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  • Background and Origins
  • A New Breed of Social Dog
  • Physical Characteristics
  • Temperament
  • Breeders

Background and Origins

The ideal companion for people with allergies

Sociable, intelligent and loving, the Australian Labradoodle is instantly recognizable by its big round eyes and friendly expression.
A cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, as the name suggests, Australian Labradoodles were first bred as companions for people who suffer from allergies. As well as the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle however, they also come from a number of other parent breeds, including the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel, giving them an even greater range of abilities and colors.
As mating is strictly regulated to protect the bloodline, Nichii Green Farm is currently the only organization in Japan authorized to breed Australian Labradoodles.

Origins of the much-loved Australian Labradoodle

In the mid 1970s, a blind lady in Hawaii was looking for a guide dog to live with her and her husband, who was allergic to dogs.
Wally Conren, a member of a guide dog association in Melbourne, heard about her predicament and wanted to help. In an effort to create an allergy-friendly breed, he came up with the idea of crossbreeding a Labrador Retriever, a breed known for its intelligence and ease of training, with a Standard Poodle, a breed that doesn't shed much hair.
The first round of crossbreeding produced three dogs. Conren sent samples of their hair to the couple in Hawaii and found that his predictions had been spot on. The hair from one of the dogs produced no allergic reaction whatsoever. The dog in question was trained as a guide dog and sent over to Hawaii to live with them.

As the genetic technology to identify exactly what made the Australian Labradoodle allergy-friendly wasn't available back then, it was an ongoing process of trial and error. More and more breeders became interested in the Australian Labradoodle however and set out a deliberate plan to improve the breed based on a clear understanding of its characteristics.
The end result was the Australian Labradoodle known today and we all love.

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