At Doodledoos we are being asked more and more "is the Australian Labradoodle suitable for allergy sufferers?"

The answer is: "very often, yes!"

However, there are many different allergies and sometimes people find that they are allergic to not only dog hair, but also dog saliva/urine/dander which is a problem if you want to have a puppy.  NOT ALL AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLES ARE SUITABLE FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS due to the complexity of allergies.  If you are not sure what you are allergic to, then contact your GP for an allergy test/see a specialist. 


The GENUINE 100% Australian Labradoodle should NOT shed at all and will need professional regular grooming as the coat continues to grow.  Coats are usually either fleece (curly, spiral or wavy) or Wool.  Either coat usually suits people with hair related allergies - again CHECK first before purchasing. 


English and Australian Labradoodles Explained

There are two types of Labradoodle -

The English Labradoodle (or Labradoodle Origin ) - which is the Labrador crossed with the Poodle (F1). The offspring of this mix is known as the F1Labradoodle as it is the first generation cross. The coat isoften'scruffy' and can either be straight but longer than a Lab, or curly like a Poodle, but it would be thinner and more likely to be a hair coat as opposed to a fleece or wool coat like the Poodle. Coat types vary within just one litter of F1 puppies but will usually shed and needs very little professional grooming - if any at all.

When the F1 is crossed with the pure 100% Australian Labradoodle, you get a 50% Australian - 50% English Labradoodle (used to be called 50 50's or 50% Australian/50% English). A typical litter will contain a mix of scruffy hair coats that will shed and really good quality fleece coats with very little shedding. One litter will contain puppies with both type of coat. These are sometimes incorrectly called Australian Labradoodle just because one parent is an AL. This is misleading – be careful!

When you breed the 50% to a 100%Australian Labradoodle you get a 75% Australian (25% English). These puppies will have predominantly good quality fleece coats with maybe one or two puppies having the poorer quality hair coat.  Again, NOT quite pure Australian Labradoodle.  DNA Tests can be carried out on the parents to determine the 'Proper Coat' or 'Improper Coat' which gives the discerning breeder the confidence in the potential of their breeding programme.

When you breed the 75% AL to a 100% AL  the result is a first generation Pure Australian Labradoodle. These mixes are often called Multigenerational Labradoodles and the litter will have good quality low to non shedding fleece coats. These offspring can be honeymooned to a genuine 100% AL and produce the second 100% generation AL and so on.  The degree of shedding gets less and less and by careful selection a breeder can start off with an F1 English Labradoodle and breed up to 100%Australian in a few years provided they have access to the GENUINE AL lines. I must stress that this is ONLY done by careful selection and only breeding from the best from each fully health tested generation.


100% Multi Gen Australian Labradoodle

F1 English Labradoodle

Hair Coat

Doogle & Dottie

Standard and Medium size


Wavy Fleece

100% Australian Labradoodle

Curly Fleece

100% Australian Labradoodle

Wool Coat

100% Australian Labradoodle

The Allergy Factor

Labradoodles come in many shapes and sizes and part of their unique quality is that of their diversity in looks and size.

When searching for the right size of Doodle for you and your family, it is often helpful to compare them to a well-known breed such as a Spaniel or Labrador.

There are THREE main size categories for the Australian Labradoodle and it is fair to say that a Doodle can be any measurement within these categories. There is often some irregularity in sizing within one litter - especially if there is variation in size between the parents.

MINIATURE (equivalent to a Cocker Spaniel in size)           14 - 17"      8 - 12 kg

MEDIUM (equivalent to a Springer Spaniel in size)              18 - 21"     12 - 18 kg

STANDARD (equivalent to a large Labrador or larger!)       22 - 26"     18 - 40 kg

These are approximate sizes and of course you can have a Labradoodle in virtually any size and weight (dependant on bone structure etc).
The Australian Labradoodle - is an infusion of 5/6different breeds. Labrador, Poodle, American Cocker Spaniel, EnglishCocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel and the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. )

These dogs have been bred by infusing the different breeds to get a soft fleece coat that does not shed. The breeders in Australia who developed the breed over 25 years were Rutland Manor and Tegan Park – a Mother and daughter team who set up their own kennels and breeding programme with a strict Code of Ethics in place to protect the breed. They sold breeding dogs to other breeders in Australia, USA and Europe to widen the Gene Pool and other breeders then affixed their Kennel Name into the breeding mix (such as Manorlake, Rivermist,Sunsethills, Manorborn etc etc).and which you will find in most of the AL family trees.

Because the Australian Labradoodle is still a cross breed, you sometimes find that breeders will advertise puppies as just Australian Labradoodles which can mean that they have either 100%, 75% or 50% in their breeding programme so it's best to check. If they breed any of these, they should still abide by the Code of Ethics for the breed as set up by the AL original breeders because they are still breeding from the Genuine AL.
The ALAUK is an excellent website and has recommended UK Breeders.

And the UKALC is also another site to gain valuable information about the breed
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