In 1988, Wally Cochran of The Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria, Australia produced the first ever litter of Labradoodles. This litter came about in response to a request by a vision impaired woman in Hawaii who needed a guide dog that wouldn’t aggravate her husband’s allergies. Hair and saliva samples from dozens of poodles were sent to the couple to see if they would cause an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, they all bothered him. With permission from the management of The Royal Guide Dogs, Wally crossed one of their labs with a Standard Poodle. This cross produced the first litter of Labradoodles. Three puppies were born, one of which didn’t bother the husband’s allergies. This pup went on to be a wonderful guide dog and companion for the couple. Here at Arborgate Labradoodles, we like to carry on this tradition by producing pups that go on to become service or therapy dogs. The picture below is of our boy Zeus, reading with children at the local elementary school.
In our search for the perfect family pet years ago, we looked at many different breeds. It seemed to me that each dog we considered was bred to DO something: hunting, herding, retrieving, etc. We didn’t live on a farm so we didn’t need a dog to herd our sheep and we weren’t looking for a hunting dog. Our top priorities were that the dog be allergy friendly, great with the children, non-shedding, and big enough to be active with our family. We wanted a great family companion!
Labradoodles were originally bred to be therapy dogs for those with allergies. A dog bred for this type of work makes an excellent family companion, not to mention that my allergies didn’t bother me and I wasn’t having to continuously sweep up hair before my crawling baby got it between his little fingers.
We were (and continue to be) overwhelmed at how easily the Australian Labradoodle fit into our family and lifestyle!
Raising Australian Labradoodle Puppies for Your Family