Melorich Australian Multigenerational Labradoodles
When people begin researching the labradoodle many are confused regarding what a labradoodle is, what an Australian Labradoodle is and why one versus the other. We have tried to explain on other pages, like the home page regarding infused breeds, and the pages that identify the different types and this page is to give you a simplified explanation and our rationale for breeding a specific way.
In the beginning a Lab was crossed with a poodle to attempt at producing a more hypoallergenic service dog. In genetics, anytime you create a first generation hybrid, of any type, it is called an F1. The success rate in this generation was just about zero. With 50% Lab genes the dogs, though many shed lightly, were still shedders and not hypoallergenic at all. So, a cross back in the next breeding was done with a poodle, again, creating a dog with 75% Poodle genes and 25% lab. Many of these dogs did much better. These were referred to as F1B, again a genetic term for this type of breeding. In the beginning we bred this way as well.
However, the outcomes were a toss of the dice, so to speak. Some were Hypoallergenic to some degree and some were not. The coats were nicer but still inconsistent and the conformation was all over the place. Some were really nice , some looked like mutts, some like Labs and some like poodles.
In Australia the original breeders decided to infuse other breeds to aid in developing a more uniform looking dog with a non shedding coat and a hypoallergenic, as much as is possible, one as well. The problem was these same breeders were less than forthcoming with what infusions they were experimenting with and only after extensive genetic testing were other breeders able to determine what dogs in the pedigrees were of what breed. These same Australian were, at times, deceptive and their published statements prove that. Their motivations were to keep a tight rein on the breed development, and again, as their actions bore out, attempt to franchise and trademark, for profit and at the expense of the breed. The two breeders in question were Tegan Park, now defunct, and the owner's Mother, at Rutland Manor. You would need to discuss with them their rationales. When their secretive infusions were brought to light they were removed from every existing Labradoodle Association to date. Of course they just founded more. They advertise that they are research centers. They are kennels, nothing more. Australia has more lax requirements on the name research center. In the US they would be hard pressed to make that case.
This is not to say that there are not ethical breeders, in Australia, of the Australian Labradoodle.
At the end of the day these infusions of other breeds, as discussed on our home page, did aid in developing a uniform looking, uniform personality, and if bred properly, a non shedding hypoallergenic dog....the Australian Labradoodle. No breed has ever been developed and recognized by merely hybridization of two breeds. In recent years to create a "min" which is a dog that stands less than 17", either cocker spaniel or smaller poodles were crossed back into the lines. We believe that Cockers are not the best pets for homes with children and in both cases something was given up in the conformation of the dog. We believe that the larger (mediums and standards) actually leave a smaller "proverbial" foot print. They are easier in that they are more laid back.
Within the last 10 years many have decided to breed the Labradoodle, seeing the success the Australian's were having exporting to the U.S. Some thought it was a great way to make a buck. Breed their labs and poodles and sell them for high prices. Lots of backyard "mills" Others have tried to reinvent the wheel or undo what was successfully done in Australia by continually back crossing with poodles or by infusing breeds that are not recognized, currently, as acceptable. Many are crossing with COCKAPOOS to create a smaller dog but again, the temperament is not the same ( The representative organizations have and are continually updating protocols for acceptable infusions) The problem is that breed recognition becomes more difficult and the public becomes more confused. Here is a prime example of misinformation as promoted by a Virginia based breeder. TRUE DOODLES. Out-crossing is the key to health and an important element in our breeding program. We do not line breed. We cross breed unrelated dogs - both F1B Back crosses (F1 Labradoodles X unrelated Poodle) and Multi-generation Labradoodles (Labradoodle X unrelated Labradoodle). Unlike some breeders of "Labradoodles", we have never introduced a market basket of other breeds into the gene pool - our puppies remain "true" Labradoodles, with only Poodle and Labradors in their genetic makeup
FALSE !!!! ITS STATEMENTS LIKE THOSE THAT LEAD TO YOUR CONFUSION!!!
Some early generation Labradoodle hybrid breeders are working to develop new and proper bloodlines. So, as a buyer, you need to do your due diligence. First what are your needs. If a consistent look and coat quality are not of primary concern then an early generation will make a good pet. My experience has been that many of them, due to the increased genetic vigor found in new crossings and well documented, may mean a more high strung pet. Many of these early generation breeders will tell you that because of the 75% poodle genes their dogs are the most likely to be hypoallergenic and or non shedding. This is a fallacy and they know that. A true Australian Labradoodle actually has more genes associated with the proper coat type to promote those characteristics. Don't be fooled!
So why are Australian Multigen Labradoodles so expensive. As breeders we are forced to purchase breed stock at very high prices. If you look at some of our own breed stock for sale you will see proven dogs selling or sold for upwards of $20,000. Typically an unproven pup for breeding will be between $5000 and $10,000. Next is the health testing of the breed stock. Our testing bills can be between $5000 and $10,000 a year! Last year our Vet bills were 16000. Also, in the price is the fact that they have been neutered, microchipped, and some training.
We do NOT infuse new genetic lines into the Labradoodle gene pool. After twenty-two years of research, infusing new genes would risk the loss of the traits for which this breed is known and loved. Their present mixture of genes consistently produces remarkable, perfect, non-shedding, hypoallergenic service dogs and pets.
Damaging the Labradoodle bloodlines by the addition of non-authentic labradoodles would insure that the labradoodles would not be recognized by the AKC as a pure breed. We believe that for the serious and careful labradoodle breeder that there is sufficient diversity in the labradoodle gene pool as it was developed and proven.
I hope this helps clarify some questions you may have and we wish you the best in your pursuit of the perfect Labradoodle. We strive to offer just that. We hope that you choose our program but most important is that you choose a breeder that you trust and feel comfortable with AND that you know what you are purchasing. There is a BIG difference between a high strung hybrid and a laid back Australian. Here is the link to take you back to the first page. Please take some more time to review that page as well as any other you may find of aid in your quest. Thank you.