Breed Standard as established
by Tegan Park and Rutland Manor Breeding & Research
Centers of Australia and adopted by the Australian Labradoodle
Club of America 2005.
Temperament and Soundness are the two KEY elements
in a good family companion; they must not be sacrificed
for any reason.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Australian
Labradoodle should be athletic and graceful, yet compact
with substance and medium boning. Joyful and energetic
when free, soft and quiet when handled. They should
approach people in a happy friendly manner with eye to
eye contact. Keen to learn, and easy to train. They have
a free flowing wavy or curly coat that does not shed
and is possibly non-allergenic.
SIZE: Sizes are still “somewhat
inconsistent" with no definition between male and
female at this time. Accurate prediction of size even
by an experienced breeder is not expected at this time.
Size is measured from the top of the shoulder blades
(Wither) standing squarely on a level surface.
Much care is needed when breeding both the large and
small dogs. Large dogs can suffer from rapid growth
that can lead to structural problems. Soundness is of
utmost importance. Over size is a major fault.
Great care must be taken to keep the miniature Australian
labradoodle a solid athletic robust dog. The Dwarfing
of dogs can lead to many genetic and temperament disorders.
Minimum size attention is of the utmost importance to
maintain a healthy little dog. Most Australian
Labradoodles will weigh more than their height reflects.
STANDARD: 21" to 24" The
'Ideal' size for a standard Female is 21 to 23
inches and for a Male the ideal is 22 to 24 inches. Weight
range tends to be 50 to 65 pounds.
MEDIUM: 17" to 20" The
'Ideal' size for a medium Female is 17- 19 inches and
for a Male the ideal is 19-20 inches Weight range
tends to be 30 to 40 pounds.
MINIATURE: 14" to 16" The
'Ideal' size for a miniature is 14 – 16 inches.
Weight range tends to be 16 to 25 pounds. There
should be no correlation between height and sex of the
miniature Australian Labradoodle.
Most Australian Labradoodles will weigh more than their
BODY: Height to length ratio should
be 10 to 12 (being slightly longer in leg, than body)
but still appearing square and compact. Shoulders should
have good angulation with firm elbows held close to the
rib cage. Hindquarters should be of medium angulation
with short strong hocks. Top line should remain level
with strong loin and level croup. They are also a galloping
dog therefore flanks should rise up from a brisket set
just below the elbows, but should not be excessively
deep. Ribs should be well sprung but not barreled. Overall
the dog should appear square, balanced, athletic with
MOVEMENT: When trotting, movement should
be purposeful, strong and elastic, with good reach and
drive, giving the appearance of "going somewhere." When
happy, relaxed or at play they will prance and skim the
ground lightly. Excessive tightness in the hips will
produce a stilted action and is considered a fault. Top
line should remain level with strong loin and level croup.
TAIL: Is set relatively high and is
preferred to be carried in a saber. It can be carried
below the top line or gaily above. Curled Possum
type tails are undesirable.
HEAD: Sculptured, broad, well-defined
eyebrows, medium stop, eyes set well apart, nose to eye
slightly longer than eye to occiput. The head should
be clean and chiseled, and fully coated as on the body
legs and tail.
EARS: Set moderately flat against head
the base and should be level with the eye. Leather should
be of medium thickness and when gently drawn forward
should reach the top canine tooth. Ear leather reaching
beyond the tip of nose is considered a severe fault.
Ear canals should be free of excessive hair, and not
thick and bulbous. When inquisitive and alert the ear
set should rise to the top of the head. Thick/heavy ear
leather is a fault.
EYES: "Slightly" round, large
and expressive, always offering eye to eye contact when
engaged in activity with a human. Protruding or sunken
eyes are a fault. Watery or tearful eyes are a fault.
Wide round or narrow almond shape eye is considered a
EYE COLOR: Eye color should complement
and blend with the face colour. Black, Blue, Red, Dark
Chocolate and silver dogs must have dark brown
eyes. All shades of cafe, Milk Chocolate, Gold/Apricot,
Creams and Chalk should have dark Hazel to Brown Eyes
if they have Black pigment. Caramel and Dogs with
Rose pigment can have either dark eyes or "Ghost" eyes.
