Multi-Generation Australian Labradoodle:
Well...you may find yourself asking what is a Multi-Generational Australian Labradoodle and how is it different from a labradoodle?
First of all a multi-generational Australian Labradoodle derives from the breeding of one multi-generational Australian Labradoodle to another and is typically non-shedding and allergy friendly. A Labradoodle is derived from breeding a Labradore Retriever to a Poodle and is typically low to non-shedding. The multi-generational Australian Labradoodle can be standard, medium, or miniature (River Rock only has mini at this time) and originated in Australia hence the Australian Labradoodle name! The Australian Labradoodle breed is not just a cross between a lab and a poodle. English and American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels were also brought into the mix to bring in qualities that Tegan Park and Rutland Manor (see below) felt were needed to create a breed that would have the characteristics of allergy and asthma friendliness, low to no shedding, and a service dog quality temperament for family companions. The Multi-generational Australian Labradoodle is intelligent, athletic, energetic, and generally loves the outdoors. They make fantastic family dogs, guide dogs, support dogs, and of course companion dogs.
That is a very short and condensed explanation of our beloved Multi-Generational Australian Labradoodle. Below is a more thorough and technical explanation provided by the ALCA.
BREED STANDARD OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE from the ALCA
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 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 dogs. 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.
The Australian Labradoodle breed began in the 1980s by Wally Conran for the Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia. The goal was to create a breed that was allergy and asthma friendly with the temperament of a service dog. He started with a poodle and a labrador retriever as he felt this mix would be excellent for the attributes of temperament and coat that would be needed for a guide dog. Tegan Park and Rutland Manor continued the development and selective breeding started by Wally Conran.
The Australian Labradoodle breed is not just a cross between a lab and a poodle. English and American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels were also brought into the mix to bring in qualities that Tegan Park and Rutland Manor felt were needed to create a breed that would have the characteristics of allergy and asthma friendliness, low to no shedding, and a service dog quality temperament for family companions.
Why An Australian Labradoodle?
With the continued development of the Australian Labradoodle breed by the two research and development centers in Australia, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the Australian Labradoodle has become a desired breed for many reasons. The characteristics that Tegan Park and Rutland Manor have been selectively breeding and developing for years, combined with a program of stringent health guidelines and standards produced what we now call the Multi-Generational Australian Labradoodles
To qualify as a purebred multi-generational Australian Labradoodle (Multi-gen) or Purebred Australian Labradoodle: The offspring of 5 or more consecutive breedings of a multi-gen Australian Labradoodle (or Purebred Australian Labradoodle) to a multi-gen Australian Labradoodle (or Purebred Australian Labradoodle).
Having owned many dogs over the years including wonderful Labrador and Golden Retreivers we have found that the multi-generational Australian Labradoodle is by far the most wonderful multipurpose breed out there today. We choose to breed the multigenerational labradoodle due to its exceptional temperament, ease to train, gentleness, and not to mention multiple sizes and coats and colors to choose from, as well as non-shedding and allergy friendly.