Australian Labradoodles - The Perfect First Dog in 2023
Australian Labradoodles are the perfect first dog!
These are not the same mix of breeds from the regular labradoodle either but have a whole different DNA, making them more stable.
They are highly intelligent, loyal to their owners, calm yet playful and behavioural problems are virtually unheard of!
Is this Just a Labrador X Poodle?
The Australian Labradoodle is actually made up of 6 breeds, not 2.
They consist of the Labrador, Poodle, English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, and Irish Water Spaniel.
Mixing these breeds up, over a long period of time, actually give this dog more stability in genetics than regular labradoodles.
Labradoodles are simply a cross between a Labrador and a poodle.
The first time this is done it is known as F1, or first generation.
This is quite unstable as you could end up with either more or less of one parent.
When people start breeding labradoodles to each other this is known as F2, F3 etc.
However all Australian Labradoodles are all F5 plus, because they have been bred together since the 90s.
Why Australians are Better than Regular Labradoodles
Any Australian Labradoodle puppy will not resemble the original breeds but a regular Labradoodle might.
Basically, the more breeding you do the more predictable and consistent the puppies in the litter will be with each other.
These special dogs were bred to create a hypoallergenic service dog.
People were looking for a non shedding dog who’s personality was stable but highly intelligent in order to help their owners.
Unfortunately the first Labradoodle owners found them wilful, stubborn and too high energy.
So the other breeds came into the mix, with the two cocker spaniels giving the dogs a lovely, fleecy coat.
There were dedicated kennels set up in Australia for breeding these dogs and the name given was also in referring to the all extended pedigrees within the dog.
Australian Labradoodle Temperament
This doodle is so popular because of its temperament.
They are loyal, intelligent and sensitive, yet have the calm and stable straits of the Labrador.
This breed is often used as a service and therapy dog.
Australian Labradoodles fit well into family life, they are gentle and still full of fun for the kids.
They are one of the easiest dogs to train, without having high energy, which can lead to manic behaviour (often seen in Collies and German Shepherds).
By 12 weeks many Australian Labradoodle puppies can be fully toilet trained, sleep alone and know basic commands.
They are attentive and are eager to please, fantastic traits for any family dog.
Labradoodle Coat Type
The Australian Labradoodle coat type is, again, more stable than the coat of a regular labradoodle.
Because this dog has 5 different ancestors, and has been bred for a lot longer, they are never going have have the Labrador fur pop up in a litter.
They can be considered a hypoalegleic breed for this reason, where as the Labradoodle cannot.
Labradoodles are so close to their ancestor breeds that often the Labrador coat will appear, and it does shed a lot.
(It is important to note that the Kennel Club have said all dogs will shed some hair).
Regular labradoodles can have 3 types of fur, all which can appear within one litter and can also change as they mature, they are more likely to shed too.
All labradoodles come in 3 sizes, classed as miniature, medium and standard.
This entire range is between 35cm -63cm and 7-30kg. Quite a range of dogs to choose from!
You will need to care for the Australian Labradoodle’s coat, as with any non shedding breed.
This consists of buying the correct brushes for getting right to the base of the skin, otherwise you may find your groomer completely shaves him clean if they find mats!
Unless you want to buy your own tools your dog will need regular trips to the groomers, as well as brushing most days at home.
Tighter curls on a dog will mean more brushing is required because it mats more easily.
Although he has slightly higher maintenance fur than say, a Labrador, this breed is sweet, clever and loving.
Also they come in the optional sizing, so this breed can literally fit in with any family!
If anyone is considering a puppy for the first time, the Australian Labradoodle would definitely be worth looking at.