Labradoodles originated in Australia in the 1970's when the Australian Guide Dogs Foundation in Victoria, Australia, received a request for a low allergy guide dog. The breed arose on the farm of Don Evans, who ran a mixed dog farm in Northern Victoria, Australia.
A Standard Poodle and a Labrador Retriever were bred together in response to an inquiry by a blind lady in Hawaii who needed a low allergy guide dog.
Labradoodle fever escalated when the Guide Dogs Victoria opened their doors and the general public spied the charismatic, wide-eyed, wavy-haired pooches. Many were also intrigued with the Labradoodle—especially in light of rising allergy and asthma problems—and with the prospect idea of developing a new hybrid, free from the health issues facing the pure breeds.
Labradoodles are sociable, friendly, non aggressive and high trainability make them well suited for guide dogs therapy dogs and other assistance dogs. The Labradoodle is known for its outstanding intelligence and trainability, low allergy coat, low to non-shedding coat and lack of doggie odor. They’re slightly heavier than the Standard Poodle with strong front limbs. They’re an overall balance dog with a slightly longer than square build.
Currently there are 3 size ranges of the breeds, defined by measuring from the ground to the wither, the highest point on the dog’s shoulder blades.
Miniature: Between 14 and 16 inches (35 to 42 centimeters).
Medium range: Between 17 and 20 inches (43 to 52 centimeters).
Standard range: Between 21 and 24 inches (53 to 63 centimeters).
Chalk or White - The chalk color is not quite white, but not quite cream.
Cream or Carmel - Creams are a richer color than chalk or white, with subtle hints of golden carmel color in their coat. If the coat is a bit richer in the gold tones, then that coat could be called carmel. Even though the cream colored dog can have hints of golden coloring on the ears or throughout the coat, it should not be confused with the apricot coat.
Apricot - This color should be like that of the flesh on the inside of a peach. Many apricots will fade over time, although some will darken. Apricots should have a slight tinge of reddish highlights or undertones to their coat.
Red - A true red will be very dark and very red, not the peachy/orange color of an apricot. Red is dark and beautiful and should have an even tone throughout the coat.
Chocolate - Chocolate color should stay rich and dark even as the dog matures.
Black - Blacks should remain a solid, dark black color without fading. If the line carries recessive genes for silver or blue, the coat can fade to silver will be have a bluish tint to the coat and have blue-grey colored pigment.
Parti -Partis are black and white and tan and white. Their eye color ranges from dark brown to a golden hazel. Parti Labradoodles grow spots as they get older called freckling which happens in the white part of the coat.
Labradoodle coat types are described by terms that are referring to primarily the texture of the coat, not degree of curl.
Hair Coat - A coat that varies in thickness and length, and may be different on one part of the body compared to another. Typically straight or minimally wavy, but may also be curly. Very low maintenance as far as brushing goes, but do tend to shed.
Fleece Coat - Has a soft feel and should not feel like hair or wool. Can vary in degree of curl. There is a transition from puppy to adult coat and during that time the coat may become very high maintenance. Typically a completely non-shedding coat and a good coat type for those with allergies.
Wool Coat - Usually a tightly curled coat that has a course texture, but may also be wavy. High maintenance when long, but can be kept trimmed short for easier maintenance. Typically a non-shedding coat and usually very allergy friendly.