After falling in love with Australian Labradoodles for years, we made a well-considered decision to apply to the Australian Labradoodle Association to play a role in the progression of this truly amazing breed. As a Provisional member I benefited from the strong mentorship program by the ALA. Learning is continuous and I have gained invaluable experience, guidance, and knowledge from my dedicated mentors. Even after progressing to fully accredited breeder I still lean on and have the support and mentorship of other ALA breeders. For this, I am forever grateful.
Every day is a learning day at Illawarra Labradoodles
Our self-paced research and mandatory ALA Continual Education Program are learning tools to keep our breeding program fresh and successful. Most importantly it gives our pups the best start in life.
Our philosophy sets us apart with a strong emphasis on canine nutrition. We believe a fresh, clean, natural diet without harmful, highly processed, sugar laden foods, is the key to long term health for both humans and our four-legged best friends.
All our pups and breeding dogs are weaned and raised on a biologically appropriate raw diet suitable for a carnivore. No dry or wet processed junk foods — even our treats are 100% natural.
What you should know about Labradoodles?
The Labradoodle is a uniquely Australian breed with 1970’s origin when a request for an allergy friendly guide dog was made to the Australian Guide Dog Association. With no such dog existing they set the task to create such a guide dog.
Fast forward to the present and we have a breed that has captured some of the best qualities of the parent breeds. Clever, sociable and energetic, these dogs love affection, training and exercise.
Over generations their coats have been developed into different textures with a wide variety of coat colour and markings. The two coat textures, fleece and wool are non-shedding and more hypoallergenic than hair or combination coats.
Labradoodles as therapy dogs
Their personality, intelligence and devotion makes Labradoodles excellent for adults or children as therapy dogs to help with autism, depression, anxiety, and physical or mental disabilities. It takes special training to achieve these skills before the right dog is matched to an ideal owner in need.
Labradoodles are working as accredited Guide dogs, Hearing dogs and Assistance dogs across Australia and overseas. There are clear guidelines and a Code of Ethics to ensure their training and future owners meet important criteria.
Get to know some key traits of the breed.
Australian Labradoodle Breed Standards
Must appear athletic and graceful with a compact body displaying substance with medium boning. Should not appear cloddy or heavy nor overly fine. A distinctive feature of this breed is their coat, which is non-shedding and easy to manage.
Trotting gait is effortless, smooth, powerful and coordinated in mature dogs. Should have a good reach in front and drive from behind for forward motion. Sound free movement and a light gait are essential.
(To wither) as to length (from sternum to point of buttock) should appear square and compact. Deep chest and well sprung. There should be a good tuck up. Loins should be strong and muscular.
Moderately broad with well-defined eyebrows. Stop should be moderate with eyes set well apart. The head should be of moderate width; developed but without exaggeration. Foreface to appear shorter than skull. The head should be clean-cut and free from fleshy cheeks. The whole head must be in proportion to the size of the dog.
Extremely clever, sociable, comical, joyful, energetic when free and soft and quiet when handled. They should display an intuition about their family members or handler’s current emotional state or needs. This ability to “know” is what has made the Australian Labradoodle an excellent dog for individuals with special needs.
Standard Height at wither
53cm to 63cm. Weight: 23kg to 30kg.
Medium Height at wither
43cm to 52cm. Weight: 13kg to 20kg.
Miniature Height at wither
35cm to 42cm. Weight: 7kg to 13kg