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Australian Labradoodles vs Goldendoodles: What’s the Difference?

Difference between Australian Labradoodles and GoldendoodlesThe history of the Labradoodle started out being a Labrador + Poodle in Australia in 1989 by request from a  lady in Hawaii who was vision impaired and needed a service dog, but her husband was allergic to dogs. The mix of a Labrador x poodle found that a few of the puppies in the litter were allergy-free. The combination of the Labrador and poodle produced some great allergy-friendly puppies that were very smart and easy to train. This led to great interest from the general public as people wanted them for their family pets. By the mid 1990’s  it was agreed that for the good of the breed, its health, genetic diversity, personality and many, many traits the breed would be expanded to include a further mix of American spaniel, English spaniel, Curly coat retriever, and Irish water spaniel. They were then bred back to poodles for coat correction and to keep the allergy-friendly quality with all of the other great traits. There you go. The Australian Labradoodle was now a reality.

Here are five differences between Goldendoodles and Labradoodles:

  • Heritage: Goldendoodles are a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle, while Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle.
  • Size: Goldendoodles are generally larger than Labradoodles, with males reaching heights of up to 24 inches and weighing up to 80 pounds. Labradoodles are smaller, with males reaching heights of up to 22 inches and weighing up to 65 pounds.
  • Coat: Goldendoodles have a thick, wavy coat that requires regular grooming, while Labradoodles have a smoother, curlier coat that is easier to maintain.
  • Personality: Goldendoodles are playful and energetic, while Labradoodles are more laid-back and relaxed.
  • Training: Labradoodles are generally considered to be more intelligent and easier to train than Goldendoodles.

A Goldendoodle is a golden retriever + a poodle  just as a Labrador + poodle is a Labradoodle. Both the Goldendoodle and labradoodle are ‘American’ and likely first or second generation. Unlike the multi-generation Australian Labradoodle, there has not been enough time yet for coat correction with SOME Goldendoodle or Labradoodle breeders. We 100% guarantee non shedding, allergy friendly dogs and so do some Goldendoodle breeders.


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