Australian Labradoodle

Canis lupus

Last updated: April 13, 2021
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff

The "Australian" just refers to where the breed originated

Australian Labradoodle Scientific Classification

Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Australian Labradoodle Conservation Status

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Australian Labradoodle Facts

Fun Fact
The "Australian" just refers to where the breed originated

Australian Labradoodle Physical Characteristics

  • Brown
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Cream
  • Silver
Skin Type
13-16 years

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The Australian Labradoodle was bred to be the world’s first hypoallergenic guide dog by the Australian Guide Dog Services, specifically for families who are both visually impaired and allergic to dogs.

The Australian Labradoodle is a designer dog breed from Australia that is a variation on the usual Labradoodle hybrid cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard, Mini, or Toy Poodle. It has 6 different parent breeds: Labrador, Poodle, English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever, and Irish Water Spaniel. Since appearing in 1988, it has 3 possible sizes: Mini, Medium, and Standard. The clever and loyal breed makes a great working dog for service work. It’s also a great first-time owner or family pet that enjoys children and other pets.

The 3 different types of Australian Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodle mixes

There are three different types of Australian Labradoodles depending on size: Mini, Medium and Standard. Some breeders have petite/micro, small or small-medium sizes.

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F1 means a first cross, first generation of a purebred standard, mini or toy Poodle to a purebred Labrador Retriever, creating the Labradoodle mix. F1B is F1 with the “B” referring to the backcross of an F1 Labradoodle to a purebred standard, mini, or toy Poodle. Australian Labradoodle contains the DNA of the Labrador, Poodle, and American or English Cocker Spaniel. Finally, the multigen Australian Labradoodle is also known as an authentic Australian Labradoodle, with multigen meaning multigenerational. It is the result of at least 4 consecutive matings between two Australian Labradoodles and years of selection to enrich the dog’s blood with the infusions of the Irish Water Spaniel, English and/or American Cocker Spaniel, and the Curly Coated Retriever. For this reason, F5 generation is typical.

There are many possible Australian Labradoodle mixes. However, an officially recognized one is the Australian Cobberdog. The difference is the crossing with an Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Other mixes are crossings of Labradoodles with other breeds, such as Double Doodle, which is a Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever/Poodle mix) with a Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever/Poodle mix). “Double doodle” also refers to the crossing of 2 different doodle breeds, such as Goldendoodle Labradoodle (aka Golden Labradoodle), Double Labradoodle (Labradoodle with another doodle), Aussiedoodle Goldendoodle (Australian Shepherd/Poodle mix with Golden Retriever/Poodle mix) and Australian Double Doodle (Aussiedoodle with Goldendoodle and at least one other doodles) and Golden Mountain Doodle (Bernese Goldendoodle mix).

3 pros and cons of owning Australian Labradoodles

Owning an Australian Labradoodle: 3 pros and cons

Pros! Cons!
Little to no shedding: Because of the infusion with Poodles and other low-shedding breeds, it became hypoallergenic. It is ideal for people who are usually allergic to dogs. Frequent grooming: It needs frequent grooming to maintain its coat and prevent knotting and matting. This means it will need more haircuts than you do.
Well-balanced temperament: Labradoodles combine the gentleness and steadfastness of the Labrador Retriever with the instinctual intelligence of the Poodle, resulting in a loyal and easily trainable dog. This designer dog became its own breed after mixing Labradoodles with other breeds to create a dog that has the best qualities of all of them. May fight with other dogs: it is likely to fight with other dogs of the same sex. This is especially true if the dog is not spayed or neutered and has not been properly socialized.
Sociable personality: It loves everyone and while energetic and playful, it’s also even-tempered around children and babies. It gets along with other pets, even other dogs. It’s high-energy: If you live in a small space, this dog will need more frequent walks than usual. It must have toys and companions to prevent unwanted behavior, such as chewing or barking for attention. If you cannot provide for its energy demands, consider another breed.
Australian Labradoodle playing on the beach

Australian Labradoodle Size and Weight

The Australian Labradoodle has 3 possible weight and height ranges depending on either size of Mini, Medium, and Standard. The average height and weight for the Mini size is 14-16″ and 15-25lbs, Medium is 17-20″ and 30-40lbs, and Standard is 21-24″ and 45-65lbs respectively, with males being taller and heavier than females. Australian Labradoodle puppies weigh between 3.75-16.25lbs at 7 weeks of age and are typically fully grown between 11-18 months for all sizes.

Height (Male) 15-24″
Height (Female) 14-23″
Weight (Male) 20-65lbs, fully grown
Weight (Female) 15-60lbs, fully grown

Australian Labradoodle Common Health Issues

Australian Labradoodles are generally healthy dogs. Although it can inherit health issues from its parent breeds, its crossbreeding results in a hardier dog. Patellar luxation, hip and elbow dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, and progressive retinal atrophy are known health issues for its Labradoodle parents. Addison’s disease and progressive retinal atrophy are occasional occurrences with the Australian Labradoodle in particular, especially if its parents have not been PRA before breeding. In sum, the most common health issues are:

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  • Addison’s disease
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia

Australian Labradoodle Temperament

The temperament and behavior of the Australian Labradoodle can vary especially in first-generation Labradoodle puppies. However, the higher breeding standards of authentic Australian Labradoodles from reputable breeders results in much more consistent personality traits, although it also means a higher price.

The personality of Labradoodles is gentle, steadfast, intelligent, instinctual, loyal, and easily trainable. These traits were combined with those of other breeds to create the Australian Labradoodle’s unique balance of cleverness, loyalty, gentleness, sociability, affection, and energy, with F5 generations having very consistent behavior.

