Difference Between Four Types of Labradoodles

Know the differences between British Labradoodle, Australian Service Dog, Australian Labradoodle and Australian Cobberdog

Everyone knows that a Labradoodle is a Poodle crossed with a Labrador.

However, are you aware there are four types of Labradoodle dog breed?  

British Labradoodle, Australian Labradoodle, Australian Service Dog and ultimately the Australian Cobberdog. The Cobberdog is a Breed in Development in its country of origin, Australia.

If considering purchasing a Labradoodle, then it's essential to pose the question - "Australian Labradoodle or British Labradoodle. And what about an Australian Cobberdog? And of course, what are the health problems?"

Two breed Labradoodles as promoted by Wally Conron from Guide Dogs of the Blind in Australia, are referred to as:

  1. Labradoodle
  2. Labradoodle Origin
  3. British Labradoodle
  4. UK Labradoodle
  5. American Labradoodle
  6. Early Generation Labradoodle
  7. Multi-Generation Labradoodle

We prefer the name of British Labradoodle. We use this term throughout our website and our free resource centre.

The Australian Labradoodle breed standard is different again from British Labradoodle. Australian Labradoodles have 1-4 more breeds than simply Poodle and Labrador breeds in their parent breeds:

  1. Poodle (2 sizes- a standard poodle and miniature poodle)
  2. Labrador
  3. American Cocker Spaniel
  4. English Cocker Spaniel
  5. Irish Water Spaniel
  6. Curly Coat Retriever

Chewie - Mini Apricot Australian Labradoodle

Australian Service Dogs are Australian Labradoodle but originating from lines solely from the two founder centres in Australia.  Australian Service Dogs have an additional infusion, the soft coated wheaten terrier. This infusion was the last pedigree parent breed mixed into the Australian Labradoodle in 2006. 

The answer is yes, they do. It would be like comparing an Australian Shepherd Dog with a German Shepherd Dog - they are genetically different puppies!

We bred British and Australian Labradoodles before we concentrated on the Australian Cobberdog lines. Cobberdogs are Australian Labradoodles recognised in Australia by the MDBA as a Breed in Development. We think Australian Cobberdogs is the right choice for us. However, that does not mean that the Australian Labradoodle is perfect for everyone.

In our experience, there are many differences. We have two decades of experience in this area. We are one of the few breeders who have travelled to Australia in 2006. We stayed at Rutland Manor/Tegan Park (Tegans) where the breed commenced a few decades ago.


Differences between British and Australian Labradoodles are coat, temperament and consistency. The vast majority of British or early generation Labradoodles shed. They are usually one or two generations removed from a Labrador so they have a hair coat.

As such, the vast majority of Early Generation Labradoodles are therefore NOT suitable for asthma or allergy sufferers. So ignore what you may read in newspapers or websites.  

Therefore, there still may be the odd puppy which surprises the breeder with their coat quality or behavioural issues. However, this is extremely rare with the Australian Labradoodle or Cobberdog. We have had success with people suffering from asthma or allergies.

If this is a concern to you, then please speak to us. We undertake a test visit once your Australian Labradoodle puppy is identified. 

Twenty years ago, when we bred Early British Labradoodles, we bred some British Labradoodles with excellent temperaments. However, they usually have a shedding coat and tend towards liveliness (some would say hyper!). British Labradoodles are not great for people with allergies as they may have a hair coat. In contrast, Australian Labradoodles and Australian Cobberdogs are balanced and calm. 

Australian Labradoodles are incredibly empathic, smart, intuitive and are easy to train. They are also great as service dogs with young children so perfect family dogs. Labradoodles love to be the clown. They are a fun dog breed who want to play outdoors with the children.  

Australian Labradoodles can settle in a house. They are generally quiet, calm dogs who are loyal to their family and are friendly with strangers. Our Australian dogs live happily with young children and other dogs and of course our two cats.

They make excellent service dogs. We have placed our partly trained Australian Labradoodle puppies into a variety of roles. We are delighted to have our pups in homes with autistic children, special needs, mobility assistance roles, classroom and both with children and adults with anxiety. 


Over the last decade, we ceased breeding British or Early Generation Labradoodles to concentrate on Australian Labradoodles. In 2020, we have further refined our lines and applied to the MDBA for breeder status.

Are you interested in adopting an Australian Cobberdog type of Australian Labradoodle puppy? Or perhaps you have a labradoodle puppy already and looking for dog food (see www.designerdogfoods.co.uk)?  We need your name and email submitted through the Contact Us Page, to receive information on us, our available pups

We also provide access to our resource centre to help you prepare for your arrival. We'd love to hear from you if you are researching Australian Labradoodles or Australian Cobberdogs. Our resource centre has information on nutrition, training, grooming, health screening and how to introduce your Australian labradoodle into your home.