In 1989, the first litter of labradoodles was bred by the GDAV in Australia. John Gosling, the manager for GDAV Guide Dog Services agreed to breed the litter in answer to a request by Pat Blum of Hawaii, a vision impaired woman with a husband allergic to dogs. The breeding manager for GDAV, Wally Conron, planned a mating between Harley and Brandy, a poodle and lab, and the first labradoodle litter resulted in three puppies. Fur samples of the pups were sent to Pat as the pups matured, and one of the pups, Sultan, proved to be allergy friendly, as well as compatible for Pat as a guide dog. The combination of Sultan's coat, temperament and trainability made him a perfect guide dog companion for Pat, and an allergy friendly addition to her home. This was the official beginning of the labradoodle.
The Labradoodle is known for its outstanding intelligence and trainability, low allergy coat, low to non-shedding coat and lack of doggie odor. They are slightly heavier than the Standard Poodle with strong front limbs. They are an overall balanced dog with a slightly longer than square build. They have three sizes: Standard, Medium, and Miniature. There are curly or wavy coats and they exhibit seven different colors: Black, Chalk, Creams, Apricot, Chocolate, Cafe au Lait and Silver. The coat should be about 4-6 inches in length. The Labradoodle's head is broad and their eyes are large, slightly round and set apart. Their nose is square and large. The tail is like a saber and should be low set.
Labradoodles not only come in many sizes, but also colours.
Standard Height: 21"-24" Weight:45-77 lbs
Medium Height: 18"-23" Weight:26-45 lbs
Miniature Height: 14"-17" Weight: 15-25 lbs
Labradoodles tend to live for about 13-15 years
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