How To Take Care of Australian Labradoodles

New dog owners looking to care for Australian Labradoodles, especially Australian Labradoodle puppies, must consider its generation and parent breeds. Whether it’s common Labradoodle or Australian Labradoodle issues, or different care related to their coat and size, Australian Labradoodles have many unique factors that must be considered.

Australian Labradoodle Food and Diet

Australian Labradoodles, particularly puppies, have different health considerations due to their being a designer dog breed, and they are similar to those of Labradoodles. Therefore new owners should consider these factors when choosing a food for their pet:

Australian Labradoodle puppy food: Your choice of puppy food will greatly impact your dog’s ability to properly develop and have good health. Carbohydrates, animal fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids are crucial nutrients along with water, and in the right amounts for the breed and size. For this reason, a commercial dry or canned puppy food is easiest for guaranteed complete nutrition with animal protein as the primary ingredient. If you feed canned food, decrease it from what you would normally feed with dry food to prevent weight issues.
Australian Labradoodle adult dog food: Commercial dog food, cooked home-prepared food, and a raw diet are all possible options. Both the cooked home-prepared and raw diets should contain meat, bones, eggs, and vegetables.

Australian Labradoodle Maintenance And Grooming

Australian Labradoodles have little to no shedding. However, due to its having a straight or wavy fleece coat, this also means frequent knotting and matting without regular grooming. To maintain its floppy, teddy bear-like appearance, and avoid felting its coat, there are some important tips to practice. If the coat is filthy, you must hose it down and put the dog into its crate to allow the dirt to dry and drop off. Average brushing for an adult is 60 minutes every 2 weeks, with more frequent grooming for dogs that play outside in water or come along to hike in nature areas.

For puppies, trimming around eyes and feet is recommended before taking them to the groomer. An inverted V-shape at a diagonal with thinning scissors will give a soft, less choppy look than blunt-tip scissors, while trimming around the feet in a large circle will preserve the floppy look while removing excess hair. Bangs will grow down and naturally part to the side, but you can thin the very center bangs if you so desire. Puppies start to transition to their adult coats 6-8 months with the process lasting 3-5 months. Before then, you must brush your puppy multiple times a week and a professional trim should keep its coat at 1.5-2″ long.

Australian Labradoodle Training

These dogs are intelligent, intuitive, and mature. They are easier to train than other dog breeds. When compared to Labradoodles, they are calmer and more well-balanced. However, they can also be prone to separation anxiety which can continue even after puppyhood and after the family returns home. For this reason, it is best to have toys and other pets for them to play with, especially other dogs.

Australian Labradoodle Exercise

Regardless of the size of your dog, it needs sufficient space and fulfillment of exercise needs. Although you can compensate for medium and standard size dogs in a small living space with more frequent walks, it is recommended to consider a mini size, sometimes alternately called petite/micro, small or small-medium. Adult dogs need 30-60 minutes of exercise every day, including a walk and free play. Long walks or jogs, dog park sessions, and mental stimulation are all important for variety. Puppies are more energetic and demanding attention, and it is during puppyhood that training and socialization begin.

Australian Labradoodle Puppies

The puppies need brushing several times a week. From the time you bring your puppy home to about 6 months of age, it is recommended to feed them 3 times a day. After that, you can feed them twice a day.

Cream Australian Labradoodle pup playing in the garden with a football in the mouth on the green grass

Australian Labradoodles And Children

These dogs love everyone, including children, and everyone tends to love them back. Their easygoing personality becomes even more docile and sociable around children and babies. They make for joyful playmates with them and are also great for first-time dog owners and children learning how to train dogs because they are eager to please and pick up new tasks quickly.

Dogs similar to Australian Labradoodles

Other dog breeds similar to the Australian Labradoodle are the Labradoodle, Bernedoodle and Aussiedoodle.

  • Aussiedoodle: A popular designer dog, this is an Australian Shepherd/Poodle mix.
  • Goldendoodle: Another popular designer dog, this is a Golden Retriever/Poodle mix.
  • Australian Cobberdog: A rarer hybrid of an Australian Labradoodle crossed with the Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, resulting in a different temperament.

Popular names for these dogs include:

  • Biscuit
  • Sugar
  • Lady
  • Bandit
  • Bear
  • Digger
  • Aussie
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Australian Labradoodle FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is an Australian Labradoodle?

An Australian Labradoodle is a particular multigenerational designer dog breed that originated in Australia, resulting from the cross between a Labradoodle with several other breeds.

Is there a difference between a Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle?

Whereas a Labradoodle is a Labrador Retriever/Poodle mix, the Australian Labradoodle also includes American or English Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, and Curly-Coated Retriever.

Do Australian Labradoodles bark a lot?

They bark mostly to alert their owners of strange noises or presences. Otherwise, if they are bored, they tend to bark for attention.

How do you groom an Australian Labradoodle?

Grooming with a dog brush, trimming of claws with dog nail clippers, and trimming of the coat with thinning scissors are best.

How much does an Australian Labradoodle cost?

The price of Australian Labradoodles depends on whether you buy the dog from breeders or a rescue. Breeders’ prices are more expensive due to health screening and breeding standards. From breeders, you can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000-3,000 for newborn puppies and $350 or more for 10 week-old puppies.

Are Australian Labradoodles good with kids?

Yes, they are great with children and are considered the perfect family pet.

How long do Australian Labradoodles live?

13-16 years.

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