Labradoodle breeding was first
established in Australia when there was a request from Pat Blum of
Hawaii. She was a visually impaired woman with a husband who
was allergic to dogs. She needed a guide dog but also needed
it to be allergy friendly. John Gosling, the manager of GDAV
Guide Dog Services, agreed to help with this request in 1989.
The breeding manager for GDAV, Wally Conron, planned the
breeding of Harley and Brandy, a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever.
As a result 3 labradoodle pups were whelped. As they
matured fur samples were taken and one of the pups was compatible as
well as being allergy friendly. He was named Sulton and his
temperament and trainability made him the perfect guide dog and
companion. This was the beginning of the Labradoodle Breed.
It has been recognized to be an excellent combination, producing
puppies that are very smart, easy to train and with wonderful
personalities. As people have witnessed this outstanding
breed, its popularity has grown and now Labradoodles are sought
after as pets for families. Having a dog that has less to no
shedding and also shows to be allergy friendly contributes to the
success of this breed.
Many breeders continue to breed the
Poodle to Labrador for a first generation cross, known as an F1
breeding. This combination is resulting in a wide variety of
coats. Some F1’s will have coats similar to a Labrador while
others will have coats 4 inches long that are soft, wavy and fur
like. Coat types, the shedding factor, and allergy
friendliness are all quite unpredictable in a first cross.
Some breeders are trying to improve the non shedding factor
and/or allergy friendliness by first crosses, F1s, bred back to the
poodle, producing puppies known as F1B’s. Their focus is still
to produce a better Labradoodle. A Ladradoodle that will be
allergy friendly and non- shedding with personalities that are
pleasing, continue to be easily trained, and making a wonderful
The term Multi-Gen is referring to one of two things, either it’s
the breeding of Labradoodles beyond a F2 generation developed in the
U.S. or from the breeding lines stemming from Rutland Manor or Tegan
Park in Australia. Your Multi-Gen puppies are recommended for
families with allergies or asthma.
At this time, Atlanta Doodles is only breeding miniature and
medium Multi-Gen Australian Labradoodles. Our miniature
Australian Labradoodle puppies will grow between 12-16 inches and
weigh between 12 and 30 pounds. Our medium Australian
Labradoodle puppies will grow between 17-20 inches and weigh between
Other than generation of your Labradoodle, many people have
questions about coat types. There are 3 types of coats among
HAIR: These are the easiest coats to maintain. They
don’t require much grooming, except for a little trimming around the
eyes and chin. Most hair coats do shed and therefore would not
be recommended for families with allergies or asthma.
CURLY or WOOL: These coats do not shed. But they
will look best if cut or trimmed a few times a year. They also
need to be groomed/brushed out thoroughly about once each week or
so. They are the safest coat type around people who have dog related
allergies or asthma. Please note that allergies can be
transferred in the saliva of a dog and not just from the hair.
Wool coats are thicker and require more brushing than fleece
coats. Regular brushing is recommended to prevent matting.
FLEECE COATS: Also known as ‘Borderline coats’.
These coats are beautiful and allergy friendly, low to
non-shedding with a very soft fleece feel. Fleece coats
require little maintenance, except during the transition coat time,
which is usually between 8-14 months. This is the time that
the adult coat will be growing in and through the puppy coat.
Weekly brushing will be required to keep the coat from
matting. Adult coats will sometimes be slightly different in
texture than the puppy coat.
Labradoodles come in a variety of
colors: Chocolate, Red, Apricot, Caramel, Café, Silver, Gold, Cream,
and Black. The most popular, rarest, and sought after colors
are Chocolate, Red, and Apricot. Please be aware that many
reds and chocolates will fade over time, some due to the sun others
due to a silvering gene.
We get asked frequently whether
Labradoodles are good with children. Our answer is Yes, they
are wonderful pets for children. It is important to remember
that young puppies do like to chew and mouth on everything.
Early training in this area is very important. Children
should always be supervised when playing with puppies, both for the
puppies and for the children’s well being.
Like other dogs with floppy ears, Labradoodles have a tendency to
have ear infections. It is important to keep hair out of the
ears if possible. Cleaning the ears on a regular basis with a
cotton swab will also be beneficial. Either you or your
groomer can pluck the hair from the inside of the ears; this will
help your labradoodle from having re-occurring problems.
All animals can develop health problems no matter what the breed
is. As a reputable breeder, Atlanta Doodles performs extensive
testing on all of our breeding Labradoodles. This will
include, hips (OFA), elbows (OFA), eyes (CERF & PRA), thyroid, as
well as genetic color testing. We base all our decisions for
breeding stock on these test results.
Labradoodles have incredible
temperaments (but of course we are biased). They are fun
loving, humorous, loyal beyond words, intelligent, sociable, non
aggressive, and a devoted family member. They can actually
sense the difference between inside and outside, knowing when to
play and when to settle down. They are easily trained and are
quick to learn unusual or special tasks. All of our
Labradoodles love the water as do most Labradoodles if they are
exposed and acclimated early. If you decide to introduce your
Labradoodle to water, you may want to start with a kiddy pool,
always make sure that they know where to exit no matter what kind of
body of water they are in.
Labradoodles do have a lifespan upwards of 14 years, when
considering your decision for a new family member you should keep
this time commitment in mind.
Here are a few more questions to ask yourself before you commit
to a new four legged family member.
Are you willing to commit the time, energy, & money required of
having a labradoodle?
- Puppy shots, Yearly Vaccinations, Yearly Rabies, Heartworm
Preventative, Food & Treats, Toys, Crates, Beds, Fenced in Areas or
Radio Containment Collars, Grooming & Coat Maintenance Tools,
Boarding Expenses, Emergency Veterinarian Services
Will your lifestyle accommodate the needs of a Labradoodle?
- House Training, Obedience Classes, Play & Exercise Time, Yard
Maintenance and Clean up, Lots of Love
What accommodations are you going to make in your absence?
What arrangements will you make for Job & Education,
Vacations, Meetings, & Extra Curricular Activities?
- House Sitters, Doggie Day Care, Family or Friends to pet sit
during the day or while you are away.
I would like to thank all the breeders that helped with the
research of this website and especially the input from Ann Barkert
of Avonlee Labradoodles. The success of the Labradoodle
depends on ‘Doodles helping Doodles’, we are blessed to be
associated with such wonderful friends.
We hope that this website has helped to answer some of your
questions. We will be happy to answer any others that you may
have, please contact us via email or phone and we can talk doodles.
Thanks for visiting Atlanta Doodles.