Decoding the “Doodle”
Over the last few years we have seen the popularity of “doodles” skyrocket. Their popularity has increased the availability and types which can cause confusion for prospective families looking for their new 4-legged family member. In this article we will break down the different types of doodles to help families make the right purchase for their lifestyle.
Australian Labradoodles (ALD) were first created in Australian in the 1980’s. They were a cross between a Labrador, Standard Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. Their name can be misleading but we assure you, there is no Australian Shepherd in their lines.
They were purposefully bred to be an alternative service dog for people with dog related allergies. Over the last 4 decades breeders have been selectively breeding ALD’s with a focus on temperament, health and coat.
There are a few breed clubs around the world but the most recognized in the US is the Australian Labradoodle Association of America. ALAA offers a verified registry and breeder requirements for all members. These requirements include minimum health testing of all breeding dogs including hip and elbow dysplasia, as well as health guarantee requirements for puppies/buyers.
“American” Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador and Poodle. Multi generational breeding is becoming more common so terms such as F1, F1B and Double Doodle are being used.
At this time Labradoodle breeders may join ALAA, however most breeders are not members of any club or association. Because of this, most labradoodle breeders are not completing health testing or following any breed standard.
Because both Labradors and Poodles have similar instincts, their offspring has the potential to be an intelligent and wonderful family member, however they are a brand new breed so temperament and coat is unpredictable.