Labradoodle Information

In 1989, the first litter of labradoodles was bred by the GDAV in Australia.  John Gosling, the manager for GDAV Guide Dog Services agreed to breed the litter in answer to a request by Pat Blum of Hawaii, a vision impaired woman with a husband allergic to dogs.  The breeding manager for GDAV, Wally Conron, planned a mating between Harley and Brandy, a poodle and lab, and the first labradoodle litter resulted in three puppies.  Fur samples of the pups were sent to Pat as the pups matured, and one of the pups, Sultan, proved to be allergy friendly, as well as compatible for Pat as a guide dog.  The combination of Sultan’s coat, temperament and trainability made him a perfect guide dog companion for Pat, and an allergy friendly addition to her home.  This was the official beginning of the labradoodle.        

The combination of the Labrador and the Poodle produced great puppies that were very smart and easy to train, which naturally led to people in the general public becoming interested in the breed as family pets.  The desire for non-shedding, allergy friendly coats has also played a huge part in the success and desirability of the labradoodle.  

Many people continue to breed the Labradoodle as they did in the beginning years, by crossing a Labrador with a Poodle to produce first generation Labradoodles.  This method results in hybrid vigor, and dogs with a wide variety of looks and coats.  Some will be allergy friendly, some will not.  Some will shed, and some will not.

Others have gone on to try and “fix” the non-shedding, allergy friendly coat of the Labradoodle by breeding those first crosses back to Poodles.  Then, by selecting the best from their litters they breed those Labradoodles to other selected Labradoodles or to Poodles to go on to produce dogs that are more likely to not shed.  Also, it is interesting to note that the Australian breeders infused other breeds, like the Irish Water Spaniel, into their lines to bring in other desirable traits.

The Labradoodle as a breed is still in its development.  Whether or not it becomes a recognized breed, it will always be a sought after dog because of its many wonderful qualities!

Labradoodles are not yet recognized as a breed by any club or organization, therefore no formal standard is in place yet.  However, breeders of multi-generation dogs are working towards a standard to be recognized if the Labradoodle is accepted as its own breed.  

F1 or First cross:  pups resulting from poodle bred to labrador

They have a variety of coat types ranging from flat hairy coats that are not very long and are very easy care to a very woolly coat which looks a lot like a poodle especially after clipping.  The coats in between are various in length, thickness and texture. The coats can change quite dramatically as they grow

F1B:  pups resulting from first cross labradoodle bred to a poodle

F1B’s are the result of a first cross labradoodle bred back to a poodle in order to produce better coats in the puppies.  Many first cross dogs are slight to heavy shedders, with a variety of coat types and textures, so by breeding back to a poodle, you bring back in more of the non-shedding aspect and typically you end up with gorgeous, growing, beautiful coats.  F1B coats are typically no different than the Multi-gen coats.  The only real difference is the generation of the litter bred. 

SIZE CATEGORIES

Labradoodles come in three different sizes.  Measuring should take place from the floor to the top of the shoulder, not to the top of the head.

 

  • Miniatures range in size from 13″ – 17″ tall and weigh between 15 lbs and 30 lbs

  • Mediums range from 18″ – 21″ tall and weigh between 30 lbs and 45 lbs

  • Standards are 22″ and taller, and weigh from 45 lbs on up to well over 90 lbs