British or Australian Labradoodle?

A Labradoodle is a Poodle crossed with a Labrador, easy? Actually no - as there are four types of Labradoodle dog breed and they are all very different. So it is essential to fully comprehend why an Australian Labradoodle and an Australian Cobberdog are different when deciding which to buy.  You also need to understand the health problems of each and any behavioural issues.

If you take a Poodle and cross it with a Labrador, the offspring puppies from these parent breeds are first-generation (or F1) British Labradoodles. If you were to take the first generation (F1) Labradoodle puppy, then cross it with another first generation (F1) or even second-generation Labradoodle. Then the resulting puppies would be a second-generation (F2) as you add one to the lower of the parent Labradoodles.

So following that logic, take a second generation (F2) female Labradoodle and mate it to a second-generation (F2) [or higher] male Labradoodle - the resulting pups would be F3 or third-generation Labradoodles. Add one to the lower generation parent to identify the generation of the puppies. These were the Labradoodles bred and popularised by Wally Conron.

There are six references commonly used to refer to these two breed Labradoodles. You may see the terms in websites:

  1. Labradoodle
  2. Labradoodle Origin
  3. British Labradoodle
  4. UK Labradoodle
  5. American Labradoodle
  6. Early Generation Labradoodle

Many breeders of Labradoodles use these names indiscriminately for puppies and dogs bred from Poodle and Labrador lines. We use British Labradoodles when we refer to these dogs in our resource centre.

The Australian Labradoodle breed standard is different again from British Labradoodle. Australian Labradoodles have 1-5 more breeds than simply Poodle and Labrador breeds in their ancestry.

Australian Labradoodles have 3 to 7 infused parent pure breeds:

  1. Poodle (2 sizes- standard and miniature)
  2. Labrador
  3. American Cocker Spaniel
  4. English Cocker Spaniel
  5. Irish Water Spaniel
  6. Curly Coat Retriever
  7. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
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You can tell that they are Australian Labradoodles rather than British Labradoodle often because the breeder will refer to their classification as ALF1, ALF2, ALF3 etc. The ALF stands for 'Australian Labradoodle Foundation'. If they are a high generation, often breeders refer to their lines as multi-generational Australian Labradoodles. We suggest asking your breeder what generation the pups are. Some less reputable breeders may be referring to "multi" as merely more than 1!

So do British and Australian Labradoodles appear or act differently to each other or other Labradoodles? The answer is yes, they do. It would be like comparing an Australian Shepherd Dog with a German Shepherd Dog - they are genetically different puppies!

We bred British and Australian Labradoodles before we concentrated on the Australian Cobberdog lines (Australian Labradoodles recognised in Australia by the MDBA as a Breed in Development). In our experience, there are many differences. We have two decades of experience in this area. We are one of the few breeders who have travelled to Australia and stayed at Rutland Manor/Tegan Park (Tegans) where the breed commenced.

Australian Labradoodle

Cream Labradoodle

British or Early Generation Labradoodles

British Labradoodles are two breed hybrids which are of low generation. Unfortunately, this means that there is low predictability in the puppies within the litter produced. If you cross a Poodle with a Labrador the resulting offspring vary considerably in coat quality/type size, and personality or temperament. On second or third generation, genetics becomes more complicated, not less since throw-backs start appearing. Especially true if breeders have been backcrossing to Labrador or Poodle.

Commonly a second or third generation Labradoodle resembles a poorly bred Poodle or a Labrador, not a typical Labradoodle. Predictability becomes essential when considering an Australian Cobberdog or an Australian Labradoodle. With many generations of careful breeding, specific physical and temperament characteristics become consistent and predictable. Every puppy in an Australian Cobberdog litter should be recognised as such or at least to a layperson as an Australian Labradoodle, not a British Labradoodle. At the Australian Cobberdog stage, there should be less resemblance and throw-backs to the parent infusion breeds.

British Labradoodle

British Labradoodle F1 generation
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Coat

The vast majority of British or early generation Labradoodles shed - this is because they are usually one or two generations removed from a Labrador. As such, the vast majority of Early Generation Labradoodles are therefore NOT suitable for asthma or allergy sufferers. So ignore what you may read in newspapers or websites.

Australian Labradoodles and Cobberdogs are several generations away from the shedding pedigree breeds such as the Labrador. Cobberdog and Australian Labradoodle coat types improved over the last 40 years so low/no shedding. As a breed in development, there may be the odd puppy which surprises the breeder either in terms of coat quality or behavioral issues. However, we have had success with people suffering from asthma or allergies.

Temperament

Twenty years ago, when we bred Early British Labradoodles, we bred some British Labradoodles with excellent temperaments. However, they tend towards liveliness (some would say hyperactivity!). In contrast, Australian Labradoodles and Australian Cobberdogs are balanced and calm. Australian Labradoodles are incredibly empathic, smart, intuitive and are easy to train. They are also great as service dogs with young children so perfect family dogs. Labradoodles love to be the clown. They are a fun dog breed who want to play outdoors with the children.

Over the last decade, we ceased breeding British or Early Generation Labradoodles to concentrate on Australian Labradoodles. Then in 2020, we have further refined our lines and only breed Australian Cobberdogs as we believe that the future of the breed is recognition. We focus all of our program and efforts into developing the Australian Labradoodle through the MDBA, which recognises certain lines as Australian Cobberdogs.

Are you interested in adopting an Australian Cobberdog type of Australian Labradoodle puppy? We need your name and email submitted through the Contact Us Page, to receive information on us, our available pups. We also provide access to our resource centre to help you prepare for your arrival. We'd love to hear from you if you are researching Australian Labradoodles or Australian Cobberdogs.