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Labradoodle Coat Types

MultiGen Australian Labradoodles have two distinct coat types:
and Wool.
The fleece is characterized by being more of a smooth looking coat compared to wool, as it is much more straighter and easily maintained. Furthermore, there are different types of fleece: curly, wavy and loose, with loose being the straightest and the easiest maintenance coat type. Wavy and loose look very similar but wavy is slightly more curlier. Curly fleece is not frizzy, it has distinct smooth curls. The wool coat is best kept at a short length because it is so curly like a poodle or sheep that it mats very easily.  If the dog is a mulitgenational Australian Labradoodle then it will have an allergy friendly coat regardless of coat type.

Grooming your Labradoodle

It is actually very easy to groom your Labradodle yourself if you have the right tools. You will need a pin brush, blunt cut scissors (never use sharp ended scissors when cutting your pets hair) and a buzz trimmer, we like using the Andis AGC Super 2 speed clipper 4400 spm, it can be found at the Red colored link at the bottom of all pages on this website.
If you want your labradoodle to have long flowing hair schedule a full coat brushing once a week to ensure that mats wont build up.
A labradoodles coat is really easy to maintain if you take just 5 minutes once a week to brush it out. My dogs love the time and extra attention they get during this time. Be careful when brushing knots out, it can really hurt them. Sometimes it is best to cut the knot out. Make sure you make this time enjoyable for your dog. Give lots of praise and be patient with them, it takes them a while to get use to this regime and if it is unpleasant for them they will never get use to it.
If you want to keep your labradoodle in a short cut then brushing isn't that important. Their short hair cut should be maintained every 3-4 months.

The puppy coat will need to be brushed out weekly, especially from 6-9 months old. That is when the adult coat will come in and if the puppy coat isn't brushed out it will matt into the adult coat and need to be shaved.
TELL YOUR GROOMER NOT TO SHAVE THEIR HEAD OR FACE, also their tail, if they can help it. Ask them to cut out any knots and not shave these areas, as they will feel very naked and cold. 

What to keep trimmed short on your Labradoodle:
Eyes: Use blunt cut scissors to trim hair once a month or so, for your dog to be able to see.
Ears: Use blunt cut scissors to trim the bottoms of the ears straight across so they wont drop in the water dish, also for sanitary purposes. NOTE: Some Labradoodles have more ear hair then others, those with a large amount of hair inside of the ear canal needs to be removed or it may create infection or a blockage. The hair is very shallow rooted and can easily be pulled out using your thumb and index fingers.  
Beard: Use blunt cut scissors to trim your dog’s beard so they don’t have a goat beard and wont drop in the water dish, also for sanitary purposes.
Private areas: Use the buzz trimmer for this and make sure to wipe it clean after every use. I use alcohol preps. 
This should be done every month to every other month. 

Bathing your Labradoodle should be done once a month but can be left unwashed longer because of the labradoodle's fabulous quality of low to no odor. Its easiest to just put them in the shower with you but make sure you don’t get your shampoo or soap in their eyes while rinsing yourself. Only use baby shampoo or dog shampoo that is tearless on your pet so they don’t hurt their eyes.
Also make sure to dry them very well because their hair says wet for a long time, blow-drying coat is highly recommended.


The Australian Labradoodle is different from all other labradoodles. 

In the early days, the Australian Labradoodle was simply a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle.  Dogs from this cross typically were bred to each other over future generations, whereby the Australian dogs are also know as "Multi-generational" Labradoodles. 

Then, in the late 1980's, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament, coat, conformation, and size.  The infused breeds include Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel.  The resulting labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.

Today, Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs with lush coats that are more reliably low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than other types of Labradoodles such as first generation Lab/Poodle crosses, or first generation crosses bred back to Poodles. Even when the other types of Labradoodles are bred on for generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the attributes of the infused breeds were not included in their ancestry.

-Information from the Australian Labradoodle Club of America

Breed Standard of the Australian Labradoodle

As established by Tegan Park and Rutland Manor Breeding & Research Centers of Australia and adopted by the Australian Labradoodle Club of America 2005 revised 2007.

Temperament and Soundness are the two KEY elements in a good family companion; they must not be sacrificed for any reason.

