Labradoodles come in three officially recognized sizes, which is a standard set by the Australian Labradoodle Association of America for the Australian Labradoodle and the Labradoodle. Size is determined by measuring from the floor to the top of the shoulder.
Miniatures: 14–16 inches in height and 15-29 lbs in weight.
Mediums: 17–20 inches in height and 31-49 lbs in weight.
Standards: 21–24 inches in height and 51 to over 65 lbs in weight.
In general, the Labradoodle, either Australian or not, should appear athletic and graceful with a compact body that displays substance with medium boning. They should not appear heavy nor overly fine in boning.
Labradoodle colors vary widely and include solid and “parti-colors”. Coat color will range in shade and intensity.
Chalk / White – White does not necessarily mean “white.” Shades can range between white and cream.
Cream / Gold – This is richer in color than a chalk or white. Ranging from just hints of gold to a deeper gold.
Apricot – Often apricots will fade some over time. But some do darken.
Red – A “true red” will be quite dark and red. Again, some will fade to an apricot but others will retain their deep dark red. Both are beautiful.
Chocolate – This color can range from a “dark chocolate” to a “milk chocolate.” The chocolate color may stay a rich chocolate or fade over time (to Cafe, Lavender or Parchment).
Black – Unlike some of the other colors, a true black should retain their color. If there are any recessive genes in the line for silver or blue, the pup can fade to silver.
Parti – The base color is white with large areas of another color.
The Labradoodle is a developing breed who currently demonstrates 3 very different coat types. It is essential that a buyer is familiar with each type and the benefits it affords in order to be completely satisfied with their doodle’s coat. We strive to produce allergy friendly coats in the richest colors.
Fleece coat: This is the coat that most people associate with a Labradoodle. The texture should be silky and light. It can range from being almost straight, (open fleece) with just a few waves in it (wavy fleece) to coat that almost has the look of a spiral perm (curly fleece). Regardless of the wave or curl this coat must be groomed in order to remain mat free. There should be no body odor and little to no shedding with this coat. Although it is typical to find the occasional “dust bunny” around the house with this coat, this coat is frequently acceptable for people with allergies.
Wool coat: This coat is very dense and similar in texture to lamb’s wool. It can be kept long but requires more grooming in this style. Kept short this coat is very easy to maintain, has no odor and no shedding. This coat is the most poodle like and is best for those with severe allergies or asthma.
Wool coat: non-shedding
Hair coat: This coat is usually seen in early generation dogs. It is harsher in texture, can appear unkept, and may have doggie odors and varying degrees of shedding. If your Labradoodle has a low degree shedding coat, it must be groomed out. Typically this is a lower maintenance coat.
Hair coat: F1 and F1B Labradoodle, hair coat, slight shedding
Extremely clever, sociable, comical and joyful. Energetic when free 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.