The Proper Definition of Labradoodles as a Dog Breed
The Labradoodle is a terrific dog breed; originally a combination of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. The breed was developed during the 80’s in Australia when a request came for a service dog that would be hypoallergenic. After rejecting over 30 Standard Poodles, the breeding program manager, Wally Conron, decided to try breeding a Standard Poodle stud with one of his best Labrador breeding dogs. Three puppies were born in that first litter. One of those puppies was found to be allergy friendly, and two of the three Labradoodle puppies went on to be as service dogs.
The Labradoodle Debate: A Great New Dog Breed or Not?
At first it was hard to get families to take the Labradoodle puppies in for training. While they were friendly and intelligent, they weren’t purebred! No one wanted these mixed breed dogs. Then in a stroke of brilliance, Wally Conron, the breeder, got the local media involved and gave the mixed breed a name: A Labrador Retriever and a standard Poodle makes a Labradoodle. The name was a hit!
Where the Australian Labradoodle Began
However, as generations progressed, it was hard to develop a bloodline of dogs that consistently possessed the coat and personality qualities desirable in a Labradoodle. Two research centers, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, took on the project. Their goal was to create a Labradoodle with a consistently Hypoallergenic coat and personality appropriate for a service dog.
The Australian Labradoodle is the result of Tegan Park and Rutland Manor’s breeding research. Australian Labradoodles have a more consistently fleece coat, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor achieved this hypoallergenic ideal by including American and English Cocker Spaniel, Irish line soft coat wheaton terrier and Irish Water Spaniel in the bloodline along with Labrador Retriever and Poodle. The final result? An intelligent friendly dog breed with hair that is allergy friendly and odor free. Not only great family pets, but also excellent as service dogs.
Today both Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles are available on the market. The difference between them is the generation of the Labradoodle and the control of the breeding. You will find many people very happy with their common Labradoodle, and rightfully so. However, there is a definite difference in the coat and the temperament in the two. That is why, as a breeder, Pine Lodge Labradoodles breeds only Australian Multi-Generation Labradoodles. Our goal is to produce smart, friendly Australian Labradoodles with consistently hypoallergenic fleece coats.