The History of the Australian Labradoodle

The History of the Australian Labradoodle

What is the difference between the Labradoodle and the Australian Labradoodle?

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The History of Australian Labradoodles

What is the difference between the Labradoodle and the Australian Labradoodle?

There’s actually a BIG difference between these two similarly named Poodle and Lab hybrid mixed dogs.

Both the straight Labradoodle and the Multigen Labradoodle only have Poodle and Labrador Retriever genetics. Some Labradoodles have multiple generations of Labradoodle to Labradoodle breedings but regardless.. there’s still only two pure breeds that makeup their DNA.

The Labradoodle includes:

  • Poodle.
  • Labrador Retriever.

The Poodle Labrador Retriever

THE AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE DIFFERENCE… 

The Australian Labradoodle is actually a mix of over 7 pure breeds that also includes the Lab and the Poodle and was more recently renamed to “Cobberdog” by Beverly Manners the originator of the mix in Australia however, it seems most American breeders still call their dogs “Australian Labradoodles”.

The Australian Labradoodles parent breeds include:
  • Labrador.
  • Poodle.
  • English Cocker Spaniel.
  • American Cocker Spaniel.
  • Curly Coat Retriever.
  • Irish Water Spaniel.
  • *Soft Coated Irish Wheaton Terrier.

*I personally recall reading Beverly Manners herself saying “the Australian Labradoodle is not an authentic Australian Labradoodle without the Wheaten Terrier infusion” but for some reason.. it’s been left out of the parent breed lists I’ve seen published online. Not sure why that’s the case but it was definitely included. More proof of the Wheaton Infusion

THE AUTHENTIC AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE 

Beverly Manners Doodlekisses Profile

Beverly Manners from Rutland Manor in Australia

The “Australian Labradoodle” was originally developed and named by 2 dog breeders in Australia named Beverly Manners of Rutland Manor and her daughter Angela Cunningham of Tegan Park. They started where Wally Conron left off with the first generation Labradoodle mix and then over several generations and 30 years they infused in 4 to 5 more pure breeds that were carefully selected for their qualities and potential to produce a more allergy friendly, non-shedding, service dog.

The Australian Labradoodle came to the USA in the 1990s and the UK in 2006 and became popular throughout much of Europe. Today the Australian Labradoodles continues to work in service and therapy and as a beloved family pet in all corners of the globe.

I agree with Beverly, if an “Australian Labradoodle” doesn’t have at least one Rutland Manor or Tegan Park dog in their bloodline then they’re not an “Authentic Australian Labradoodle” and pretty sure Beverly Manners would agree and I’m happy for her and the fact she changed her breeds name. She deserved more recognition.

Rutland Manor Australian Labradoodle - Cobberdog

Rutland Manor Australian Labradoodle – Cobberdog

Back in the early 2000’s Rutland Manors and Tegan Park were selling their Authentic Australian Labradoodle Breeding dogs to other breeders around the world for 10’s of thousands of dollars… and unfortunately, what happened was some “dog breeders” who couldnt afford one of her dogs just started making up their own versions of her breed using the Lab, Poodle and Cocker Spaniel but still calling them “Australian Labradoodles”. This still goes on today.

Rutland Manor Australian Labradoodle - CobberdogBack in the early days of the Labradoodle’s history so many so-called dog breeders were calling their Lab and Poodle mix puppies “Australian Labradoodles” but in my opinion.. not always because they were being sneaky or unscrupulous but because they were ignorant.

They didnt do their research and they honestly didn’t even know there were major differences between the Labradoodle and the Australian Labradoodle. Not all of them were ignorant though. Some were fully aware of what they were doing and did it anyway because they knew the public was unaware. This still goes on today.

Anyway, that is one of the main reasons why Beverly Manners eventually renamed her Australian Labradoodle to the “Cobberdog” and Beverly has since disassociated herself completely from the Australian Labradoodle name, registries and breeding community as a whole.

She didn’t appreciate the fact breeders around the world were capitalizing on the “Australian Labradoodles” name and popularity but doing it without the full genetics of her bloodline which took her 30 years to develop.

READ MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE

HOW DID THE LABRADOODLE GET ITS NAME?

