Breed Standard (Colors and Sizes) of the Australian Labradoodle

The following breed standard was established by Tegan Park and Rutland Manor Breeding & Research Centers of Australia and adopted by the Australian Labradoodle Club of America in 2005 and revised in 2007.

Temperament and Soundness are the two KEY elements in a good family companion; they must not be sacrificed for any reason.

General Appearance and Temperament

The Australian Labradoodle should be athletic and graceful. Extremely clever, sociable, comical and joyful.  They should approach people in a happy friendly manner with eye to eye contact.  Keen to learn and easy to train.  They have a free flowing wavy or curly coat that does not shed and is possibly non-allergenic.

Size. The multi-generational Australian Labradoodle comes in three basic sizes; however, sizes are still somewhat inconsistent.  An accurate prediction of size even by an experienced breeder is not always 100% perfect.  The three basic sizes are:

Miniature

14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder & weighs between 15 to 30 pounds when an adult.

Medium

17 to 19 inches tall and weighs between 30 to 45 pounds as an adult.

Standard

20 to 26 inches tall and weighs between 45 to 65 pounds as an adult.

Coat

One of the benefits of buying a multi-generational Australian Labradoodle is that you will know with a high degree of certainty what the coat type will be when your puppy becomes an adult.  The coat types are as follows:

Fleece

The Fleece coat texture should be light and silky.  Appearing "to contain a silky lanolin", the fleece coat can be from loosely waved giving an almost straight appearance to deeply waved.  The fleece coat has been found to be allergy friendly and is non-shedding.

Wool

The wool coat is denser to the feel like a sheep's wool. It is extremely rare for a wool coat to shed, and is the preferred coat type for families with severe allergies.

The Australian Labradoodle has a single coat.  Both the Fleece and the Wool coat should be of a soft texture.

Color

The multi-generational Australian Labradoodle comes in many beautiful colors. It is normal that all colors may change as the puppy becomes an older adult. This is called sunning and is quite expected and acceptable, as the Australian Labradoodle is an active dog and often a service or therapy dog that enjoys the outdoors. The following examples of coat colors are from the Australian Labradoodle Association of America.

The Breed Standard of Excellence colors are:

  • Caramel

    A rich cream color – from pale chalk through a deep red.

  • Red

    A solid, even, rich red color which should have no sprinkling of other colored fibers throughout the coat.  A true Red must not be lighter at the roots than at the tips of the coat.

  • Apricot

    The color of a ripe apricot on the inside. It can come in varying shades.

  • Black

    A solid midnight black.

  • Blue

    A dark to medium smoky blue.  Blue dogs are born Black but will have blue skin at a young age.

  • Silver

    Born black but will have more of a grey skin and will develop individual silver fibers at a young age. Silver dogs can take up to 3 years to color out and become a beautiful smoky grey through to a light iridescent platinum and varying shades in between at adulthood.  Uneven layering of color in the silver is normal.

  • Chocolate

    Dark and rich, born almost black, they maintain a dark chocolate throughout their lifetime.

  • Cafe

    Born chocolate of varying shades, and have the same gene as the silver dogs, often taking up to 3 years to fully color out to multi shades of chocolate.  When given plenty of time in the sunshine, they develop stunning highlights.

  • Lavender

    A definite, even smoky lavender chocolate, giving almost pink/lilac appearance.  Lavender dogs are born chocolate and can be difficult to distinguish at a young age.

  • Parchment

    Born chocolate, will pale to a smoky creamy beige.  Paling usually starts from an early age often as early as 6 weeks.  As adults, they can be mistaken for dark smoky cream from a distance. 

  • Caramel

    A rich cream color – from pale chalk through a deep red.

  • Red

    A solid, even, rich red color which should have no sprinkling of other colored fibers throughout the coat.  A true Red must not be lighter at the roots than at the tips of the coat.

  • Apricot

    The color of a ripe apricot on the inside. It can come in varying shades.

  • Black

    A solid midnight black.

  • Blue

    A dark to medium smoky blue.  Blue dogs are born Black but will have blue skin at a young age.

