So that’s the Australian Labradoodle in a nutshell. Now, you might be wondering just what makes this breed distinct and what traits it gets from introducing those other breeds into the pot.
For starters, Australian Labradoodles tend to display a lot more consistency than many other types of labradoodle. That’s because a Labradoodle can vary a great amount normally, depending on how purely bred its parents are, depending on where the majority of its genes come from, which way around the breeding occurred, the size of poodle used in breeding (miniature or standard) and several other factors.
Because all Australian Labradoodle are multigenerational at their base, that means that their traits have been bred in and are deeply set. When you purchase an Australian Labradoodle, you can be fairly certain of what you are getting, which in turn means that you can make a more informed decision about your own pet.
But while the Australian Labradoodle has been bred to the point of becoming a somewhat unique breed of its own (though they aren’t yet classified in this way), they do still have a lot of the traits of their parents as mentioned. And these tend to include some very desirable traits.
Note that you may find that the term Labradoodle is used broadly to describe this breed as well as others. In short, every Australian Labradoodle is a Labradoodle, but not every Labradoodle is an Australian Labradoodle – make sure you know what you’re getting!
So just what are those distinctive features?
In terms of physical appearance, an Australian Labradoodle has a curly coat. This means that they do not shed, which is immediately one of the most appealing aspects for many people.
Dogs that shed their fur are unfortunately not an option for many people who suffer with allergies. The idea of living with permanently watery eyes and sneezing is too much for most of us to bear! Thus, having a dog that won’t shed becomes the only option for those people.
In fact, it might surprise you to learn that Labradoodles of various kinds are very often used as hypoallergenic guide dogs. Because people can’t use golden retrievers as guide dogs if they have allergies, labradoodles pose a perfect solution.
Or at least they are the perfect solution when they don’t malt. Remember: regular Labradoodles actually display a lot of variation and that also includes in their coat. That is to say that some Labradoodles in fact do shed and that means that they can’t be kept as pets by those with allergies in some cases. On the other hand though, Australian Labradoodles never shed, meaning that they are a far safer investment.
Don’t have allergies yourself? You might still enjoy the benefits of an Australian Labradoodle. For one, this means that your friends and relatives who do have allergies will still be able to visit without feeling awful. Keep in mind as well that this becomes particularly important if ever you get into a new relationship with someone who has allergies – we’ve seen relationships end because one person can’t move in with the dog!
There are other reasons that not shedding fur is a great advantage. For one, it means that your house isn’t always going to look untidy. The thin hairs you get from a Labrador coat are incredibly difficult to clean up and can make a real mess otherwise, making your home seem perpetually unclean. The same goes for clothes: if you have a dog that sheds then you can expect all your clothes to be visibly covered in thin hairs, all of the time. You can forget ever wearing black again!
Another great thing about the Australian Labradoodle coat is that it also doesn’t smell. Many dog owners are familiar with that wet dog smell that their home eventually comes to be full of 24/7. The great thing about an Australian Labradoodle is that it doesn’t create this smell.
The lack of shedding does mean that you have to take your dog to be groomed every once in a while, though, which does in turn slightly increase the cost associated with bringing up an Australian Labradoodle. This does have its positive aspects too, though, as it means that you can enjoy giving your
dog a whole host of attractive looks.
In terms of other physical traits, the Australian Labradoodle is very similar to a Labradoodle, which can best be described as looking like a Labrador with a Poodle coat. That means you can expect this breed to be a similar sort of size, and a similar sort of build. This is a great size of dog for many people. That’s because it is not so large as to be unwieldy or hard to control, but it is big enough not to get under your feet and cause you to trip over. It’s for this reason that Labradors and therefore Australian Labradoodles are very popular among families with young kids – they won’t be likely to get hurt or to be the cause of any trips and falls.
Australian Labradoodles are also free from any major health complaints. They can occasionally experience hip and elbow dysplasia, but these complaints are relatively rare (confined to old age) and generally treatable. This is far truer than many of the different health complaints that plague a range of other breeds.
The Australian Labradoodle is probably not what you might be expecting. If you were expecting this to be a Labradoodle that simple hails from Australia, then things are not quite that simple!
Rather, what we have here is a Labrador and Poodle cross (just like the Labradoodle) but one that has been crossed a few more times and with a little more care and attention.
Remember what we said earlier about the different generations of Poodle crosses? And about the different traits that any given example of a breed could exhibit? Well, this is something that a lot of people see as a negative. After all, if you are planning on investing in a Labradoodle precisely because you need a dog that won’t shed – then you kind of need assurance that this will be the case.
That’s precisely what you can accomplish with an Australian Labradoodle, simply because they are multigenerational examples of Labradoodles and they have other breeds interwoven into their genetic makeup. In other words, these are carefully bred and selected to offer the traits that a lot of people look for in the breed.
An Australian Labradoodle can be relied on to definitely not shed, and is consistently going to be the same height and size and temperament. Like their relatives, they are very smart, very friendly, great with kids and other animals, and generally excellent choices for a wide variety of different kinds of people.