Roanoke, VA, US

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About Our Dogs


History of the Australian Labradoodle


This is a brief history of the Australian Labradoodle taken from many sources. Many of these sources are conflicting so we do not guarantee all of the facts but it is generally correct to the best of our knowledge.

Wally Conron of Royal Guide Dogs Association began cross breeding Labrador Retrievers and Poodles in Australia in 1988. The goal was to develop a Guide/Service Dog suitable for people with dog allergies. The offspring of these dogs eventually became known as "Labradoodles". In an effort to improve on the desired results, Labradoodle was bred to Labradoodle creating the multi-generation Labradoodle.

As this cross breed became popular many people began cross breeding Poodles an Labradors. A veterinarian in Australia took the first generation (F1) Labradoodles and back-crossed them with Poodles (F1B) to improve the Labradoodle. These were some of the first Labradoodles exported to the United States. This is predominantly the case of the Labradoodles bred in North America today.

In 1989 Rutland Manor Labradoodle Breeding and Research Center and Tegan Park Labradoodle Breeding and Research Center in Darnum, Victoria and Seaspray, Victoria Australia, respectively, were founded. Their goal was to establish a standard for breeding Labradoodles to improve and compliment the Australian Labradoodle breed. In 1997 the Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard was written.

The Australian Labradoodle was created through research and genetics testing. The breed consists of parent breeds of Standard, miniature, and toy Poodle, Labrador Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel, and English Cocker Spaniel.

Tegan Park introduced the Miniature Labradoodle in 1998. When miniatures and standards were bred the result was mediums. This is the origin of the three recognized sizes.

Tegan Park retired in 1998, leaving Beverley Manor the only founding breeder still in operation.

In 2012 Rutland Manor achieved recognition for the breed as a Pure Breed in Development with Master Dog Breeders and Associates (MDBA) with the newly developed Australian Cobberdog.

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Three Labradoodle Pups Having Fun

Gentle Fun Loving Dogs

 The Australian Cobberdog

 The ultimate Therapy Dog and family companion, wise and gentle
Goofy fun nature, they love to make you laugh!
Sensitive affectionate loving, empathize and respond intuitively to human emotion
​Sociable and non-aggressive, patient with children
Intuitive, eager to please and thrive on training
Seek a deep connection with human eyes
No Shedding, No doggie smell even when wet
Respond best to Appreciation training methods
Three sizes - Miniature Medium and Standard

Rutledge Park's goal is to breed Australian Labradoodles and Australian Cobberdogs with superior health and temperaments.


General Description



Australian  Labradoodles and Cobberdogs are very athletic and graceful dogs. They are generally quite lean and muscular. They have a wonderful personality and when you look into their eyes you see happiness, affection, and loyalty. 


They are available in three sizes, Standard, Medium,  and Miniature.

Standard - 22 - 26 inches and weighs 45 - 90 pounds

Medium - 18 - 21 inches and weighs 30 - 45 pounds

Miniature - 14 - 17 inches and weighs 20 - 30 pounds


1. Wool: generally the most allergy/asthma friendly, shed free coat. It feels and appears coarse but is quite soft to the touch  

2. Curly (aka Spiral) Fleece: very little shedding making it quite allergy/asthma friendly. Is very soft and has flowing curls.

3. Wavy Fleece: softest and shiniest of the coats