General Appearance:  The Australian Labradoodle should be athletic and graceful, yet compact with substance and medium boning. Joyful and energetic when free, soft and quiet when handled.  They should approach people in a happy friendly manner with eye to eye contact.  Keen to learn and easy to train.  They have a free flowing wavy or curly coat that does not shed and is possibly non-allergenic.

Size: Sizes of the Australian Labradoodle are still "somewhat inconsistent" with no definition between male and female at this time.  Accurate prediction of size, even by an experienced breeder, is not expected at this time.  Size is measured to the top of the shoulder blades (withers) while standing squarely on a level surface.

Much care is needed when breeding both the large and small Labradoodles.  Large dogs can suffer from rapid growth that can lead to structural problems.  Soundness is of utmost importance.  Over size is a major fault.  Care must be taken to keep the miniature Australian Labradoodle a solid athletic robust dog.  The dwarfing of dogs can lead to many genetic and temperament disorders. Minimum size attention is of the utmost importance to maintain a healthy little dog.  Most Australian Labradoodles will weigh more than their height reflects.

STANDARD: 21" TO 24" The "Ideal" size for a standard female is 21 to 23 inches and for a male 22 to 24 inches.  Weight range tends to be 50 to 65 pounds.

MEDIUM: 17" TO 20" The "Ideal" size for a medium female is 17 to 19 inches and for a male 19 to 20 inches.  Weight range tends to be 30 to 40 pounds.

MINIATURE: 14"TO 16" The "Ideal" size for a miniature is 14 to 16 inches with no correlation between height and sex of the miniature Australian Labradoodle.  Weight range tends to be 16 to 25 pounds.

Body:  Height (to wither) to length (from sternum to point of buttock)  of the Australian Labradoodle should appear square and compact.  Shoulders should have good angulation with firm elbows held close to the rib cage.  Hindquarters should be of medium angulation with short strong hocks.  Top line should remain level with strong loin and level croup.  Flanks should rise up from a brisket set just below the elbows, but should not be excessively deep.  Ribs should be well sprung but not barreled.  Overall, the dog should appear square, be balanced, athletic and with good muscling.

Movement:  When trotting the Australian Labradoodle should be purposeful, strong and elastic, with good reach and drive, giving the appearance of "going somewhere".  When happy, relaxed or at play will prance and skim the ground lightly.  Excessive tightness in the hips will produce a stilted action and is considered a fault. 

Tail: Set relatively high and preferred to be carried in a saber, can be carried below the topline or "gaily" above.  Curled possum type tails are undesirable.

Head:  Sculptured, broad, well defined eyebrows, medium stop, eyes set well apart, nose to stop slightly longer than stop to occiput.  Foreface shorter than skull.  The head should be clean and chiseled and fully coated as on the body, legs and tail.  The Muzzle is measured from the tip of the nose to the stop. The skull is measured from the occiput to the stop and does not include the muzzle.

Ears:  Set moderately flat against the head, base should be level with the eye.  Leather should be of medium thickness and when gently drawn forward should reach the top canine tooth.  Ear leather reaching beyond the tip of nose is considered a severe fault.  Ear canals should be free of excessive hair, and not thick and bulbous.  When inquisitive and alert the ear set should rise to the top of the head.  Thick/heavy ear leather is a fault in the Australian Labradoodle.

Eyes: "Slightly" round, large and expressive, always offering eye to eye contact when engaged in activity with a human.  Protruding or sunken eyes are a fault.  Watery or tearful eyes are a fault.  Wide round or narrow almond shaped eyes are considered a fault in the Australian Labradoodle.

Eye Color:  Eye color should complement and blend with the face color.  Black, Blue, Red, Dark Chocolate and Silver dogs must have dark brown eyes.  All shades of Cafe', Milk Chocolate, Gold/Apricot, Cream and Chalk should have dark hazel to brown eyes if they have black pigment.  Caramel and dogs with rose pigment may have either dark eyes or "ghost" eyes.  Ghost is a hazel color range much the same as it is in humans.  Flecking with different shades of hazel with green and a blue/green make this eye color quite unique.  Ghost eyes must always remain soft in appearance.  Cold staring expressionless appearance in all eye colors is a severe fault in the Australian Labradoodle.

Teeth:  Scissor bite only is acceptable, being neither undershot nor overshot.  Miniature Labradoodles must not have crowding teeth.

