Welcome to Winsome Cottage’s Australian Labradoodles. This page will provide you with a basic background on how Australian Labradoodles came to be, as well as the different sizes, coat types, temperament, and what you can expect when making a Labradoodle part of your family…
A Quick History
The Labradoodle Breed began in Australia about more than two decades ago by Wally Conran, breeder of Royal Guide Dogs. Upon receiving a request from a woman in need of a guide dog, which also had the special requirement that the dog would not irritate her husband’s allergies, Conran began his efforts in creating the Labradoodle. Conran crossed a Poodle and a Labrador in the hopes of creating a non-allergenic guide dog that would have the best characteristics found in both breeds. These characteristics include: superior intelligence, an incredible temperament, and an exceptionally loving and loyal nature, and a beautiful non-shedding, allergy-friendly coat.
The pioneers of this early research were Rutland Manor Breeding and Research Center, and Tegan Park Breeding and Research Center. Each has worked hard to advance the qualities inherent in this wonderful dog, and has helped to set the world-wide standard for how these dogs are bred today.
Labradoodles are very loving, extremely clever, sociable and joyful. Easily trained. Quick to learn unusual or special tasks. As very active and engaged pets, labradoodles make excellent companion dogs. They are not aggressive, are incredibly loyal, and even a little comical at times. Their eagerness to please, and soulful, loving nature make them perfect for therapy work, or an adoring addition to any family.
What about the Labradoodle generation?
Australian multi-generational labradoodles
Australian Multi-Generational Labradoodles are created by pairing either two separate Australian lines, or may be litters bred combining Australian and American lines are also designated the Australian Multi-gen term. Multi-gen coats, regardless of where the lines come from, are generally very similar. Many people wanting a Multi-gen dog are desiring of this type of coat because they want a dog that has come from the Australian lines at Rutland Manor or Tegan Park. At Winsome Cottage, our dogs come from these Australian lines, and also from new American Multi-gen lines. This increases genetic diversity, which is very important for the ongoing health and genetic integrity of the Australian Labradoodle.
Here is a list of generations and their definitions. Each Labradoodle generation has their own unique coat qualities and appearance.
• Australian Labradoodle or multi generational American Labradoodle = F1B Labradoodle bred to an F1B or higher Labradoodle or an Australian Labradoodle (65% to 85% Poodle) which is non-shedding. Looks like a Teddy Bear or a fluffy silky soft mop. (This is the coat type you will find at Winsome Cottage. We do not have any F1B or early generation backcrosses in our program- ALL of our labradoodles are MULTI-generational with Australian lines.)
• F1B = F1 Labradoodle to Standard Poodle (75% poodle to 25% lab) most are low-shedding to none shedding.
• F1 = Labrador retriever to Standard Poodle (50% – 50%) cross which can range widely on shedding and appearance.
It has been my experience that the Australian Labradoodle combination produces the majestic beauty and regal nature, with the most consistent size and non-shedding allergy-friendly coat qualities you would want in a Labradoodle.
What sizes do Labradoodles come in?
• “Standard” Labradoodle is over 22 inches at the highest point of the shoulders, and about 45 to 80 pounds. We currently do not offer this size in our program.
• “Medium” Labradoodle is 15″ to 21″ to the shoulder, and about 30 to 45 pounds
• “Miniature” Labradoodle, “Mini” is 14 inches or less at the shoulder, and about 15 to 25 pounds.
WHAT ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LABRADOODLE COATS?
Australian and American Multi Generation Coats: Woolly, Spiral/Curly Fleece, and Fleece. These are low to non-shedding and allergy friendly. (A Hair Coat is NOT a desirable coat, and so I do not spend any time describing it here. You will NOT find dogs with hair coats at Winsome Cottage, and Multi-Gens will not carry a hair-coat.)
• FLEECE: (Soft Angora type texture, wavy or loose spiralling coat) is an allergy and asthma friendly coat and will need to be brushed/combed thoroughly about every two-three weeks. This coat usually requires trimming three-four times a year.
• WOOL: (Dense curly coat with a lambs wool texture) is an allergy and asthma friendly coat with the highest rate of success of the three coat types (Hair/Fleece/Wool). It will need to be brushed/combed thoroughly about once a week. This coat also requires trimming about three-four times a year.
• “NEW STYLE WOOL” OR “SPIRAL FLEECE”: (spiralling coat that easily opens to the skin with a lambs wool texture) is an allergy and asthma friendly coat with the highest rate of success of the three coat types (Hair/Fleece/Wool). It will need to be brushed/combed thoroughly about every two to three weeks. This coat usually requires trimming two to three times a year.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK, AND KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING!
It takes more than just a Lab and a Poodle to create a Labradoodle with the temperament, health, beauty and wonderful disposition that you would want in a family dog. Adding a dog to the family is adding a new family member. Don’t be taken by the too-good-to-be-true deals offered by so-called breeders out there that do not offer the quality of dog you deserve. Dogs that are cheap- are cheap for a reason. All Labradoodles are not created equal! Not all Labradoodles are non-shedding and Hypo-Allergenic. Not all Labradoodles that are bred to a Medium will become a Medium…. And wouldn’t that be a surprise if you thought you were getting a certain size and end up with a dog much bigger or much smaller than what you thought you were getting?!
As an example of getting what you pay for: I enrolled my dogs in an obedience and training class when they first joined our family. There was a woman in the class with a dog that she introduced as a labradoodle, which looked NOTHING like my two labradoodles. This dog was the most nervous dog I had ever met, shed terribly, and she had some very disappointing stories of this dog’s shedding, her allergy problems with a dog she had THOUGHT would be hypoallergenic, and great difficulties in training a high anxiety dog. She had paid $1500 for this “labradoodle,” and had been assured it was a “great deal.” The dog had no pedigree, or papers, the sire and dam were not on any registries, and the owner did not realize the importance of asking if the breeder had done any genetic health testing. The fact that testing information or a health warranty were not offered, could have been a warning sign.
It is so important to do your homework, know the quality of your breeder and their breeding dogs, and make sure that you are getting the quality you pay for. It takes a great deal of time and money to raise healthy, happy Labradoodles. That will reflect in the price of your new Labradoodle family member.