Frequently Asked Questions
Pawpaws supports knowing as much about your new
friend as you possibly can in order to ensure that you are
purchasing the perfect dog and friend for your lifestyle.
Australian Labradoodles are very loyal intelligent companions.
They have proven themselves valuable in the field of therapy
as well as faithful eye seeing dogs.
Reserching this amazing breed has many families in a state of
confussion! Many breeders are offering "Labradoodles" of
many different generations and types. We have tried to put
together a visual that will help to simplify the generations and
many different types of Labradoodles that are out and about in
our world. There is a perfect Labradoodle out there for every
one and while we lean to the Australian for that perfect
companion we will allow you to choose for your self which of
the many types are best suited to your lifestyle and family
needs! We will try to answer any and all questions that you
may have in order to help you find the perfect friend for you!!
If this has not answered your questions please do contact us
for more info, we will be happy to talk to you!
Pease refer below for a comprehensive visual breakdown of
all the different types of Labradoodles available today!
|What are the sizes of a Labradoodle?
Labradoodles are available in three different sizes, Standard , Medium,
Miniature. They mature at......
~Standard 21~24 in tall and aprox. 50~65lbs
~Medium 17~20 in tall and aprox. 26~49lbs
~Miniature 14~16 in tall and aprox. 16~25lbs
What is the temperment of a Labradoodle??
Labradoodles are a very intelligent breed of dog. Other traits that they
aquire are Affectionate, Confident, Sociable, Friendly, Comical, and they
have been called the most Loving and Devoted family pet.
They are a very non aggresive breed. They love to play making them
wonderful around children. They are well suited to work as therapy dogs
and have a history of working as guide dogs.
How can I know if a Labradoodle is right for me??
The Labradoodle is sociable loving and easily trained. They are also
exceptionally intelligent! Because they are so intelligent they need to
have training at an early age, to provide them with a healthy channel for
their smarts! Labradoodles crave companionship! It is very important to
provide stimulation and to train them while they are still puppies.
If you are to busy to spend time with your new puppy maybe you
should consider a less intelligent breed.
Are all Labradoodles non shedding??
Almost all Labradoodles are non shedding and allergy friendly, but
some are definately not. Labradoodles are still a developing breed
so there will be the occasional puppy that will shed later on as an
adult dog. The Early Generation Labradoodles are more likely to
shed. Please be advised, if you suffer from allergies, a
Multigeneration Australian Labradoodles with a wool coat will
inevitably be most suitable, as this type sheds very very little.
How do I care for the coat of my Labradoodle??
Labradoodles have a easy care coat. You will need to be aware that
the coat will change from the puppy to adult coat, it should be
groomed very well once every 3 weeks, a trim once in a while
around eyes and mouth and a real cut about every 6 months. The
coat ideally should be 4~6in long.
What is the life expectancy of a Labradoodle??
Labradoodles are a long term investment!! A Labradoodle will live
to be between 13~15 years old.
Who was the first breeder and why did they breed the Labradoodle??
Wally Conron was the first person to breed the Labradoodle. Wally
lived in Austrialia and in 1970 he wanted to help a blind lady with
allergies to have a guide dog. Wally first breed the Labrador Retriever
to a Standard Poodle ~~ It has been a sucsess ever since !
What is an Australian Labradoodle?
