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Labradoodle: History and Appearance
The Labradoodle, like the Cockapoo and the Goldendoodle, is what is considered a “hybrid” dog. It is a fairly new breed and the result of breeding a Labrador with a Poodle. Unlike many of the newer hybrid breeds or “designer dogs” as they are called, the Labradoodle did not originate in the United States. Instead, the breed begins its history in Australia, around the mid to late 1980’s.
The Labradoodle has a short, yet very interesting, history. The breed began when a woman from Hawaii sent a request to the Royal Guide Dogs in Australia. She was seeking a guide dog that would not affect her husband’s allergies. There were poodles that were available in Hawaii, but samples from them caused a reaction. A man named Wally Cochran then requested that the Royal Guide Dogs attempt breeding a Standard Poodle with a Labrador. The request was granted, and the first attempt to create a low allergy, working guide dog breed began.
The first litter produced 3 dogs, one of which did not cause the husband to have an allergic reaction. A special was aired on the news announcing the “new breed of guide dog” and the name “Labradoodle” caught on. Soon there were many volunteers offering to help train the new guide dog puppies, and the new breed’s popularity began to soar.
Wally Cochran continued to breed Labradoodles as guide dogs. Labradoodles that were bred to each other were called “Double Doodles,” which were then bred to each other and called “Tri-Doodles.” He was able to produce 29 new Labradoodles that became successful guide dogs.
The breed was not only successful as a guide dog. Because of its intelligence and good nature, it was soon desired as a pet. This led to what were considered to be less than ideal breeding practices. Paying little to no attention to genetics, health, temperament, or other undesirable traits, indiscriminate breeders looking to make a fast buck would breed any Poodle to any Labrador. Passing these new puppies off as “Labradoodles” the appearance, temperament, and health of the hybrid became greatly varied.
A standard for the new breed was called for, and two breeding programs specifically devoted to standardization were created. The Rutland Manor Labradoodle Breeding and Research Center and the Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Centre were both formed in 1989. Rutland Manor used only Labradors, Poodles, and 3rd generation Labradoodles that were health tested. Tegan Park stuck to a strict and safe breeding program as well.
It is believed that both groups, over time, bred in some other breeds as well in order to improve genetics as well as physical characteristics. However, it is also said that the standard for the modern Labradoodle comes mostly from the 3rd generation dogs that were bred at Rutland Manor.
Like many other hybrid dogs with the Poodle as a parent, Labradoodles were eventually bred to come in 3 sizes. In 1998, Tegan Park produced the first miniature Labradoodles, most likely the result of crossing a Labrador with a Toy Poodle. These miniature Labradoodles were then bred with the standard Labradoodle, resulting in the medium sized dog.
Over time and with concentrated breeding efforts, both programs were able to achieve a standard appearance. In the early years there was great variation in coat texture, coat appearance, and physical characteristics. However, since those first days, the breeding programs have been able to produce a dog that has a low shedding, low allergy fleece or woolly coat and physical characteristics combining the best features of each parent breed.
The Labradoodle, when in the standard form, is an athletic, sturdy dog. The dog does not have a delicate appearance, nor should it be overly heavy or stocky. Sizing varies, though the ideal expectations for the Standard is 21 to 24 inches with a weight of 50-65 lbs. The Medium should be 17 to 20 inches tall and weigh in at 30 to 40 lbs. The Miniature is about 14-16 inches tall and weighs only 15-25 lbs. While these are considered to be the expected measurements, there is still a great deal of variation in the breed, so some dogs may be either over or under the height and weight ranges.
First generation Labradoodles will show a great deal of disparity in coat length, color, and texture. Some first generation Labradoodles have coats that shed, are longer or more similar to a Golden Retriever, or are short and straight like a Labrador. However, Labradoodles that are more standardized have three coat types that are recognized, though only two are preferred.
The “Hair” coat is thick, straight, and shedding. It is not considered to be “hypoallergenic,” and many breeders are attempting to phase it out.
The “Fleece” coat actually has a fleece-like feel to it and hangs in loose curls. The “Wool Curly” coat is more poodle-like, with the fur having tight, close curls. Both coat types are considered to be “hypoallergenic” and non-shedding.
The Labradoodle’s coat colors also vary greatly. The dog can be solid, patched, or shaded. Coloring ranges from a chalky white to apricot, to chocolate, to black. There are also blues, reds, and silvery grays. The variation is so great that there is no preferred color or marking type as of yet.
Showing a Labradoodle
The Labradoodle, as a hybrid breed, is not recognized by many of the clubs and organizations that show purebred dogs. While there is an effort to have the Labradoodle declared as its own breed, Poodle and Labrador clubs strongly oppose this. At this time, the breed is only recognized by the American Kennel Club as a mixed breed dog, and is only allowed to participate in events through American Kennel Club Canine Partners.
There are, however, various events sponsored by breed enthusiasts or hobby groups for the Labradoodle to participate in, as well as miscellaneous canine sporting events and activities. The Labradoodle does well in agility and obedience competitions, as well as flyball and Frisbee.

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