This post is all about the Australian Labradoodle and all you need to know about it.
The Australian Labradoodle is one of the world’s major crossbred dog species, it is also called a Labrapoodle.
The term Australian Labradoodle or Labrapoodle first appeared in the late 1950’s before it was then made more popular in 1988 when it was then being used as a hypoallergenic guide dog.
This dog breed became known when Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador retriever dog and the Standard Poodle dog breed at the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia (RGDAA) in Victoria.
Now as you have known some little facts about this dog, we will now go into every single in-depth detail you will want to know about this dog.
Table of content
- What is an Australian Labradoodle?
- History of the Australian Labradoodle
- Objective of breeding the Australian Labradoodle
- Types of Australian Labradoodle
- Appearance and Temperament
- Health of
- Types of body coat
- Coat colors
- Height and weight
- Living conditions
- Life expectancy
- Litter size
- Original breeds
- Recognized clubs
- Difference between the Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle
What is Australian Labradoodle?
Australian Labradoodle or Labrapoodle is a specie of dog gotten from the crossbreeding of Labrador retriever and standard or toy poodle.
History of the Australian Labradoodle
The Australian Labradoodle was first heard of in 1955, but became well known in 1988. This dog breed was discovered by an Australian breeder who is in the person of Wally Conron.
He made this possible by crossbreeding the Labrador retriever and the standard poodle specie of dogs.
His objective for crossbreeding the dog was to create a new species of dog that would not affect people who are allergic to dog fur.
This Australian dog specie are now being used as guide dogs for the blinds, especially those blind people that do not like coming in contact with dog fur.
Conron got this idea after he observed a dog called Sultan which worked as a guide for a woman living in Hawaii for over 10 years, after watching this dog, he then decided to create a new breed just like the Sultan but using already existing dog species.
The Association for the Blind of Western Australia has introduced Labradoodles into their training program, and this dogs are now popularly used as guide and therapy dogs for those with sight difficulties around the world.
Objective for breeding the Australian Labradoodle
The main purpose of breeding this dogs is so that they can provide guide and assistance to the blind owners.
This dog is bred and recognized by the Labradoodle Association of Australia and the international Australian Labradoodle Association.
The Norwegian crown prince and princess currently own a Labradoodle.
Types of Australian Labradoodle
Almost all Australian Labrapoodle are the same, so sometimes it is very challenging to point out which type or category one belongs to or how one differs from the other but a lot of people prefer the f1 hybrids which are bred from poodle and Labrador.
Another type is also the Multigenerational Labradoodle, which are those types that due to other dogs they have come in contact with for generations, they have mated to produce offspring’s which are a little bit different from the original crossbred Labradoodle.
Appearance and Temperament of Australian Labradoodle
The dog is one of the friendliest, clean and easy going dogs in the world.
They love playing and being around children a lot and they are also very easy to train.
It is very sociable, playful, clever, joyful, quick to learn and one of the few smart dog species in the world.
The undisciplined ones can at some point try to outsmart the owner, so it is advisable you always train the dog very well both physical and mentally.
This dog hardly gets dirty, but make sure to wash its body always, because it can easily store dirt on its body.
Health of Australian Labradoodle
As we all know, everything that has blood running in it must at one point fall sick or encounter one health challenge or the other and the Australian Labrapoodle is no exception.
This dog encounters health issues such as hip dysplasia, it can also have eye disorder, elbow dysplasia which is also very similar to hip dysplasia.
At some point it will also have other minor health issues like Vonwilabrands, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Multifocal Retinal Dysplasia (MRA), HD, and patella disorders.
To prevent or control all this sickness, always take the dog to veterinary doctor for /radiography/, and an eye specialist. And most importantly always feed the dog with a good balanced meal or feed.
Food/Diet of the Australian Labradoodle
The best way to know the best kind of diet to feed to your Australian Labradoodle is to consult a veterinary practitioner so that he or she can give you the list of best possible food and diet for your dog.
But from my own research, giving the Labradoodle 2 to 3 cups of food every day between two meal times maybe one or two in the early morning hours and then one in the evening after it might have exercised itself is the best.
Types of Australian Labradoodle coat
The Australian Labradoodle has two main types of coat which are;
- Fleece textured coat: This is a soft textured coat, it has straight wavy look or soft spiral curling look. It is also very easy to clean and manage whenever the dog gets dirty.
- Wool textured: This looks like the lamb wool, it is loser and easier to take care of more than the fleece textured coat.
Coat colors of Australian Labradoodle
The Australian Labrapoodle coat comes in various colors which include;
Height and weight of Australian Labradoodle
The Australian Labrapoodle has the following height and weight;
- Standard: Height: 22-24 inches (53 – 60 cm)
- Standard: Weight: Females: 45 – 60 pounds (20 – 27 kg), Males: 55 – 77 pounds (25 -35kg)
- Miniature: Height: 17 – 22 inches (44 – 56cm)
- Miniature: Weight: 30 – 50 pounds (14 – 25 kg); so that means that the male species are larger.
Living conditions of Australian Labradoodle
The Australian Labradoodle has no much problem when it comes to living conditions as it can easily and comfortably stay in a well ventilated and clean apartment.
They are more active indoor, so make sure the apartment have enough space to contain its playful nature.
Also remove anything glass in the apartment or space where it is staying, so as to prevent it from breaking the glass and then matching or falling on it thereby injuring itself.
Exercise/training of Australian Labradoodle
For this dog to stay healthy and fit, it will need a lot of daily exercises which include long outdoor walks, throw and catch games etc.
Also you should also train the dog, because it will help the dog to easily pick up one or two tricks and be able to understand and obey rules.
Also take it out weekly so that it can socialize with other dog species and play.
Life expectancy of Australian Labradoodle
The Australian Labradoodle have an average lifespan of 13 to 15 years.
Litter size Australian Labradoodle
It can have a litter size of 5 to 10, but 7 on the average.
Grooming of Australian Labradoodle
This dog is well known for its coats, and for you to make this coat to be neat at all times you will need to groom it with a slicker brush at least once a week and then trim it after every three or four months
Original breeds of the Australian Labradoodle
The Australian Labradoodle came about from the cross breeding of other dog species which include;
- Labrador retriever
- Curly Coat Retriever
- English Cocker Spaniel
- American Cocker Spaniel
Australian Labradoodle recognized clubs
Few clubs recognize this dog specie and they are;
- Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA)
- International Australian Labradoodle Association (IALA)
- Labradoodle Association of Australia (LAA)
Difference between the Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle
The simple difference between this two dog specie is that the Labradoodles are a cross breed of purebred Labrador Retriever and a purebred Poodle, while the Australian Labradoodle came about from the crossbreeding of many species which include Labrador Retriever, the Poodle, and the English or American Cocker Spaniel.
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