Why Australian Labradoodles Make Great Pets
If you’re looking for a great pet, then look no further than the Australian Labradoodle. This is a cross breed that maintains many of the positive traits of its two parents.
But the Australian Labradoodle actually has more than just two other breeds in its bloodline. Of course, a regular Labradoodle is indeed a simple cross between a Labrador and a Poodle. But there are many different types of Labradoodle – and many different generations.
What is a second generation Labradoodle, you ask? That would be the child of two Labradoodles, who each had a Poodle and a Labrador for a parent. Were you to take that child and mate it with another second generation :abradoodle, then you would get a third generation Labradoodle and so on.
This is how it’s possible to enter even more types of breed into the gene pool. In the case of the Australian Labradoodle, those breeds include:
- English Cocker Spaniel
- American Cocker Spaniel
- Curly Coat Retriever
- Irish Water Spaniel
That’s right – they have six parent breeds in total.
So now the question becomes: what makes this a Labradoodle any more than any of those other breeds? In this case, the answer is that the Labradoodle forms the base. At the start of the breeding, you’re taking two “multigenerational Labradoodles” and then introducing those other breeds. This is what then gives you the Australian Labradoodle.
Confused yet? If it seems very complicated, then that simply shows what thought and care has gone into creating this breed. This is a hybrid or designer breed in the truest sense, where the objective has always been to create an ideal companion for humans – the perfect pet that will look cute and behave like a great friend to their owners.
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.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PET?
We think that Australian labradoodles are the perfect pets for many different types of people. Whether or not that includes you though, is always going to depend on precisely what it is that you look for in your pets, and whether or not the Australian Labradoodle fits the bill.
So that’s the question then: what do you look for in your dog?
If you’re looking for a pet that will be a loyal friend to keep you company, or to be around your children as they grow older, then the Australian Labradoodle will be a great option.
Likewise, if you’re looking for a dog that will be playful and interactive, then the Australian Labradoodle is a great choice.
So, for this reason, the breed is a very good choice for those older individuals who perhaps are a little lonely and looking to meet people. They will find that the intelligence of this breed makes them great company and more like actual friends than pets. At the same time, their energetic nature means they’ll encourage you to get out often on walks, where you will be more likely to meet other dog walkers.
For those struggling with depression or loneliness, the sensitive nature of the Australian Labradoodles, along with the fact that it will encourage you to meet other people, is a great remedy. For the elderly, the fact that these dogs can be trained to fetch slippers and perform other helpful duties should also not be overlooked.
Another benefit of the Australian Labradoodle is that they are great with kids and other pets. Because their size is large enough to avoid them being a trip hazard, this makes them a very good choice for families with young children. There are lots of studies that show the benefits of having pets in the house with young children – and it was recently discovered that this could even improve their immune systems by exposing them to the potential bacteria found on the dogs.
For everyone, having a dog that doesn’t trigger allergies is going to be a huge advantage. This means that you can still have people round without worrying about upsetting their asthma or allergies, and it means that you can keep the Australian Labradoodle if you ever meet someone with asthma!
When you combine this with the fact that Labradoodles are very clean and practical thanks to the fact they don’t fill your home with hair or dog smell, then you have a dog that’s even a good choice for young professional who wants to keep their “pad” looking just so.
In short, the Australian Labradoodle is an excellent breed for a whole range of different people. Of course, if you’re not feeling the larger size or the high energy of this breed though, then there are many other poodle crosses you can consider with a lot of the same benefits!