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Labradoodle Characteristics

The Australian Labradoodle puppies were originally bred for the sole purpose of filling the need of a hypoallergenic service dog. In addition to being remarkably intelligent and very friendly, the Australian Labradoodle was bred to be a non allergenic dog breed to have a low or no-shed coat, and limit the amount of dander. 

Australian Labradoodle Breeders belonging to ALCA/WALA must meet the stringent requirements of the Clubs for health and genetic testing as well as pedigrees of their puppy to ensure that their Australian Labradoodle puppies for sale are authentic multigenerational Australian Labradoodles. We are professional Labradoodle breeders that meet all of these requirements and are committed to offer Australian Labradoodles that are healthy, outgoing, and playful.

Sheepadoodle Characteristics

Sheepadoodles became very popular in 2017 due to their intelligence, highly intuitive nature, loyalty, and friendliness. Because Sheepadoodles are relatively a new breed, there are limited clubs that govern and oversee the regulations of their health testing. However, at Texas Australian Labradoodles we follow the stringent health/genetic testing of our Australian Labradoodle as well as our Old English Sheepdog adult dogs. Our Australian Labradoodles are registered with ALCA/WALA and our Old English Sheepdogs are registered with AKC. Therefore, we only breed the best puppies possible that are healthy, friendly, and have great temperaments and overall disposition.

Australian Sheepadoodles are calm, highly intelligent, and extremely adaptable. Due to their parentage, Australian Sheepadoodles are allergy friendly and low to non-shedding dogs. They make fantastic family pets as they are great at interacting with kids due to their gentle nature. They love to be around their family members. Due to their superior ability to adapt to their environment, they match their family activity level.

Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodles

According to ALCA, not every Labradoodle is the same and NOT all are eligible to be registered with the ALCA: please visit the Australian Labradoodle Club – Breeder Requirements for more information. The following are not eligible for registration with ALCA:

  • First or Second Generation, also known as F1, F2, or F2B

  • Merle-coated Labradoodles

  • A Labradoodle with a new infusion of ANY breed

  • Wheaton infusions, or “Cobberdogs”

F1 – First generation

Cross: a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever

Coat: sparse hair, wiry fleece fur (sheds and triggers allergies)

F1B – Labradoodle

Cross: F1 Labradoodle and a Poodle

Coat: hair, fleece or wool blend (less shedding than F1 but still triggers allergies)

F2 – Labradoodle

Cross: F1 Labradoodle and F1 Labradoodle

Coat: hair, fleece or wool (moderate shedding and typically not hypoallergenic)


Cross: only Labrador Retriever and standard Poodle genetics

Multigenerational Labradoodle

Cross: only has multiple generations of Labradoodles 

Australian Labradoodle

Cross: created in 1980’s from six different breed infusions (variety of Poodles, Labrador Retriever, Curly Hair Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, and English and American Cocker Spaniels)

Coat: wool or fleece; non-shedding coat only if both parents are non-shedding

Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle

Cross: Australian Labradoodle bred only to other Australian Labradoodle 

Coat: wool or fleece; non-shedding or least shedding coat and allergy-friendly

Other Variations of the Labradoodle and Sheepadoodle

Other variations of the Labradoodle and Sheepadoodle include the Golden Labradoodle/Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle), Sheepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog  and Standard poodle), Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle), Bassetdoodle (Basset Hound and Poodle), Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd and Poodle), Old Doxie Sheepdog (Old English Sheepdog and Dachshund), Dobsky (Old English Sheepdog and Doberman Pinscher), Old Deerhound Sheepdog (Old English Sheepdog and Scottish Deerhound), Shepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog and German Shepherd), etc.

Please email us if you are interested in mini Goldendoodles, Golden Labradoodles, Goldendoodles in San Antonio, or Sheepadoodle puppies for sale. 

Australian Labradoodle Sizes

Miniature: 14 – 16 inches in height at wither (16-30 lbs) 
Medium:  17 – 20 inches  in height at wither (30-45 lbs)
Standard: 21 – 24 inches in height at wither (45-60 lbs)

Australian Doodle Coat

Fleece: The Australian Labradoodle coat is soft in texture, as in the Angora goat. Can have either a straight, wavy look or a soft, spiraling, curly look.
Wool: Texture is similar to a lamb’s wool in texture. Should have the appearance of looser, spiraling wool, which parts easily to the skin. Should not appear too dense or too tightly curled.

For information on breed coat, colors, and patterns please see ALAA Standards.

Labradoodle Colors

Chocolate Coloring Group

Chocolate Labradoodle: Rich chocolate brown color. All chocolates lighten up to a variety of chocolate shades which may lighten over time. Nose pigment is rose or chocolate with honey, amber or brown eyes.

Cafe Labradoodle: Puppies are born chocolate but lighten over time. Can have blond highlights/fading liver nose. Nose pigment is rose or chocolate with hazel, honey, or brown eyes.

Lavender Labradoodle: Chocolate coat with silver highlights and liver nose.

Parchment Labradoodle: Puppies are born milk chocolate and turn a smoky cream resembling milk with a touch of coffee. Can have a fading liver nose.

