About Labradoodles

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The Australian Labradoodle breed dates back to the 1980's and was initiated by Wally Conran of Royal Guide Dogs located in Victoria, Australia.  The intent was to create a breed that was allergy and asthma friendly with the temperament of a service dog.  This jorney was inspired by a vision impaired woman in Hawaii who needed a Guide Dog which wouldn't aggravate her husband's allergies.  Of the 31 Labradoodles bred at Royal Guide Dogs, a staggering 29 made it through as Guide Dogs, an accolade of paralleled proportion for this new breed of Guide Dog.

To continue the efforts of Wally Conron, breeders in Australia began breeding Labradoodles determined to produce litters with consistent conformation, coat type, and temperament.  During the 90's, a number of other dog breeds were bred into the Labradoodle lines to assist in this effort.  Most often the English Cocker Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel were the breeds used, however, it is reported that a few other dog breeds were also introduced into certain lines.  DNA evidence of these dog breeds are still found in a few lines today, while others were bred out and not re-introduced into any other blood lines.

Currently the Australian Labradoodle is considered to be a cross between the Poodle, Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever, while the Labradoodle is a cross betwen the Labrador Retriever and Poodle only.

Organizations have been formed to protect the continued development of the Australian Labradoodle lines, and guidelines for the continued introduction of English and American Cocker Spaniel are followed carefully.  Infusion committees also discuss the merits of other possible dog breeds being allowed careful introduction into select lines.  It is an exciting time to be involved in the development of this breed.

All content on this page is compliments of the Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA).


Famous Labradoodle Owners

Jennifer Aniston - owns a Labradoodle, bought for her by Brad Pitt, her former husband.
Joe Biden - Current US Vice President, owns a Labradoodle named Brother.
Christie Brinkley - owns a Labradoodle named Maple Sugar.
Barbara Eden - has a labradoodle named Djinn (named after her invisible dog in the TV show I Dream of Jeannie).
Jack Nicholas - famous golfer has a labradoodle named Bunker

Lance Bass - former singer in the band N'Sync has a black Labradoodle.
Tiger Woods - the famous golfer has two labradoodles named Yogi & Riley.
Neil Young - famous singer/songwriter has a labradoodle named Carl.
Henry Winkler - has a labradoodle named Charlotte.
David Baldacci – Famous thriller author owns a Labradoodle is named Finn.
Billy Bragg – Political folk/rocker owns a Labradoodle.
Dustin Brown – Professional basketball player owns Milo, a Chocolate Labradoodle.
Jeremy Clarkson – Top Gear presenter has a Labradoodle named Dodger.
Carolyn B. Ellis – The writer and her three children own a Labradoodle.
Mark Gearan – Hobart and William Smith Colleges President has a Labradoodle named Dublin.
Tom Griswold – of The Bob and Tom Show in Indiana has a Labradoodle named Tazzie.
Richard Hammond – Top Gear Presenter owns a Labradoodle called TG; often referred to as “Top Gear Dog”.
Lynn Hoffman – Author and activist has a Labradoodle named Lola.
Jeremy Irons – Actor, has two black Labradoodles.
Pam Krueger – PBS Television investment program MoneyTrack producer has a Labradoodle named Chloe.
Rory McIlroy – Irish Golfer, winner of the 2009 Dubai Desert Classic has a Labradoodle named Theo.
Graham Norton – Actor and TV presenter has a Labradoodle named Bailey.
Hugh Panaro – Actor/singer has a Labradoodle named Soot.
Courtney Peldon and Ashley Peldon – Actresses and sisters have two Labradoodles named Odysseus and Calypso.
Oliver Platt – Actor, owns a labradoodle named  Noodle.
Rodman Primack – Chairman of the London auction house Phillips de Pury & Co., has a chocolate Labradoodle named Theo.
Garth Stein – Author, owns a Labradoodle.
Andrew Taylor – The Middlesbrough F.C. (UK) player has a Labradoodle named Sonny.
Susan Rebecca White – Novelist, has a Labradoodle named Raney.

If you know of other famous Labradoodle owners, please let us know and we will update our list.