When choosing a family dog that fit all of our needs and wants, there was nothing else even close.

We wanted a managable sized dog that was allergy friendly and still had the soft coat and look we loved, then we found the Australian Labradoodle and our search ended.  We NEEDED a coat that we could trust would be allergy friendly as my husband and a couple of my girls suffer from severe allergies.  We NEEDED the great temperment that melded with our family of four girls under the age of eight.   That included our one year old that would require a dog patient enough to put up with all that she would inflict.  Yet, at the the same time the playfulness our older girls would want.  Scarlet, our foundation dog, has proven to us the multigenerational Australian Labradoodle has lived up to all of her billing.   We wanted the cutiest of dogs that could adjust to a variety of situations.  We also wanted to align with an organization that held a high standard for the breeders involved, and that is where the ALAA comes into the picture.  We personally are striving to hit that high standard with our breeding program only breeding Scartlet with highest quality sires.


The following is a short history of the Australian Labradoodle found on the ALAA website.

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 needed a Guide Dog which wouldn't aggravate her husband's allergies. Of the 31 Labradoodles bred at Royal Guide Dogs, a staggering 29 made it through as Guide Dogs... an accolade of paralleled proportion for this "new breed' of Guide Dog. 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, however, it is reported that a few other dog breeds were also introduced into certain lines. DNA evidence of these dog breeds are still found in a few lines today, while others were bred out and not re-introduced into any other blood lines.

Breed Description

General Appearance

  • Athletic and graceful with a compact, medium-boned body. Should not appear heavyset nor overly fine. Coat is non-shedding and easy to manage.




Extremely clever, sociable, comical and joyful. Energetic when free and and quiet when handled. Should approach


people in a happy, friendly manner. Keen and easy to train. Should display an intuition about emotional state of family


members or handler’s current emotional state or needs. This ability to “know” is what has made the Australian


Labradoodle an excellent dog for individuals with special needs.



  • Between 14 and 24 inches (35 to 63 centimeters) in height at wither, but not more than 25 inches. Weighs between 15 and 65 pounds (7 to 30 kilograms).

  • At this stage in the breed’s development, the Australian Labradoodle comes in three size ranges. Inter-size breeding is acceptable and expected at the moment.

  • Miniature range: Between 14 and 16 inches (35 to 42 centimers) in height at wither, but not more than 17 inches.

  • Medium range: Between 17 and 20 inches (43 to 52 centimeters) in height at wither, but not more than 21. Ideal size for a female is 17 to19 inches; for a male, 18 to 20 inches.

  • Standard range: Between 21 and 24 inches (53 to 63 centimeters) in height at wither, but not more than 25 inches



  • Moderately broad with well-defined eyebrows. Stop should be moderate, with eyes set well-apart. Head should be of moderate width, developed but without exaggeration. Foreface should appear shorter than skull.

  • Head should be clean-cut and free from fleshy cheeks. The whole head proportionate in size to the rest of the dog.



  • Large, expressive and slightly rounded.



  • Should be set slightly above eye level and lay flat against head in proportion with the skull. Leather should be of medium thickness and should not hang below the lower lip line. Excessive hair in the ear canal is undesirable.



  • Must be a scissor bite. Upper teeth to just overlap the bottom teeth.


  • Should be large, of square appearance and fleshy.



  • Well-proportioned, of good strength and moderately long, lending an air of elegance. Slightly arched and flows into shoulders with no appearance of abruptness.



  • Shoulders blades and upper arms should be the same length. Shoulders should be laid well back, and elbows should be set close to the body. Forelegs should be straight when viewed from the front. Out-toeing is a fault.




Frame (bounded by height [to wither] and length [from sternum to point of buttocks] should appear square and


compact, with a deep chest and well-sprung ribs. There should be a good tuck up, and the loins should be strong and




In profile, the croup is nearly flat, though slight sloping is acceptable. Stifles should be moderately turned to propel


forward movement, and hindquarters should be well-muscled for power in movement. Hock to heel should be strong,


short and perpendicular to the ground. Should appear parallel to the rear. Must not be cow-hocked.



  • Round and of medium size, with well-arched toes and thick, elastic pads. Should not turn in or out.



  • Should follow topline in repose or when in motion. May be carried gaily, but should not curl completely over the back. Tip should not touch the back nor curl upon itself.



  • Trotting gait is effortless, smooth, powerful and coordinated in mature dogs. Should have a good reach in front and drive from behind for forward motion. Silent movement and light gait are essential.



  • Non-shedding and easily maintained. Any length is acceptable, but coat generally should not exceed 4 inches. Should be even over the entire body.



  •    Can appear wavy or straight or form spirals, but should not be too thick or dense, nor should it be fluffy or fuzzy.


          Should be a single coat; any sign of an undercoat is a serious fault. Ranges between fleece and wool in texture.


          Extremely harsh hair is highly undesirable.


          Fleece-textured coat is soft in texture, as in the Angora goat. Can have either a straight, wavy look or a soft,                    

          spiraling, curly look.

  • The wool coat is similar to a lamb’s wool in texture. Should have the appearance of looser, spiraling wool, which parts easily to the skin. Should not appear too dense or too tightly curled..

  • Coat should not appear overly groomed. Any appearance of sun bleaching is acceptable. 

Note on coat types: Breeders and owners typically refer to their Australian Labradoodles as “fleece-coated” or “wool-coated.” These correspond to coat descriptions in the Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard. Read the coat section to learn more.