The Australian Labradoodle is an amazingly smart breed of dog that was initiated from the careful breeding of a Labrador retriever and a Poodle. The first Australian Labradoodles were bred in Victoria, Australia, with the goal of producing a non-allergenic guide/therapy dog. The breeding was first done by Wally Conran of The Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria and was met with overwhelming success.
The process of breeding a Labradoodle begins with the initial breeding of a Lab to a Poodle. This initial breeding is referred to as "F1" in the breeding vernacular. Next, the offspring are bred back to a Poodle, in order to reinforce the Poodle genetics into the cross. This puppy from this second breeding is typically referred to as "F1b". Subsequently, their offspring are bred Labradoodle to Labradoodle. After several generations of this Labradoodle-to-Labradoodle breeding, the offspring become Multi Generation Labradoodles. Throughout this process, a multi-generation dog may be bred back to a poodle four out of every nine generations to reinforce the poodle genetics. The American Labradoodle is typically 1st generation or maybe 2nd generation and early crosses cannot guarantee the non-allergenic and non-shedding results. The Multi-Generation Australian Labradoodle is not only Lab and Poodle but came from the old lines that infused the Curly Coated Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel and both the English and American Cocker Spaniel to get just the right traits that the Multi-Generation Australian Labradoodle is prized for today.
The Multi-Generation Australian Labradoodle is non-allergenic and typically does not shed. When they are brushed you will find hair in the brush like you do when you brush your own hair. At Blue Star we sell only Multi-Generation Australian Labradoodles. The remarkable qualities displayed by Multi-Generation Australian Labradoodles explain why they cost more than 1st or 2nd Generation American Labradoadles, and also why people who want an allergy-friendly, non-shedding dog who have the "look" of a true Multi-Generation Labradoodle need to make sure when they buy that they are getting a Multi-Generation dog and not an early cross. Also, the American Labradoodle typically is not thoroughly Health Tested like the Australian Labradoodle before breeding.
All the Blue Star Breeding Dogs enjoy being loving family companions but also have gotten top scores on their Health and Temperament Testing. Their Health Testing includes the Orphopedic Foundation for Animals Hips/Eblows to insure strong hips with NO hip dysplasia, tested to insure that they do not carry the gene for 11 different diseases, blood testing to insure healthy liver, kidney and thyroid function, no diabetes and their eyes are CERF Certified by an Opthomologist Vet to insure that there are no cataracts, glaucoma or any other eye diseases.
Testing starts when these precious puppies are 8 weeks old when they are evaluated for Temperament and Structure by Pat Hastings of Dog Folk particularly when I plan to retain one of the puppies from the litter and we are looking for the Best of the Best "Breeding Quality". Typically, you're lucky if you get 1 puppy that would score high enough to be considered "Breeding Quality" by Pat's strict scoring standards.
In addition to being non-allergenic and as non-shedding as possible, Australian Labradoodles are known for their characteristically wavy or curly incredibly soft fleece coats, their intelligence, their upbeat joyful nature and their incredibly friendly temperaments. As such, it is no surprise that these dogs have become among the most beloved breeds in America and throughout the world. At Blue Star Labradoodles, it is our mission to bring you the most healthy, most gentle temperament and most loving Multi-Generation Australian Labradoodles possible.
The Australian Labradoodle can come in a number of different colors, including Apricot, Red, Cream, Chocolate, Black, Silver, White, and 2 colors, ie. White with a number of other colors. When they are 2 colors, they are referred to as Parti.
There are three basic sizes. Standard are the largest, measuring 21-25 inches and weighing 50 + pounds. Mediums measure 17-20 inches and weigh 30 to 50 pounds. Finally, Miniature measure up to 16 inches, and weigh up to 29 pounds. The varied sizes and appearances of the Multi-Generation Australian Labradoodle means that every family can find one that is a perfect fit for their home. These dogs are incredibly sweet, easy to train and so loving and affectionate. They make great playmates for children, are often trained as Therapy Dogs, make wonderful, loving, faithful companions for any family. If you're looking for the perfect family pet, you'll definitely want to consider the Multi-Generation Labradoodle.