What's An Australian Labradoodle?


The Australian Labadoodle name can be confusing, and they are different from all other labradoodles! First of all, the Australian part is just beause the original breed is from Australia. That can be a bit confusing, and there are no breeds in the line with the word Australian in it...it's just a geographical thing. 

Before I explain the makeup of the breed, know that we follow the strict guidelines and regulations of the Australian Labradoodle Club of America, which has the highest standards for the breed. There is another association for the breed, but they allow infusions (other breeds) to be mixed or added into the line other than pure, Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles. In our opinion, this dilutes the beauty and consistency of the Australian Labradoole breed.

All of our puppies are at least 5 generations deep of only Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles, and often have close ancestery back to the original line from the 1980s. We're super proud of this!

In the early days, the Australian Labradoodle was simply a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle, but that is not what Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles are. Our breed was developed to create consistent, allergy friendly, intuitive, therapy dogs.


Then, in the late 1980's, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament, coat, conformation, and size. The infused breeds include Irish Water Spaniel, as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multigenerational tradition, hence the breed being known as Multigenerational Labradoodles. 

Today, Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs, with lush coats that are more reliably low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than other types of Labradoodles such as first generation Lab/Poodle crosses, or first generation crosses bred back to Poodles. Even when the other types of Labradoodles are bred on for generations, the result is NOT an Australian Labradoodle, as the attributes of the infused breeds were not included in their ancestery.


The Australian Labradoodle Club of America was founded in 2005 exclusively to foster and protect the original Australian Labradoodles that have come directly from the original Tegan Park and Rutland Manor breeding stock, or their offspring.  Our mission is to maintain and improve the quality and soundness of Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles, and to carefully monitor the further development of the breed.

As such, ALCA, which is the regulatory group we follow, certifies ONLY the ORIGINAL Australian Labradoodle, allowing only one poodle infusion within three generations, and does not allow any other infustion, nor recognize any name other than Australian Labradoodle. All member breeders are carefully screened to help ensure the future of the Australian Labradoodle. ALCA member breeders must breed to the highest standards.   

Portions reprinted from the Australian Labradoodle Club of America site