The Labradoodle is a cross of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. The Labradoodle was originally bred in Australia in the 1980’s when a Guide Dog was sought for a client whose husband was allergic to dogs. This breed will share the traits of both parent lineages. The Labrador Retriever is an intelligent, active and fun-loving dog, eager to please and is extremely sociable. They also tend to enjoy playing in the water and swimming. Poodles are renowned for their intelligence.

The Labradoodle, therefore, may be considered an active dog who will enjoy spending time with people including children. They will always be on the hunt for a game of fetch and will enjoy learning new tricks. They make good watchdogs, letting out a big, deep bark to notify of any intruders. Many also choose the Labradoodle in the hope of getting a dog with a non-shedding coat or perhaps a dog that is advantageous for people with allergies.


The Labradoodle is a medium to large sized dog, generally weighing between 12kg to 45kg and standing 40cm to 66cm tall.



Labradoodles can live for around 12-15 years.


Lively, affectionate, intelligent, and like to be involved in all aspects of family life. The Labradoodle can come in a range of sizes including miniature, medium or standard. As they are a crossbreed, their appearance and characteristics can vary significantly.




The Labradoodle may inherit elements of the Poodle-type coat which is a single coat that has the quality and appearance of lamb's wool. The Labradoodle coat is more likely to appear shaggy and while they will shed, the hair becomes tangled and trapped in the surrounding coat. This can give the appearance that they don’t shed or shed only minimally. In general, Labradoodles must be groomed regularly, or the coat may become knotted. They will require weekly brushing as well as a clip every 6 weeks. A Labradoodle may also display a wiry coat which is more likely to shed.

Their coat comes in a range of colours including gold, black, brown and cream. In addition, they may have markings in these colours. This may be a good choice for allergy sufferers, however allergic response varies amongst individuals. As this is an active dog, regular mental and physical stimulation is a must and may be provided by exercise, play, games, obedience and agility training.

A balanced diet, regular exercise and routine are needed. Every dog must be house-trained, obedient and easy to manage. Love is the most important requirement of all. In return, you will be rewarded with love and loyalty from your Labradoodle.


The Labradoodle makes an ideal companion for someone who is active and can meet the exercise requirements of this lively dog and is also well suited to families with children.


If you have decided that the Labradoodle is the dog for you and you are able to provide a safe and secure back yard for it to explore, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)