The Labradoodle Hybrid is a wonderful crossbreed that was developed with the purpose
of finding an allergy friendly working dog.
Labradoodles are a relatively new breed of dogs that were first bred by Wally Cochran in
the 1970's. Wally Cochran, of The Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria Australia, was prompted
to breed the Labradoodle after receiving a request from a blind woman living in Hawaii.
She needed a guide dog that wouldn't aggravate her husband's allergies. Hair and salica
samples from 33 different Poodles in Hawaii were sent to the couple to see if the dogs
would cause an allergic reaction in the husband; they all did. Wally then asked the
manager of The Royal Guide Dogs about crossing one of their Labrador Retrievers with a
Standard Poodle. He agreed, and so the first Labradoodles were bred.
In 1998, Tegan Park introduced the "Miniature" Labradoodle to the public. When these
were crossed with the standard Labradoodle, the medium resulted. Thus three sizes are
Labradoodles from the early generations had a large diversity in coat types. Some of the
coated puppies grew up to be low allergy, while others started out low allergy but by 8
months had shed their coats, which was replaced by a coat that was not low allergy. Some
puppies grew up to look like Golden Retrievers with a thinner coat, and others looked
similar to a Labrador.
The breeding centers selectively bred away from the shedding coat and now, shedding
coats are rare. Labradoodles are now bred to have either the truly Fleece Coat or the
wool Curly coat. The fleece coat has a distinctly soft fleecy feel unlike any other dog coat.
It hangs in loose loopy spirals like that of the Angora goat.
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History of the Labradoodle
The Wool Curly coat resembles that of a poodle and feels like a soft sweater. Both coat types are non-shedding and allergy friendly.
The coats come in a variety of colors including: Black, Silver, Cream, Apricot Cream, Chalk, Gold, Red, Apricot, Chocolate, and Café'.
Labradoodles are sociable, friendly, non aggressive, and extremely intuitive. Their intelligence and high trainability make them well
suited for guide dogs, therapy dogs and other assistance dogs. Their non-allergic coats make them popular among people who have
mot been able to enjoy pets because of their allergies. This new breed is bound to become even more popular as more people learn
about the lovable Labradoodles.
There were only three puppies in the first litter; only one of which didn't bother the husband's allergies. The other two puppies also
lived useful lives, one as a Remedial Dog, and the other as a Guide Dog. There was a waiting list of people wanting to puppy walk
Guide Dogs, but when these new cross breeds needed home no one wanted to take them in. Wally knew it was important that these
puppies socialize with a family, so he aired a story on Channel 9 in Melbourne about "the new breed of Guide Dog." Soon the phone
rang incessantly with people wanting to puppy walk the amazing new "breed" of Guide Dogs.
Wally bred Labradoodles to other Labradoodles, calling the new puppies "Double Doodles." He then bred Double Doodles to Double
Doodles and called the offspring "Tri Doodles." Out of the 31 Labradoodles that were bred at Royal Guide Dogs, 29 made it as Guide
Dogs. People fell in love with the new breed, and soon there was an overwhelming demand for them that was not being met.
In 1989, Rutland Manor Labradoodle Breeding and Research Center was organized in Darnum, Victoria. They used only health tested
Labradors, Poodles, and 3rd generation Labradoodles. The Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Centre located in
Seaspray, Victoria was established at the same time. It also carefully controlled its breeding program, using only the finest genetically
Types & Textures of the Labradoodle's Coat
The coats come in a variety of colors including: Black, Silver, Cream, Apricot Cream, Chalk, Gold, Red, Apricot, Chocolate, and
Café. and now we are starting to see the Parti coloring of the Poodle along with the Sable & Phantom colorings in the Labradoodle.
The Hair Coat
Hair coats usually resemble a Labrador Retriever in the coarseness of the texture. It can vary from very short and straight like a
Labrador Retriever to a more wavy to even large curls. This is the coat that is more likely to have the highest volume of
shedding. Least Grooming Maintenance
The Wool Coat
This coat type is non-shedding and allergy friendly. The Wool Curly coat resembles that of a poodle and feels like a soft
The Fleece Coat
This coat type is non-shedding and allergy friendly. The Fleece coat has a distinctly soft fleecy feel unlike any other dog
coat. It hangs in loose loopy spirals like that of the Angora goat.
Fleece coats are moderately curly, and long. They require little grooming until the puppy reaches between eight and fourteen
months, at which time the adult coat replaces the puppy coat. Since the puppy coat does not shed, it must be stripped out
completely to prevent matting. During the change from puppy to adult coat, your labradoodle must be brushed thoroughly each
Wool coats are very easy to care for and require little weekly care, especially if regular grooming is performed. Clipping 2-3 times
per year depending on preference and a complete monthly brush out will usually keep a wool-coated labradoodle free of mats.
Hair around the muzzle should be kept trimmed, especially around the mouth and chin (this will keep food in the dish and not on
the labradoodle and in the home). Hair should be kept trimmed around the eyes for clear vision and eye health.
Special attention should be paid to the health of your labradoodle's ears. Hair can grow in the ear canal and needs to be plucked. To
improve air flow and reduce the risk of ear infections, hair should be shaved around the ear canal opening and kept short on the
Nails should be trimmed year round and hair around the bottom of the pads should be trimmed. Snow balls up around the bottom
of the feet and in between the pads, so keeping the hair trimmed keeps your labradoodle and your home cleaner.
To keep your labradoodle's teeth shiny, free of tartar and bright white, raw meaty bones are recommended. Bones must never be
Your labradoodle requires little to no bathing. Even when covered in mud, if your labradoodle's coat is left to dry, the mud will fall
out or can easily be brushed out. If you do bathe your labradoodle, shampoo should be squeezed through the coat, not rubbed, and
then rinsed thoroughly. Your labradoodle should then be allowed to air dry completely before brushing.
Whether you keep your labradoodle trimmed short or long and free-flowing is a matter of personal preference and circumstances.
Grooming Tips for your Labradoodle's Coat
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