Australian Labradoodle

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The basics:
The Australian Labradoodle is a new breed being developed in this century to create a low allergy, highly intelligent and personable companion that includes a touch of Cocker Spaniel, as well as the traditional Labradoodle mix of Poodle and Labrador Retriever.

As the Australian Labradoodle Association of America, explains, "Currently the Australian Labradoodle is considered to be a cross between the Poodle, Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever, while the Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Poodle only and is primarily first or second generation. Organizations have been formed to protect the continued development of the Australian Labradoodle lines, and guidelines for the continued introduction of English and American Cocker Spaniel are followed carefully."

There are three sizes of the Australian Labradoodle: Australian Labradoodle (Standard), Australian Labradoodle (Miniature), and the Australian Labradoodle (Toy).

Appearance / health:
The Australian Labradoodle Association states, "The Australian Labradoodle now comes in a variety of colours, from black, silver and cream, to reds and chocolate. They have also adopted their poodle ancestor’s size variation from: A Standard who is over 22 inches; a Medium who is not more than 22 inches and over 17 inches; and a Miniature who is not smaller than 14 and is not larger than 17 inches."

Most Australian Labradoodles shed little to no hair. Regular grooming of the coat two or three times a week with a slicker brush keeps the coat free from matting and tangling. Wool and fleece coats require more grooming than the hair coats.

Australian Labradoodle are active and energetic. They like exercise and playing games. A long brisk walk once or twice a day combined with a romp or games in the yard keeps them physically fit.

The common diseases observed in this breed are hip dysplasia (deformation of hip joints), progressive retinal atrophy (degradation of retina leading to blindness), and elbow and patellar luxations (dislocation).

Behavior / temperament:
Labradoodles are sociable, friendly, and affectionate. They are intelligent, obedient, and trainable and tend to be strongly attached to the owner. It is important to realize however, that temperament can vary based upon the number of generations into the "cross" which a particular dog is.

This breed is easy to train. Sometimes, they attempt to outsmart their owners. Their intelligence and high trainability make them well suited as guide dogs, therapy dogs, and assistance dogs.

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Australian Labradoodles - Perfect Family Pet

I've owned my Australian Labradoodle for over a year now (we got him from the breeder when he was 8 weeks). Out of all the dogs I've either owned or had experience with, my labradoodle takes the cake in almost every metric.

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