The Ongoing Development of the 21st Century Breed, Labradoodle
The cute term Labradoodle is the name of one of the latest breed to have been conceived and developed in the 21st century. The first appearance of this breed was in Australia in the year of 1988 or 1989 and today, after just 2 decades, the Labradoodle is one of the favorite dogs of many around the world. The perfection and stability of this breed is being sought continually and so experimental breeding are on going to this day.
The conception of this creature first occurred in Australia in the deliberate attempt of Wally Conron to provide a breed that is both intelligent enough to accompany a special person and at the same time hypoallergenic in order to make it safe and appealing to everyone. A woman in Hawaii has requested these criteria in a dog for she is blind and her husband is allergic to dog hair and dander. Several saliva and hair samples of Poodle had been sent to Hawaii for testing but after two years the results were all a failure.
After several tests of poodle hair and saliva samples in Hawaii, the results flunked to failure. This is when Conron appealed to breed a Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle to achieve their desired results. The experiment resulted in the first three puppies of Labradoodle and after hair and dander testing, the result produced positive.
Because the breed is new, it is natural that they dont have an existing standard of temperament yet. However, no matter how varied, each Labradoodles character is found in their parent breed which is the Labradoodle and the Standard Poodle. The continued aim for this stability resulted to the conception of the Double Doodle, Tri Doodle and Australian Multi-Generational Labradoodle, all of which are the result of offspring cross breeding.
The general traits that can be found in all Labradoodle are friendliness, affection and inclination to families and children and highly energetic spirit. Almost all dogs of this breed manifests an affinity to water and a superb swimming talent just like how their parents are, superb swimmers. Even if the characteristics of each dog varies, however, if you look closely at them, you will realize that it can only be from the characteristics of either the Labrador Retriever or the Standard Poodle.
Moreover, the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle are superb creatures of intelligence and trainability. That’s why today, the Labradoodle are outstanding in terms of verbal and sign language understating and learning. These traits make them perfect as a companion to the blind and other disabled and handicapped person in the world.
The appearance of the Labradoodle vary in sizes as there are toy Labradoodles, miniature Labradoodles and standard Labradoodles; and these are brought about by the different sizes of the poodles used in cross-breeding. The coat varies in texture and type too as there is wiry or soft, straight, wavy or curly and coarse. The coats also appear in a selection of colors such as chocolate, cafe, parchment, cream, gold, apricot, red, black, silver, and chalk.
The popularity of the Labradoodle is something that cannot be stopped and so it was imperative to create standard and stability for this breed. Two research and breeding centers were founded in Australia and they are the Rutland Manor Breeding and Research Center in Darnum, Victoria and the Tegan Park Breeding and Research Center in Seaspray, Victoria. These institutions manage to breed and develop quality and stable Labradoodle and Tegan Park was able to produce the miniature Labradoodle.