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MultiGen Australian Labradoodles have two distinct coat types:
Fleece and Wool. The fleece is characterized by being more of a smooth looking coat compared to wool, as it is much more straighter and easily maintained. Furthermore, there are different types of fleece: curly, wavy and loose, with loose being the straightest and the easiest maintenance coat type. Wavy and loose look very similar but wavy is slightly more curlier. Curly fleece is not frizzy, it has distinct smooth curls. The wool coat is best kept at a short length because it is so curly like a poodle or sheep that it mats very easily. If the dog is a mulitgenational Australian Labradoodle then it will have an allergy friendly coat regardless of coat type.
It is actually very easy to groom your Labradodle yourself if you have the right tools. You will need a pin brush, blunt cut scissors (never use sharp ended scissors when cutting your pets hair) and a buzz trimmer, we like using the Andis AGC Super 2 speed clipper 4400 spm.If you want your labradoodle to have long flowing hair, you will need to do a full coat brushing from head to toe atleast once a week to ensure that mats wont build up. A labradoodles coat is really easy to maintain if you take just 5 minutes once a week to brush it out. My dogs love the time and extra attention they get during this time. Be careful when brushing knots out, it can really hurt them. Sometimes it is best to cut the knot out. Make sure you make this time enjoyable for your dog. Give lots of praise and be patient with them, it takes them a while to get use to this regime and if it is unpleasant for them they will never get use to it. If you want to keep your labradoodle in a short cut then brushing isn't that important. Their short hair cut should be maintained every 3-4 months. The puppy coat will need to be brushed out weekly, especially from 6-9 months old. That is when the adult coat will come in and if the puppy coat isn't brushed out it will matt into the adult coat and need to be shaved. TELL YOUR GROOMER NOT TO SHAVE THEIR HEAD OR FACE, also their tail, if they can help it. Ask them to cut out any knots and not shave these areas, as they will feel very naked and not look like a doodle anymore until it grows out.
What to keep trimmed short on your Labradoodle:
Eyes: Use blunt cut scissors to trim hair once a month or so, for your dog to be able to see. Ears: Use blunt cut scissors to trim the bottoms of the ears straight across so they wont drop in the water dish, also for sanitary purposes.
NOTE: Some Labradoodles have more ear hair then others, those with a large amount of hair inside of the ear canal needs to be removed or it may create infection or a blockage. The hair is very shallow rooted and can easily be pulled out using your thumb and index fingers. Beard: Use blunt cut scissors to trim your dog’s beard so they don’t have a goat beard and wont drop in the water dish, also for sanitary purposes.
Private areas: Use the buzz trimmer for this and make sure to wipe it clean after every use. I use alcohol preps. This should be done every month to every other month.
Bathing your Labradoodle should be done on an as needed basis, but can be left unwashed for several months because of the labradoodle's fabulous quality of low to no odor. Its easiest to just put them in the shower with you but make sure you don’t get your shampoo or soap in their eyes while rinsing yourself. Only use baby shampoo or dog shampoo that is tearless on your pet so they don’t hurt their eyes, we use EarthBath. Also make sure to dry them very well because their hair says wet for a long time, blow-drying coat is highly recommended for long coats. Also keep in mind that dirt falls off the coat once it is fully dry, so just because your pup got a little muddy, doesn't mean they need a wash.
The Australian Labradoodle is different from all other labradoodles. In the early days, the Australian Labradoodle was simply a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Dogs from this cross typically were bred to each other over future generations, whereby the Australian dogs are also know as "Multi-generational" Labradoodles. Then, in the late 1980's, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament, coat, conformation, and size. The infused breeds include Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.Today, Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs with lush coats that are more reliably low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than other types of Labradoodles such as first generation Lab/Poodle crosses, or first generation crosses bred back to Poodles. Even when the other types of Labradoodles are bred on for generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the attributes of the infused breeds were not included in their ancestry.-Information from the Australian Labradoodle Club of America . Today, only three breeds are approved for infusions into the Australian Labradoodle: Labrador, Poodle and Cocker Spaniel.