Nose:  Large square and fleshy.  Pigment: Black or Rose.  Pigment should be strong.  Black pigment dogs must have dark brown eyes.  Pink spots or patches on nose, lips, eye rims or pads are a fault.  Dogs with rose pigment can have dark hazel, brown or ghost eyes.  Eye rims should be rose as should nose, lips and pads.  Pink spots or patches are a severe fault in the Australian Labradoodle.  Rose should be a rich liver color. 

Neck:  The firm, well muscled neck should be moderately long, slightly arched and flow into the well angled shoulders with no appearance of abruptness.  The neck should not be coarse nor stumpy and should lend an air of elegance to the dog.  A short thick neck is a fault in the Australian Labradoodle.

Color:  Any solid color including Cafe' and Silver is preferred.  Minimal white on the chest and toes is acceptable.  Light chalky coarse hairs (kemp) sprinkled through a dark coat is permissible but very undesirable.  Parti (patched) and Phantoms, though undesirable, are considered an acceptable color. Parti can be any color (except Phantom) with white on face, head and/or body.  Phantoms are any shading or two tone coloration such as a Black dog with lower legs showing a soft toning of silver or gold or a dog born dark with a golden shading at the roots or a slight brindling effect.  True pure solid colors with the exception of Silver and Cafe' are highly prized and are the ideal for the Australian Labradoodle.  It is normal that all colors may show bleaching and discoloration over the top coat.  This is called sunning and is quite expected and acceptable, as the Australian Labradoodle is an active dog and often a service dog that enjoys the outdoors.  Weather bleaching or sunning must not be penalized. 

The Breed Standard of Excellence colors in the Australian Labradoodle are:

Apricot/Gold, Red, Black, Silver and Blue - must have black pigment

Caramel, Chocolate, Cafe', Parchment and Lavender - must have rose pigment

Chalk (appears white but when compared to a true white it is a chalky white) - may have rose or black     pigment

Cream and Apricot Cream (all shades and combinations of cream shades are acceptable) - may have rose or black pigment

Caramel:  A rich Gold/Apricot very much the color of its namesake - caramel through to a deep red - must have rose pigment.

Red:  A solid, even, rich red color which should have no sprinkling of other colored fibers throughout the coat.  A true Red must not be lighter at the roots than at the tips of the coat.  Red can fade somewhat with age, and senior dogs showing paling of coat should not be penalized.

Apricot/Gold:  The color of a ripe apricot on the inside.  A true Apricot must not be lighter at the roots than at the tips of the coat.  It can come in varying shades and may fade as the dog grows older.  Senior dogs should not be penalized for paling of coat color.

Blue:  A dark to medium smoky Blue.  Blue also belongs to the Rare Color Group.  Blue dogs are born Black but will have Blue skin and undertonings at a young age.  Any other color throughout the Blue is undesirable.

Silver:  Born Black but will have more of a grey skin and will develop individual silver fibers at a young age. Silver dogs can take up to 3 years to color out and become a beautiful smoky grey through to a light iridescent platinum and varying shades in between at adulthood. Uneven layering of color in the silver is normal.

Chocolate:  Dark and rich, born almost Black, they maintain a dark chocolate throughout their lifetime.  Color should be even.  Any other color throughout the Chocolate is highly undesirable.  Chocolate belongs to the Rare Color Group.

Cafe':  Born Milk Chocolate of varying shades, and have the same gene as the silver dogs, often taking up to 3 years to fully color out to multi shades of chocolate, silvery chocolate and silver throughout.  When given plenty of time in the sunshine, they develop stunning highlights.

Lavender:  A Definite, even smoky lavender chocolate, giving almost pink/lilac appearance.  Lavender dogs are born Chocolate and can be difficult to distinguish at a young age. Any other color throughout the Lavender is highly undesirable.  True Lavender belongs to the Rare Color Group.

Parchment:  Born Milk Chocolate, will pale to a smoky creamy beige.  Paling usually starts from an early age often as early as 6 weeks.  As adults they can be mistaken for dark smoky Cream from a distance.  Parchment belongs to the Rare Color Group.