Obviously they must have originated in Australia ~ or not? Well the truth is, all Australian Labradoodles do have genetic links to Australia, but
many of the lines have Labradoodles bred in North America integrated into them. Why are they called Australian Labradoodles? The breeders
in Australia did not want their dogs to be mistaken for the many Lab~Poodle crosses being bred world wide, especially in North America. The
Australian Labradoodle is a developing dog breed, not yet purebred, but may be in the very near future. Two breeders in Australia founded the
Australian Labradoodle, its original purpose is to be an assistant and companion dog, which they do excel in very well. This breed is composed
of primarily Labrador and Poodle genetics, with later infusions of the Irish Water Spaniel, the English and American Cocker Spaniel, and in 2004
the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, these infusions were carried out to gain qualities the founders thought to be missing, they also greatly
diversified the gene pool, this in turn will promote health in the Australian Labradoodle, which so many of our pure breeds lack, due to extensive
line and inbreeding, in order to obtain certain traits that are considered desirable by the breeder. The Australian Labradoodle is now being
developed as two different breeds, the Australian Labradoodle Association of America mandates the Australian Labradoodle as a three breed
dog, which consists of Poodle, Labrador, and Cocker Spaniel genetics. This mandate is in contradiction with the co-founder and developer of
the Australian Labradoodle - Beverly Manners. As was stated earlier, in 2004 the Irish line Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier was infused by Beverly
Manners -Rutland Manor in Australia. Pictured below are Brandy and Patrick, the two Irish Wheaten Terriers, that were infused, Brandy, an
Australian Champion, with UK imported lines in his pedigree was used over a wool coated miniature, Rutlands Lil Misty, and Patrick was used
over a wool coated standard, Rutlands Funnie Bunnie. This was the beginning of division in the Australian Labradoodle breed. After the Irish
Wheaten Terrier infusions were carried out Rutland Manor has disassociated from the International Australian Labradoodle Association, which
Beverly Manners founded, and has since trademarked her dogs as ASD Australian Labradoodles (Australian Service Dog). In 2009 the
Australian Labradoodle Founders Alliance was set up to register the ASD Australian Labradoodle. Below is compiled pictures of the Pure Dog
Breeds that make up the complete ASD Australian Labradoodle. They are wonderful dogs, and are sure to change the way disabled and able
people around the world live their lives. The history of the Australian Labradoodle is far from over! As it unfolds we will post here, so stay
|"If you pick up a starving dog and
make him prosperous, he will not bite
you. This is the principal difference
between a dog and a man."
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
Labrador Retriever ~ FB
Standard Poodle ~ FB
English Cocker Spaniel ~ IB
American Cocker Spaniel ~ IB
IRISH Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier ~ IB
Irish Water Spaniel ~ IB
FB - Foundation Breed
IB - Infused Breed
|What is a Labradoodle?
What is an Australian Labradoodle?
This page is dedicated to helping people who are diligently researching Labradoodles, and may have become
confused by so many different terms, such as F1 Labradoodles, F1B Labradoodles, Multigenertion
Labradoodles, Australian Labradoodles, ASD Australian Labradoodles, Heterosis, Infusions, Backcrosses...ect.
Composition of the ASD Australian Labradoodle
What is a Labradoodle?
Often called the American Labradoodle ~ Primarily a hybrid dog, by mating a Standard Poodle to a Labrador Retriever, They are great
dogs, often goofy, playful, and generally enjoy very good health due to heterosis, or hybrid vigor. Often breeders then back-cross the
F1(Lab~Poodle hybrid) Labradoodle back to Poodle in an effort to gain a more hypoallergenic coat, the offspring of this mating is
classified as F1B. These too are nice dogs, as they usually have an allergy friendly coat, and are highly trainable as is the Poodle. There
are some breeders who are taking the Labradoodle past the F1 and F1B stages and breeding Labradoodles to Labradoodles, and using
the term multi-generation Labradoodles. This breeding practice will result in more consistency in the offspring, such as coat, size and
temperament, the resulting offspring will become increasingly homogeneous, which will eventually result, (if never outcrossed with another
breed) to serious genetic illnesses, due to recessive negative genes coming together.
Hybrid Vigor, (HETEROSIS)~What is it?
