the mid 1970’s
The Australian Guide Dog Association received an inquiry
from a blind lady in Hawaii, requesting a guide dog that
would not cause her allergies to flare. The reason she chose
Australia was due to the relaxed Quarantine requirements.
Because Australia is an island
with strict quarantine laws, dogs exported to Hawaii
would be able to get off the plane and go straight home with
no quarantine. The Australian Guide Dog Association had nothing
to offer, so they set a task to try to breed such a dog.
Their Labradors were tried and proven, so breeding with them
was the obvious choice.
To achieve a hypoallergenic dog
they needed to breed their Labradors to a dog that was already
non-shedding, hence the Standard Poodle. The Guide Dog
Association sourced an imported white dog from Sweden,
as he was a quality dog from working bloodlines. The gentleman
in charge of the operation was Mr. Wally Conren.
When the first litter was born
he christened it LABRADor-pOODLE, and so the Labradoodle
was born.A couple of years later, a man who bred puppies
for pet shops started to breed these rather handsome Labradoodles.
But he went one step further, and bred Labradoodle back
to poodle, and Labradoodle to Labradoodle. Unfortunately
he kept few records. His main aim was to breed lovely natured
family pets, so he never recognised the non-shedding possibilities.
He continued breeding his first and second generation Labradoodles
for a few years, before retiring from dog breeding.
The Guide Dog Association
had minimal success, as they too never recognised the mutated
gene that would go on to develop the allergy friendly Labradoodle
as it is seen today.Interest in the Labradoodle soon become
apparent, and forward thinking breeders in Australia started
to breed these dogs with a deliberate plan in mind. Within
a few short years other breeders joined in, and together
they developed the Australian Labradoodle we all know and
The main attraction
to the Labradoodle was the low and non-shedding coats,
but more and more people were won over by the wonderful disposition
and kindness the Labradoodle possessed. These dogs were becoming
so versatile, their intelligence and tenacity started to
attract people and trainers’ wanting special dogs for
sports and assistance/therapy dogs.Today you can see the
Australian Labradoodle around the world as an allergy friendly
soul mate, family companion, seizure alert dog, agility dog,
assistance dog to the physically and mentally disadvantaged,
guide dog, and in the not too distant future a gun dog and
The ALA was born to be
a guardian over this new developing breed, to bring together
breeders from around the world to unite their breeding
programs, to breed for the same goals:"An all-round
great dog that is non shedding and allergy friendly"With
this now in place it will be only a few more short years
before this breed will be recognised by world Canine Associations.
The Australian Labradoodle
now comes in a variety of colours, from black, silver and
cream, to reds and chocolate. They have also adopted their
poodle ancestor’s size variation from:A Standard
who is over 22 inches; a Medium who is not more than 22
inches and over 17 inches; and a Miniature who is not smaller
than 14 and is not larger than 17 inches.
There are two coat types
that are considered allergy friendly. These are the Fleece
coat, and this has a soft textured fleecy feeling. The
two variations are wavy fleece and curly fleece.Then there
is the Wool coat. This has a definite dense wool feel,
and is mildly to very curly. The last coat type still seen
today is the Hair coat. It too varies from short wiry to
long combination. These Hair coats will soon be a thing
of the past, but for now they still play an important part
in the breeding and development of the fleece coat.
By the time the Australian Labradoodle
becomes a recognized breed, they will be a dog of
three sizes with two coat types. We hope you have enjoyed
learning about the Australian Labradoodle and we invite you
to return to this site and watch the progress of this amazing