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ASD (Australian Service Dog) History

A genuine Australian Labradoodle is not a simply a labrador poodle cross.

One of the first Labrador/Poodle cross puppies was bred in the late 1980's by Wally Conran of the Guide Dog Association Victoria (“GDAV”) for a vision-impaired woman whose husband suffered from allergies. One pup from the first litter, named Sultan proved to have an allergy friendly coat and was suitable to be a guide dog. It is thought that the GDAV thought of the name "labradoodle".

After a few years of breeding first generation (F1) labradoodles and back breeding to a poodle to improve coat characteristics, breeding stock was passed on to two breeding centers in Victoria - Tegan Park and Rutland Manor. Both centres started keeping track of parentage and maintained strict breeding standards for health and physical specifications, all necessary for any successful breeding programme. They bred Labradoodle to Labradoodle and experimented by introducing other pedigree breeds (including american cocker spaniel, english cocker, irish water spaniel and more recently irish wheaten terrier) into the blend and so, a new breed evolved. Their vision was inspirational. There are now dedicated Australian Multi-Generational Labradoodle breeders, owners and lovers all over the world.

Decades on, the multi-generation Australian Labradoodle puppies are very distinct in appearance and nature. Careful and thoughtful breeding consistently produces labradoodle pups which are intelligent, loving, intuitive in nature and bouncing in life. Very much linked to its origins, Australian Labradoodles are being used as therapy and assistance dogs and are being recognised internationally as an ideal pet and companion by families.

A few years ago Rutland Manor and Tegan Park re-named their labradoodles as " Australian Service Dogs" (ASDs) to differentiate them from Labrador/Poodle hybrids. An Australian Service Dog means that the Australian Labradoodle is from the co-founders Rutland Manor and Tegan Park (RM/TP).

The Australian Labradoodle has an athletic, graceful appearance with a compact body and soft and low/non-shedding coat. He has a solid bone structure and a well defined head. The eyes are soft and lively with a friendly expression. 

The Australian Labradoodle is an extremely intelligent, sociable, comical and joyful dog who is gentle and calm when being handled. They are very friendly  and always want to bewith people.  They are smart and easy to train. It is very important that proper consisitent training takes place to ensure they know their place and do not develop into an unruly pet. Australian Labradoodles tend to be very intuitive adapt to their families, so they are perfect for people with special needs.

Officially, there are three sizes, in line with their Poodle ancestry:
Miniature (35-42 cm,7-13 kg) Medium  (43-52 cm,13-20 kg) Standard (53-63 cm, 23-30 kg)

Sammy and Truffles are both medium and their offspring will very likely be medium although we cannot guarantee their adult size will fall in this range.

There are two types of coat,fleece and wool. The "fleece coat" can be with soft curls or wavy. It is very soft to the touch.

The "wool coat" has tighter curls but is still soft. The coat should not be too thick and should be easy to open.Although Australian Labradoodles do not shed, proper coat maintenance is essential - daily brushing and periodic professional grooming - depending on the look you want.

Sammy has a fleece coat in chocolate and white (Parti Boy) and Truffles, a chocolate wool coat. Their lines do contain some lighter colours so we cannot be sure about their puppies' colouring at this stage.
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