The Australian Labradoodle breed was started in the 1980s by Wally Conran for the Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia. Their goal was to create a hypo-allergenic and asthma-friendly breed that will have the temperament of a service dog. He started with a Poodle and a Labrador retriever as he felt this mix would be excellent for the attributes of temperament and coat that would be needed for a guide dog.
Later, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor continued the development, and Wally Conran initiated selective breeding. The Australian Labradoodle breed is not just a cross between a Lab and a Poodle. English and American cocker spaniels and Irish water spaniels were also brought into the mix to bring in qualities that Tegan Park and Rutland Manor felt were needed to create a breed that would have the characteristics of allergy and asthma friendliness, low to no shedding and a service dog quality temperament for a family.
With the continued development of Australian Labradoodles by two research and development centres in Australia, Tegan Park, and Rutland Manor, the Australian Labradoodle has become a desired breed for many reasons. The characteristics that Tegan Park and Rutland Manor have been selectively breeding and developing for years combined with a program of stringent health guidelines and standards produced what we now call “multi-generational Australian Labradoodles.
As established by Tegan Park and Rutland Manor Breeding & Research Centres of Australia and adopted by the Australian Labradoodle Club of America 2005 revised 2007.
Temperament and Soundness are the two KEY elements in a good family companion; they must not be sacrificed for any reason.
The Australian Labradoodle is athletic and graceful yet compact with substance and medium boning. Joyful and energetic when free, soft and quiet when handled, they approach people in a happy, friendly manner with eye contact. They are keen to learn and easy to train. Australian Labradoodles have a free-flowing wavy or curly coat that does not shed and is possibly non-allergenic.
Sizes are still "somewhat inconsistent" with no definition between male and female as of right now. Accurate prediction of size, even by an experienced breeder, is not expected. Size is measured from the top of the shoulder blades (withers) while standing squarely on a level surface.
Much care is needed when breeding both large and small dogs. Large dogs can suffer from rapid growth that can lead to structural problems. Soundness is of utmost importance. Oversize is a major problem. Care must be taken to keep the miniature Australian Labradoodle as a solid athletic, robust dog. The dwarfing of dogs can lead to many genetic and temperament disorders. Minimum size attention is of the utmost importance to maintain a healthy little dog. Most Australian Labradoodles will weigh more than their height reflects.
STANDARD: 21" TO 24”
The "ideal" size for a standard female is 21 to 23 inches while for a male it is 22 to 24 inches. Weight range tends to be between 50 and 65 pounds.
MEDIUM: 17" TO 20"
The "ideal" size for a medium female is 17 to 19 inches, and for a male, it is 19 to 20 inches. Weight range tends to be between 30 and 40 pounds.
MINIATURE: 14"TO 16"
The "ideal" size for a miniature is 14 to 16 inches with no correlation between height and sex. Weight range tends to be between 16 and 25 pounds.
Height (to wither) to length (from sternum to the point of buttock) should appear square and compact. Shoulders should have good angulation with firm elbows held close to the rib cage. Hindquarters should be of medium angulation with strong short hocks. The top line should remain level with strong loin and level croup. Flanks should rise from a brisket set just below the elbows but should not be excessively deep. Ribs should be well sprung but not barrelled. Overall, the dog should appear square, balanced, and athletic with good muscling.
When trotting, the dog’s gait should be purposeful, strong, and elastic with good reach and drive. This will give the appearance of "going somewhere." When happy, relaxed, or at play, the dog will prance and skim the ground lightly. Excessive tightness in the hips will produce a stilted action and is considered a fault.
Set relatively high and preferred to be carried in a saber, can be carried below the top line or "gaily" above. Curled possum type tails are undesirable.
Sculptured, broad, well-defined eyebrows, medium stop, eyes set well apart, nose to stop slightly longer than stop to occiput. Foreface should be shorter than the skull. The head should be clean and chiselled and fully coated as on the body, legs, and tail. The Muzzle is measured from the tip of the nose to the stop. The skull is measured from the occiput to the stop and does not include the muzzle.
Set moderately flat against the head, the base should be level with the eye. Leather should be of medium thickness and when gently drawn forward should reach the top canine tooth. Ear leather reaching beyond the tip of the nose is considered a severe fault. Ear canals should be free of excessive hair and not thick and bulbous. When inquisitive and alert, the ear set should rise to the top of the head. Thick/heavy ear leather is a fault.
"Slightly" round, large and expressive, always offering eye-to-eye contact when engaged in activity with a human. Protruding or sunken eyes are a fault. Watery or tearful eyes are a fault. Wide round or narrow almond shaped eyes are considered a fault.
Eye colour should complement and blend with the face colour. Black, Blue, Red, Dark Chocolate, and Silver dogs must have dark brown eyes. All shades of Cafe', Milk Chocolate, Gold/Apricot, Cream, and Chalk should have dark hazel to brown eyes if they have black pigment. Dogs with rose or caramel pigment may have either dark eyes or "ghost" eyes. Ghost is a hazel colour range in much the same way as it is in humans. Flecking with different shades of hazel with green and a blue/green make this eye colour unique. Ghost eyes must always remain soft in appearance. Cold staring expressionless appearance in all eye colours is a severe fault.
Only scissor bite is acceptable, being neither undershot nor overshot. Miniatures must not have crowding teeth.
Large, square, and fleshy. Pigment has to be black or rose and should be strong. Black pigment dogs must have dark brown eyes. Pink spots or patches on nose, lips, eye rims or pads are a fault. Dogs with rose pigment can have dark hazel, brown, or ghost eyes. Eye rims should be rose as should the nose, lips, and pads. Pink spots or patches are a severe fault. Rose should be a rich liver colour.
The firm and well-muscled neck should be moderately long, slightly arched, and flow into well-angled shoulders with no appearance of abruptness. The neck should not be coarse nor stumpy and should lend an air of elegance to the dog. A short, thick neck is a fault.
Any solid colour including Café’ and Silver is preferred. Minimal white on the chest and toes is acceptable. Light chalky coarse hairs (kemp) sprinkled through a dark coat is permissible but very undesirable. Parti (patched) and Phantoms are considered acceptable colours. Parti can be of any colour (except Phantom) with white on the face, head, and/or body. Phantoms are any shading or two-tone coloration such as a black dog with lower legs showing a soft toning of silver or gold in a dog born dare with a golden shading at the roots. True pure solid colours except Silver and Café are highly prized and are ideal for the Australian Labradoodle. It is normal that all colours show bleaching and discoloration over the top coat. This is called sunning and is quite expected and acceptable, as the Australian Labradoodle is an active dog and often a service dog that enjoys the outdoors. Weather bleaching or sunning must not be penalized.