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Breed Standard

as defined by the

Australian Labradoodle Association of America




General Appearance

Athletic and graceful with a compact, medium-boned body. Should not appear heavyset nor overly fine. Coat is non-shedding and easy to manage.
 
Temperament

Extremely clever, sociable, comical and joyful. Energetic when free and 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.
  
Size

At this stage in the breed’s development, the Australian Labradoodle comes in three size ranges. Inter-size breeding is acceptable and expected at the moment.

Miniature range:

Between 14 and 16 inches (35 to 42 centimers) in height at wither, but not more than 17 inches.

Medium range:

Between 17 and 20 inches (43 to 52 centimeters) in height at wither, but not more than 21. Ideal size for a female is 17 to19 inches; for a male, 18 to 20 inches.

Standard range:

Between 21 and 24 inches (53 to 63 centimeters) in height at wither, but not more than 25 inches
  
Head

Moderately broad with well-defined eyebrows. Stop should be moderate, with eyes set well-apart. Head should be of moderate width, developed but without exaggeration. Foreface should appear shorter than skull.  Head should be clean-cut and free from fleshy cheeks. The whole head proportionate in size to the rest of the dog.
  
Eyes

Large, expressive and slightly rounded.
  
Ears

Should be set slightly above eye level and lay flat against head in proportion with the skull. Leather should be of medium thickness and should not hang below the lower lip line. Excessive hair in the ear canal is undesirable.
  
Mouth

Must be a scissor bite. Upper teeth to just overlap the bottom teeth.

Nose

Should be large, of square appearance and fleshy.
  
Neck

Well-proportioned, of good strength and moderately long, lending an air of elegance. Slightly arched and flows into shoulders with no appearance of abruptness.
  
Forequarters

Shoulders blades and upper arms should be the same length. Shoulders should be laid well back, and elbows should be set close to the body. Forelegs should be straight when viewed from the front. Out-toeing is a fault.
  
Body

Frame (bounded by height [to wither] and length [from sternum to point of buttocks] should appear square and compact, with a deep chest and well-sprung ribs. There should be a good tuck up, and the loins should be strong and muscular.
  
Hindquarters

In profile, the croup is nearly flat, though slight sloping is acceptable. Stifles should be moderately turned to propel forward movement, and hindquarters should be well-muscled for power in movement. Hock to heel should be strong, short and perpendicular to the ground. Should appear parallel to the rear. Must not be cow-hocked.
  
Feet

Round and of medium size, with well-arched toes and thick, elastic pads. Should not turn in or out.
  
Tail

Should follow topline in repose or when in motion. May be carried gaily, but should not curl completely over the back. Tip should not touch the back nor curl upon itself.
  
Movement

Trotting gait is effortless, smooth, powerful and coordinated in mature dogs. Should have a good reach in front and drive from behind for forward motion. Silent movement and light gait are essential.
  
Coat

Non-shedding and easily maintained. Any length is acceptable, but coat generally should not exceed 4 inches. Should be even over the entire body.

Can appear wavy or straight or form spirals, but should not be too thick or dense, nor should it be fluffy or fuzzy. Should be a single coat; any sign of an undercoat is a serious fault. Ranges between fleece and wool in texture. Extremely harsh hair is highly undesirable.

Fleece-textured coat is soft in texture, as in the Angora goat. Can have either a straight, wavy look or a soft, spiraling, curly look.
The wool coat is similar to a lamb’s wool in texture. Should have the appearance of looser, spiraling wool, which parts easily to the skin. Should not appear too dense or too tightly curled..

Coat should not appear overly groomed. Any appearance of sun bleaching is acceptable. 

Note on coat types: Breeders and owners typically refer to their Australian Labradoodles as “fleece-coated” or “wool-coated.” These correspond to coat descriptions in the Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard.
  

Coat Colors

Coat patterns in the Australian Labradoodle include the following:

All solid colors
Colors of parchment, lavender, café and chocolate may have dark amber eyes; liver noses, eye rims and lips; and dark nails.

Caramel-colored dogs may have dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes; liver noses, eye rims and lips; and self-colored to dark nails.

Colors of gold, red, black, blue and silver must have very dark eyes; black noses, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

Colors of chalk and cream may have either pigmentation of dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes; liver noses, eye rims and lips; and self colored to dark nails or very dark eyes; black noses, eye rims and lips; and black or self-colored nails.

These colors may appear in one of the following patterns:Solid: Color is solid and preferably even with no white markings. A small white flash no larger than 2.5 centimeters in diameter is permissible and can appear on the chest, feet or tail. Even colors are preferred, but natural coloration of the coat is not considered a fault.

Parti: Color is fifty percent white, with spots/patches of any other solid color. No set pattern is required but symmetrical markings on the head are preferred. Freckling of the solid color in the white of the coat is acceptable but not encouraged.

Phantom: The body color must be solid, with defined markings of a second color as follows: above each eye, on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheek, on the underside of the ears, on the throat to forechest, or in a chin and forechest pattern, with minimum second coloring on the feet preferably up the legs and below the tail. Second color in the inside of the leg and flank is acceptable as well and should not be penalized. Markings are preferred to be clear and defined. Face markings of the second color with the entire face colored is acceptable (though not preferred) if the other required body markings are present. Any of the solid colors in combination is acceptable.

Abstract: Any solid color with the second color being white. Must be less than fifty percent white.

Sable: Black-tipped hairs on any solid color — preferably even, but an uneven ticking pattern will not be penalized.

Brindle: Should have an even and equal distribution of colors, with layering of black hairs in regions of lighter colors (usually chalk/cream/gold/red, cafe/lavender/parchment, or silver), producing a tiger-striped pattern.

Multi: Multiple colors or patterns, as in a phantom with large white abstract markings, or a parti pattern with sable ticking, etc.

Faults:
Any sign of aggression or dominance (major fault)

Fearful, timid, yappy or highly-strung temperaments

Harsh hair or any sign of undercoat (coats must be fleece or wool)

Short or overly thick neck

A coat that sheds (note: some coat instability is to be expected in fertile bitches experiencing hormonal changes)

Possum-type or teapot-handle tails (minor fault)

A long, narrow or block-like head

Protruding or sunken eyes

Watery or tearful eyes

Over or under-bite

Long back

Crowding teeth

Bad carriage or heavy gait

Monorchid or inverted vulva

Cow hock

Toeing in or out

Albinism (disqualification)

Over or undersized (major fault)

Special attention must be directed to soundness in the breed. Any sign of lameness is a disqualification.Note: A male should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. A female should have an apparently normal-formed vulva.


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