoodle: over 21" (over 50 Lbs)
Medium Labradoodle: 17" to 20" (30-40 Lbs)
Miniature/Mini Labradoodle: 14" to 16" (16-25 lbs)
All three Labradoodle sizes should be of equal appearance, temperament and confirmation.
Each Labradoodle generation has their own unique coat qualities and appearance.
Australian Labradoodle or multi-generational American Labradoodle = F1B Labradoodle bred to an F1B or higher Labradoodle or an Australian Labradoodle which is non-shedding. Multi-gen's have a Teddy Bear look with a fluffy silky soft mop.
F1B =F1 Labradoodle to Standard Poodle generally low-shedding to shedding. Their looks vary.
F1 = Labrador retriever to Standard Poodle cross which can range widely on shedding and appearance. The often have the look of a Terrior mix.
The Australian Labradoodle combination produces the majestic beauty and regal nature, with the most consistent size and non-shedding hypoallergenic coat qualities that make the Australian Labradoodle so desirable.
The Brookside Labradoodle Approach
At Brookside Labradoodles we only breed Australian Multi-generation Labradoodles. Our Australian lines come from the two main research and development centers Tegan Park and Rutland Manor in Australia.
More information is available on the Australian Labradoodle breed through the associations listed below.
Rutland Manor and Tegan Park in Australia (TIG)
Australian Labradoodle Club of America (ACLA)
Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA)