Australian Labradoodle Overview

Written By: Sharon Becker

Labradoodle breeding can be complicated business. Typically Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle, or two Lab/Poodle crosses. However, other breeds can be added to the mix. This is what makes them slightly different than other kinds of Labradoodles. The Australian Labradoodle introduces breeds like the English and American Cocker Spaniel and the Irish Water Spaniel into the breeding process. Breeders believe that this improves the breed’s temperament, size, and coat.

Finding a Reputable Breeder

Because this breed is more complicated than just a Labrador/Poodle cross, it’s important to find a breeder who knows what they’re doing. Otherwise, you’re paying a lot of money for a dog that does not have the features you desire. Also, if your breeder is not knowledgeable or responsible, genetic diseases can be passed down to offspring. When selecting a breeder, consider one who is associated with Australian Labradoodle organizations like the Australian Labradoodle Club of America. Members must reach a certain standard with their breeding to be part of the club, and membership includes education and training. These kinds of organizations seem strict, but their goal is to ensure that there is some uniformity and standard in the breed they work so hard to maintain.

General Appearance

To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to distinguish between a standard Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle. However, some features are finely tuned to emphasize desirable traits. This breed grows to be around 22-24 inches tall. Females weigh around 45-60 pounds and males are a bit heavier at 55-75 pounds. Miniature Australian Labradoodles are about five inches shorter on average and weigh 10-15 pounds less. Breeding the right size is important for health reasons. If they get too big, they can suffer from joint injuries from growing too quickly. On the other hand, if they’re bred to be really small, there are also health risks associated with that size.

Coat

Their coat is wavy or even slightly curly. Breeders claim that the Australian Labradoodle sheds less than the American Labradoodle because it is has other breeds in its lineage. When breeding these dogs, it’s possible to encounter many different fur types. The two that are widely achieved are fleece and wool. The fleece coat is about five inches long and silky. This fur is light, silky, and doesn’t have a bottom coat. Curl can vary from a slight wave to a loose curl. The wool coat is denser than the fleece coat. These curls are tighter and hang in spirals. This coat is typically kept shorter so more grooming is necessary. Australian Labradoodles come in a variety of colors. They can be caramel, red, apricot, blue, silver, chocolate, parchment, and other blends of these colors.