So what is an 'Australian Labradoodle' anyway?
We take our dogs out and about with us often. They attract a lot of attention wherever we go. Their long silky hair and quiet demeanor are hard to ignore. The first question people ask us is, "What sort of dog is that?" When we tell them it's an Australian Labradoodle, their first question is almost always followed up with, "Oh, what's that?"
1. What is an Australian Labradoodle?: The Australian Labradoodle is a combination of three different breeds. The Labrador retriever, Poodle, and the Cocker Spaniel. Our dogs are multi-generational Australian Labradoodles meaning both parents are Australian Labradoodles and their parents were as well.
2. What's the difference between an American Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle? -An American Labradoodle is a lab+poodle cross. The Australian Labradoodle also has the cocker spaniel infusion. -American Labradoodles have a higher chance of shedding to some degree. -American Labradoodles are harder to predict size and temperament on because they are early generation crosses.
3. Do they shed? I know I just covered this in the previous question, but I wanted to address it head on. I get this question asked All. The. Time. And the answer is; No-not usually. None of my Australian Labradoodles shed, however, since they do have Labrador retriever in their lineage, albeit very far back, there is always a very, very, small chance that they could still shed to some degree, but for the most part, they are non-shedding, We also have many of our puppies in homes with dog allergies and have had no reactions, so this breed is very allergy friendly as well!
4. Why do they cost 'so much'?
The cost of an Australian Labradoodle can range anywhere from $2,500-$3,000+ The old saying rings true, "you get what you pay for". In this instance what you are paying for is a breed that is low to non-shedding and allergy friendly. Their size, coat, and temperament are very consistent, and above all, this breed has the health of the dogs as the most important quality. Any breeder who belongs to the ALAA or ALCA are required, by our organization, to have every single one of our dogs health tested. This ensures we are breeding the best possible dogs and raising puppies that are from sound parents. Along with the health tested adults, all of our puppies come with a two year genetic health guarantee.
5. How often do they need groomed? We take our dogs to the groomer every 6-8 weeks. If you are diligent about brushing regularly, and depending on your dogs coat, sometimes they can go a bit further. Because these dogs don't shed, their coat grows continuously and needs to be cut off to avoid matts.
- Can you think of any other questions you have about the breed? Leave us a comment so I can address it in our next blog post!