Australian Labradoodle COAT TYPES:  Coat types are also still very sporadic with many dogs showing a combination of multiple types.  As the genetic values stabilize, we hope the "Ideal" coats are as follows:

Fleece:  Length is usually around 5 inches long.  The Fleece coat texture should be light and silky quite similar to that of an Angora goat.  Appearing "to contain a silky lanolin", the fleece coat can be from loosely waved giving an almost straight appearance to deeply waved.  Kemp is often found around the eyes and topline.  The absence of kemp is highly prized.  Fleece coats rarely if ever shed.  A slight shedding may occur and may be determined to the degree of wavy / curly.  The less curly, the more chance of slight shedding.  During the age of 8-12 months, during the adolescent/maturing time you will need to groom your fleece every week. After this "transition" period, the coat will settle down and maintenance will return to normal, requiring a comb out every 3-4 weeks. The fleece coat has been found to be allergy friendly.

Wool:  Coats are more dense to the feel like a sheep's wool.  The "Ideal" wool coat should "hang" in loose hollow spirals.  Most wool coats are still exhibiting a good texture but take the appearance of a Spring not a Spiral.  The sprung wool coat is not desirable.  A thick (dense) coat is also not desirable.  The Australian Labradoodle has a single coat.  Both the Fleece and the Wool coat should naturally grow in "staples" and be of a soft texture.  Both the "Ideal" Fleece and Wool coats spin successfully.  Hair coats (Hair texture that shed) is a fault and are undesirable.  It is extremely rare for a wool coat to shed, and is the preferred coat type for families with severe allergies.  To keep the wool coat long and flowing will require more maintenance.  The wool coat looks beautiful cut shorter and is very easy to maintain.  Grooming and a trim or clip three or four times a year is all that is required to keep the short wool coat looking great.

-Information from the Australian Labradoodle Club of America

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~    Early spay and neutering info. Your Labradoodle will already be desexed!

~     Ask veterinarians questions about you dog's health online.   Keep your Labradoodle healthy! 

~    Great obedience training, and much more website. Train Your Labradoodle!

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Grading Scheme for Labradoodles

(voted by membership March 2008) 

Use of the Titles/Definitions: Titles will be the ALAA terms used on ALAA pedigrees and ALAA registration 

certificates. No other coding will be used.  

 Labradoodle: The offspring of a purebred Labrador Retriever and a purebred Poodle, or the 

offspring of a Labradoodle (F1) bred to a Labradoodle (F1, F1b, Multi-gen). 

 Labradoodle F1: the first cross of a purebred Labrador Retriever to a purebred Poodle 

 Labradoodle F1B: the backcross of a first cross (Labradoodle F1) to a purebred Poodle 

 Multigenerational Labradoodle (Multigen):): The offspring of a Labradoodle (F1b or Multi-gen) 

bred to a Labradoodle (F1b or Multi-gen) 

 Purebred Multigenerational Labradoodle (Multigen)  OR Purebred Labradoodle: The offspring 

of 5 or more consecutive breedings of a Multigen Labradoodle (or Purebred Labradoodle) to a 

Multigen Labradoodle (or Purebred Labradoodle)  

 Australian Labradoodle: Dogs with Poodle, Cocker Spaniel (American and/or English) and 

Labrador Retriever Pedigrees.* This includes all currently registered Australian Labradoodles, as the 

ALAA assumes these dogs with no proven lineage of three breeds are three-breed dogs. Current 

dogs registered with the designation "Australian Labradoodle" will not be changed.  

 Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle (Multigen): The offspring of an Australian Labradoodle 

(Australian Labradoodle, Multigen or Purebred) bred to an Australian Labradoodle (Australian 

Labradoodle, Multigen or Purebred)  

 Purebred Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle (Multigen)  OR Purebred Australian 

Labradoodle: The offspring of 5 or more consecutive breedings of a Multigen Australian 

Labradoodle (or Purebred Australian Labradoodle) to a Multigen Australian Labradoodle (or 

Purebred Australian Labradoodle)  

Cockapoo: American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel and Poodle  

Spanador: English or American Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever  

American Cocker Spaniel: purebred American Cocker Spaniel  

English Cocker Spaniel: purebred English Cocker Spaniel  

Irish Water Spaniel: purebred American Irish Water Spaniel (no longer allowed)  

Labrador Retriever: American or English, pedigree will delineate  

Poodle: French, English and all sizes, colors or patterns, pedigree will delineate 

*other ALAA acceptable breeds at small percentages acceptable in DNA testing  

Rules for Pure Breed Use

1. Purebred Poodle is to be used for the F1 and F1B stages of development and in the future can be used 

for coat correction twice thereafter every 6 generations in the Multigenerational Labradoodle 

Development. Analysis of the pedigree will indicate the number of matings with a purebred.  