1. Amazing coat! Virtually does not shed because they do not have an undercoat. It is also allergy & asthma friendly because it produces very little dander, plus it does not have that typical doggie odor and dirt falls right off when dry, its like magic!
2. Temperament: ideal for the perfect family pet. Only true Australian Labradoodles were bred for therapy/service work. Our lines have a rich history of therapy dogs which has reliably produced calm tempered, easy going dogs.
3. Australian Labradoodles are super smart, very eager to please and quick to learn. This means an easily trained puppy! Many of our previous puppy buyers report back to us that their puppy is the smartest and fastest learner in their training class.
4. They are amazingly intuitive. They naturally have a keen sense on human emotion. My dogs have comforted me through hard times and literally turned my tears into hysterical laughter.
5. They are outdoor lovers! Everything from swimming in the pool to hiking in the mountains. They have webbed feet and are excellent swimmers, and have the stamina for longer trail hikes.
6. They come in every size and color! Miniatures, mediums and standards (we think the mediums are the perfect size). They come in a rainbow of colors: deep chocolates, creams, reds, blacks, chalks, cafes, apricots, phantoms, etc…
7. Registered Australian Labradoodle breeders are highly regulated and held to strict standards to insure you as a buyer are getting what you pay for, because of this Australian Labradoodles have a very low incidence of hereditary problems.
8. They are quite stunning to look at and they move with such grace. Their strut is full of pride, yet joyful bliss. Their flowing locks shine in the sun and blow in the breeze. Their eyes are captivating shades golden-hazel/ rich chocolate.
9. They are born comedians! Always with a toy in their mouth & a wag in their tail. These dogs are as joyful as they are playful!
10. Gentle nature. Australian Labradoodles possess a soft-mouth (this is a wonderful hunting trait). They are non-aggressive and completely melt when being held.
Due to the rising popularity of the Labradoodle, people began breeding any Labrador Retriever with any Poodle without researching health genetics, lineage, temperament, or body structure. This careless breeding has resulted in a flood of puppies with unpredictable coat types (shedding), disproportionate body structure, health problems and hyper temperaments!
The Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle is the product of over 35 years of careful and vigilant breeding practices that first began in Australia at the Tegan Park and Rutland Manor breeding research centers to produce an allergy friendly therapy dog. It contains a blend of 3 different breeds in precise amounts to produce very specific qualities.
None of our dogs have wool coats, all have fleece coats (curly, wavy and loose). It is not true that a wool coat is more allergy friendly than any type of fleece coat. They are the same in allergy friendliness. What matters is the recessive trait called the IC gene (Incorrect Coat). What you need in order to achieve a correct coat, meaning non-shedding allergy-friendly, is that at least one parent of the litter is IC clear. If both parents are carriers (type B) of the IC gene then 25% of the litter may be IC affected and have shedding coats that are not allergy friendly. A carrier dog is not affected by being a carrier, they present the same as a clear dog. It is only the “affected” dog that will become a shedding dog. I know genetic traits and recessive genes can be confusing, so again, IC clear dogs and IC carrier dogs will not shed/affect allergies. It is only the IC affected dog that will shed/affect allergies. Both parents would have to be carriers in order to produce an IC affected puppy. That being said, if you have severe allergies to pet dander, your best bet is the Poodle.
