About the Australian Labradoodle Breed
The Australian Labradoodle originated in the late 1980’s from the efforts of Wally Conran.
Wally was the breeding manager for the Guide Dog Services in Australia. A vision impaired woman, with a husband who was allergic to dogs, had contacted him in hopes that he could fulfill her request for a service dog. He started with mixing Labrador Retrievers with Poodles to begin the start of an allergy friendly coat. The current bloodlines were perfected by the owners of Tegan Park and Rutland Manor based in Australia. These dogs were originally bred to be asthma/allergy friendly, as well as low/non-shedding. A natural bi-product of this being a conspicuous lack of dog odor! Their even temperament makes them excellent candidates to become service dogs and is also a big part of what makes them exceptional family dogs. They are highly intelligent and are a preferred breed for their excellent health.
Most assume that because of the name Australian Labradoodle, that one of the parent’s breeds is Australian Shepherd.
This is incorrect. There are five parent breeds: Portuguese Water Dog (in some cases Irish Water Dog), English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, and of course, Labrador and Poodle. The difference between our Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles and a typical Labradoodle mix is that ours have been bred for over 20+ years. They are their own breed differing from the F1, F1B, F2 and F2B doodle mixes.
Here is a breakdown to better understand what all this means: When a Labrador and a Poodle are bred together, the resulting pup is a F1 Labrador. Breeding that F1 Labrador back to a Poodle (in an attempt to get more of a hypoallergenic and odor free pup) produces pups defined as F1B. Breeding two F1 labradoodles together produces F2 labradoodles. Thus, “breeding back” would give you a F2B. This is essentially how our breed was started as well. The difference being, all of that work has already been done!
There is a substantial amount of elements that goes into choosing a Bluegrass Country Labradoodles Dam and Sire outside of temperament, size, coat, and body composition.
Our Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles are tested for hip dysplasia through an OFA and any eye abnormalities through a CERF test performed by an Ophthalmologist. Each breeding Dam and Sire are tested for Patella Luxation and Cardiovascular Abnormalities by our certified veterinarian. Finally, they are cleared of any affections for EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse), DM (Degenerative Myelopathy), vWill (von Willebrand’s Disease), IC (Hair Coat Furnishings), and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy).
We are extremely proud of our breeding program, and have been blessed with the opportunity to provide the highest quality, hypoallergenic, and odor free Australian Labradoodle. Our Bluegrass Country Labradoodles alumni are the perfect all-around companion. We can’t wait to assist you in adopting your forever doodle!