Labradoodles receive their heritage from the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. The story began in 1988 when a manager of Guide Dogs, was in Hawaii on holiday and met ‘P’. She told him of her dream to have a Guide Dog but this remained unfulfilled because of her husband’s allergy to dog hair. She had heard that Standard Poodles had been trained for Guide Dog work in Australia and asked if their was any chance that this could be tried again.
Thus began the quest to find more non allergic dogs which could be trained for Guide Dog work. After a long and unsuccessful search for a suitable Standard Poodle, Harley the Standard Poodle was mated with Brandy the female Labrador Retriever with a proven ability to produce Guide Dogs.
The hope was to produce the fine temperament of the Labrador with the non shedding coat of the Poodle. The result of the union was three very cute Labradoodles, Sultan, Sheik and Simon. Most breeders breed 1st generation dogs. They do so to maintain hybrid vigour. The Labradoodle has the friendly nature and trainability of the Lab, and the intelligence of the Poodle.