The term Labradoodle was first used in 1955 to describe a crossbred dog which was created by crossing a Labrador Retriever to a Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle.
It was not until 1988 that the Royal Guide Dogs Association in Australia (RGDAA) crossed a Standard Poodle to a Labrador Retriever that the term Labradoodle became more known. The RGDAA had been approached by a blind woman living in Hawaii whose husband suffered from allergies to dog hair and dander. She needed a guide dog whose coat would be less of an irritant to her husband’s allergies. By crossing a Standard Poodle to a Labrador Retriever the RGDAA aimed to produce a guide dog with a low shedding coat with the bidding gentleness and intelligence of the Labrador. They hoped that puppies from this mating would prove be less of an irritant to the woman’s husband and other allergy sufferers. The result was successful as one puppy from the mating did not cause an allergic reaction in the lady’s husband. The dog went on to serve the blind lady as a guide dog for ten years.
Labradoodles are now used widely around the world as guide dogs, assistance dogs and therapy dogs as well as more recently becoming very popular family dogs.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AUSTRALIAN & ENGLISH LABRADOODLE
Many people do not understand the differences between the English Labradoodle sometimes known as Labradoodle Origin (L.O.) and the Australian Labradoodle (A.L.) that we breed at Doodle Hall. The main difference between the two types of Labradoodle is in their coats.