What makes a Labradoodle Australian?
Labs and Poodles were first bred together in Australia to create a non-shedding dog with service/therapy qualities. There, the term"labradoodle" was coined. Other countries followed suit, breeding hybrid crosses. American labradoodles have only the Labrador and Poodle parent breeds in them. They may be early generation or multi-generational.
Two breeding and research centres in Australia started working with these hybrids to increase the quality and consistency of their traits. They did outcrosses with Irish Water Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels to improve the boning and size of the dogs as well as the quality of the coat. Australian labradoodles are dogs that have 3 or more of these parent breeds in their ancestry.
I am a nurse, and my husband and our 2 children live in St.Thomas, just outside of London, Ontario. We are all dog lovers and my husband and I have owned dogs most of our lives. I have always had an interest in animal husbandry and have bred fish and butterflies in the past.
Our first family dog passed away when the children were very young after a wonderful 13 year life. We missed her dearly. We delayed getting another dog since our children both have special needs. Our son has Asperger's syndrome. Once the children were older and in school, we really missed having a dog around. I contemplated getting a service dog for our son but I really wanted a dog that did not shed. Through research, I found the Australian Labradoodle. My husband and I decided we did not want a full service dog but we wanted a very special family pet.
After reading the history and ongoing development of this special breed, I chose to take part in the continued development of the Australian Labradoodle. We have 2 Australian Labradoodles that live with us and more that live in guardian homes and we absolutely love them.