Is Australian Labradoodle a breed?

It is impor­tant to say that Austra­lian Labra­do­odles are not regi­ste­red yet by Ken­nel Clubs. Howe­ver there are other orga­ni­za­tions that stay strong pro­tec­ting the purity of the breed. In par­ti­cu­lar I want to men­tion ALFA EUROPE orga­ni­za­tion which sets very restric­tive rules in order to pro­tect the breed. Also the orga­ni­za­tion stays very strong in pro­tec­ting the custo­mers right which is very impor­tant for the fami­lies get­ting a dog.

The true Austra­lian Labra­do­odle is not a desi­gner dog” as we can read on Bever­ley Man­ners website – that was not cre­ators’ inten­tion. The true and noble pur­pose was to cre­ate allergy-friendly, intel­li­gent family com­pa­nion, wor­king and assi­stance dog.

Twenty two years ago, two rese­arch cen­ters in Austra­lia, cros­sed two distinct bre­eds — labra­dor retrie­ver and poodle. For over twenty years these cen­ters con­ti­nued their work on the breed, which we reco­gnize today as the Austra­lian Labra­do­odle. After doing a lot of rese­arch, and for the cer­tain reasons – other infu­sions were intro­du­ced to the breed. Among them: Ame­ri­can and English Coc­ker Spa­niel (to reduce the dimen­sions of the dog, which was quite substantial),then Irish Water Spa­niel (a close cousin of a poodle) even­tu­ally Soft Coated Whe­aten Irish line. Bever­ley Man­ners of Rutland Manor (the only func­tio­ning rese­arch cen­ter nowa­days), belie­ves that there is no need for fur­ther infu­sions, and the race has acqu­ired a strong and solid foun­da­tion.
Every breed, cur­ren­tly regi­ste­red with the Ken­nel Club is the result of years of selec­tive bre­eding. During the breed foun­da­tion pro­cess we may find dif­fe­rent blood tra­ces. Just as the Scot­tish Col­lie She­pherds’ ance­stors are Irish Set­ters and Rus­sian Greyhounds.

Con­ti­nu­ing, I would like to intro­duce the Beagle “family tree” — human selec­tive bre­eding for the breed that we distin­gu­ish today as beagle. Here I wan­ted to pay par­ti­cu­lar atten­tion that every breed has it’s own history, ance­stors and gene­alo­gic tree – and this hap­pens way back — before they are regi­ste­red by the Ken­nel Club.

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Now some ter­mi­no­logy:
A cross­breed or cross­bred usu­ally refers to an ani­mal with pure­bred parents of two dif­fe­rent bre­eds, varie­ties, or popu­la­tions.
A mon­grel, mutt – offspring of dogs with unde­ter­mi­ned ori­gin
Now – can we fit the Austra­ilan Labra­do­odle in one of this terms?
Labra­do­odles regi­ste­red in Alfa Europe, accor­din­gly to the rules can be bred only within one breed – Austra­lian Labra­do­odle to Austra­lian Labra­do­odle (no other infu­sions are allo­wed).
As well all Labra­do­odles regi­ste­red in ALFA EU have their own gene­alo­gic tree docu­men­ted in the registry.

It is very possi­ble that Austra­lian Labra­do­odle will be regi­ste­red by the Ken­nel Clubs in the future– but eve­ry­thing must have its begin­ning — as Beagle, Ger­man She­pherds, Col­lie She­ep­dogs, Labra­dors or many other breeds.

So yes – Austra­lian Labra­do­odle is a breed of its own.

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Elzbieta Gajew­ska
Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Bre­eder in Poland
First Pro­fes­sio­nal Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Ken­nel in Poland