  • Silver

    Born black but will have more of a grey skin and will develop individual silver fibers at a young age. Silver dogs can take up to 3 years to color out and become a beautiful smoky grey through to a light iridescent platinum and varying shades in between at adulthood.  Uneven layering of color in the silver is normal.

  • Chocolate

    Dark and rich, born almost black, they maintain a dark chocolate throughout their lifetime.

  • Cafe

    Born chocolate of varying shades, and have the same gene as the silver dogs, often taking up to 3 years to fully color out to multi shades of chocolate. When given plenty of time in the sunshine, they develop stunning highlights.

  • Lavender

    A definite, even smoky lavender chocolate, giving almost pink/lilac appearance.  Lavender dogs are born chocolate and can be difficult to distinguish at a young age.

  • Parchment

    Born chocolate, will pale to a smoky creamy beige.  Paling usually starts from an early age often as early as 6 weeks.  As adults, they can be mistaken for dark smoky cream from a distance. 

Markings
Australian Labradoodles can also have various levels of white mixed with the above colors. Minor white is usually called white “markings” while a puppy with a significant amount of white is called a “parti”.

Coat Colors

The multi-generational Australian Labradoodle comes in many beautiful colors. It is normal that all colors may show some bleaching and discoloration as they get older. This is called sunning and is quite expected and acceptable, as the Australian Labradoodle is an active dog and often a service dog that enjoys the outdoors. 

The Breed Standard of Excellence colors are:

Caramel

Caramel

Has dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes; liver/brown nose, eye rims and lips; and self-colored to dark nails.

Chalk

Chalk

Has dark brown eyes; black nose, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

Cream

Cream

Has dark brown eyes; black nose, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

Apricot

Apricot

Has dark brown eyes; black nose, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

Gold

Gold

Has dark brown eyes; black nose, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

Red

Red

Has dark brown eyes; black nose, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

Black

Black

Has dark brown eyes; black nose, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

Blue

Blue

Has dark brown eyes; black nose, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

Silver

Silver

Has dark brown eyes; black nose, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

Chocolate

Chocolate

Has dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes; liver/brown nose, eye rims and lips; and self-colored to dark nails.

Cafe

Cafe

Has dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes; liver/brown nose, eye rims and lips; and self-colored to dark nails. Is born looking chocolate and the coat changes color over the next several months.

Lavender

Lavender

Has dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes; liver/brown nose, eye rims and lips; and self-colored to dark nails.

Parchment

Parchment

Has dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes; liver/brown nose, eye rims and lips; and self-colored to dark nails.

Parti

Parti

While not a color, Australian Labradoodles are also bred for white markings and for parti markings. The JoaLins puppy above is considered a parti.

Breed Characteristics

Australian Labradoodles are gentle, loving, playful, and absolutely adorable. They have the sweetest personality and are happy to lay on the couch and cuddle, play a game of catch, or take a walk around the neighborhood, as long as they are with their human.

Australian Labradoodles are also even tempered, extremely smart and very easy to train.  They want to please everyone and are very intuitive to a person’s special needs; this ability to “know” is what has made the Australian Labradoodle an excellent dog for individuals with disabilities.

They can wiggle their way inside your heart in a minute!

A multi-generational Australian Labradoodle might be the right choice for you if you or a family member must deal with allergies to dogs and haven’t been able to have a dog in your home due to those allergies. Australian Labradoodles, such as the ones we breed, have a non-shedding and an allergy friendly coat – just the right combination that allows many to forget about their dog allergies!

We breed multi-generational Australian Labradoodles in many different colors and sizes – click here for the “Breed Standards” set by the Australian Labradoodle Club of America which includes the size, temperament and coat colors.

You can be confident in knowing that any registered multi-generational Australian Labradoodle you purchase from JoaLins is from the finest breeding stock and retains consistent breed characteristics and temperament. Ask about our Australian Labradoodle puppies for sale and learn about current and future litters.

We are so excited to meet you and match you with an exceptional Australian Labradoodle puppy from JoaLins. Just remember, these litters sell out early, so reserve your spot today!