Labradoodles are a cross-breed between Labrador Retrievers and Poodles. Unlike other cross-breeds, Labradoodles were very carefully cross-bred (in Australia) to produce a dog that had the service qualities of a Labrador Retriever with the tight, hypo-allergenic coat qualities of a Poodle. The resulting breed was intended as a service dog that could live in the home of people that suffered from allergies.
Over time, Australian breeders have carefully experimented with breeding to produce healthy, intelligent, hardy dogs with ideal coat quality. They’ve done extensive genetic testing to eliminate hereditary illnesses or problems. Along the way, Australian breeders added other dog breeds (Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, and American Cocker Spaniel) into the mix to further infuse the breeding lines with the desirable characteristics of good health, intelligence, and hypo-allergenic coat.
When a Labradoodle breeder states that they offer Australian Labradoodles, that means their original stock was an Australian Labradoodle – a dog that is multi-generational Labradoodle with careful breeding to ensure strong, healthy dogs.
American Labradoodles have a different approach to breeding. American Labradoodles are a cross between Labradors and Poodles. These dogs don’t have the multi-generational approach that eliminates some of the unwanted characteristics. For instance, if you have a first generation American Labradoodle (50% Poodle/50%Labrador), you have a 50/50 chance of getting a dog that has a shedding coat, instead of the tight curly non-shedding coat.
American Labradoodles breeders also don’t believe in infusing other breeds into their breeding lines. While Australian Labradoodles added other breeds to incorporate the ideal characteristics and make the breed stronger, American Labradoodle breeders insist on only mixing the two breeds. This does increase the possibility of genetic disease.
Why choose between an Australian Labradoodle and an American Labradoodle? The biggest reason for selecting an Australian Labradoodle is because you want a Labradoodle that has the physical characteristics that the original Australian Labradoodle breeders were striving towards – extremely smart dogs that could be used for service, with a tight, non-shedding coat. Both breeders can produce healthy dogs – but Australian Labradoodles go back many generations with extensive genetic testing to eliminate unfavorable characteristics and health problems.
When it comes time to choosing a Labradoodle, get to know the breeder and their philosophy towards these special dogs. Quality breeders are committed to producing healthy, beautiful dogs that deserve to be part of loving and caring families.