Australian Labradoodles – Breed Standard
Temperament and soundness are the two key elements in a good
family companion; they must not be sacrificed for any reason.
General Appearance: The Australian Labradoodle should be
athletic and graceful, yet compact with substance and medium boning.
Joyful and energetic when free, soft and quiet when handled.
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
Size: Sizes are still "somewhat inconsistent" with no definition
between male and female at this time. Accurate prediction of
size, even by an experienced breeder, is not expected at this time.
Size is measured to the top of the shoulder blades (withers) while
standing squarely on a level surface.
Much care is needed when breeding both the large and small dogs.
Large dogs can suffer from rapid growth that can lead to structural
problems. Soundness is of utmost importance. Over size
is a major fault. Care must be taken to keep the miniature
Australian Labradoodle a solid athletic robust dog. The
dwarfing of dogs can lead to many genetic and temperament disorders.
Minimum size attention is of the utmost importance to maintain a
healthy little dog. Most Australian Labradoodles will weigh
more than their height reflects.
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
Body: Height (to wither) to length (from sternum to point
of buttock) should appear square and compact. Shoulders
should have good angulation with firm elbows held close to the rib
cage. Hindquarters should be of medium angulation with short
strong hocks. Top line should remain level with strong loin
and level croup. Flanks should rise up from a brisket set just
below the elbows, but should not be excessively deep. Ribs
should be well sprung but not barreled. Overall, the dog
should appear square, be balanced, athletic and with good muscling.
Movement: When trotting should be purposeful, strong and
elastic, with good reach and drive, giving the appearance of "going
somewhere". When happy, relaxed or at play will prance and
skim the ground lightly. Excessive tightness in the hips will
produce a stilted action and is considered a fault.
Tail: Set relatively high and preferred to be carried in a saber,
can be carried below the topline or "gaily" above. Curled
possum type tails are undesirable.
Head: Sculptured, broad, well defined eyebrows, medium
stop, eyes set well apart, nose to stop slightly longer than stop to
occiput. Foreface shorter than skull. The head should be
clean and chiseled and fully coated as on the body, legs and tail.
The Muzzle is measured from the tip of the nose to the stop.
The skull is measured from the occiput to the stop and does not
include the muzzle.
Ears: Set moderately flat against the head, base should be
level with the eye. Leather should be of medium thickness and
when gently drawn forward should reach the top canine tooth.
Ear leather reaching beyond the tip of nose is considered a severe
fault. Ear canals should be free of excessive hair, and not
thick and bulbous. When inquisitive and alert the ear set
should rise to the top of the head. Thick/heavy ear leather is
Eyes: "Slightly" round, large and expressive, always offering eye
to eye contact when engaged in activity with a human.
Protruding or sunken eyes are a fault. Watery or tearful eyes
are a fault. Wide round or narrow almond shaped eyes are
considered a fault.
Eye Color: Eye color should complement and blend with the
face color. Black, Blue, Red, Dark Chocolate and Silver dogs
must have dark brown eyes. All shades of Cafe', Milk
Chocolate, Gold/Apricot, Cream and Chalk should have dark hazel to
brown eyes if they have black pigment. Caramel and dogs with
rose pigment may have either dark eyes or "ghost" eyes. Ghost
is a hazel color range much the same as it is in humans.
Flecking with different shades of hazel with green and a blue/green
make this eye color quite unique. Ghost eyes must always
remain soft in appearance. Cold staring expressionless
appearance in all eye colors is a severe fault.
Teeth: Scissor bite only is acceptable, being neither
undershot nor overshot. Miniatures must not have crowding
Nose: Large square and fleshy. Pigment: Black or
Rose. Pigment should be strong. Black pigment dogs must
have dark brown eyes. Pink spots or patches on nose, lips, eye
rims or pads are a fault. Dogs with rose pigment can have dark
hazel, brown or ghost eyes. Eye rims should be rose as should
nose, lips and pads. Pink spots or patches are a severe fault.
Rose should be a rich liver color.
Neck: The firm, well muscled neck should be moderately
long, slightly arched and flow into the well angled shoulders with
no appearance of abruptness. The neck should not be coarse nor
stumpy and should lend an air of elegance to the dog. A short
thick neck is a fault.
Color: Any solid color including Cafe' and Silver is
preferred. Minimal white on the chest and toes is acceptable.
Light chalky coarse hairs (kemp) sprinkled through a dark coat is
permissible but very undesirable. Parti (patched) and
Phantoms, though undesirable, are considered an acceptable color.
Parti can be any color (except Phantom) with white on face, head
and/or body. Phantoms are any shading or two tone coloration
such as a Black dog with lower legs showing a soft toning of silver
or gold or a dog born dark with a golden shading at the roots or a
slight brindling effect. True pure solid colors with the
exception of Silver and Cafe' are highly prized and are the ideal
for the Australian Labradoodle. It is normal that all colors
may show bleaching and discoloration over the top coat. 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. Weather bleaching or sunning must not be
The Breed Standard of Excellence colors are:
Apricot/Gold, Red, Black, Silver and Blue - must have black
Caramel, Chocolate, Cafe', Parchment and Lavender - must have
Chalk (appears white but when compared to a true white it is a
chalky white) - may have rose or black
Cream and Apricot Cream (all shades and combinations of cream
shades are acceptable) - may have rose or black pigment
Caramel: A rich Gold/Apricot very much the color of its
namesake - caramel through to a deep red - must have rose pigment.
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.
Red can fade somewhat with age, and senior dogs showing paling of
coat should not be penalized.
Apricot/Gold: The color of a ripe apricot on the inside.
A true Apricot must not be lighter at the roots than at the tips of
the coat. It can come in varying shades and may fade as the
dog grows older. Senior dogs should not be penalized for
paling of coat color.
Blue: A dark to medium smoky Blue. Blue also belongs
to the Rare Color Group. Blue dogs are born Black but will
have Blue skin and undertonings at a young age. Any other
color throughout the Blue is undesirable.
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 2 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. Color should be
even. Any other color throughout the Chocolate is highly
undesirable. Chocolate belongs to the Rare Color Group.
Cafe': Born Milk 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, silvery chocolate and silver
throughout. 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. Any other
color throughout the Lavender is highly undesirable. True
Lavender belongs to the Rare Color Group.
Parchment: Born Milk 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. Parchment belongs to the Rare Color
Breed Standards as established by Tegan Park and Rutland Manor
Breeding & Research Centers of Australia and adopted by the
Australian Labradoodle Club of America 2005 revised 2007.