frequently asked questions
Q: Is there a difference between a Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, and Australian Labradoodle?
A: Australian Labradoodles have English and American Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, some and Terrior along with the Labrador Retreiver and Poodle breeds. These other breeds have contributed towards the coat, personality and conformation of the Australian Labradoodle towards its original goals of creating a hypoallergenic dog with a quality therapy temperament. The cocker spaniel contributes a beautiful domed head, stocky body and appealing face with a shorter muzzle, while the water spaniel contributed a softer, more easily trained personality to the mix. The terrior and curly coated retriever is not found a lot in the background as this infusion was not a common one, but some of the chocolate lines hark back to the curly. American Labradoodles do not have other breeds infused into them and are various percentages of lab/poodle. Many American Labradoodle breeders do not develop the breed past the first or second generations.
Q: What are the differences in temperaments of males vs. females?
A: As our Australian Labradoodles are spayed or neutered while they are still very young, the differences between the genders is minimal. The girls do not experience hormonal cycles and the boys never develop the testosterone-driven behaviours such as marking territory, lifting legs to pee or wandering in search of girl friends. Because these differences are eliminated with spay/neutering before sexual maturation, we recommend that families base their preference on personality and activity level rather than gender. It is more important that you have a dog that suits your lifestyle, which is why we ask about your activity level (mellow, moderate, active) when you inquire about adopting a labradoodle puppy from us.
Q: Will we need to have our puppy spay/neutered when we bring the puppy home?
A: All of our puppies undergo ESN before leaving our home. Early 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 and SPCA’s. Unless a person is showing a dog in the conformation ring and/or breeding the dog, there is really no reason not to spay or neuter pet 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). Thus, whether your puppy has been altered at seven weeks or six months of age, really makes little difference to the dog’s development. But it does reduce the risk of certain cancers and it does reduce the risk of unwanted or unplanned puppies of uncertain parentage, and it guarantees that none of our puppies will ever end up in puppy mills! As responsible breeders of the Australian Labradoodle, this is the best decision we can make for the future of the breed.
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