Australian Merle Labradoodle Breeding Standards

Size: There are 3 sizes of Doodle…
  Height (in.) Weight (lbs.)
Standard 22 – 25 50 – 85
Medium 18 – 21 25 – 50
Miniature 10 – 17 10 – 25

General Appearance: should be athletic and graceful yet compact with substance and medium boning. Joyful and energetic when free and soft and quiet when handled. They should approach people in a happy friendly manner with eye to eye contact, Keen and easy to train. They have a free flowing wavy or curly coat that does not shed and is, possibly, non-allergenic.

Body: Height to length ratio should be 10 to 12, being slightly longer in leg, than body, but still appearing compact. Shoulders should have good angelation with firm elbows. Up right shoulders is a fault. Hindquarters should be of medium angelation with short strong hocks. Movement when trotting should be strong, with good reach and drive, giving the appearance of “going somewhere” When relaxed or at play they will prance and skim the ground lightly. Top-line should remain level with strong loin and croup. They are also a galloping dog; therefore flanks should rise up from a deep brisket and well sprung ribs. Tail is preferred low set and saber like, a high set “gay tail is permissible. Head: Broad, well-defined eyebrows, medium stop, eyes set well apart, nose to eye longer than eye to ocuput, The head should be clean and chiseled.

Ears: Set flat against head and should be level with eye. Leather should be of medium thickness and not hang below lower lip line.

Eyes: Slightly round, large and expressive.

Teeth: Scissor bite.

Nose: large square and fleshy.

Pigment: black or rose. Pigment should be strong. Black pigment dogs must have dark brown eyes. Dogs with rose pigment can have golden hazel or brown eyes. Eye rims should be rose as should nose, lips and pads. Color: Chalk, Cream. Apricot/Gold, Chocolate, Café` Black, Silver, Parti and the new Merle colors (with blue and green eyes).

  • Chalk, cream and apricot/gold can have rose or black pigment.
  • Chocolate and Café` must have rose pigment blending in with there coat color.
  • Black and silver dogs must have black pigment and dark brown eyes.

Coat/Fleece: 4 to 6 inches long. Texture should be quite similar to that of an Angora goat, appearing “to contain a silky lanolin”. It should be wavy and forming light loose spirals. Leg and belly hair should not be thick or excessively long. It should not be thick and dense nor should it be fluffy or fuzzy, It should be a single coat. A slightly thicker ” wool” textured Coat is acceptable and should be considered as a variation and should be curly rather than wavy. There should be no body odor. Or “shedding” It is acceptable to “change coats” once a year seasonal and from puppy to adult as well as during hormonal changes in fertile Bitches. This coat must not shed, but should be groomed out. It is important that the coat gives the impression of being a fleece rather than dog hair. There is no Scientific Laboratory proof that the Labradoodle is Hypoallergenic. Practical research has given the impression that it is highly possible that the fleece and wool textures of the Labradoodle are very successful with asthma and allergy sufferers. In these infant years of breeding the Labradoodle many first cross {F1} and through backs with a wiry, sparse or half and half shedding type coats are not to be discarded but assessed on their soundness of body and temperament. Many of these individuals offer valuable hybrid genetics and will breed on to an excellent Labradoodle. In order to produce a breed of quality, haste must be made slowly. Genetic resources must be kept broad to protect the Labradoodle breed from the disasters that many other breeds are suffering from, “The Genetic Dead End.”

Temperament: Extremely clever, sociable and joyful. Easily trained. Quick to learn unusual or special tasks. Active, a little comical at times. Can attempt to outsmart their owners if undisciplined. Friendly though obviously loyal to own family.

Faults:

  • Yappy
  • Highly strung
  • Dominance/Aggression
  • Fearful/Timid
  • Aggressive to other animals.

Special attention must be directed to soundness. Any Bloodline found to exhibit H.D, P.R.A. Cardiomyopathy, elbow or patella disorders should be terminated from a breeding program. It is the responsibility of conscientious breeders to test their dogs and protect the Labradoodle from developing these or other genetic disorders.

It is good to keep in mind that the Labradoodle is a family companion. We do not want the heartache of illness, and the expense of a less than sound dogs.