Doodle-Puppies.com is a launching point. We want to introduce you to the benefits of owning a Goldendoodle, Aussiedoodle, or Labradoodle. We also want to show you some pictures of our favorite doodle puppies (our own), and we want to point you to great sites like theLabradoodle.com for further information.
Labradoodles: dignified; nice coat (many colors); great all around dog
Goldendoodles: fun-loving; beautiful coat (limited colors); life of the party; excellent with children
Aussiedoodles: loyal; extravagant coat (many colors); Einstein dog; highly trainable
A brief description of Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles:
Labradoodles are probably the best known designer dogs in the world. It doesn’t hurt that President Obama almost decided on a Labradoodle for his family pet. They are fun-loving and energetic. A F1b Labradoodle will usually have almost no shedding at all.
Australian Labradoodles are descendants from the very first Labradoodles (successfully bred in Australia as guide dogs). Some breeders of Australian Labradoodles are a bit particular about breed-lines (like other official AKC breeds). They argue that an Australian Labradoodle has much more particular genetic tendencies than a Labrador Retriever bred to a Poodle.
Those who prefer regular Labradoodles to Australian Labradoodles argue that the continual breeding of Australian Labradoodles to each other reduces hybrid vigor, which is a key selling point of any Doodle designer dog. Hybrid vigor results from two separate breeds getting together and is one of the primary explanations why mutts tend to outlive purebred dogs and be much healthier. Breeding a Lab with a Poodle certainly results in hybrid vigor, the multi-generational breeding of Australian Labradoodles probably loses some (or much) of that hybrid vigor.
So if you buy an Australian Labradoodle, you can more accurately predict certain features of your dog, but you may lose out on some health benefits.
A brief description of Goldendoodles
A Goldendoodle is a cross of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Goldendoodles are quickly overtaking Labradoodles as the most popular doodles in the world. F1b Goldendoodles take a 50-50 Goldendoodle (half Golden Retriever + half Poodle) and breed him back to a 100% Poodle. The resulting F1b Goldendoodle puppy is actually 25% Retriever and 75% Poodle). They are extremely popular because of non-shedding coats (borrowed from the Poodle’s dominant gene).
Goldendoodles tend to have a much thicker, wavier (and arguably more beautiful coat) than Labradoodles. Because a Labrador Retriever has such a short coat, a Labradoodle’s coat tends to be short and curly. Goldendoodles often have lush, thick hair that can be really beautiful and is less likely to shed than the Labradoodle.
Labradoodles tend to be a little stronger and may pull more on leash than a Goldendoodle. Another difference is that Goldendoodle has an even higher energy level than the Labradoodle, tends to be mouthier as a puppy, and is much more likely to want to be touching you. Labradoodles need to be invited into your personal space; Goldendoodles will come right up to you and may start licking (you or a stranger). Labradoodles are like the well-regarded kid in your high-school: dignified, helpful, kind. Goldendoodles are like the most popular kid in school: talkative, affectionate, people-pleasers.
Goldendoodles love to be the life of the party. Both Goldendoodles and Labradoodles make excellent pets, and it just depends what you’re looking for. Labradoodles would likely work better as seeing eye dogs, and Goldendoodles are much better therapy dogs. Goldendoodles are also better for people with allergies or those who desire a thick coat.
A brief description of Aussiedoodles
An Aussiedoodle is a designer dog mix that is part Poodle and part Australian Shepherd (Aussie). Although Aussiedoodles are not currently as popular as Goldendoodles or Labradoodles, they are quickly grown in popularity. Aussiedoodles tend to have a beautiful color variety not available in Goldendoodles or Labradoodles. Like Goldendoodles, Aussiedoodles have absolutely beautiful coats (unlike Labradoodles). Aussies and Poodles have some of the most desirable coats in the dog world, so the mixture often results in an incredibly soft Aussiedoodle coat with outstanding texture, curl, and thickness.
Aussies have outstanding personalities and an incredible urge to please. One well-regarded breeder of Aussiedoodles, Goldendoodles, and Labradoodles said that her Aussiedoodles actually make better guide dogs and therapy dogs than even the Goldendoodles and Labradoodles. Both Australian Shepherds and Poodles are legendary for their brains and desire to please. Mixing the two together results in a highly trainable dog.
Aussiedoodles have been called “the Einstein dog.” They also are great at walking off leash. If you were walking with a pet doodle in crowd, a Labradoodle would likely follow you from a little distance. A Goldendoodle might get lost in the crowd licking every stranger and wagging his tail ferociously. An Aussiedoodle would likely stay right with you (there’s a good reason Aussies are known as “velcro dogs”), in less he saw some cats or small animals to herd.
Aussiedoodles are undoubtedly the most loyal of all the Doodle varieties. Your pet Aussiedoodle would follow you to the ends of the earth.
Important Warning from Doodlesville Doodles
“Australian Shepherds can have a severe reaction to Ivermectin, which is in many of the Heartworm medications on the market. So far, Interceptor is the only safe Heartworm medication for Australian Shepherds, Collies, Border Collies, and other affected breeds. The MDR1 gene that causes this reaction must be carried by both parents in order to be passed on to their offspring. Since they have shut down the manufacturing of Interceptor I now ONLY recommend Herbaltreatments and preventatives(ask me), there is NO need to let them use your pet to “test” the new Heartworm products they are coming out with.
While Aussiedoodles are hybrids with Poodles, and therefore less likely to have the same issue as their parent breed, we recommend you take precautions against using any of the Heartworm medications containing Ivermectin. We are currently using a holistic approach to preventing and/or treating Heartworms-since the shut down of the Interceptor Heartworm Preventative manufacturer. This is working wonderfully for us, and several other breeders I know, and it is much safer for your Aussiedoodle.”