About the Breed

“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 15 years ago.

History

Early Development

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.
 

Continued Development

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.
 

Size, Color and Coats

Our Dogs come in 3 sizes

Miniatures

14-16 inches tall  with a weight range of 15-25 lbs.
 

Mediums

17-20 inches tall with a weight range of 30-45 lbs.
 

Standards

21-24 inches tall with a weight range of 50-65 lbs.

*We measure from the top of the shoulder to the floor

Coat Types

Wavy 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 be from loosely waved giving an almost straight appearance to deeply waved. Kemp is often found around the eyes and topline. The absence of kemp is highly prized. Fleece coats rarely if ever shed. A slight shedding may occur and may be determined to the degree of wavy / curly. The less curly, the more chance of slight shedding

Curly Fleece

Wool

Coats are more dense to the feel like a sheep’s wool. To keep the wool coat long and flowing will require more maintenance. The wool coat looks beautiful cut shorter and is very easy to maintain. Grooming and a trim or clip three or four times a year is all that is required to keep the short wool coat looking great.

Colors

These are the colors we produce here at Southern Cross Australian Labradoodles

Chalk

Apricot

Apricot Cream

Gold

Caramel

Red

Black

Silver

Chocolate

Cafe

Born Milk Chocolate of varying shades, and have the same gene as the silver dogs, often taking up to 3 years to fully color out to multi shades of chocolate, silvery chocolate and silver throughout. When given plenty of time in the sunshine, they develop stunning highlights

Lavendar

A Definite, even smoky lavender chocolate, giving almost pink/lilac appearance. Lavender dogs are born Chocolate and can be difficult to distinguish at a young age. Any other color throughout the Lavender is highly undesirable. True Lavender belongs to the Rare Color Group.
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Registry

Australian Labradoodle Association of America

We are members in good standing with the Australian Labradoodle Association of America.  “The Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA) protects the welfare of the Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodle breeds. The organization promotes responsible dog companionship by cataloging helpful information about the breeds and by offering networking services to breeders and owners.”
 
Become a member and help support our breed.

Contact Us

The best way to contact us is by email.

becky@southerncrosslabradoodles.com

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