SF AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLES
One of the many wonderful things about Australian Labradoodles are the wide variety of coat colors. Labradoodles come in many colors to suit everyone's taste. There are solid colors, mismatched colors, parti-colors (two colors), and phantoms just to name a few. New colors are being identified all the time as slight variations in colors come about. And just to keep us guessing, puppies might fade or darken as they mature.
WHAT SIZES DO AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLES COME IN?
Although they come in a few sizes, South Florida Australian Labradoodles on have Mini's and Medium dogs.
STANDARD: 21" TO 24" The "Ideal" size for a standard female is 21 to 23 inches and for a male 22 to 24 inches. Weight range tends to be 50 to 65 pounds.
MEDIUM: 17" TO 20" The "Ideal" size for a medium female is 17 to 19 inches and for a male 19 to 20 inches. Weight range tends to be 30 to 40 pounds.
MINIATURE: 14"TO 16" The "Ideal" size for a miniature is 14 to 16 inches with no correlation between height and sex of the miniature Australian Labradoodle. Weight range tends to be 16 to 25 pounds.
WHAT IS AN AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE?
The Australian Labradoodle is different from any other labradoodle.
In the early days, the Australian Labradoodle was simply a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Dogs from this cross typically were bred to each other over future generations, where as the Australian Labradoodles are also know as "Multi-generational" Labradoodles.
Then, in the late 1980's, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament, coat, conformation, and size. The infused breeds include Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.
Today, Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs with lush coats that are more reliably low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than any other type of Labradoodles such as first generation Lab/Poodle crosses, or F2 Labradoodles. Even when the other types of Labradoodles are bred on for generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the attributes of the infused breeds were not included in their ancestry 30 plus years ago. After breeding these dogs for so many generations, they’ve become more like a standard breed than a novelty hybrid.
Not only do they have a different coat and conformation, but also a different temperament. That doesn’t mean American Labradoodles and other Poodle crosses aren't good dogs. They’re just different. You also have to take into account the quality of the breeding stock. Purchase and import of genuine multigenerational Australian Labradoodles from Australia is costly. The cost of extensive pre-breeding health testing and two-year guarantees also factor into the cost of your Australian Labradoodle. Once you have an Australian Labradoodle you will realize there is no other dog like this.
HOW DOES THE PUPPY SELECTION PROCESS WORK?
SF Labradoodles reserves the right to select “first picks” any puppies to advance the betterment of our Breeding Program , prior to companion pet designation of a litter, which begins at six weeks of age. We base the selection process on priority of reservation, special needs, color and personality match. We take great care to match our puppies to the right families by closely watching and continually interacting with our puppies through their early development stage. We have plenty of pictures and video for each family to select their puppy. Should your selected litter not have a puppy that fits your needs, we will move your reservation to another litter. All of our puppies will have amazing soft wavy fleece coats, wonderful temperaments and eager to learn. Unexpected non-pregnancies along with gender, size and coat color of puppies we have no control over. Everyone of our families have been extremely happy with their puppy. Since Australian Labradoodles have been around for so many generations, they’ve become more like a standard breed and all of their temperaments are very similar. Since we implement Puppy Culture to give the puppies the best start in their lives, our puppies with some additional training, will be the perfect family dog.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MALE AND A FEMALE?
No, there is no difference between a male or a female. Both make excellent pets and because we spay and neuter your puppy before it goes home, the males don’t usually develop some of their annoying testosterone-driven habits that people don’t like.
WHAT ABOUT EARLY SPAY/NEUTER?
There have been questions as to when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet. Study after study has found that spaying or neutering a pet at a young age is a much less stressful surgery on the pet, and because these smaller animals require less anesthesia, they recover much more readily than they would if they were to be spayed or neutered at 4 to 6 months of age. In most cases, puppies that have this procedure done before being released to their families are running and playing with their litter mates the very same day, as opposed to a many day recuperation for an older pet. We use a vet that has had years of experience in early spay and neuter and does this procedure on a regular basis, not only for us, but for his regular clients and also other breeders in the area. He and his staff are very gentle and loving, I am always very comfortable knowing that our puppies are
held gently, and treated in a very caring gentle manner. Spay/neuter is one of the medical advances in the veterinary field that has had a huge impact on the number of unplanned puppies and kittens filling the animal shelters. Unless it's a show dog and/or breeding the dog, there is really no reason not to spay or neuter puppies. Most dogs are altered at or before six months of age, while they are still juvenile and have not had onset of adult hormones (testosterone and progesterone). Whether your puppy has been altered at 8 weeks or 6 months of age, really makes little difference to the dog’s development, but it does reduce the risk of certain cancers and the risk of unwanted or unplanned puppies.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE FROM AN AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE THAT IS REGISTERED WITH THE ALCA AND AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLES THAT ARE NOT?
When you see a breeder that is registered with the ALCA you know your dog is coming from the original Australian Labradoodle lines from Tegan Park and/or Rutland Manor. You are assured that your puppies parents and their parents and their parents have been through extensive health testing. As the breed developed, the Associations introduced a new level of health testing requirements, previously unheard of in the pure-bred dog world. All of our breeding dogs have been to an Opthalmologist to have their eyes certified healthy and have had x-rays that are also certified by the OFA, to make sure they are as healthy as can be. They are also tested for diseases and have a DNA Profile to prove the dog is who is registered. As you can see we go through extensive testing to provide the healthiest puppy to our families. Belonging to the Association requires us to do 7 disease testings, but we do an additional 9 tests just to make sure our dogs are the healthiest they can possibly be. We also provide a 2 Year Health Guarantee and Lifetime Re-homing, which means at any point if you can not take care of your dog we will take it back and find it the best home possible.