"Heterosis is a term used in genetics and selective breeding. The term heterosis, also known as hybrid vigor or out breeding
enhancement, describes the increased strength of different characteristics in hybrids; the possibility to obtain a genetically
superior individual by combining the virtues of its parents. Heterosis is the opposite of inbreeding depression, which occurs with
increasing homozygosity. The term often causes controversy, particularly in terms of the selective breeding of domestic animals,
because it is sometimes believed that all crossbred plants or animals are genetically superior to their parents; this is true only in
certain circumstances: when a hybrid is seen to be superior to its parents, this is known as hybrid vigor. When the opposite
happens, and a hybrid inherits traits from their parents that makes them unfit for survival, the result is referred to as outbreeding
depression. "reference'': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterosis
Some breeders use this term to sell you on Doodles, regarding one health concern hybrid vigor is a positive step specific to mixed breed dogs,
beware it only affects one concern. When pure bred dogs are bred the lines are crossed over and over, possible negative genetic traits are
reintroduced again and again. If line or inbreeding is practiced possible negative genetic traits are reintroduced at even higher rates. Typically
for a disease like Addison’s disease to be expressed in a dog it requires the genetic trait to be passed by both parents. If it is only passed by
one parent the trait is recessive and the dog never shows any signs or symptoms of the disease in its lifetime. Therefore, if a breed like the
Poodle has been known to carry SA (a skin condition) and a breed like Labrador is known not to carry SA, then the first generation breeding of
these dogs cannot express SA. This is a positive health affect of hybrid vigor. Once a Labradoodle is bred to another Labradoodle or another
Poodle in this specific case of SA, the hybrid vigor influence is diluted.
The primary reason to advocate for hybrid vigor is temperament. For generations pure bred dogs have been inbreed and line breed to reduce
size or create the perfect conformation standard. Or another dog was selected as a breeding dog specifically due to its size of conformation, its
ability to produce smaller offspring or win in the show ring over temperament was the concern. This has lead to poor temperament offspring in
general. The crossing out to unrelated lines, if selecting breeding dogs with temperament as top criteria, begets top temperament puppies.
Yeah for hybrid vigor.
On the flip side, if both breeds carry a disease hybrid vigor has absolutely no affect. This is why health testing breeding dogs is so critical.
Health testing breeding dogs costs about $1000 to $1500 per dog, but is NECESSARY for a breeder to know what they are producing and to
support a positive step in reducing health incidents in Labradoodles, Australian Labradoodles, and Soft Coated Labradoodles. Diseases that
are of concern to Poodles, Labs and all other breeds used in Soft Coated Labradoodles are Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Heart conditions,
Eye conditions, and Thyroid Conditions. All breeders should be testing their breeding dogs by completing Hip and Elbow testing (either OFA,
PennHIP or BVA test), Heart Screening, Eye testing (CERF or other), before breeding a dog AND removing those that do not pass these tests
from their breeding program.
We are of the opinion that in the world of dog
breeding, no one person or organization owns a
particular dog breed. We are strong advocates of
crossbreeding Pure and Hybrid dogs, as long as it
is done with care and betters the breed, regarding
health and temperament. That said, we do have
respect for Pure Breeds and their Fanciers, and will
never crossbreed, without expressed written
permission of the Purebred Breeder who has sold
us a pure bred dog for breeding purposes. We are
only the caretakers of dogs, and must do all in our
power to breed healthy dogs that have a purpose
and work to enhance the lives of our fellow human
dangers of purebred dogs - Articles and Posts from Paw Nation
In nature, not only will individual animals often travel great distances to find
unoccupied territories, they may also cross the species barrier as they do so. A wolf
will mate with both a dog AND a coyote, while finches leap across the species
barrier at the drop of a hat. A spotted owl will freely mate with a barred owl, while
most amazon parrots freely cross breed. A lion can mate with a tiger and produce
fertile offspring, and an African elephant can cross breed with an Asian elephant. A
muskellunge will cross with a northern pike, and a sunfish will cross with a bluegill.
Trout and salmon species readily hybridize. Many species of hawks and falcons will
also cross the species line, while a buffalo will cross with a cow. Just recently a
hunter in Alaska shot an animal that turned out to be a cross between a polar bear
and a grizzly.
The point here is not that trans-species outcrosses are common, but that even
between distinct species Mother Nature often runs her train "loose on the tracks,"
and a considerable amount of genetic wobble is allowed.
Mother Nature allows outcrosses because she values heterogeneous genes, while
she punishes homogeneous genes by "culling" animals through a process of
dwindling survivorship (neonatal mortality), shortened lifespans, and infecundity.
Mother Nature allows outcrosses
because she values heterogeneous
genes, while she punishes
homogeneous genes by "culling"
animals through a process of
dwindling survivorship (neonatal
mortality), shortened lifespans, and
Luke and Connie Erb
RR#1 Gowanstown ON,
N0G 1Y0 Canada
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