About the Breed

What is an Original Australian Labradoodle?

The Australian Labradoodle is different from all other Labradoodles.

In 1989, Wally Conron of the royal guide dogs in Victoria Australian began breeding Labradors and Poodles in hopes of developing a guide dog for a vision impaired woman in Hawaii that wouldn’t aggravate her husbands allergies.  It was found that only a few of the early crosses were non shedding and allergy friendly. He carefully selected puppies and bred them on to other carefully selected Labradoodles. This was the start of the Labradoodle.

In the late 1980’s two breeding and research centers were established to continue where Wally Conron left off. Rutland Manor and Tegan Park continued the goal of developing a non shedding an allergy friendly Labradoodle by carefully and selectively infusing other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament , coat, confirmation, and size. The infused breeds include Irish Water Spaniel, Curly coat Retriever as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting Labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.  So when you purchase an Australian Labradoodle, you have a much better idea of exactly what you’re getting. The size, coat, temperament, look, allergy friendliness, non-shedding qualities are much more predictable. It’s these qualities that have created the Australian Labradoodle that we now know and love.

The Australian Labradoodle Club of America was founded exclusively to foster and protect the original Australian Labradoodles that have come directly from Tegan Park and Rutland Manor breeding stock, or their offspring.