Image description

Licensed by Cornwall Council - Licence no: LI18_006854

 

 

What is a Labradoodle


A Labradoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Labrador. The first Labradoodles were bred in 1989 when Wally Conron, who worked as a Breeding Manager for the Royal Guide Dogs Association in Victoria, Australia bred one of his best Labradors with a Standard Poodle in order to try and produce a guide dog for a sight inpaired lady that wouldn't trigger her husband's allergies. The mating produced a litter of three puppies only one puppy of which did not trigger the husband's allergies.


Hypoallergenic dogs


Unfortunately there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. However it is possible to breed dogs who have a reduced allergic reaction amongst allergy sufferers. Dog allergens can come from a dog's skin (dander), its saliva, or its urine. Some dog breeds produce less allergens than others, Poodles, Airedales & Schnauzers are just three examples that shed their skin on a 21 day cycle; other breeds can shed every three to four day thereby generating more allergens. Dogs with long hair can also trap other unwanted irritants such as pollen, dust etc. . Therefore anyone giving a home to a Labradoodle should not assume that it will not trigger an allergic response.



Labradoodles today


Labradoodles are now widely bred in Australia, America and the UK. The aim of breeders is to produce a puppy with either a curly or wavy coat which sheds little if at all; it goes without saying that they should of course have a wonderful temperament and good health. The best result from the breeding of labradoodles, so far as we are concerned, is their wonderful temperament. They are wonderful family dogs being affectionate, loyal, clever and easy to train. The temperament of labradoodles is not gender specific, therefore both males and females make excellent family members.


Who should own a Labradoodle


Prospective owners should be aware that, unlike pure bred Labrador Retriever or Poodle litters, a Labradoodle litter may produce puppies which vary in colour, size and coat. The coat type can include the hair, fleece or woolly coat. The hair coats are easier to maintain but are likely to shed. The fleece and wooly will need a lot more grooming and possibly clipping but are less likely to shed. Doodles thrive on routine and must be given time for training to stimulate them. Training and early socialisation is the key to avoiding a dog with behavioural issues and active families/people are most suited to owning this breed.


Health


Although crossbreed dogs are said to demonstrate the hybrid vigour it is also possible for a crossbred dog to inherit all the diseases that occur in their bloodline such as Hip/Elbow dysplasia and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Labradoodles can inherit Hip Dysplasia ( HD )and Elbow Dysplasia (ED) malformations of the hip or elbow joint. HD and ED cannot always be detected by watching the dog move which is why I have had Chloe's and Freya's hips and elbows scored. This test only needs to be done once in a dog's lifetime and the results are issued on a green form for hips and a yellow form for elbows  by the British Veterinary Association. Hips are scored on a scale of 0 -106 with an average score of 13. Elbows are scored on a scale of 0 to 3 with 0 being the best and 3 being the most severe. Only the highest grade of the two elbows is taken as the elbow grade for that dog.   Chloe's hips were scored 4:4 equalling 8 and her elbows are 0.  Freya's hip score was 3:3 equalling 6 and her elbows are 0.  Both girls have an up-to-date Eye Certificate certifying them free from hereditary eye diseases.


Australian Labradoodles


As we said earlier not all of the labradoodles bred by Wally Conran in his quest to find a guide dog were suitable for people with allergies. Breeders in Australia including Rutland Manor & Tegan Park continued breeding Labradoodles, determined to produce litters with consistent conformation, coat type, and temperament. The Australian breeds introduced a number of other dog breeds were bred into the Labradoodle lines to assist in this effort. The breeds introduced into Labradoodle lines are said to be the English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel and the Wheaten Terrier. The puppies from these lines were called The Australian Multi Generation Labradoodle and later named the ASD ~ Australian Service Dog by Rutland Manor.


Labradoodle breeding terminology


Puppies from a first generation cross i.e. a Labrador crossed with a poodle are described as F1 or LO1( F denoting the word Filial/LO denoting Labradoodle Origin and 1 indicates that the puppies are the result of the first cross mating of two different breeds). The following generations are worked out by adding one number up from the lowest parent number. Eg F1 x F1 = F2; F2 x F2 = F3 . It is incorrect to just add the numbers together eg: F3 x F4 = F7. If a F1/LO1 labradoodle is mated with a poodle the puppies are described as F1b or LO1pp (b denoting backcross/pp denoting poodle parent).


Australian Labradoodles from the Rutland Manor and Tegan Park lines are denoted by the prefix ALF (Australian Labradoodle Foundation).


A first cross of Australian Labradoodle to a Labradoodle Origin is called a 50/50.


Image description

Chloe and Toby