Australian Labradoodle 101

What is an Australian Labradoodle? They are cross between a Labrador Retriever, Poodle & Cocker Spaniel. 
 
The great thing about Doodles is that they love to do whatever you are doing! They are energetic and playful, but equally even-tempered. As I type this mine are rolled up in furry little balls all around the room! If I was to get up, so would they. If I threw the ball right now, they would all jump up and chase after it! So they are either laidback or active depending on you & I think that makes them even more perfect!
One of the furry little balls I was speaking of :)
I think it is important to mention that making the decision to welcome a pet into your home is a BIG deal! Please do your homework before committing! Australian Labradoodles live an average of 13-15 years (depending on size.) Every furry friend deserves a happy & loving forever home & understanding breed characteristics will help ensure they are the right fit for your home & lifestyle.
Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles are generally a calm, well-balanced dog with impressive intelligence and trainability. Doodles are comical, happy, people pleasing, very sociable and love to learn new tricks. Energetic when free and gentle when handled. Their ability to recognize person's current emotional state, is what makes the Australian Labradoodle an excellent dog for persons with special needs.

Sizes

Miniatures: 14"-16" tall & 15-30 pounds

Mediums: 17"-20" tall & 30-45 pounds

Standards: 21"-24" tall & 45-65 pounds

Colors

Black Pigmentation (Nose) Colors:

Chalk, Cream, Apricot, Gold, Red, Black, Blue, Silver & Tri-Color

Liver (Brown) Pigmentation Colors:

Carmel Ice, Carmel Cream, Caramel, Caramel Red, Chocolate, Lavender, Cafe & Parchment

With solid, parti, phantom & sables there are so many options!

Coat Types

Labradoodle coat types are described by terms that are referring to primarily the texture of the coat, not degree of curl. Below is description of each coat type. Many people wrongfully assume that all wool coats will be curly, or all hair coats will be totally straight and flat. This is not the case and within each coat type varying degrees of curl can exist. When communicating with your breeder, be sure to describe the degree of curl you are interested in as well as if you have a preference for texture. We focus on producing the wavy fleece coat, but the potential for any coat type to be produced is there, depending on the genes behind the dog. We will sometimes have wool or hair coats available in a litter, but the greatest percentage will be wavy fleece. 

In general, the two coat types best for those with allergies are fleece and wool. Another assumption many people make is that the wool coat is the only coat ideal for those with allergies. This is not true, and fleece coats can be just as equally allergy friendly. An experienced breeder will be able to tell which are the best for those with allergies.

 

The application information each family submits to us is very important in helping us understand the coat types you are interested in.  The information you provide is critical.  We use reasonable judgment regarding the eventual adult coat of the puppy as we assess the litter, however, as sometimes unexpected situations can and do occur, this judgment does not guarantee the eventual adult coat nor is there a guarantee of the eventual allergy-friendliness, degree of shedding or color of the coat at maturity.  (For example, a dark chocolate coat color may fade to a milky chocolate color over a year or two and we are unable to know that when assessing the puppy coats.)

HAIR COAT – A coat that varies in thickness and length, and may be different on one part of the body compared to another. Typically straight or minimally wavy, but may also be curly. Very low maintenance as far as brushing goes, but do tend shed. Some will be heavy shedders, others very light shedders. This is not a recommended coat type for those with allergies or those who do not want to deal with shedding.

FLEECE COAT – Has a soft feel and should not feel like hair or wool. Can vary in degree of curl. There is a transition from puppy to adult coat and during that time the coat may become very high maintenance. Typically a completely non-shedding coat and a good coat type for those with allergies. Overall will require a minimal to moderate amount of grooming. Longer coats will require more maintenance than coats clipped short.

WOOL COAT – Usually a tightly curled coat that has a course texture, but may also be wavy. High maintenance when long, but can be kept trimmed short for easier maintenance. Typically a non-shedding coat and usually very allergy friendly. If you want a longer coated labradoodle, and want a wool coat, you need to be prepared for a significant amount of grooming.

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