History of Labradoodles
The Labradoodle was first originated in Australia by Wally Conran of Royal Guide Dogs. It was developed with the intention of creating an allergy free guide dog as a request from a blind woman in Hawaii who needed a guide dog but her husband was allergic to dog hair.
Conran first thought of the standard poodle, a smart, trainable dog with allergy-free hair. After 33 poodle trials he decided instead to cross breed a standard poodle with a Labrador. The mating produced 3 pups and after saliva samples, one pup was allergy-free. Of course this was only the beginning of many years of careful breeding and research which evolved into the allergy and asthma friendly, low to non-shedding dog now known as the Multigen Australian Labradoodle.
A lot of publicity surrounded the new Labradoodle dog. People who couldn’t take delight in owning their own dog were now able to. Adding to that, Australian Labradoodles make for an excellent companion. They are very smart, easy to train, great temperament and personalities.
For more information about this wonderful breed, visit the web site of the organization formed to support the development of the breed:
Australian Labradoodle Association of America
First generation Labradoodle (F1): is the offspring of a Labrador retriever and a Poodle (50% Lab/50% Poodle). The results are mixed, their coats can range from hairy to wooly, they typically shed and may or may not be hypoallergenic.
Backcross F1B: is the offspring of an F1 Labradoodle bred back to a Poodle to improve coat qualities. The results are also mixed, may have hair or fleece coats, and typically have low to non-shedding coats.
Australian Labradoodle: carries DNA of a Labrador, Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. They typically have non-shedding coats, are hypoallergenic and have uniquely great temperaments. Once an Australian Labradoodle is crossed with another Australian Labradoodle you have a Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle.
Multigen Australian Labradoodle: is the offspring of an Australian Labradoodle and another Australian Labradoodle. Multigen have a soft fleece/wool blend coat with some curls or loose spirals. Coat will be non-shedding, hypoallergenic, and likely to have no coat or body odor.
Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles have an excellent temperament are quick learners for training, very good natured and loyal.
A Sunshine Labradoodle proudly breeds only Multigeneration Australian Labradoodles.
When determining size, it is important to focus on height rather than weight because weight could vary greatly due to diet whereas height remains the same at maturity.
Height – 22″ or higher at the shoulders
Weight – 45lbs – up to 90lbs, max preferred weight is 65 lbs
Height – 17″ to 21″ at the shoulders
Weight – 30lbs to 45lbs
Height – 13″ to 17″ at the shoulders
Weight – 15lbs to 30lbs
Colors There are a variety of colors you will find in labradoodles. Some variations may also occur, some coats will lighten while others will darken. Most typical colors are White, Cream, Apricot, Chocolate, Black, and Red.