Caramel Labradoodle: The color of a caramel candy. Some may fade over time. Nose pigment is rose with honey, hazel or amber eyes.

Red Coloring Group

Apricot LabradoodleLight red coat. Nose pigment is black (this is how you can tell a caramel from an apricot.

Caramel Labradoodle: Caramel coat with liver nose.

Apricot Cream LabradoodleThe ears are apricot, but the body is lighter, usually a warm cream.

Caramel Cream Labradoodle: Cream coat with liver nose.

Cream Labradoodle: A warm creamy color.  Nose pigment can be black or rose.

Red LabradoodleThe color is similar to caramel, but the nose pigment is black.

Other Coloring and Markings 

Raven Black LabradoodleBlack coat with black nose pigment. Some puppies may turn silver over time.

Silver Labradoodle: Born black, silver coloring develops over the first couple of years and can vary significantly in tone from a darker colored charcoal to a lighter pewter shade.

Tauxedo Pattern Labradoodle: Solid base coat color with only white tummy and feet.

Abstract/White Markings Labradoodle: Solid coat with sparse areas of white, usualy the feet, chest, chin.

Parti Factored Labradoodle: White coat with either black, chocolate or caramel/red patches.

Australian Doodle Grooming

When to introduce your puppy to grooming: Grooming is one of your dog’s basic needs and is an important part of dog ownership. It will help your Australian Doodle puppy look and feel his best. A puppy should be introduced to grooming activities as soon as you get him/her home. At that early stage, grooming should consist of ear and foot/nail touching/holding, daily brushing and teeth cleaning. The emphasis is that grooming activities should be introduced early and continue regularly.


Bathing: Australian Labradoodles are odor free and do not require daily or even weekly bathing, learning how to bathe your puppy properly and making the experience as positive as possible can be another bonding chance for you and your puppy. Most puppies and dogs only require a bath when they seem dirty or itchy. We recommended bathing your puppy at least monthly and more often to get them accustomed and enjoy this 1-on-1 time with you.
*We recommended all 100% natural soaps and shampoos that are gentle but effective and with their natural ingredients, they effectively prevent any flea issues from Newport Coast Soap Company.


Brushing: Most Labradoodle puppies enjoy being brushed and this activity will strengthen your bond with your puppy while helping him maintain a healthy and shiny coat.
*We will teach you how to brush your puppy’s coat so it does not become unruly.


Haircuts: Depending on your preference, your puppy’s coat and the season, your Labradoodle puppy may benefit from a summer cut every 4-6 weeks. We recommended that you introduce vibrating toys/clippers to your puppy early for him to gradually become accustomed to being groomed with clippers. When your puppy’s coat changes to an adult coat at 8-12 months of age, you may need to brush multiple times a week. At Texas Australian Labradoodles, we recommend that you give your puppy his first trim at this time as it might be difficult to keep up with the matting in the longer coat and to realize the beauty of his adult coat.


Ear Care: Familiarize yourself with the appearance and smell (yes, we said smell) of your puppy ears. Labradoodles have floppy ears and long hair that can retain moisture and become breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections. Therefore, if you are familiar with the appearance and smell of your puppy’s ears, you will know immediately when something is off and you will be able to seek medical attention before the issues gets out of control. You may also consider using your fingers to pluck your puppy’s ear hair. We know it sounds scary but may be necessary to enable your puppy’s ears to breathe. The hair inside your puppy’s ears is not anchored in as well as the hair outside the ear and will feel like eyebrow plucking to your puppy. The use of ear powder will help you pluck the ear hair by adhering to the hair better.
*Sprinkle and not squeeze ear powder into the ear as it will clump and disperse unevenly.**Be sure to remove the hairs inside the ear canal carefully so you do not hurt your puppy. At Texas Australian Labradoodles, we recommend routine ear hair plucking and ear cleaning and flushing with a drying ear solution as part of your grooming routine.


Nail Care: Nails should be trimmed every 4-6 weeks but holding the foot and each individual nail will allow your puppy to become accustomed with these activities.


Please see our Resource page for details on the products we found to work the best for us.

Full Coat

Summer Coat

Puppy & Adult Coat

Puppy & Adult Coat: Your puppy will have a baby coat until 8-12 months of age when the adult coat comes in. This will also be the only time in your multigen Australian Labradoodle’s life when he will shed. Once your puppy is 12-14 months, the adult coat will be fully established, and this is the coat you can expect to work with for your dog’s adult life.

Please see the how to video from the ALAA Australian Labradoodle Grooming Standards.

How To Prepare For Your Labradoodle Puppy

As professional Labradoodle breeders, we ask that every family purchasing an Authentic Texas Australian Labradoodle puppy read two very important and helpful books. The information will make a tremendous difference in the adjustment and assimilation of a puppy into your home as most dog issues stem from people not knowing how to react to and/or correct various situations.

The Dog Listener by Jan Fennel
How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin DVM MS

We recommend that you check out the Puppy Culture program that is scientifically proven to greatly improve outcomes for puppies.

This program offers easy to follow educational videos that emphasize the importance of socialization, training, and problem prevention.