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Facts About Labradoodles

Labradoodle breeding was first established in Australia when there was a request from Pat Blum of Hawaii.  She was a visually impaired woman with a husband who was allergic to dogs.  She needed a guide dog but also needed it to be allergy friendly.  John Gosling, the manager of GDAV Guide Dog Services, agreed to help with this request in 1989.  The breeding manager for GDAV, Wally Conron, planned the breeding of Harley and Brandy, a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever.  As a result 3 labradoodle pups were whelped.  As they matured fur samples were taken and one of the pups was compatible as well as being allergy friendly.  He was named Sulton and his temperament and trainability made him the perfect guide dog and companion.  This was the beginning of the Labradoodle Breed.

It has been recognized to be an excellent combination, producing puppies that are very smart, easy to train and with wonderful personalities.  As people have witnessed this outstanding breed, its popularity has grown and now Labradoodles are sought after as pets for families.  Having a dog that has less to no shedding and also shows to be allergy friendly contributes to the success of this breed.

Many breeders continue to breed the Poodle to Labrador for a first generation cross, known as an F1 breeding.  This combination is resulting in a wide variety of coats.  Some F1’s will have coats similar to a Labrador while others will have coats 4 inches long that are soft, wavy and fur like.  Coat types, the shedding factor, and allergy friendliness are all quite unpredictable in a first cross.

Some breeders are trying to improve the non shedding factor and/or allergy friendliness by first crosses, F1s, bred back to the poodle, producing puppies known as F1B’s.  Their focus is still to produce a better Labradoodle.  A Ladradoodle that will be allergy friendly and non- shedding with personalities that are pleasing, continue to be easily trained, and making a wonderful family pet.

The term Multi-Gen is referring to one of two things, either it’s the breeding of Labradoodles beyond a F2 generation developed in the U.S. or from the breeding lines stemming from Rutland Manor or Tegan Park in Australia.  Your Multi-Gen puppies are recommended for families with allergies or asthma.

At this time, Atlanta Doodles is only breeding miniature and medium Multi-Gen Australian Labradoodles.  Our miniature Australian Labradoodle puppies will grow between 12-16 inches and weigh between 12 and 30 pounds.  Our medium Australian Labradoodle puppies will grow between 17-20 inches and weigh between 20-45 pounds.

Other than generation of your Labradoodle, many people have questions about coat types.  There are 3 types of coats among Labradoodles:

HAIR: These are the easiest coats to maintain.  They don’t require much grooming, except for a little trimming around the eyes and chin.  Most hair coats do shed and therefore would not be recommended for families with allergies or asthma.

CURLY or WOOL: These coats do not shed.  But they will look best if cut or trimmed a few times a year.  They also need to be groomed/brushed out thoroughly about once each week or so. They are the safest coat type around people who have dog related allergies or asthma.  Please note that allergies can be transferred in the saliva of a dog and not just from the hair.  Wool coats are thicker and require more brushing than fleece coats.  Regular brushing is recommended to prevent matting.

FLEECE COATS: Also known as ‘Borderline coats’.  These coats are beautiful and allergy friendly, low to non-shedding with a very soft fleece feel.  Fleece coats require little maintenance, except during the transition coat time, which is usually between 8-14 months.  This is the time that the adult coat will be growing in and through the puppy coat.  Weekly brushing will be required to keep the coat from matting.  Adult coats will sometimes be slightly different in texture than the puppy coat.

Labradoodles come in a variety of colors: Chocolate, Red, Apricot, Caramel, Café, Silver, Gold, Cream, and Black.  The most popular, rarest, and sought after colors are Chocolate, Red, and Apricot.  Please be aware that many reds and chocolates will fade over time, some due to the sun others due to a silvering gene.

We get asked frequently whether Labradoodles are good with children.  Our answer is Yes, they are wonderful pets for children.  It is important to remember that young puppies do like to chew and mouth on everything.  Early training in this area is very important.  Children should always be supervised when playing with puppies, both for the puppies and for the children’s well being.

Like other dogs with floppy ears, Labradoodles have a tendency to have ear infections.  It is important to keep hair out of the ears if possible.  Cleaning the ears on a regular basis with a cotton swab will also be beneficial.  Either you or your groomer can pluck the hair from the inside of the ears; this will help your labradoodle from having re-occurring problems.

All animals can develop health problems no matter what the breed is.  As a reputable breeder, Atlanta Doodles performs extensive testing on all of our breeding Labradoodles.  This will include, hips (OFA), elbows (OFA), eyes (CERF & PRA), thyroid, as well as genetic color testing.  We base all our decisions for breeding stock on these test results.

Labradoodles have incredible temperaments (but of course we are biased).  They are fun loving, humorous, loyal beyond words, intelligent, sociable, non aggressive, and a devoted family member.  They can actually sense the difference between inside and outside, knowing when to play and when to settle down.  They are easily trained and are quick to learn unusual or special tasks.  All of our Labradoodles love the water as do most Labradoodles if they are exposed and acclimated early.  If you decide to introduce your Labradoodle to water, you may want to start with a kiddy pool, always make sure that they know where to exit no matter what kind of body of water they are in.

Labradoodles do have a lifespan upwards of 14 years, when considering your decision for a new family member you should keep this time commitment in mind.

Here are a few more questions to ask yourself before you commit to a new four legged family member.

Are you willing to commit the time, energy, & money required of having a labradoodle?

  • Puppy shots, Yearly Vaccinations, Yearly Rabies, Heartworm Preventative, Food & Treats, Toys, Crates, Beds, Fenced in Areas or Radio Containment Collars, Grooming & Coat Maintenance Tools, Boarding Expenses, Emergency Veterinarian Services

Will your lifestyle accommodate the needs of a Labradoodle?

  • House Training, Obedience Classes, Play & Exercise Time, Yard Maintenance and Clean up, Lots of Love

What accommodations are you going to make in your absence?  What arrangements will you make for Job & Education, Vacations, Meetings, & Extra Curricular Activities?

  • House Sitters, Doggie Day Care, Family or Friends to pet sit during the day or while you are away.

I would like to thank all the breeders that helped with the research of this website and especially the input from Ann Barkert of Avonlee Labradoodles.  The success of the Labradoodle depends on ‘Doodles helping Doodles’, we are blessed to be associated with such wonderful friends.

We hope that this website has helped to answer some of your questions.  We will be happy to answer any others that you may have, please contact us via email or phone and we can talk doodles.  Thanks for visiting Atlanta Doodles.