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The Labradoodle Story

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.

The 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 (IALA), http://www.ilainc.com, 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

 
 
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