Ghost is a hazel colour range much the same as it is
in humans. Flecking with different shades of hazel with
green and a blue/green make this eye colour quite unique.
Ghost eyes must always remain soft in appearance. Cold
staring or expressionless appearance in all eye colours,
is a severe fault.
TEETH: Scissor bite acceptable only.
Neither undershot nor overshot. Miniatures must never
have crowding teeth.
NOSE: Large square and fleshy. Pigment:
Black or Rose. Pigment should be strong. Black pigment
dogs must have dark brown eyes. Pink spots or patches
on nose, lips, eye rims, or pads are a fault. Dogs with
rose pigment can have Dark hazel, brown or Ghost eyes.
Eye rims should be rose as should nose, lips and pads.
Pink spots or patches are a severe fault. [Rose should
be a rich liver colour]
NECK: The firm, well muscled
neck should be moderately long, slightly arched and flow
into the well angled shoulders with no appearance of
abruptness. The neck should not be coarse or stumpy,
and should lend an air of elegance to the dog. A short
thick neck is a fault.
COLOR: Any solid colour including Cafe`
and Silver is preferred. Minimal White on the chest and
toes is acceptable. Light chalky course hairs [Kemp]
sprinkled through a dark coat is permissible but
Parti [Patched] and Phantoms though undesirable are
considered an acceptable colour. Parti can be any colour
[except Phantom] with white on face head and/or body.
Phantoms are any shading or two tone coloration such
as a Black dog with lower legs showing a soft toning of silver
or gold, A dog born dark with a golden shading at the
roots or a slight brindling effect. True
pure solid colours with the exception of Silver and Cafe
are highly prized and are the Ideal for the Australian
It is normal that all colours may show bleaching and
discoloration over the top coat, This is called sunning,
and is quite expected and acceptable, as the Australian
Labradoodle is an active dog and often a service dog
that enjoys the outdoors. Weather bleaching or sunning
must not be penalized.
The Breed Standard of Excellence colors
Apricot/Gold: must have black pigment
Red, Black, Silver and Blue: Must have
Caramel, Chocolate, Café, Parchment and
Lavender: Must have rose pigment
Chalk: Appears white but when
compared to a true white it is a chalky white. Can have
rose or black pigment.
Cream and Apricot Cream: All
shades and combinations of cream shades are acceptable.
Can have rose or black pigment.
Caramel: Should be a rich Gold/Apricot
very much the same colour as its namesake caramel, through
to a deep red and must have rose pigment.
Red: Is a solid, even, rich red
colour which should have no sprinkling of other coloured fibers
throughout the coat. A true Red must not be lighter
at the roots than at the tips of the coat. Red can fade
somewhat with age, and senior dogs showing paling of
coat should not be penalized.
Gold: [Also called Apricot] Is
the colour of a ripe apricot on the inside. A true Apricot
must not be lighter at the roots than at the tips of
the coat. It can come in varying shades and
may fade as the dog grows older. Senior dogs should not
be penalized for paling of coat colour.
Blue: Should be a dark to medium smokey
blue, Blue also belongs to the Rare group. Blue
dogs are born Black but will have blue skin and undertones
at a young age. Any other colour throughout the blue is undesirable.
Silver: Is also born black but will
have more of a grey skin and will develop individual
silver fibers at a young age. Silver dogs
can take up to 3 years to colour out and become a beautiful
smoky grey through to a light irridescent platinum and
varying shades in-between at adulthood. Uneven layering
of colour in the silver is normal.
Chocolate: Is dark and rich,
and are born almost black. They maintain a dark chocolate
throughout their lifetime. Colour should be even,
any other colour throughout the chocolate is highly undesirable. Chocolate
belongs to the Rare colour group.
