Country of origin: Australia
Registries: Australian
Labradoodle Association,
Australian Labradoodle
Club of America
Occupation: Companion,
service dog
Size: Mini:14 to 16 in tall;
15 to 25 lbs
Medium: 17 to 20 in tall;
30 to 45 lbs
Standard: 21 to 24 in tall;
50 to 65 lbs
Longevity: 12 to 14 years
Exercise: Most are active, but
exercise needs vary
Training: Needs vary
Grooming: Moderate

The Labradoodle originated in Australia when a school for training dogs for the vision-impaired received a request for a dog from a woman whose husband was allergic to dogs. To try to suit her needs, a Labrador Retriever was crossed with a white Standard Poodle, and the offspring were called Labradoodles. After that beginning, a number of breeders became involved, but the crosses were not limited to the original two breeds. Poodles of all three sizes were used, along with Irish Water Spaniels and Curly Coated Retrievers, as well as American and English Cocker Spaniels. In the United States (and other countries), Labradoodles are still primarily crosses between Labrador Retrievers and Poodles, usually Standard Poodles.



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