True Australian Labradoodles are a specialty breed, bred for great purpose to serve and its amazing coat qualities. Second, health testing prospective breeding stock is very expensive for the breeder and purchasing breeding stock from health tested lineage is even more expensive. That's why some breeders choose to simply not health test and buy stock from the cheapest source. But if you buy a puppy from parents and lineage that are not health tested, you are risking the life of your new precious family member.The standard price for a multigenerational Australian Labradoodle is around 3k. Be cautious of breeders selling for much lower prices, as lower prices may mean that they are producing a high volume of puppies, cutting corners on health testing, and/or lying about true lineage (not registered). We do not cut corners in order to sell "cheap" puppies! Make a smart investment with a responsible and respectable breeder that is registered to the ALAA.Do your research, ask any unasked questions. And remember the old saying: "You Get What You Pay For!" If you can't afford a quality bred dog I strongly suggest adopting a dog or puppy from your local area shelter through www.PetFinder.com
All registered breeds began as mixes of other breeds done purposefully to create a new breed with specific attributes desired. The Australian Labradoodle encompasses the Labrador Retriever's athletic, well balanced conformation, and its sporty, water loving nature. The Poodle's intelligence and wonderful non-shedding, allergy friendly coat. As well has the Cocker Spaniels smoother coat and shorter muzzle. And to ensure genetic diversity, carefully chosen infusions of these foundational breeds are again added to the gene pool. This is why many breeders do not want the Australian Labradoodle to be a recognized breed with the AKC, as the infusions would no longer be allowed and therefore the gene pool would eventually become stagnant.
Australian Labradoodles are known for their intellect, fun loving temperament, beauty and grace. They are certainly a breed to be admired and protected.
The same health disorders and diseases that affect purebred breeds can also affect the Australian Labradoodle if it is genetic in nature. Often these health disorders are not initially obvious to the puppy owner but could result in misery for both the dog and the owner, not to mention extremely expensive!
Our Studs have additional genetic testing panels for the Australian Labradoodle and are clear on ALL 23 diseases (which is currently all the diseases associated with the Australian Labradoodle that you can genetically test for). This means that they can be bred with girls that are carriers and they will not produce any affected puppies. (Remember it's only when you breed a recessive "carrier" to another "carrier" that you get "affected" puppies). The additional panel includes: Elliptocytosis, Gallbladder mucoceles, GM2 Gangliosidosis (Poodle type), Hereditary nasal parakeratosis, Hyperuricosuria, Osteochondrodysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy, Cone-rod dystrophy 4, Progressive retinal atrophy, Golden Retriever 2, Pyruvate kinase deficiency (Labrador Retriever type), Retinal dysplasia/Oculoskeletal dysplasia 1, Skeletal dysplasia 2, Von Willebrand disease II
One of the most common questions I get is, Should I get a male or female puppy? All I can share is my personal experience of having dogs and seeing the bonds of my previous puppy buyers. It seems to me that the strongest bonds are between the opposite sex. That is, a female dog with a male human and a male dog with a female human. That is not to say that a strong bond could not be achieved through the same sex as I have seen that too, but usually opposites attract. Personally I prefer males, I think they are more cuddly and follow me everywhere I go. Nelson would tell you that he prefers females, as all our girls are completely obsessed with him :) Of course we love all of our dogs pretty equally though.
Dog’s are naturally social and enjoy a pack environment. Having two dogs instead of one is actually easier because the dogs entertain each other and keep each other company. They tend to get their energy out on each other by wrestling which allows for release of pent up energy. Dog’s that live with a dog friend tend to be healthier and less depressed.
The best matches are those that are opposites in sex, similar in age and size. Though it is not always possible to get the ideal match but having at least one of those would be helpful in selecting the right mate for your current dog. Opposite sex is best because they seem to compete less. With the same sex, there is usually a dominance established and its usually the older dog. If there is a large age gap, your dogs may not have a similar energy requirement. Older dogs tend to have less energy and may growl at an excitable puppy.
Below are some interesting and short Youtube videos I found that I think all new puppy owners should watch. There are lots of different ways to approach training, try different methods and find what works best for you and your puppy. Happy learning!
It's important to have lots of safe toys for your new Labradoodle puppy to chew and play with. Your puppy will be teething for up to 9 months and will be looking for objects to chew to alleviate their sore gums.
Safe toys are toys that are made very well, specifically for dogs. Avoid toys with buttons or small plastic parts that can be chewed off and ingested or choked on. Also avoid toys with stuffing, not only are most stuffing toxic but they become a big mess for you to clean up.
We like using an all natural line of toys call Planet Petco available at Petco, Nylabone and bully sticks!
Training treats should be very small. We like to use Zuke's Mini Naturals.
SAFETY HOT SPOTS (Please keep these areas in particular in mind)