History: The Australian Labradoodle originated in Australia in the 1980’s. It started as a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Standard or Miniature Poodle. Today the Australian Labradoodle is confirmed to be a cross between 6 different parent breeds. The breeds include the Poodle, Labrador Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel. They were originally bred to be assistance dogs that do not shed. While they are used today for their original job, they have become a popular companion dog for families in the United States.
Temperament: The Australian Labradoodle is an intelligent, sociable, and joyful dog. They are quick to learn and typically easy to train but will try to outsmart their owners if given the opportunity. This is an active breed that requires an owner willing to give them the proper physical and mental exercise they need. A daily walk and obedience training will help avoid behavioral issues and teach the dog to respect you as the authority figure. They are friendly with everyone if properly socialized with other humans, including children, dogs, and other animals.
Health/Grooming: The Australian Labradoodle has a curly or wavy coat and needs regular grooming. They need to breed brushed at least once a week to keep their coat looking their best and avoiding any matting. Getting their coats trimmed two to three times a year will also help with maintaining their beautiful fur. This breed sheds little to no hair and low dander and are possibly non-allergic. The Australian Labradoodle may be more prone to health issues such as hip dysplasia, PRA, and Von Willebrand’s disease. Because of their longer ears with lots of fur, the most common issue found in this breed is ear infections. Check their ears often and keep them clean wax and fur to avoid any infections.