ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE
The Australian Labradoodle is a relatively new breed and was first developed in the 1980's by Wally Conran of Royal Guide Dogs located in Victoria Australia. The initial intention of the breed was to develop a line of Service and Therapy Dogs that was allergy and asthma friendly. The original breeds introduced were the Labrador, Standard Poodle, Irish Water Dog, Curly Coat Retriever, and the American and English Cocker Spaniel.
The dog that was developed created the Australian Labradoodle, a breed known for their loving, social, and highly trainable temperament. They are absolutely adorable with their teddy bear and sometimes Muppet like appearance. Their eagerness to please and their smart, cheerful disposition make them an ideal companion for therapy work or as a perfect family pet.
There have been many combinations of doodle crossbreeds that have resulted from the development of the Australian Labradoodle. While many of those doodle mixes are very cute, they don't take into consideration the purpose of the Australian Labradoodle which is so much more than their non-shedding coat and adorable appearance. Their ideal personality and trainability is really unmatched and in my opinion, what sets them apart.
Their are many purists out there that would still contest that this is simply another crossbreed. However, the definition of a breed is a stock of animals having a distinctive appearance and typically having been developed by deliberate selection. All of the purebred dogs recognized by the AKC were once deliberately and selectively breed to produce a dog possessing certain traits making them capable of certain jobs or tasks. As we have evolved as people, our need and purpose for the dog is changing. Therapy and companionship are at the forefront of needs for most people looking for a dog. I believe with all of the technology and advancements in medicine and science, we are more than capable of selectively breeding dog that fits our current needs. The Australian Labradoodle is not just another doodle mix, they are bred with intention over many generations establishing the breed. For this reason, I believe the Australian Labradoodle is here to stay.