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Where Did Labradoodles Come From?

Wally Conran of Guide Dogs Victoria in Australia is credited with the development of Labradoodles in the 1970s, as he attempted to create a breed of assistance dogs for physically challenged people.  A blind woman from Hawaii who suffered from severe allergies, contacted Guide Dogs Victoria in an attempt to find a dog that could aid her in her daily activities, but she worried about having one because she was so allergic to dog fur and dander.

History shows that many breeds of dog were actually developed to fill a need that no other breed could fill.

Guide Dogs Victoria bred one of its proven Labrador Retrievers (a dog that had been bred specifically as an assistance dog) with a Standard Poodle from Sweden.

The Poodle was chosen because the breed is known for its higher intelligence, sensitivity and a low shedding coat.

This pair of parents produced three allergen reduced puppies that could be trained to assist people who suffered from allergies, thereby filling a need no other breeds could fill.  Mr. Cochran affectionately called this first litter of puppies "Labradoodles."

Other breeders caught onto the Labradoodle idea and started breeding them back to Poodles and Labradoodle to Labradoodle.  The basic aim was to develop a breed that made a great family pet.  Breeding continued often with the breeders unaware of the low-to-non-shedding coat being produced.

What's the Difference?

The American Labradoodle is a Hybrid not a breed.

Here are a few of the different ways American Labradoodles are produced.

F1 = 50% Labrador and 50% Poodle - This is Lab to poodle cross, this is first generation, resulting in healthier offspring! Hair type can be smooth like a Lab, wirey look like a Irish wolfhound or Wavy/shaggy, they can shed or not shed, pups in the same litter can vary. This is not the best cross for people with severe allergies.

F1-B = 25% Labrador Retriever and 75% Poodle (F1 Labradoodle and Poodle cross) - This is Labradoodle bred back to Poodle, Wavy Curly shaggy look doodle very consistent in coat types. F1B is the MOST likely of any to be non shedding and Allergy friendly.

F2 = F1 Labradoodle and F1 Labradoodle cross - this combination you get the same percentage of Lab Poodle mix as you would an F1 Labradoodle so they are more likely to shed.

F3 = F2 Labradoodle and F2 Labradoodle cross

Multi-generation = F3 or higher generation Labradoodle and F3 or higher generation Labradoodle cross.

The Australian Labradoodle is a purebred.  It's not just a Labrador x Poodle cross but was a breed in its own right developed over many years with particular goals in mind.  To accomplish these goals, further development was done with parent breed infusions added to the already blooming Labrador x Poodle cross lines.

In 1989, Rutland Manor Labradoodle Breeding and Research Center was organized in Darnum, Victoria.  They used only health tested Labradors, Poodles, and 3rd generation Labradoodles.

The Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Centre located in Seaspray, Victoria was established at the same time.  It also carefully controlled its breeding program, using only the finest genetically healthy dogs.

These pioneering developers of the breed sought out the best ways in which to compliment the Australian Labradoodle breed and develop the qualities found and loved in these dogs.

In 1997 the very first Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard was written which reflected these goals. The Australian Labradoodle currently consists of 6 different breeds in its origin. The Confirmed and Approved Parent Breeds of the Australian Labradoodle are the Poodle (Standard, Miniature,Toy), Labrador Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier (Pure Irish lines only) American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.

It's no wonder that the Labradoodle ranks among America's most fashionable companion dogs today.  Who can deny the desire to own the perfect dog?

The Labradoodle possesses the superior intelligence of the Poodle and the fantastic athleticism of the Labrador Retriever.  Even better, the Labradoodle boasts the personality, good looks and hypoallergenic coat of its Poodle parent, as well as the friendly disposition and desire to please of its Labrador family.