We love our Australian Labradoodles, primarily because of how much they add to our lives and family home. When our second son was born with many life challenges: physically, emotionally, sensorily, and a love of all animals, we knew we needed a dog that would take special care of us, of him. Thus began our search for a pup that would be highly trainable to support us through this journey with an added element of devotion for our children. Once we found our first Australian Labradoodle, we knew we’d spend our life with this breed.
It was after we lost our first doodle, Louie, that we knew we wanted to share this loyal pedigree with other families, so they could experience this kind of love with their canine partners. Louie was not only loved by us but by everyone who met him. He was the kind of dog that makes everyone want to be a dog owner and made our children feel like they had a constant companion by their side.
About the Australian Labradoodle
A labradoodle is a cross between a purebred lab and a purebred poodle, either standard or miniature. The breed was first developed in Australia in the 1970s when the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia was working to create an allergy-friendly guide dog. They have since become popular pets due to the allergy-friendly and low-to-no-shed coat coupled with an easy-going, friendly disposition.
Word spread on the assets of this new breed, and breeders in Australia started to work with the idea of improving and refining the breed. Soon breeders from around the globe joined in to develop the Australian Labradoodle we all know and love today.
Although different breeds were used in the initial fine-tuning of the breed, today in the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe three breeds are now used to make the Australian Labradoodle: Labrador Retriever, Poodle, and Cocker Spaniel (English or American). At this point in time, these are the only three breeds that may still be infused into the Australian Labradoodle, according to WALA Rules and Regulations.
Sociable, smart, and affectionate, the breed is sought after as a pet as well as a therapy and service dog and is also known to be easy to train, intuitive, and loyal. Moderately active and athletic, your labradoodle may well love to hike, swim and play fetch and enjoys daily mental stimulation. Besides being a wonderful allergy-friendly family companion, the service roles Labradoodles are used for include seizure alert, diabetic alert, service, and therapy work. The labradoodle is also a desirable dog for sporting and agility competitions.
The Australian Labradoodle comes in three sizes: mini, medium, and standard. There are two allergy-friendly coat types: fleece and wool. The four basic colors of black, yellow, caramel, and chocolate appear in a variety of different shades and patterns. Consistency in temperament and coat in the labradoodle is still being developed. Conscientious breeders, such as those in the WALA, are working toward refining both temperament and coat while ensuring genetic health by carefully introducing new lines.
It is vital when purchasing your labradoodle, that you purchase from a responsible breeder. Make sure the breeder tests for common diseases in the labradoodle as well as follows ethical, healthy, and best practices in puppy raising. WALA breeders pledge to follow such practices, continue to learn, and are required to follow the WALA health testing standards and vet care.
STANDARD: Weight range tends to be 50 to 65 pounds.
MEDIUM: Weight range tends to be 30 to 45 pounds.
MINIATURE: Weight range tends to be 16 to 25 pounds.
Article Source: https://www.wala-labradoodles.org/about-labradoodles
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