Labradoodles were introduced as an way to help vision impaired
people with allergies to dogs.
In the early
Conron, puppy-breeding manager of Royal Guide Dog Association
of Australia, bred a standard poodle and labrador mix to create
a guide dog that wouldn't trigger allergy symptoms.
When the public
reaction to these mixed breed pups created a problem, he decided
not to call them Poodle/Lab mixes but instead dubbed them Labradoodles and the "designer dog" was born.
Labradoodle pups (which no self-respecting purebred owner would touch) soon became popular
as family pets and trusted guide dogs. In some cases, the English Cocker Spaniel and American
Cocker Spaniel were bred into the Labradoodle lines to improve the breed.
the late 1980s, breeders in Australia and elsewhere have been working to produce
Labradoodle litters with consistent conformation, coat type, and temperament.
This uniformity is important if the breed is to be treated as a unique type of
dog rather than just a mix of other breeds.
are still not a considered an official dog breed by most dog official
organizations, such as the Fédération Cynologique
Internationale (FCI) or the American Kennel Club (AKC) because
of their mixed heritage.
it stands now, the Australian Labradoodle is considered to be a cross between
the Poodle, Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever. The Labradoodle is a cross
between the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle.
have resulted in Goldendoodles,
a cross between the Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle; Mini
Labradoodles, a mix of Labrador and miniature or toy poodle
- sometimes with cocker spaniel added. Standard Labradoodles will
grow to about 22-24 inches (53-60 cm) and can weight between 45-77
pounds (20-35 kg) while mini labradoodles are usually between
17-22 inches (44-56 cm) and weigh 30-50 pounds (14-25 kg).
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