One of the more popular breeds in the country, Labradoodles are a mix of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. They were created in Australia in the late 1980s to combine the outgoing, happy personality of a Lab and the non-shedding coat of a Poodle. Given they are a mixed breed, their coats can vary greatly, but they are often considered to be a good choice for those with allergies because they tend to shed less than other breeds. Labradoodles are active, intelligent dogs that love to exercise. They are easy to train and are excellent with children.
Labradoodles have a great sense of direction. Not only can they track their owner's location, but they also have the capability to find their way home when lost.
Originally developed in Australia to be a hypoallergenic guide dog, multigenerational breeding of the Labradoodle has begun in an attempt to produce a viable and recognizable breed. Both the Australian Labradoodle Association and the International Australian Labradoodle Association are working to move this "designer breed" into registered breed status within the next few years.