The Australian labradoodle is different from all other labradoodles. The Australian Labradoodle breed dates back to the 1980's. The intent was to create a breed that was allergy and asthma friendly with the temperament of a service dog. In the early days, the Australian Labradoodle was simply a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Dogs from this cross typically were bred to each other over future generations, whereby the Australian dogs are also know as "Multi-generational" Labradoodles.
In the late 1980's, 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, to improve temperament, coat, conformation, and size. The infused breeds include Curly Coat Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.
Today, Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs with lush coats that are more reliably low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than other types of Labradoodles such as first generation Lab/Poodle crosses, or first generation crosses bred back to Poodles. Even when the other types of Labradoodles are bred on for generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the attributes of the infused breeds were not included in their ancestry.
Australian Labradoodle Sizes -
Mini 15-30 lbs and 14 - 17"
Medium 31-45 lbs and 17-20"
Standard 45-65 lbs and 20-24"
The poodle was initially a parti colored breed. Breeders bred them to solid colors.
The word 'labradoodle' is in the Oxford English Dictionary making the word usable in the game Scrabble
You shouldn't expect your labradoodle to be a guard dog -they are just too darn friendly and lovable.
Labradors came from Newfoundland not Labrador
Labradoodles have an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
Because labradoodles are smart and inquisitive obedience training is fun and stimulating for them
Although the labradoodle is not a sanctioned breed the AKC has created the 'Canine Partners" category to include them and other hybrid breeds for agility and other competitions.
The first labradoodle on record was named 'Sultan"
Although the poodle originated in Germany they are France's national dog
A single litter of labs can have yellow, black and chocolate puppies
Puppies double their weight the first week of their life
Puppies are born without teeth. They can't hear, see or smell.
Puppies don't open their eyes or begin to hear until they're 10 days to 2 weeks old. They can't smell until about three weeks.
Puppies need about 15 to 20 hours of sleep a day
Puppies need to teeth just like human babies
At the age of 1 a puppy is equivalent in age to a 15 year old human
Puppies love sing-song baby talk (but grow out of it as adults)
It is extremely rare but puppies can be identical twins
The word puppy has been used for a small or young dog since the 15th century.
The most puppies in a litter is 24 - born in 2004 to a Neapolitan mastiff in Cambridgeshire.
Many new puppy parents think that obedience class is for teaching your labradoodle puppy to sit and roll over. While they can learn these simple commands in obedience class the training goes well beyond those few initial accomplishments.
It bonds you with your puppy. Setting aside this special time means your puppy has your full attention for a specific task at least several times a week. Your puppy will learn to rely on you to teach him to be good and that he will be rewarded with your love and attention when he is.
Your puppy will learn good social behavior and be introduced to people and other dogs in a structured environment.
You’ll learn to read your dog’s behavior and how to deal with negative circumstances.
It will stimulate your puppy’s brain.
Obedience training makes your life easier and your puppy happier. And besides, who doesn’t like a well mannered dog?!
The second thing is simple…….walk your dog. Start out slow with short distances with your Labradoodle puppy and gradually work up to a robust pace for ½ an hour by around age 1. Dogs need exercise. Exercise changes their behavior in a positive way. It keeps them focused on a task, it lets them do doggy things- sniffing and jogging along – and it keeps them healthy. Vary the route if you can. It exposes them to different stimuli.
Often times destructive behavior is caused in large part by boredom and lack of exercise. There’s an old adage ‘a tired dog is a good dog’ and in some ways it’s true. But not just because they’re tired. The walk has stimulated their mind, legs and heart. The other things around them don’t seem so interesting anymore after a great walk. Toilet paper – who needs it? Couch cushion? Heck, I got to bark at 4 squirrels on my walk.
The walk time is also passive obedience training. He can’t go anywhere without your consent. He has to stop when you stop and he learns to sit patiently when you meet someone. Its long range socializing as you walk past other barking dogs or bikes whizzing past. He learns to depend on you to keep him safe and under control. This carries over into your home. Your dog will listen and respond better to your commands.
Walking your dog keeps you in tune with him physically. You see things you might not otherwise notice. Is there a slight limp? Is he breathing irregularly? Is that a lump on his hind leg?
Occasionally, if you really can’t find the time use a dog walker. It’s all about the moving. While your dog would love you to be on the other end of the leash they like and need the walk whomever is in control.