As the story goes… the origins of the first straight Labradoodle litter (just the Poodle and Lab mix) started once upon a time in the 1980’s in Australia with a guide dog trainer by the name of Wally Conron and he was the “puppy breeding manager” for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia when one day his boss set forth a challenge for Wally which was to help find a blind woman from Hawaii a suitable seeing eye dog that wouldn’t shed because her husband was allergic to dogs.

Wally ConronTo quote Wally Conron from an article on Psychology Today’s website ..

Wally thought to himself, “Oh yes, this will be a piece of cake. The Standard Poodle is a working dog; it doesn’t shed hair so it’ll be great.” However, I tried 33 dogs in the course of three years and they all failed. They just didn’t make the grade as guide dogs. Meanwhile, the woman in Hawaii was getting older and my boss was getting on my back.”

Desperation and pressure finally drove Wally Conron to consider an alternate course of action, he decided to take his best female Labrador Retriever and breed her to a male Standard Poodle which resulted in a litter of three puppies but only one of the 3 tested as hypoallergenic.

F1 Labradoodle Puppies

Three F1 Labradoodle Puppies… but not Wally’s Litter

Wally believed with their long waiting list of families wanting to foster guide dog puppies, he wouldn’t have a problem finding foster homes for the 3 crossbred puppies. Usually, their dogs would be fostered with a family to be trained and socialized before being enlisted in the guide dog program.

Unfortunately, nobody wanted them, they wanted to wait for a purebred dog.

So, this was the moment where Conron came up with the creative but equally silly name for these new Poodle/Lab hybrid mixed puppies… he called them “Labradoodles” and Wally said in an interview “I went to our PR team and said, ‘Go to the press and tell them we’ve invented a new dog, the Labradoodle.’ It was a gimmick, and it went worldwide.

The silly gimmick of a name also worked — because “during the weeks that followed, our switchboard was inundated with calls from potential foster homes, other guide-dog centers, vision-impaired people and people who were allergic to dogs who wanted to know more about this new wonder dog.”

READ THE WHOLE WALLY CONRON INTERVIEW: HOW WAS THE LABRADOODLE BREED CREATED? A meeting with Wally Conron, creator of the Labradoodle

JUST MY OPINIONS 

I do wish Wally would of picked a better name so maybe it would of been taken more seriously instead of a silly gimmick of a name..but oh well..it stuck and there’s no chance of it changing now…

Every single “pure bred dog” was originally “designed” by a human or a group of humans with a goal in mind. They may of mixed breeds together to make a better swimmer, a softer mouth or a shorter muzzle and over time humans have also intentionally or unintentionally turned some of these pure breds into dogs that they were never meant to be…

Bulldogs

Old English Bulldogs

For example the Old English Bull Dog who at this point cannot even naturally mate or give birth without human intervention and the Bull dog also has severe breathing issues due to the fact breeders have tried to produce shorter and shorter muzzles and they even intentionally reproduced their horrible under bites.

Well, give me a Labradoodle anyday over some of these genetically mutilated pure breds. Just my personal opinion.

READ MORE: Here’s what popular dog breeds looked like before and after 100 years of breeding

THE PROBLEMS COMMOM TO PURE BRED DOGS

“The main problem with purebreds stems from the simple fact that to create a purebred puppy you need two dogs from the exact same gene pool. This gene pool is already limited, but many breeders will use dogs from the same family gene pool to create more dogs (inbreeding). Dog clubs often require that their dogs be bred within the same club, which again ends up severely limiting the gene pool variety. As many of these gene pools are limited or closed, the risk of genetic defects rises significantly with each successive coupling.

Defects include a higher risk of cancer and tumors; eye and heart disease; joint and bone disorders; skin, immune system and neurological diseases; and even epilepsy. There is no need to panic, though. You just need to be aware of the risk of defects in your prospective new purebred puppy, a risk that is much higher than in a mix-breed puppy.” PETMD

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OUR LOVABLE LABRADOODLES ARE HERE TO STAY!

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The Labradoodle may not be a pure bred or welcome to the AKC show ring but the average Joe families of the world have spoken loud and clear and year after year… the Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodle have both continued to be one of the most popular and beloved dog breeds and not only because they don’t shed but also because they have an extremely sweet, family friendly, smart and intuitive disposition.

The Labradoodle and the Australian Labradoodle are both great dogs and either one is going anywhere!

 



 

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