The Australian Cobberdog has evolved significantly from just two breeds. Since it's registration with the MDBA, all stud lines are recorded and traceable. As a breed in development, it's on its way to becoming an recognised pure breed.
Differences between Doodles
Most people know that Labradoodles are traditionally Labrador x Poodle crosses. We refer to these as British Labradoodles. They only have two breeds in their lines.
The Australian Labradoodle, on the other hand, has 3-4. Depending on where these lines come from, it could be an Australian Service Dog. These also have 3-4 breeds, but are descendants from the founding two centres in Australia.
Australian Cobberdogs are the most complex, with 7-8 breeds. They are considered a breed in development in their country of origin (Australia).
Breeds in an Australian Labradoodle (Can be up to 4 of these):
- Poodle (either Standard or Miniature)
- American Cocker Spaniel
- English Cocker Spaniel
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Curly Coated Retriever
- Soft Coated Irish Wheaten terrier (if Australian Service Dog)
Australian Cobberdogs have all of the above breeds. However, the type of Poodle (Standard or Mini) will affect their size.
Main Differences between them all:
We've gone into more depth about the differences between the four types of Labradoodles in our blog post.
Australian Cobberdogs come in four sizes:
- Large Miniature/Small-Medium
Boys tend to be larger and heavier than girls in the same size range. We have all sizes available, mostly mini to small-medium. We occasionally birth large/standard Labradoodles puppies, so please still contact us about availability.
See our sizes page for more info.
We have solid black, chocolate and cream/red pups, as well as black and chocolate merles. Our average availability is chocolate and black. Rare colourings include apricot-red, black merle, chocolate merle and partis. Apricot-red tends to look almost ginger.
If a dog is a merle, they will likely have very recognisable markings. Each pup is completely unique; it's the result of a mutation in their genes. No two merles will ever be the same. See our colours page for more information.
One of the biggest differences between the four labradoodles is their temperament. British Labradoodles are much livelier (some might say hyper). Australian Cobberdogs and Australian Labradoodles are much calmer.
Labradoodles can have three different coat types:
We specialise in fleece. It's low/no shedding and a defining feature of an Australian Cobberdog.
Because they don't shed, you will need to visit the groomer regularly. When you complete our contact form, you'll have access to our Resource Centre. There you'll learn how to trim around their eyes and paws. We'll also teach you how to cut nails and clean their ears.
Find out more about coat types here.
One of the biggest reasons families adopt a Cobberdog is because they're low/no shedding. For people with asthma or allergies, this is perfect. However, it does depend on your sensitivity, and the individual dog. Find out what makes a labradoodle hypoallergenic.
99% of our pups have been successful with an allergic family. Despite this, no breeder can guarantee you won't react.
Cobberdogs were designed specifically to be service/therapy dogs. As a result, they are kind, empathetic and gentle by nature.
This makes them ideal companions for families with children and anyone needing autistic or emotional support. They're also great if you have any physical or psychological disabilities. Several of our dogs have even trained for schools, a baby unit and mobility assistance.
One thing that every Labradoodle needs is parental health screening. Regardless of which labradoodle type you have, they are all prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Patella luxation
Responsible breeders' puppies benefit from over 35 DNA screening tests. Doing so reduces hereditary health problems.
Whilst screening is extremely beneficial; it can't guarantee overall health. There is a multitude of medical problems which current science can't screen for yet.
Having a basic understanding of the diseases and DNA tests available is essential. It can help you decide which breed and breeder to choose.
The number of tests and screening a breeder does will affect the price of the puppy. For some, this is a necessary investment to reduce problems later on. However, it might not be in your budget.
Either way, please make sure you're aware of some of the issues you might encounter. It will enable you to make an informed decision. See our health screening page for more details.
Founded by Lisa Joyaa Rose (Formerly Lisa Carson) in 2003, we are a family business based in Cardiff, Wales. We breed Australian Cobberdogs that are recognised by the MDBA.
With two decades worth of experience, we are passionate about ethical and responsible breeding practices. Focused on science, service and selection, we thoroughly health screen our dogs. Doing so ensures we can provide happy, healthy puppies to families and communities across the world.
Please see our About DoodleDogs page for more info.
Prices vary between breeders depending on various factors:
- Health screening/DNA tests undertaken
- Registration and certification of breed authenticity (MDBA approved)
- If you live internationally, you need to factor in courier, passport documentation and additional vaccination costs.
If you decide to adopt one of our puppies, we can organise everything for you, so please don't worry. We regularly arrange all papers, vaccines and transport for families worldwide. Our team is very experienced with different countries' regulations.
Please see our prices page for more details.
Adopting an Australian Cobberdog?
If you're considering adopting an Australian Cobberdog with us, there are three steps to take before scheduling a call with Lisa.
- Complete our Contact Form. Upon completion, you'll receive a series of seven emails.
- Login to our Resource Centre. In addition to the first email, you should receive a password to our Resource Centre. There, you'll find additional materials and information about all things Cobberdog! If you don't receive these, please check your junk or spam filters, then whitelist my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete our Puppy Preferences Form.
That's it! After you've completed the Puppy Preferences Form, you can schedule a call with Lisa. Just pick a time and date that suits you. She'll be able to answer your questions and help you find your newest family member!
Do you want to know more about Cobberdog puppies for sale? How about how to find a reputable breeder? If so, please check out our Resource Centre. We've done our best to answer most FAQs and provide even more information and tips.
We cover everything from potential household dangers to common health problems and resident pets!
You can also join our waiting list by completing our contact form and paying a deposit. Even if you don't, our videos and resources are free for you to use. There is no obligation to reserve a puppy with us. All the information is there to help you become amazing dog owners!
Committing to a Puppy
Adopting a puppy of any breed is a huge commitment. This wonderful animal will be part of your family for the next 15 years. So, please make sure you've assessed whether they're a good fit.
Can you care for a dog with your lifestyle? think ahead - are you expecting any significant changes in the future? How about your work?
If you proceed through our Adoption Process, we will ask why you've chosen an Australian Cobberdog. Please also expect a discussion about your home, work and life in general. We'll also ask about any resident pets, children and concerns.
A popular course in our Resource Centre is "Preparing for a Labradoodle Puppy". We've created videos, handouts and explanations to help. Throughout the course, we'll address subjects like teething, grooming and their first night with you.