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Australian Labradoodle vs American Labradoodle: What’s the Difference?

American vs. Australian Labradoodles


American LabradoodlesAustralian Labradoodles
Originally developed in the United States Developed in Australia
Combination of Labrador Retriever and Poodle breeds Combination of Labrador Retriever, Poodle, and Cocker Spaniel breeds
Typically have a wavy or curly coat Typically have a curly, non-shedding coat
Available in a variety of colors and sizes Available in a wider range of colors and sizes
May be prone to shedding Generally considered non-shedding
May be prone to certain health issues due to inbreeding May have a more diverse gene pool and fewer health issues due to the addition of the Cocker Spaniel breed
May be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) Not recognized by the AKC



Labradoodles are a popular breed of designer dog that has gained popularity in recent years for their intelligent, friendly, and low-shedding coats. While Labradoodles are originally a crossbreed between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, there are now two distinct lines of Labradoodles - American and Australian.

Breeding Difference Between American and Australian Labradoodles

American Labradoodles, also known as ALDs, were first developed in the United States by breeding a Labrador Retriever with a Standard Poodle. The goal was to create a dog with the friendly and intelligent nature of the Lab, combined with the low-shedding and hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle. These early ALDs were considered a success and were soon in high demand.

Australian Labradoodles, also known as ALDs, was first developed in Australia by crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Standard Poodle, as well as with other breeds such as Irish Water Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels. The goal of this breeding was to create a dog with the same friendly and intelligent nature as the Lab, but with a low-shedding and hypoallergenic coat, that was also more resilient and adaptable to different environments.

Difference in Labradoodle Appearance

When it comes to appearance, American and Australian Labradoodles are quite similar. Both have a medium-sized build with a dense, wavy coat that can come in a variety of colors, including black, chocolate, cream, and red. However, there are some key differences between the two breeds. American Labradoodles tend to have slightly longer and narrower head, with slightly longer noses and ears. They also have a more pronounced "stop" between the forehead and the muzzle. Australian Labradoodles, on the other hand, tend to have a rounder head with shorter noses and ears. They also have a more defined "wedge" shape to their head, with a flatter forehead and a shorter muzzle.

Temperament of American and Australian Labradoodles

When it comes to temperament, both American and Australian Labradoodles are known for their friendly and intelligent nature. They are both highly trainable and make excellent family pets. However, there are some differences in their energy levels and activity levels. American Labradoodles tend to have a slightly higher energy level and are more active than Australian Labradoodles. They are also more playful and may be more suited to families with children who can keep up with their high energy levels. Australian Labradoodles, on the other hand, tend to have a more relaxed and laid-back temperament. They are still playful and friendly, but they are not as high-energy as American Labradoodles. They may be better suited to families with a more sedentary lifestyle.

Labradoodle Grooming Differences

When it comes to grooming, both American and Australian Labradoodles require regular grooming to keep their coats in good condition. Both breeds have a dense, wavy coats that can easily become matted if not groomed regularly. American Labradoodles tend to have a slightly longer and thicker coats than Australian Labradoodles, which means they may require more frequent grooming. Australian Labradoodles have a shorter, finer coat that is less prone to matting, so they may not need to be groomed as often.

Are All Labradoodles the Same?

Difference of Austrailian Labradoodles versus American LabradooleThe short answer is "No." There are all kinds of poodle mixes and a Labradoodle is one of them. Poodle + Labrador = Labradoodle. That is the American version and they are one generation. The Australian Labradoodle currently consists of 6 different breeds in its origin. The confirmed and approved parent breeds of the Australian Labradoodle are the Poodle (Standard, Miniature, Toy, Labrador Retriever, Curly Coat Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, and Irish Water Spaniel). The Australian Labradoodle breed is now in its 40th generation.

F1 = First cross between a Lab X Poodle F1b = F1 X Poodle

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