What is the difference between an Australian Labradoodle and an “American Labradoodle”?
Australian Labradoodles are not the same as other labradoodle types. Most labradoodles are Lab/Poodle crosses or Lab/Poodle + Poodle crosses. Though Australian Labradoodles started out as Lab/Poodle crosses, in the late 1980’s, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor (founders of the Australian Labradoodle), began to infuse additional dog breeds into Lab/Poodle crosses. These infusions were an effort to improve temperament, conformation, coat consistency and size. Some of the breeds used in the infusions were Irish Water Spaniels and American and English Cocker Spaniels. The result of these careful infusions is the Australian Labradoodle. Australian Labradoodles are asthma/allergy-friendly, intuitive, and intelligent dogs. Many Australian Labradoodles serve as service or therapy dogs. These dogs make excellent family dogs.