Labradoodles are a joy to own. They are great with children and are easy to train. They get along well with other dogs and animals. They are extremely smart, sociable, and well tempered.
An Australian Labradoodle (ALD) is a combination of the Labrador Retriever, Poodle, and Cocker Spaniel (though some older lines may also include the Irish Water Spaniel and/or Curly Coat Retriever). The Australian Labradoodle originated in Australia (which is why the name includes Australian) in the 1980s and was intentionally bred for service and therapy work.
The Australian Labradoodle does NOT have any Australian Shepherd(Aussie) in the lines.
Standard: 21″ TO 24″ The “Ideal” size for a standard female is 21 to 23 inches and for a male 22 to 24 inches. The weight range tends to be 50 to 65 pounds.
Medium: 17″ TO 20″ The “Ideal” size for a medium female is 17 to 19 inches and for a male 19 to 20 inches. The weight range tends to be 30 to 40 pounds.
Miniature: 14″TO 16″ The “Ideal” size for a miniature is 14 to 16 inches with no correlation between height and sex of the miniature Australian Labradoodle. The weight range tends to be 16 to 25 pounds.
**Please note we give our best guess at size on our puppies based on previous litters and the lines of the dog.
A Labradoodle is a cross between a Lab and Poodle. Sometimes referred to as American Labradoodles.
A Labradoodles body is heavier than that of a Standard Poodle. Their coat can be anywhere from 2 to 6 inches long as well as F1b coats continue to grow throughout their lifetime. There are several coat color possibilities that can be seen below.
- Standard-predicted to be 45lbs or more at adulthood. Our’s range from 65lbs or more
- Medium-predicted to be 30-45lbs at adulthood.
- Miniature-predicted to be 15-30lbs at adulthood.
Living Conditions & Exercise
Labradoodles need moderate exercise and their coats are typically low maintenance. They are social and love to be around people. They are suitable for a city or a farm.
Life Expectancy – The average lifespan is 15 years
Grooming – The first generation Labradoodles or F1, normally have lower maintenance coats that can be kept up with brushing every other day. Their coats can become matted if you don’t keep up with the brushing though so it is very important. F1’s don’t need to be trimmed that is personal preference as their coats grow to a certain point and stop. I do a face, feet, fanny trim on mine. F1b’s and beyond are high maintenance as far as keeping up with their coat. It continuously grows and requires regular grooming every 6-8 weeks. I recommend brushing every day to every other day making sure to get down to the skin. If a matted dog is brought to the groomer it will get shaved bald so it is important to brush good and often. I am always happy to show you how to properly brush.
F1 – A first generation Labradoodle is the cross of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. First generation has added health benefits associated to Hybrid Vigour.
Hybrid Vigour is when unrelated breeds of any species are crossed the offspring in the first generation will be more healthy, fertile, and mentally stable than either parent breed.
Coat Maintenance: Low Care
Coat Description: Coat grows to about 2-3 inches in length and requires occasional combing every other day some coats can handle twice a week brushing. Coats are often hair coats, and others can have wavy or curly coats.
Shedding: light to non-shed
Allergy Friendliness: usually successful in families with mild allergies. When a family has moderate to severe allergies a backcross in recommended.
F1b – A backcross pup is a result of breeding a labradoodle to one of its parent breeds. Normally a poodle being breeders are breeding towards nonshedding and allergy friendliness.
Coat maintenance: moderate to high care
Coat description: Coat continues to grow in length and requires regular combing and grooming every 6-8 weeks. It is usually thicker and curlier than a first generation Labradoodle with a wavy or curly coat.
Shedding: very light to non-shed
Allergy Friendliness: F1b are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.
F2 – This cross is an F1 with an F1. This cross is not one that we breed and is not one that is ever recommended to do. It is a cross that is the most varied when it comes to genetic possibilities. Breeding an F1 to an F1 is unwise unless the breeder is trying to create a new breed and doesn’t mind breeding a lot of funny looking, and possibly unsatisfactory, dogs on the way.
Coat Maintenance: varies on the coat type
Coat Description: The coat can be a hair coat, wavy coat, or curly coat.
Shedding: varies greatly from shedders to nonshedders
Allergy Friendliness: not recommended for families with allergies, due to the varying coat types.
**Please note we only have one F1b and one F1bb Litter planned before we will solely be breeding Australian Labradoodles