Australian Labradoodle 101
As you are likely aware, one of the things that makes the doodle one of America’s most sought after breeds is their allergy-friendly & NON-shedding coat. I know that for me, well we have dark hardwood floors thoughout most of our home, it would show every strand of a shedding dogs hair… #notvacuumingeveryday!
The Australian Labradoodle (not necessarily true for the American Labradoodle) really does not shed. IT’S WONDERFUL!
They are also “Allergy-friendly”. There is no such thing as a “hypoallergenic” dog. There is some level of allergen in all breeds, but the Australian Labradoodle has a very low incidence of allergic reaction to them. I will discuss this further in a future post. For now, I’ll discuss the coat types of the Australian Labradoodle.
There are 3 coat texture types
1. Fleece – Oh so soft! Fleece-coated dogs can be fairly straight, wavy or have a soft, spiraling, curly look.
2. Wool – Like a sweet little lamb! A wool coat will have a looser, spiraling curl with texture more like that of a poodle.
3. Hair – The hair coat will like that of a lab. It will shed. Normally, this coat occurs in the early generation Labradoodles such as the first cross of a lab X poodle, F1b and sometimes in F2b. I have never had a puppy with a hair coat.
Fleece and wool textures are acceptable and desired. A doodle with a “hair” textured coat (not very likely in “Australian” Labradoodle) is likely to shed and is considered not acceptable by ALAA standards.
Both our Sedona and Henna have gorgeous, soft, wavy fleece coats, so we’re looking forward to having many little softies from them!