A Labradoodle is a Poodle x Labrador
Labradoodle, Australian Labradoodle, Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle - Whats the difference?
All photos on this website are of Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles
A Labradoodle is a Poodle x Labrador
An Australian Labradoodle is a Labrador x Poodle with Spaniel (English or American) in their bloodlines. It is also possible for an Australian Labradoodle to have Curly Coat Retriever and Irish Water Spaniel in their history.
Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles are graded on generations to indicate how far away they are from their original pairing. This can be a first generation, a poodle x labrador - (L01) - through to a full Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle - (AL) and anything in between. With a first generation, a pups coat and appearance and temperament is unpredictable. The pup could have a Labrador coat or a Poodle coat, which means it could have straight shedding hair or curly non-shedding hair.
A Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle is an Australian Labradoodle bred from Australian Labradoodle parents and grandparents. Because they are multigenerational, their coats, temperament and appearance are predictable.
53cm - 63cm - 23kg-30kg
43cm - 52cm - 13kg-20kg
35cm - 42cm - 7kg-13kg
Over my lifetime I have owned several different breeds of dog, all of which I have loved dearly and treat them as a member of our family. They have all been in the lounge room with us every night, come on holidays with us and slept indoors. Out of all the breeds I have owned, I find the Australian Labradoodle needs to be with it's family more so than any other breed I have owned. They are not a dog that can be left in the backyard. They want to be with their "pack". They are an exceptionally intelligent dog and will soon find ways to entertain themselves, which will include digging and chewing their way through your yard if they aren't included in the family.
Training your pup is essential. Starting with Puppy pre-school, where you as the owner will learn a great deal about caring for your pup and your pup will learn correct socialising skills as well as foundation commands. (I highly recommend *Best Friends Pets at Stockland Shellharbour if you're in the Illawarra area). Because the Australian Labradoodle is an intelligent breed, they benefit from additional training. (I highly recommend *The Dog Project). Socialising your pup is also essential, especially the first 12-16 weeks. Spending time positively exposing your pup to as much as possible in that time helps develop a confident dog.
Crate training in a personal choice, but for me, I wouldn't have a puppy without crate training it. This is for many reasons;
It helps with toilet training, because puppies don't like to toilet in their sleeping area.
You are able to leave a puppy at a groomers or vet without causing anxiety.
You know when you go to sleep at night, they are safe.
It gives them a place that is theirs, a place they can retreat to when they want some space.
*no personal gain is received, these recommendations are from personal experience only.
When you bring your pup home, it will cry, it will toilet inside, it will mouth (also described as biting), it will chew things it shouldn't. This is all normal puppy behaviour and how you deal with it will make a difference to how your puppy grows and develops. PATIENCE AND CONSISTENCY ARE A NECESSITY.
A reputable breeder will have their breeding dogs health tested and only breed from quality dogs. Health testing should include, Hip and Elbow scores as well as Genetic Testing. Both Labradors and Poodles are susceptible to genetic diseases such as PRA. PRA is a disease that has no cure and causes a dog to go blind.
A reputable breeder will be happy to answer any questions you have about the health tests and the results as well as give a health guarantee with your pup. A reputable breeder will know their dogs lines, meaning they know the dogs family tree. This is important to ensure dogs that are related are not bred together and the health history of parents and grandparents is also known.
Are the parents health tested?
What health testing is done on the parents?
What generation are the pups?
What paperwork comes with the pup?
What does the pup price include?
What is your Breeder Identification Number?
Will the pup be Microchipped?
How old will my pup be when I take it home?
What Vaccinations and health checks have the pups had?
What kind of after purchase support do you offer?
Does pup come with a Health Guarantee?
What after sales support is offered?
The Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle has a beautiful wool or fleece, non-shedding coat that requires regular brushing. At least 3 times per week. Without brushing, the coat will become matted, which can be painful for the dog. Once a coat is severely matted it will need to be shaved, to fix the issue as it would be too painful to brush out. Shaving is very unpleasant for a dog. Depending on the length you like the coat, your dog will need to be groomed, possibly as often as every 4 weeks. This can be expensive and it's worth researching groomers that are able to style cut the Australian Labradoodle and get an idea on the cost before purchasing a pup.