Australian Labradoodle: Cocoa
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The Labradoodle can be traced back to Australia with the crossbreeding of a Standard Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. A woman who was visually impaired needed a guide dog which wouldn’t aggravate her husband’s allergies. Through the next several years, many hair and saliva tests were done to figure out a breed of this kind until Wally Conrad suggested the crossing of the Labrador Retriever with a Standard Poodle.

The first litter was only three Australian Labradoodle puppies with one having a successful match for what this visually impaired woman needed. And thus the new type of guide dog was born. However, there wasn’t much news about this new breed and as the dogs were cross bred, they were finding it difficult to give them homes. Wall Conrad came up with another great idea to broadcast this new dog on Channel 9 TV and coined the word “Labradoodle.”

Once the segment aired on television, everyone started inquiring on how to get this “new breed” of guide dog. When there were open days, people instantly fell in love with the Australian Labradoodles they saw and the Guide Dog Center started to lack the demand needed for this wave of inquiries. It was now time to look towards breeders to help establish and develop this fascinating dog with the great personality and non shedding coat.

When Wally Conrad stepped down from breeding these dogs, a vet in Australia took over the reins and started to breed her own type of Miniature Poodles with Labrador Retrievers. She has been very successful and still breeds this first generation type of dog today. Two centers, each an Australian Labradoodle breeder, have also been established where they continue to breed and test through generations of Labradoodles bred to Labradoodles. Both centers get their breeding stock from a man named Done Evans from Northern Victoria. Don had begun breeding through generations, following the close lead of Wally. The Labradoodle has been rapidly expanding across all countries around the world, and through media exposure has led to a staggering amount of new breeders.

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