 Poodle bred to Labrador Retriever equals a Labradoodle F1  

 Poodle bred to a Labradoodle F1 equals a Labradoodle F1B  

 Labradoodle or Multigen Labradoodle or Purebred Labradoodle bred to Poodle equals 

Labradoodle. Analysis of the pedigree will indicate the number of matings with a poodle, 

restrictions apply.  

 Australian Labradoodle or Multigen Australian Labradoodle or Purebred Australian Labradoodle 

bred to Poodle equals Australian Labradoodle. Analysis of the pedigree will indicate the number 

of matings with a poodle, restrictions apply.  2. Purebred parent breeds (Poodle, Labrador Retriever, IALA infusion-approved American Cocker Spaniel 

or IALA infusion-approved English Cocker Spaniel) may be used as an actual breeding to that mixed 

breed in the future if necessary for coat correction or pedigree infusion twice every 6 matings, i.e. a 6 

generation pedigree may only have the same purebred single breed (and its ancestors) twice (NOT 

counting those poodles used for Labradoodle F1 and Labradoodle F1B development). Analysis of the 

pedigree will indicate the number of matings with each separate purebred.  

 Labradoodle or Australian Labradoodle of any generation to purebred Cocker Spaniel equals 

Australian Labradoodle (three breed dog). This breeding will reset the consecutive generational 


 Labradoodle of any generation to Poodle or Labrador Retriever equals Labradoodle. This 

breeding will reset the consecutive generational count.  

 Australian Labradoodle of any generation to Poodle or Labrador Retriever equals Australian 

Labradoodle. This breeding will reset the generational count. 

Rules for Labradoodle and other two breed mixed breed use

IALA infusion-approved 2 Breed Mixed breeds may be used if necessary for coat correction or pedigree 

infusion twice as an actual breeding to that mixed breed in the future every 3 generations, i.e. a 3 generation 

pedigree may only have the same IALA infusion-approved mixed-breed (and its ancestors) bred twice every 

three generations. Analysis of the pedigree will indicate the number of matings with each separate 2 Breed 

mixed breed dog. Australian Labradoodle of any generation bred to Labradoodle equals Australian 

Labradoodle. This breeding will reset the consecutive generational count.  

 Australian Labradoodle of any generation bred to Cocker/Poodle cross (Cockapoo or Spoodle) 

equals Australian Labradoodle. This breeding will reset the consecutive generational count.  

 Australian Labradoodle of any generation bred to Labrador/Spaniel cross (Spanador) equals 

Australian Labradoodle. This breeding will reset the consecutive generational count 

Rules for new and existing Australian Foundation Lines and use

Breeding any generation Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle or Purebred Australian Labradoodle to 

another is considered one generation of like-to-like mating. The database will automatically calculate these 

matings. Once a Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle reaches 5 generations of consecutive Purebred 

Australian Labradoodle or Multigen Australian Labradoodle to Multigen Australian Labradoodle matings, it is 

considered a purebred Australian Labradoodle and will be notated in the database and registration certificate 

as such. Any use of a one or two breed dog is considered a non-like mating and will reset the counting 

process. Only 4 consecutive like-to-like matings will result in purebred status.  

 Current assumed Australian Labradoodle dogs (three breed dogs) registered with the IALA without proof 

of breed via AKC, ANKC registration or DNA will be designated as Australian Labradoodle. No new dogs 

without proof of pedigree (AKC, ANKC, DNA) will be registered.  

 A dog in the back of an older pedigree that is not identified but is believed to be an Australian 

Labradoodle will be considered an Australian Labradoodle. Dogs that are believed to be Poodles, 

Cockapoos, Labradoodle or other Australian Labradoodles will follow the rules above moving the 

generations forward or not as the rules indicate. 

 Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle or Purebred Australian Labradoodle bred to Multigenerational 

Australian Labradoodle or Purebred Australian Labradoodle equals Multigenerational Australian 

Labradoodle or Purebred Australian Labradoodle once four consecutive matings are counted by the 

database. The term "purebred multigenerational Australian Labradoodle" will be used until such time as 

the dog is bred to a two breed or one breed dog, at which point the offspring will be designated 

Australian Labradoodles and the generational count will be reset.

-Information from the Australian Labradoodle Association of America

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