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History The Australian Labradoodle began as a cross between the Miniature Poodle or Standard Poodle and the Labrador Retriever. The goal of breeders was to develop a breed that had the positive attributes of the Poodle and Labrador. It's important to take note that the Australian Labradoodle is different from the Labradoodle or American Labradoodle breed. In 2004, the developers of the Australian Labradoodle came out with an announcement that their Labradoodle was more than just a cross between the Labrador and Poodle, and was actually a breed that was created over several years to achieve specific goals.
To achieve these goals, the breeders used parent breed infusions to create the Australian Labradoodle. They also looked for certain characteristics that they want the breed to have. The standard for the Australian Labradoodle was written in 1997. Acceptable parent breeds of Australian Labradoodles are the Toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle, Standard Poodle, Labrador Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, and English Cocker Spaniel.
Appearance Australian Labradoodles look graceful and agile, but they have medium boning and well-formed muscles. These dogs have a broad head with a medium stop. Their large, wide-set, slightly round eyes are expressive and are framed with defined eyebrows. The ears of these dogs lay flat against their head, and their tail can be set low and look like a saber, or set high and look playful. These dogs have a square nose and their teeth meet in a scissors bite. The coat of these dogs are four to six inches long and may be slightly spiraled, wavy, or straight. The coat of Australian Labradoodles also come in three types: wool, fleece, and hair.
Colours Acceptable coat colours for Australian Labradoodles include cream, chalk, black, blue, silver, red, apricot, gold, and chocolate. Dogs of this breed that are meant for the show ring must not feature any markings.
Temperament Being intelligent dogs, Australian Labradoodles are quick to learn tasks, making them easy to train. These dogs don't have any problems getting along with other canines. Although Australian Labradoodles are friendly and sociable, they are still devoted to their own family. If these dogs are not trained properly, they may try to outsmart their owners.
Weight Standard Australian Labradoodles are 22 to 24 inches high, and weigh 45 to 77 pounds. Miniature Australian Labradoodles have a height of 17 to 22 inches and a weight of 30 to 50 pounds.
Problems Australian Labradoodles are prone to getting hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. They may also get afflicted with elbow and patella disorders.
Living Conditions Dogs of this breed can be kept inside apartments provided that they are given adequate exercise. When indoors, these dogs are moderately active. It's still best for these dogs, however, to have at least an average-sized yard where they can run around and play.
Requirements These dogs need much exercise, so owners must take their Australian Labradoodles out for long walks daily. It would also be good for these dogs to play with their owners.
Training Requirements Owners should train these dogs for obedience using firm but gentle training methods. Australian Labradoodles should also be socialized at an early age. These dogs must be disciplined properly, or else they would try to outsmart their owners.
Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed are expected to live for around 13 to 15 years.
Grooming Australian Labradoodles with a curly coat need to be groomed with a slicker brush regularly. The coat can also be clipped twice or thrice a year to keep the dog tidy. Most Australian Labradoodles shed little to no hair. In fact, these dogs are considered hypo-allergenic, and are among the few breeds recommended for individuals with allergies.
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