The Australian Labradoodle is different from all other Labradoodles.
In the beginning , the Labradoodle was simply a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. These early Labradoodles typically were bred to each other over future generations and are sometimes called Multi-generational Labradoodles.
Improved Temperament, Coat, Confirmation and Size
In the late 1970’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, confirmation, and size. The infused breeds include curly coated retriever, Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting Australian Labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, and are considered multi-gen Australian Labradoodles, (The diversity of these blood lines have the potential to safeguard the breed from genetic health problems of inbreeding).
Today, Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs with lush coats and are more reliably low to non-shedding dogs 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.
For more information on the Australian Labradoodle visit the Australian Labradoodle Association of America.