The Australian Labradoodle breed started in the 1980s 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. Tegan Park and Rutland Manor continued the development and selective breeding started by Wally Conran.
The Australian Labradoodle breed is not just a cross between a lab and a poodle. English and American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels were also brought into the mix to bring in qualities that Tegan Park and Rutland Manor felt were needed to create a breed that would have the characteristics of allergy and asthma friendliness, low to no shedding, a service dog quality temperament for family companions, top quality confirmation and desired coat types.
Why An Australian Labradoodle
With the continued development of the Australian Labradoodle breed by the two research and development centers in Australia, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the Australian Labradoodle has become a desired breed for many reasons. The characteristics that Tegan Park and Rutland Manor have been selectively breeding and developing for years, combined with a program of stringent health guidelines and standards – were all qualities that were important to us as a family with allergies and asthma.
After researching the breed, it became apparent to us that the Australian Labradoodle was the breed for our family. With the time and effort in development by Tegan Park and Rutland Manor and continued careful quality breeding, the Australian Labradoodle has become a breed that is noted for its high intelligence, asthma and allergy friendliness and no to low shedding, easy trainability, excellent and loyal family companions and eagerness to please. Combine all this with excellent health and fantastic temperaments and you have the dog we love!