The Labradoodle Hybrid is a wonderful crossbreed that was developed with
the purpose of finding an allergy friendly working dog.
Labradoodles are a relatively new breed of dogs that were first bred by Wally
Cochran in the 1970's. Wally Cochran, of The Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria
Australia, was prompted to breed the Labradoodle after receiving a request from a
blind woman living in Hawaii. She needed a guide dog that wouldn't aggravate her
husband's allergies. Hair and salica samples from 33 different Poodles in Hawaii
were sent to the couple to see if the dogs would cause an allergic reaction in the
husband; they all did. Wally then asked the manager of The Royal Guide Dogs
about crossing one of their Labrador Retrievers with a Standard Poodle. He
agreed, and so the first Labradoodles were bred.
In 1998, Tegan Park introduced the "Miniature" Labradoodle to the public. When these were crossed with the standard
Labradoodle, the medium resulted. Thus three sizes are currently distinguished.
Labradoodles from the early generations had a large diversity in coat types. Some of the coated puppies grew up to be low
allergy, while others started out low allergy but by 8 months had shed their coats, which was replaced by a coat that was
not low allergy. Some puppies grew up to look like Golden Retrievers with a thinner coat, and others looked similar to a
The breeding centers selectively bred away from the shedding
coat and now, shedding coats are rare. Labradoodles are now
bred to have either the truly Fleece Coat or the wool Curly coat.
The fleece coat has a distinctly soft fleecy feel unlike any other dog
coat. It hangs in loose loopy spirals like that of the Angora goat.
The Wool Curly coat resembles that of a poodle and feels like a
soft sweater. Both coat types are non-shedding and allergy
friendly. The coats come in a variety of colors including: Black,
Silver, Cream, Apricot Cream, Chalk, Gold, Red, Apricot,
Chocolate, and Café'.
Labradoodles are sociable, friendly, non aggressive, and extremely intuitive. Their intelligence and high trainability make them
well suited for guide dogs, therapy dogs and other assistance dogs. Their non-allergic coats make them popular among people
who have mot been able to enjoy pets because of their allergies. This new breed is bound to become even more popular as
more people learn about the lovable Labradoodles.
There were only three puppies in the first litter; only one of which didn't bother the husband's allergies. The other two puppies
also lived useful lives, one as a Remedial Dog, and the other as a Guide Dog. There was a waiting list of people wanting to
puppy walk Guide Dogs, but when these new cross breeds needed home no one wanted to take them in. Wally knew it was
important that these puppies socialize with a family, so he aired a story on Channel 9 in Melbourne about "the new breed of
Guide Dog." Soon the phone rang incessantly with people wanting to puppy walk the amazing new "breed" of Guide Dogs.
Wally bred Labradoodles to other Labradoodles, calling the new puppies "Double Doodles." He then bred Double Doodles to
Double Doodles and called the offspring "Tri Doodles." Out of the 31 Labradoodles that were bred at Royal Guide Dogs, 29
made it as Guide Dogs. People fell in love with the new breed, and soon there was an overwhelming demand for them that was
not being met.
In 1989, Rutland Manor Labradoodle Breeding and Research Center was organized in Darnum, Victoria. They used only health
tested Labradors, Poodles, and 3rd generation Labradoodles. The Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Centre
located in Seaspray, Victoria was established at the same time. It also carefully controlled its breeding program, using only the
finest genetically dogs.
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