The Amazing Australian Labradoodle

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 journey was inspired by a vision impaired woman in Hawaii who needed a Guide Dog that wouldn't aggravate her husband's allergies. 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.  The further the dog is developed the desired characteristics of the breed become more consistent, non shedding coat types, allergy friendly, loving calm temperaments, highly intelligent & very intuitive, & easy to train. (parts of this history taken from the ALAA website)

What size do ALD's come in?

Labradoodles are come in 3 different sizes, all three sizes have the same characteristics, appearance, temperament and conformation. 
Miniature range: 14" - 16 " at the shoulder

Medium range:  17 "and 20" at the shoulder

Standard range: 21" and 24" at the shoulder

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Coat type

There are 3 coat types:
WOOL:  Curly, lambs wool like texture.  This is the highest maintenance coat which requires regular grooming and daily brushing.
FLEECE: Wavy, soft and fleecy texture with loose curls.  Requires brushing once a week.
HAIR: Straight, coarser texture.  Less allergy friendly. 

Australian Labradoodles coats have been developed over the last 35 years such that they DO NOT SHED and therefore have a very high compatibility rate with allergy and asthma sufferers.

Australian Labradoodles come in a range of colours, here at Great Glen Australian Labradoodles we specialise in Fleece wavy coats in miniature - medium sizes (15" - 20" inch) Australian Labradoodles.

Health testing

Because of the huge gene pool and genetic diversity of the breed Australian labradoodles are generally healthy dogs. From the onset of their breeding history only the healthiest dogs were bred from. With such a large gene pool available to breeders of Australian labradoodles inbreeding is not practiced within this breed and line breeding is also extremely uncommon.


We rigorously health test all our breeding dogs.  We have carried out D.N.A. testing in our dogs for all the available genetic diseases in the Australian labradoodle. This D.N.A. testing allows us to plan our breeding programme so that our puppies are guaranteed not be affected by these specific conditions.

There are an extraordinary number genetic tests included in our testing but the main conditions that we test for are:

Progressive retinal atrophy CORD, GR-2, PRCD:  A group of degenerative eye diseases that cause progressive loss of vision and eventual blindness.

Exercise induced collapse  A genetic neuromuscular disorder that causes the dog to collapse after a period of intense exercise or excitement.

Von Willebrand Disease 1  A bleeding disorder which results in excessive bleeding due to a defect in platelet function and the bloods inability to clot.

Degenerative Myelopathy A disease of the spinal cord resulting in non-painful progressive hind limb paralysis.

Incorrect Coat  Australian labradoodles require the desired coat type which is known as “Furnishings”. An incorrect coat lacks these “Furnishings” which results in short hair on the head, face and legs.

Great Glen breeding dogs also undergo the following additional tests:

Patella Luxation Test  Luxating (out of place) patella can cause limping, pain and osteoarthritis.

British Veterinary Association testing for:

Eyes  Checking the health of the parents eye for additional disease that may render the dog unsuitable for breeding.

Hip Dysplasia  Poor congruency of the ball and socket joint resulting in joint laxity and early wear and tear and osteoarthritis to the joint.

Elbow Dysplasia  Developmental abnormalities in the joint due to abnormal growth resulting in lameness and osteoarthritis.  

Here at Great Glen Australian Labradoodles you can be confident that you are adopting a happy healthy puppy.