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Description of the AES Australian Labradoodle


Introduction

Breed standard versus a Description of a breed

A breed standard is a description of the ideal image of a particular breed. Very few dogs of a breed will meet the ideal description for 100%. The same applies for the authentic AES Australian Labradoodle.
Usually a breed standard is used for selection for breeding. However, the dog is more than a perfect conformation and a beautiful coat or colour.
This is why ALFA-Europe only gives a description of AES Australian Labradoodle. His intuitive character, health, soundness, his genetic vitality, as well as his allergy friendliness is far more important than his appearance.

Note: The AES Australian Labradoodle needs at least two years of regular exersize and appropriate nourisment to devellop his body and grow into adulthood. Both mentally and physically. They need a very consequent guidance.

General appearance and the purpose of the dog

A well balanced dog with a cheerful and friendly behaviour and an intelligent and intuitive look in his eyes. The dog has first been bred in Australia in order to become an allergy friendly and non-aggressive family dog as well as suitable for training in order to become an assistance dog, therapy dog or even a medical alert dog.

General impression

The dog immediately gives you the impression of a powerful and light-footed athlete. His friendly temperament and intuitive nature is an essential part of the dog.

Temperament

Intelligent (smart), lively, friendly and always joyful, focused on people by making eye contact and he always likes to work for you.
Note: With weak leadership, the Australian Labradoodle shows a tendency to stubbornness and obstinacy. Because of their intelligence they tend to take advantage of week leadership.

Conformation and size

The overall balance is more important than a specified measurements. The dog is slightly longer than its height.

Standard: height at withers larger than 60 cm
Medium: height at withers between 45-60 cm
Miniature: height at withers smaller than 45 cm

Head and face

The expression of the head is gentle, friendly and lively. The eyes are oval or round and are a characteristic of the breed. They should be rather large than small. The expression should be lively, curious, cheerful, wise and they make eye contact.
The eyes are dark brown to light amber or hazel colour nuances. Usually the eyes have long eyelashes. The edges around the eyes might be black, liver or deep pink.

The drop ears are well furred and set slightly below the top of the head. The skull from both the dog and the bitch is large and slightly rounded.
The nose is large, round and fleshy in appearance.
The teeth and gums must be healthy. the dog has a normal scissors bite.

The forehand

The shoulders should be muscular, powerful and well developed, the shoulder blades are long and large hanging slightly. The elbows must turn neither in nor outwards. The front legs are relatively long, powerfully built with straight segments. The feet are strong and compact with strongly arched toes round or oval in shape. The feet have strong toes and solid thick pads.

The hindquarters

The hindquarters are strong, muscular and well-developed from the hip to the hock with well-turned stifles and strong short hocks. Viewed from the rear, the hind legs are straight and parallel. Viewed from the side, the angulation of the rear legs is in balance with the front. The feet are oval or round, powerful and compact with well-arched toes.

The coat

The coat is a distinctive feature of the authentic Australian Labradoodle, but his appearance differs from how the dog is trimmed and regularly maintained. There are basically two coat types: curly coat and fleece coat.
Although they don't have a typical undercoat little wool hairs have to be brushed out regularly in order to prevent matting. Both coat types don't spread a typical dog smell.

The curly coat has curls like a Poodle, especially when the coat is wet.
The fleece coat has loose waves or wavy curls.
Fleece coats have equal hair-length all over the body (including legs and tail) mostly longer than 10 centimetres when not trimmed.
The hairs on the head have to be trimmed in such a way that the eyes are kept free. The hair of the feet have to be cut short in order to prevent that the dog slips and slides.

Note: Besides these two coat types, in some breeding lines a gene mutation exist causing that the coat trait of the dog differs. Mostly the coat on the legs and paws are short and the dog is shedding heavenly. You can read more under Improper Coat.

Coat-colour

The following colours exist: black, silver, cream variants, wheaten coloured, caramel / or apricot, red (rare), chocolate, café au lait, parchment-coloured, blue-black and lavender.
If the coat colour is fading during his first two years, the dog has a diluted gene for his colour.
Sometimes the colour is fading at the end of the hair caused by the ultraviolate light.
Multi-coloured dogs (called parti-colour) can be seen in some breeding lines.

Movement

The dog moves easily, athletic, graceful and joyful. The top line remains horizontal when the dog walks. When trotting most dogs seems to dance or float effortlessly over the ground.
As speed increases, the feet are placed closer together right under his centre of gravity like a racing horse.The tail is preferably in sable fashion but usually Australian Labradoodle carry their tail high when they are playful or exited.

 

Note: Due to genetic variations caused by different crossings with other breeds in the past, different colours, coat types, or other characteristics may come to light.

 

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