The Labradoodle originated in Australia more than 16
years ago by a breeder of Royal Guide Dogs. After receiving
a request from a customer in Hawaii looking for an allergy-friendly
guide dog, he crossed a Poodle and Labrador in the hopes
of creating a non-allergenic guide dog that would have
the best characteristics found in both breeds. These
characteristics include; superior intelligence, an incredible
temperament, and an exceptionally loving and loyal nature,
and a beautiful low to non-shedding, allergy friendly coat.
Royal Guide Dogs bred a Standard Poodle with a Labrador.
Samples of hair and saliva from the three puppies born
from that litter were sent to Hawaii and hit upon success.
The rest is history.
pioneers of this early research were Rutland
Manor Breeding and Research Center, http://www.rutlandmanor.com and Tegan
Park Breeding and Research Center, http://www.labradoodle.com.
Each has worked hard to advance the qualities inherent
in this wonderful dog, and each has helped set the standards
worldwide for how these dogs are bred today. Click on
the links above for a more in-depth historical account
of the Labradoodle Story and a wealth of information
and background on the Labradoodles.
Today, thanks to the hard work and years of high quality
breeding under stringent guidelines, the Australian Labradoodle
is a reliably low allergy, non-to-low shedding dog which
makes it a wonderful choice for people with allergies
and asthma. Labradoodles have a soft fleece or wool coat
that is easy to maintain. Today's Australian Labradoodles
have developed an incredible loving temperament, outstanding
intelligence, and a completely non-aggressive nature.
They are easily trained and eager to please. They make
wonderful family companions as well as therapy dogs and
dogs for people with special needs.
Much work is currently underway to enhance, nurture
and protect the Australian Labradoodle into the future.
There are two organizations working diligently on behalf
of the Australian Labradoodle: the International Australian Labradoodle Association
and The Australian Labradoodle
Club of America (ALCA) http://www.australianlabradoodleclub.us. We are members of both organizations. Both organizations
have a Code of Ethics that member breeders
must sign and agree to abide by. In addition, there are
stringent testing requirements a good breeder will follow
to carefully select only the best possible breeding stock.
We at California Labradoodles will only use carefully
selected, screened and health-tested breeding stock.
In addition, we will DNA profile each member of our breeding
program, to insure accurate pedigrees and genetic information.
Dana was a founding board member of ALCA, and put together the
first newsletter for ALCA, outlining some of the work
that is currently underway. Included in the newsletter
was the ALCA Code of Ethics and the Breed
Standard as established by Tegan Park and Rutland
Manor Breeding & Research Centers of Australia and
adopted by the Australian Labradoodle Club of America
in 2005. For those of you who are unfamiliar with breed
standards, it is a goal to breed towards. Both ALCA and
the IALA have adopted the same breed standard. This is
very significant. Having a globally accepted standard
to work towards, as well as a signed code of ethics,
will significantly help insure breeders are careful to
protect and enhance what has made the Australian Labradoodle
such a special dog.
Click here to be taken directly to the first edition
of the ALCA Newsletter http://www.californialabradoodles.us/alca/alca_a2.html