In the early 1980's, Wally Conran of Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia embarked on a cross-breeding adventure that changed the landscape of canines worldwide. His revelation was brought about by the challenge of trying to create an allergy/asthma-friendly breed that would also possess the temperament of a service or guide dog. A potential customer with this specific mix of requests was the driving force behind the many, many attempts to come. Conran was able to produce an unusually high percentage of successful guide dogs from his new labradoodle breed.
As time went on, breeders in Australia began working with Conran's success, continuing to attempt more consistent qualities within the lines: conformation, coat type and temperament. In the 90's, the English and American Cocker Spaniel was introduced into the labradoodle line, and this blend of Labrador Retriever, Poodle and Cocker Spaniel has stayed consistent today, forming what we have as the Australian Labradoodle. To correct a common misconception and confusion, the "Labradoodle" term used alone refers to a simple cross between a Labrador Retriever and Poodle only.
The Australian Labradoodle lines are carefully regulated and monitored by breeder membership organizations such as ALAA (Australian Labradoodle Association of America) and WALA (Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association). When looking for an Australian Labradoodle puppy, it is very important to find a breeder who is registered with a breeding organization as they are held to high standards of ethical breeding practices and consistent line preservation and purity.