Labradoodle History

The Labradoodle has its origin in Australia. In the late 80’s Wally Conron bred a Labrador retriever to a standard poodle to create a non-allergenic , non-shedding dog for Guide Dogs Victoria. The purpose of creating the labradoodle was to combine the intelligence, grace, beauty and coat of the Poodle to enhance the mellowness, loyalty, devotion, and trainability of a Labrador. In addition, mixing the gene pools of these two pure breeds results in increased healthiness and genetic diversity which helps reverse the poor health as a result of years of inbreeding and line breeding routinely carried out in the maintenance of pure breed dogs.

First generation Labradoodles (F1's) are the result of the mating between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Some of these F1’s meet the criteria of a Labradoodle in terms of coat, sheding, and allergies, while some do not (see breed standard). That point bears repeating, not all F1's are non-shedding! In fact, most F1's do shed. Our Hershey is an F1 Labradoodle that is non-allergenic and does not shed and this is one reason why we have chosen her to start our breeding program. To further stabilize the coat and increase the consistency within a litter and breed towards the correct breed standard, an F1 Labradoodle is bred back to a Poodle, to create an F1b Labradoodle (first generation backcross, also called a second generation labradoodle). F1b Labradoodles are much more likely than F1's to meet the criteria of a Labradoodle with a beautifully fleecy or woolly non-shedding, non-allergenic coat. This is why we breed for the F1b generation of Labradoodle and our puppies conform beautifully to the Labradoodle breed standard. Some breeders continue to breed F1b x F1b to make F3 Labradoodles. Higher generations of Labradoodles are called multigenerational labradoodles. We have some F1b's and mutigen Labradoodles in our program waiting for their health testing to be completed.

What is the difference between a Labradoodle with just Labrador Retriever and poodle genes (also called an American Labradoodle) and an “Australian Labradoodle”? The short answer is that the Australian labradoodle has other dog breeds mixed in, in addition to Labrador Retriever and Poodle. For example, when introducing the brown colour into the Australian labradoodle breeders in Australia used a brown Irish Water Spaniel. Cocker Spaniels are also very common in an Australian Labradoodle pedigrees, called an "infusion".

At Canadian Chocolate Labradoodles, we recognize that the American Labradoodle lines and the Australian Labradoodle lines are different but they are both great dogs with many important similarities in coat and personalityt. Just come and meet some of ours and you will agree. In keeping with the original philosophy of genetic diversity being critical to health there is now a movement in the Labradoodle breeding community to cross American Labradoodle lines with Australian Labradoodle lines to increase the gene pool, increase the health of the breed, while still breeding towards to Labradoodle breed standard. We call these Labradoodles with both American and Australian lines to be "blended" lines. We have two blended Labradoodles in our breeding program and they are spectacular!