The Australian Labradoodle History

As a breeder we wanted to offer our adoptive homes a puppy that we knew would live up to the standards the public is reading and hearing about. The Australian Labradoodle has received a lot of media attention, and rightfully so. It is a new breed, the dogs being used as dams and sires are health tested for genetic soundness. The health of the dogs is at the forefront with the Australian Labradoodle.

We Choose the Multi-generation Australian Labradoodle as we knew there had been years of research which evolved into the allergy and asthma friendly, low to non-shedding dog now known as the Australian Labradoodle. The breed is not just a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle. Generations of dogs were bred, only the allergy and asthma friendly dogs from the beginning litters were used as dams and sires, passing on the traits needed to form this wonderful breed. Through much research the Multi-generation Australian Labradoodle consistently offers the coat type and the temperament that makes these dogs so exceptional.

The breed began development in the late 1980's by Wally Conran for the Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia. He was to create a guide dog that would be allergy and asthma friendly. He started with the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle, as he felt this would make an excellent mix for the temperament needed.

Two research centers in Australia continued the development of the Multi-generation Australian Labradoodle. After many years of selective breeding and careful research Tegan Park Breeding and Research Center and Rutland Manor have developed the breed everyone is so exited about. The Irish Water Spaniel and the English and American Cocker Spaniels were brought into the mix to bring qualities the research centers felt were needed to create a breed that would be allergy and asthma friendly, low to non-shedding, highly intelligent and easily trained. These dogs live only to please their owners, having excellent health, fantastic temperaments, and service qualities.

Because the Breeding and Research Centers and other responsible breeders have put so much time and effort into developing the Multi-generation Australian Labradoodle, we are confident our puppies are well rounded with good health, intelligence, and low to non-shedding coats.

At Labradoodles by Rosewood Hazel we are thrilled to be able to offer puppies to families with allergies and asthma. It has been a pleasure to offer puppies to homes that have not been able to experience the joy and companionship of sharing their home with a dog.

Allergy and asthma friendly

low to non-shedding

Highly intelligent

Easily trained

Loyal Companion

Family oriented

Good health

Excellent temperament

Comical and playful

Sweet natured

If you are looking for a dog to share your life and be a true member of the family, the Australian Labradoodle may be the breed for you!

Breed Standards

The Breed Standard of Excellence colors are:

Apricot/Gold, Red, Black, Silver and Blue - must have black pigment

Caramel, Chocolate, Cafe', Parchment and Lavender - must have rose pigment

Chalk (appears white but when compared to a true white it is a chalky white) - may have rose or black pigment

Cream and Apricot Cream (all shades and combinations of ream shades are acceptable) - may have rose or black pigment

Caramel: A rich Gold/Apricot very much the color of its namesake - caramel through to a deep red - must have rose pigment

Red: A solid, even, rich red color which should have no sprinkling of other colored fibers throughout the coat. A true red must not be lighter at the roots than at the tips of the coat. Red can fade somewhat with age, and senior dogs showing paling of coat should not be penalized.

Apricot/Gold: The color of a ripe apricot on the inside. A true Apricot must not be lighter at the roots than at the tips of the coat. It can come in varying shades and may fade as the dog grows older. Senior dogs should not be penalized for paling of coat.

Blue: A dark to medium smoky Blue. Blue also belongs to the Rare Color Group. Blue dogs are born black but will have Blue Skin and undertonings at a young age. Any other color throughout the Blue is undesirable.

Silver: Born black but will have ore of a grey skin and will develop individual silver fibers at a young age. Silver dogs can take up to 3 years to color out and become a beautiful smoky gray through to a light iridescent platinum and varying shades in between at adulthood. Uneven layering of color in the silver is normal.

Chocolate: Dark and rich, born almost black, may maintain a dark chocolate throughout their lifetime. Most chocolates lighten up to a variety of chocolate shades. Most chocolates will turn cafe over time. A true chocolate is a rare color.

Cafe': Born Milk Chocolate of varying shades, and have the same gene as the silver dogs, often taking up to 3 years to fully color out to multi shades of chocolate, silvery chocolate and silver throughout. When given plenty of time in the sunshine they develop stunning highlights.

Lavender: A definite, even smoky lavender chocolate, giving almost pink/lilac appearance. Lavender dogs are born Chocolate and can be difficult to distinguish at a young age. Any other color throughout the Lavender is highly undesirable. True Lavender dogs belong to the Rare Color Group.

Parchment: Born Milk Chocolate, will pale to a smoky creamy beige. Paling usually starts from an early age often as early as 6 weeks. As adults they can be mistaken for dark smoky Cream from a distance. Parchment belongs to the Rare Color Group.

Coat: Coat types are also still very sporadic with many dogs showing a combination of multiple types. As the genetic values stabilize, we hope the "ideal" coats are as follows:

Fleece: Length is usually around 5 inches long. The Fleece coat texture should be light and silky quite similar to that of an angora goat. Appearing "to contain a silky lanolin", the fleece coat can be from loosely waved giving an almost straight appearance to deeply waved. Kemp is often found around the eyes and topline. The absence of kemp is highly prized. Fleece coats rarely if ever shed. A slight shedding may occur and may be determined to the degree of wavy/curly. The less curly, the more chance of slight shedding. During the age of 8 - 12 months, during the adolescent/maturing time you will need to groom your fleece every week. After the "transition" period, the coat will settle down and maintenance will return to normal, requiring a comb out very 3 - 4 weeks. The fleece coat has been found to be allergy friendly.

Wool: Coats are more dense to the feel like a sheep's wool. The "Ideal" wool coat should "hang" in loose hollow spirals. Most wool coats are still exhibiting a good texture but take the appearance of a Spring not a Spiral. The sprung wool coat is not desirable. A thick dense coat is also not desirable. The Australian Labradoodle has a single coat. Both the Fleece and the Wool coat should naturally grow in "staples" and be of a soft texture. Both the "Ideal" Fleece and Wool coats spin successfully. Hair coats (Hair texture that shed) is a fault and are undesirable. It is extremely rare for a wool coat to shed, and is the preferred coat type for families with severe allergies. To keep the wool coat long and flowing will require more maintenance. The wool coat looks beautiful cut shorter and is very easy to maintain. Grooming and a trim or clip three or four times a year is all that is required to keep the short wool coat looking great.

For a complete listing of the Breed Standard for the Australian Labradoodle Association of America, please visit their website at www.ilainc.com

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