Researching labradoodles you will have noticed the diversity of the breed – different sizes, coats, colours even varying textures. Some are short haired and wiry to touch. Others are amazingly soft with long flowing curls which sway and bounce as they run. Sizes can vary from 13” to the shoulder, up to 28+”.
We are constantly asked “Why do all Labradoodles look different?” .
Our answer is simple – “They are not all Labradoodles !” You need to think of this breed as multiple sub-sets.
The slang word “Labradoodle” or “doodle” is misleading – they are not simply Labrador x Poodle.
In fact, in Australia and recently within the EU, some breeders of the authentic ASD lines are moving away from the word “Labradoodle” entirely – preferring the name “Australian Cobberdog”.
So what is a Labrador x Poodle?
This first hybrid is now referred to as British Labradoodle or “F1” or Labradoodle Origin (“LO”) meaning 2 breed, first generation cross. There were problems with the offspring being unpredictable in temperament, size, coat so in Australia in the 1990’s breeders progressed the idea by adding more pedigree breeds into the mix.
The additional pedigree breeds in the Australian Labradoodle are commonly referred to collectively as the Infusion Breeds. The exact recipe and percentages is undisclosed but the breeds are thought to include Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel and then in 2006 the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was infused. The last infusion was intended to develop soft silky coats together with strong conformity and bone, a wider ear canal and elevation of the ears away from the skull – all problems in poodle crosses especially lines with increased poodle percentage. Some of our lines have the 6th and last infusion. We ONLY breed 100% Pure ASD Australian Labradoodles – we have not altered the receipe. Why play with perfection?
It is worth noting that some puppy adverts simply state that parents were imported from Australia. This does not automatically mean that the parents are “Australian Labradoodles”. If the dog is a mix of 2 breeds not 3-6 breeds then regardless of where it was born, it cannot be an Australian Labradoodle.
Australian” is genetics, not necessarily the country of origin !