History

pup“It’s not a lab/poodle mix!!”  I wish I had a dollar for every time I have said that since I started breeding these dogs 13 years ago.

The Australian Labradoodle breed has a fascinating history that dates back to the early 1980’s.  Working with the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia, a man by the name of Wally Conron was given the task to find a puppy that would be suitable for training as a guide dog, but would have an allergy friendly non-shedding coat.  This search brought him to the first intentional lab/poodle cross breeding, and so it all began.

Breeders in Australia started working with Wally’s early generational breeding stock and also began infusing several other breeds into those lines in an effort to improve the temperament, coat, conformation and size of those lab/poodle crosses.  The infused breeds included the Irish Water Spaniel, American and English Cocker Spaniel and perhaps one or two other other undisclosed breeds.   These breeders were able to hit on a particular “type” that was consistent and very very desirable.  It is dogs from these infused breeds that we call Australian Labradoodle.

Today, many great breeders all over the world have continued to develop the Australian Labradoodle.  These dogs are wonderful, intelligent and intuitive with lush coats that are more reliably low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than their early generational ancestors.

Here at Southern Cross Australian Labradoodles, we began with breeding stock from the early infused lines of Australia.  Over the years, we have improved those lines through diligent health testing and careful selection of the progeny we have held back as future breeders and adding superior unrelated sires to keep our gene pool as diverse as possible.

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