Cafe: Is born milk chocolate of varying
shades, and have the same gene as the silver dogs often
taking up to 3 years to fully colour out to multi shades
of chocolate, silvery chocolate and silver throughout. When
given plenty of sunshine, over time they develop stunning
Lavender: Should be a definite, even smokey
lavender chocolate giving an almost pink/lilac
appearance. Lavender dogs are born chocolate and can
be difficult to distinguish at a young age. Any other
colour throughout the lavender is highly undesirable.
True lavender belongs to the Rare colour group.
Parchment: Is also born milk chocolate
which will pale to a smokey creamy beige. Paling usually
starts from an early age often as early as 6 weeks. As
adults, they can be mistaken for dark smokey cream from
a distance. Parchment belongs to the Rare colour group.
Note: It is normal that all colours
may show bleaching and discoloration over the top coat.
This is called sunning, and is quite expected and acceptable,
as the Australian Labradoodle is an active dog and often
a service dog that enjoys the outdoors. Weather bleaching
or sunning must not be penalized.
COAT: Coat types are also still very
sporadic with many dogs showing a combination of multiple
types. As the genetic values stabilize we hope the "Ideal" coats
are as follows:
FLEECE: Length is usually around 5
inches long. The Fleece coat texture should be light
and silky quite similar to that of an Angora goat. Appearing "to
contain a silky lanolin," the fleece coat can range
from loosely waved giving an almost straight appearance
to deeply waved. Kemp is often found around the eyes
and top line. The absence of kemp is highly prized.
WOOL: Coats are more dense to the touch,
like a sheep's wool. The "Ideal" wool coat
should hang in loose hollow spirals. Most wool coats
are still exhibiting a good texture, but have the appearance
of a "Spring not a Spiral. The sprung wool coat
is not desirable. A thick [dense] coat is also not desirable. The
Australian labradoodle has a single coat, Both the Fleece
and the wool coat should naturally grow in "staples" and
be of a soft texture. Both the "Ideal" fleece
and wool coats spin successfully. Hair coats [Hair texture
that sheds] is a fault. and are undesirable.
of Tegan Park
There should be no body odor, or "shedding" [with
the exception of the Hair Coat, usually seen in early
generation dogs]. It is acceptable to "change coats" from
puppy to adult, and also during hormonal changes in fertile
bitches. This coat must not shed, but should be groomed
out. It is important that the coat gives the impression
of being a fleece rather than dog hair.
The "Ideal" Coat presentation should give
the viewer the impression of a casual natural appearance.
Scissoring along the topline , neckline under ears and
around toes should be done without giving a manicured
look. The trimmed coat should maintain a
flowing natural wash and wear look at all times highlighting
the staples and ringlets. Excessive groomed presentation
is a fault.
TEMPERAMENT Extremely clever, sociable
and joyful. Easily trained. Quick to learn unusual or
special tasks. Active, a little comical at times. Can
attempt to out smart their owners if undisciplined. Friendly
though obviously loyal to own family. Non-aggressive.
There is no scientific laboratory proof that the Labradoodle
is hypoallergenic. Practical research has given the impression
that it is highly possible that the fleece and wool textures
of the Labradoodle ARE very successful with Asthma AND
In these infant years of breeding the Australian Labradoodle,
some throw backs with a wiry, sparse or multi type coats,
are not to be discarded but assessed on their soundness
of body and temperament. Many of these individuals offer
valuable hybrid genetics and will breed on to produce
excellent offspring. The same applies for dogs displaying
'undesirable' colour or size traits. In order to produce
a breed of quality, haste must be made slowly. Genetic
resources must be kept broad to protect the Labradoodle
breed from the disasters that many other breeds are suffering, "the
genetic dead end".
SPECIAL ATTENTION: Must be directed
to soundness. It is the responsibility of conscientious
breeders to test their dogs and protect the Australian
Labradoodle from developing genetic disorders.
It is good to keep in mind that the labradoodle is a
family companion. We do not want the heartache of illness,
and the expense of less than sound dogs.