English & Australian
There is much confusion about The Labradoodle - the following simple explanation may help you to understand the very important differences between the English and the Pure Australian Labradoodles.
Wavy Fleece Coat 100% AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE
WOOL - 100% AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE
100% AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE
CURLY/SPIRAL FLEECE - 100% AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE
WAVY FLEECE - 100% AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE
The Pure ASD
At Doodledoos we are being asked more and more "what is the difference between a Labradoodle and an ASD?"
Although often wrongly termed a Cross Breed, the Australian Service Dog has finished being crossed and is actually a PURE breed with ASD bred to ASD. It is a recognised breed in it's own right by International Genetic Testing laboratories and is sometimes called Australian Labradoodle which can be misleading.
The PURE Australian Service Dog has an outstanding quality coat which is non shedding and can be wavy or curly (spiral) fleece, silky soft and falls gently, rippling with the dog's movement. Other ASDs have a wool coat which is much thicker, denser and more springy which should also be non shedding. The wool coat has less movement and resembles a Poodle coat. The 100% ASD needs professional grooming because the coat continues to grow and does not shed or moult.
Is the ASD suitable for allergy sufferers?
The answer is: "very often, yes!". However, there are many different and complex allergies and sometimes people find that they are allergic to not only dog hair, but also dog saliva and urine which is a problem if you want to have a puppy. NOT ALL LABRADOODLES ARE SUITABLE FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS! The ASD is not a hypo-allergenic dog as it's saliva or urine could trigger an allergic reaction. Please see an Allergy Specialist to determine what kind of allergy you have before committing to a puppy.
The 100% ASD (Australian Service Dog - to give it the original name) has it's Heritage going back to the Founding Lines from breeders Rutland Manor and Tegan Park in Australia. Following their success worldwide, the breed has now expanded into Europe, USA and of course the UK where various Breed Organisations such as the ALAEU, WALA, UKALC and ALAUK mentor Member Breeders to ensure the breed is upheld to the highest standards. To keep the lines pure, 100% Australian Labradoodle is bred to 100% Australian Labradoodle and is classed not as a Cross Breed, but as a PURE breed.
ASD Breeders have very strict breeding criteria. This is because customers who have hair allergies and also mental/physical challenges need the breed to be dependable and reliably non shedding in order to fulfil their vital roles within the family and in therapy environments. The breed was created to SERVE and provide therapy and assistance to those with special needs. The unique breed standard is upheld by only a small minority of breeders who understand why the breed was created in the first place and the necessity to keep the breed PURE and GENUINE.
Puppies bred for family pets are always neutered before leaving for their new homes at approx 8-9 weeks of age in accordance with the Code of Ethics for the Breed. This procedure, as far as the ASD is concerned, has been found to be safe, ethical and highly effective against indiscriminate and unlawful breeding practises. We offer further information about this upon request.
Our very own UKALC (UK Australian Labradoodle Club) explains the breed in more detail.
The English Labradoodle (or Labradoodle Origin) is quite different from the ASD/Australian Labradoodle - see below.
HAIR COAT THAT MAY SHED (LABRADOODLE ORIGIN)
THESE ARE DELIGHTFUL DOGS BUT THE COAT QUALITY IS UNPREDICTABLE.
The English Labradoodle
The first generation cross between a Labrador and a Poodle is known as an F1 English Labradoodle or F1 Labradoodle Origin. These dogs have very little consistency in coat type and vary greatly from high shedders to low shedders. Because of the inconsistency of the coat, you never really know what you are going to end up with.
The temperament is usually extremely good, but you can have some puppies in one litter taking after the Labrador (Retrievers/Soft Mouthed) and some taking after the Poodle (Intelligent/Love training) and sometimes a mix of the two (delightful).
There are no breeding restrictions with the English Labradoodle and although some breeders carry out health tests, many do not. There is a designated Labradoodle Rescue due to the high volume of dogs that have to be re-homed due to issues such as excessive shedding and size.
The best choice for those who have allergic reactions to pet hair and have had an allergy test by a specialist, is to choose a 100% ASD.
The Labrador X Poodle = F1 Labradoodle Origin
This has a coarse hair coat which can be straight or curly and sheds - don't usually need professional grooming. Just a little tidy up now and again and regular brushing.
F1 X Poodle = F1b (b=backcross)
F1 X F1 = F2
When The Australian Labradoodle is crossed with an F1 or F2 English Labradoodle the coat may be better quality but it is misleading to call these Pure Australian Labradoodles. There are no breeders who cross the GENUINE ASD with a Cross Breed as to do so would diminish the ASD and cause confusion to those looking for a non shedding therapy dog.