Where It All Began…
The life of the Australian Labradoodle we know today began in the late 1980’s. Wally Conran, the Puppy-Breeding Manager for the Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia received a plea for help from a vision impaired woman in Hawaii needing a Guide Dog; a guide dog that would not aggravate her husband’s allergies. The challenge for Wally was to create a breed that was allergy and asthma friendly and, with the temperament of a service dog. Two years and 33 disappointing trials later, Wally bred a standard poodle to one of his finest producing Labradors.
Thirty-one Labradoodles were bred at Royal Guide Dogs. Twenty-nine became Guide Dogs.
Shortly afterwards, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor continued in Wally Conran’s footsteps. They established a breeding and research center in Melbourne, Australia, developing the Australian Labradoodle as we know today. To improve the temperament, coat, conformation and size, they infused other breeds into the early generations of their Labrador/Poodle crosses (i.e. American and English Cocker Spaniel). These labradoodles successively infused with this third breed, were consequently bred to each other, and hence the conception of the multi-generational labradoodle tradition known today.
The Australian Labradoodles are delightful “love sponges”, insightful, extremely smart, funny, happy companions in life with fabulous coats that are predominantly non-shedding and allergy friendly.