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Breed History

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Australian Labradoodles are a fairly new breed of dog. Which were first bred by Wally Conran in the 1980’s.

 

At the time he was working with the ‘Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia’ He received a request from a visionally impaired woman who’s husband was allergic to dogs hair.

Australian Labradoodle Breed History

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He knew Poodles didn’t shed their coats, so tried to find a suitable one to train, this proved difficult.  He then decided to cross a standard Poodle with one of his best Labrador guide dogs. This proved to be successful  and the lady got her guide dog. When the remaining puppies were advertised as allergy-free guide dogs he was inundated with replies.

In 1989 the publicity surrounding the new breed of allergy free dog went national then international. So many more people were able to own a dog who couldn’t before.

Breeders in Australia continued to breed Labradoodles carrying on the efforts of Wally Conran aiming for consistency in conformation, coat type and temperament. This was headed by two main breeders Tegan Park and Rutland Manor. During the 1990’s other dog breeds were bred into the Labradoodle lines to bring in even better conformation, coat and temperament. These breeds were Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel.

Today more than 30 years since Wally Conran first started the cross breeding, the Australian Labradoodle is a very standardised breed with a teddy bear look and a great temperament and 99% allergen free.

For those that have been aware of the information in the media regarding the first intentional breeder of the F1 Labradoodle and his comments regarding this, please be aware, that the Australian Labradoodle has now progressed far beyond breeding a poodle and Labrador together.

The Australian Labradoodle breed is a long-standing multigenerational breed, registered with organisations across the world that adhere to strict standards for its breeder members.

The breed cannot be compared to what was an experiment back then. It is important to recognise the vast difference between what it was then and now.