The Australian Labradoodle breed started in the 1989 by Wally Conran for the Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia. The goal was to create a breed that was allergy and asthma friendly with the temperament of a service dog. He started with a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever as he felt this mix would be excellent for the attributes of temperament and coat that would be needed for a guide dog. A dog from his first litter worked successfully as a service dog for a blind woman whose husband had allergies in Hawaii for ten years.
After Conran’s initial efforts and to advance the breed farther, research and developement centers, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor in Australia began breeding Labradoodles. These pioneers were determined to produce litters with consistent conformation, coat type, and temperament. As a result, a number of other dog breeds were bred into the Labradoodle lines: Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, American and the English Cocker Spaniel. The Australian Labradoodle is now considered to be a cross between the Poodle, Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever, while the Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Poodle only. The Australian Labradodle consitently produces allergy friendly coat types as well as exceptional temperaments.
Labradoodles are happy, intelligent, confident, very sociable and friendly with both people and other dogs. They are non-aggressive, clever and extremely intuitive. Because of these attributes they are of course well suited for the special work for which they were originally bred such as Therapy Dogs, Assistance Dogs, Hearing or Seizure Alert Dogs, and Guide Dogs. They are affectionate and gentle in nature making them great for families with children. They respond well to positive training methods and become loyal and devoted to their family members.