What is an Australian Labradoodle?

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. 


Then, 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 Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel.  The resulting Australian Labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.

According to Beverly Rutland-Manners, the co-founder and developer of the Australian Labradoodle, wanted to develop a reliable companion dog with a non-allergenic coat to families, children and people with disabilities. Once the Multigenerational Labradoodles were genetically stable she began selecting her infusions.  To create the Australian Labradoodle she began selecting breeds to infuse based on certain qualities: soundness in mind and body (physical and emotional stability and health), conformation relating to form-to-function, consistency, and coat type.  She has chosen to rename the dog to Australian Cobberdog, due to it being a breed in development, and the confusion involved with the names Labradoodle and Multigen


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.
 

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