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.
WHAT IS AN ORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE?
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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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,
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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