There are three different types of Labradoodles currently being bred, the Australian Labradoodle bred in Australia, the Australian Labradoodle bred in the USA and the American Labradoodle.
Australian Labradoodle started out as a simple cross between the Labrador Retriever andStandard Poodle or Miniature Poodle and is still widely the case in North America. Australian’s, on the other hand have taken the Labradoodle a few steps further. In mid 2004 it was announced that the Australian Labradoodle was not just a Labrador x Poodle cross but was a breed in its own right developed over many years with particular goals in mind. To accomplish these goals, further development was done with parent breed infusions added to the already blooming Labrador x Poodle cross lines. The developers of the breed sought out the best way in which to compliment the Australian Labradoodle breed, and to develop the qualities that they find and love in these dogs. In 1997 the very first Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard was written which reflected these goals. The Australian Labradoodle currently consists of 6 different breeds in its origin. The Confirmed and Approved Parent Breeds of the Australian Labradoodle are the Poodle(Standard, Miniature, Toy, Labrador Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever,American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.
The Australian Labradoodle bred in Australia and recognized by the Labradoodle Association of Australia and the International Australian Labradoodle Association, Inc, is being bred with the goal of creating a purebred dog in mind. It is unclear how far the Australians have come in their development.
You may see ads for “Multi-generation Labradoodles” these are not to be confused with the Australian Labradoodles unless they specifically say “Australian Multi-generation Labradoodles”, if you are specifically looking to purchase an authentic Australian Labradoodle it is important to ask for the puppies pedigree . I recommend visiting the ALAA website for links to breeders of registered Australian Labradoodles in your area.
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The Australian Labradoodle Size:
“So what is the difference between a regular Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle?”
The main difference between the American Labradoodles and the Australian Labradoodles is that the Australian Labradoodle have more then the Poodle and Lab infused into their bloodline. The Australian Labradoodleswere originate from Australia and their pedigrees include Cocker Spaniel, Wheaton Terrier and Portuguese Water-dog as well as other breeds (see infusion breed list below) along with the Labrador and Poodle bloodlines.
A first generation hybrid Labradoodle is the product of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. The term ‘Labradoodle’ was coined by Wally Conron of the Australian Guide Dog Association, when he first bred these hybrids as allergy friendly service dogs. The AGDA still uses first generation Labradoodles upon demand to this day.
As first generation hybrids, these dogs have the added health benefits associated to Hybrid Vigour. This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line.
FIRST GENERATION BACKCROSS – F1B
A backcross pup is the result of a hybrid bred back to one of its breeds of origin. From a genetic standpoint a backcross pup is a first generation cross. As breeders are breeding towards nonshedding and allergy friendliness, a backcross Labradoodle is generally the product of a Labradoodle bred to a Poodle. The resulting dog is, on average, 1/4 Labrador Retriever and 3/4 Poodle.
Although there is less vigour in this crossing than in the original hybrid, the first generation backcross still is close enough in the breeding tree to benefit from hybrid vigour. With each successive generation vigour is lost.
SECOND GENERATION: F12
A second generation Labradoodle is the result of a Labradoodle bred to a Labradoodle – and there are very few of these actually bred as the second generation hybrid is genetically the most varied generation possible.
Technically a multigeneration Labradoodle should be the result of generations of Labradoodle to Labradoodle breeding, but in practice backcrosses and poodles are also used in the early generations.
When multigeneration Labradoodles were first introduced to North American breeders, they were given this Lab-Poodle breeding program as the breeding model for Labradoodles, which suggested that Poodles could be reintroduced into the early generations:
Original multigeneration program:
Should be originally either Second Generation Labradoodle or higher generation bred to an Australian Labradoodle OR Australian Labradoodle to Australian Labradoodle through generations, sometimes called Multigen or Multigenerational OR somehow a mixture of Poodle, Cocker Spaniel (American or English), and Labrador Retriever. Coat texture is either silky fleece (preferred) or soft spiraling wool and sometimes you can get variations on the wave from straight to curly. The goal is to achieve the true Australian Labradoodle look, temperament, coat and conformation. True to the Australian Labradoodle standard in physical appearance, and pedigree, consistently non-shedding fleece sheepdoglike coat, dander free. Great Australian Labradoodle temperament, intelligence, and laid back nature, if the parents are of equal quality. Also best choice for
Australian Labradoodle Generations explained according to the ALAA terms.
Infusion Breed List for the Australian Labradoodle:
Breeding Rules for the Australian Labradoodle:
Purebred Poodle is to be used for the F1 and F1B stages of development and in the future can be used for coat correction twice thereafter every 6 generations in the Multigenerational Labradoodle Development. Analysis of the pedigree will indicate the number of mating’s with a purebred.
This breeding program allows breeding to poodles for the first four generations – which is why in some older lines of multigen dogs, ‘there is a lot of poodle in the doodle’. Poodles are less expensive, they make shedding lines more nonshed, and they allow the introduction of some popular new colours such as red and parti. Good breeders are selective about adding only a modest amount of poodle in the early generations.