Australian Showdown: What’s the Difference Between Australian Labradoodles and Aussidoodles?

Though their names are very similar (and easily confused), Australian Labradoodles and Aussidoodles are very different breeds. Both are Poodle cross breeds, and are very intelligent dogs, but there are differences in both their temperament and their history that distinguish one from the other.

Temperament: Australian Labradoodles & Aussiedoodles

Australian Labradoodle

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Australian Labradoodles are renowned for their temperament; it’s one of the main things that drew us at Good Day Doodles to the breed. Australian Labradoodles are extremely friendly, loyal, and patient pups. They share the Labrador’s love of people and their Poodle side lends them a high level of intelligence. These two traits combine to give Australian Labradoodles a remarkable intuition; they know what their owners need from them, making them especially apt service dogs.

Aussidoodles are friendly dogs, to be sure, but they don’t hold a candle to the affable Australian Labradoodle. They have a loyal and lovable temperament, but they are less pet-friendly than Australian Labradoodles and have an unfortunate tendency to begin herding family members, including children… this comes from their Australian Shepherd heritage. This can take the form of nudging or nipping, and can be misconstrued as aggression. Aussidoodles have a strong compulsion to do a job, and they will find a way to entertain themselves if left to their own devices (often with the destruction of their owner’s property).

History

Australian Labradoodles were bred with a very specific purpose: to meet the need for allergy-friendly service dogs. The well-known allergy friendly favorite, the poodle, combines with the affable, loyal, and happy Labrador for an intelligent, trainable, and extremely intuitive dog with a low or no-shed coat, reducing the suffering of those in search of a companion or therapy dog, but who have a dog allergy. Less or absent shedding means less exposure to dander, leading to fewer allergic reactions. The first Australian Labradoodle was bred with this goal in mind when a blind woman was in need of a guide dog who would not aggravate her husband’s dog allergy. Her pup, Sultan, soon drew praise for being an exceptional companion with an allergy-friendly coat.

The history of the Aussioodle is a bit different. Rather than breeding for a combination of service dogs and allergy-friendliness, the Aussidoodle was bred to be a canine MERSA member. Both the Poodle and Australian Shepherd are considered to be among the smartest of all dog breeds. Their intelligence combined creates a super-smart hybrid in the Aussidoodle, smarter even than the Australian Labradoodle. This intelligence has a price, though. Where the clever Australian Labradoodle may play a trick on his owners, an Aussidoodle may do more damage if not kept busy with a stimulating and challenging job.

Both Australian Labradoodles and Aussidoodles make great pets, and are wonderful companion dogs for families. However, we believe the little things that separate the breeds make the Australian Labradoodle a clear winner. If you’re interested in seeing just how amazing these pups are for yourself, fill out our application to start the adoption process today!

 

Australian Aides: Why Australian Labradoodles Make Great Therapy Dogs

In 1988, Australian breeder Wally Conron first crossed a Standard Poodle and a Labrador Retriever in an effort to breed a highly intelligent, extremely friendly dog with an allergy friendly coat. He was asked to find a solution for a blind woman who needed a guide dog who would not cause her allergic husband to suffer. The resulting litter yielded the perfect pup, Sultan, who had not only a stellar personality for a working dog, but a no-to-low shedding coat that produced less dander (and less wet-dog smell) than a Labrador. People were amazed at Sultan’s success, and the reputation of the Australian Labradoodle as an incredible working dog began.

Temperament for the Job

The Australian Labradoodle is friendly and loyal, easily and effortlessly bonding with both long-term owners and short-term patients. This joyous demeanor makes them ideal for any family especially those with individuals who have special needs. Some Australian Labradoodles go into full-time service as guide dogs or companions. Many are employed as therapy dogs, who travel to hospitals, assisted living or mental health facilities, and hospices, along with learning centers, libraries and schools. Their friendly, funny temperament makes them a perfect candidate for a teaching assistant or a smile distributor.

Australian Labradoodle Therapy Dog

Trainability is Important

Australian Labradoodles are astoundingly intelligent. Their quick wit and sense of humor are assets in their own right, making them fantastic at providing love and companionship to those who need a heartfelt connection (or a good laugh). Their amazing intellect also means that they take to training very well, with obedience and more complicated service related commands a breeze to teach. They appreciate a challenge and love to play games, making them perfect for interactive therapies. But, perhaps most importantly, Australian Labradoodles have an empathetic, intuitive ability to sense what patients need, something that is inborn to the breed that just cannot be taught.

Balanced Energy

The Australian Labradoodle has a balanced energy in its temperament that helps to make it a perfect candidate for therapy work as well as assistance. These pups are quite athletic with an almost infectious joy, so traveling around from place to place, room to room, and person to person isn’t an issue. You may think that a highly energetic dog would be ill suited to working with the ill, the elderly, or children, but the Australian Labradoodle is quite gentle, well mannered, and soft when being handled. They are amazingly patient and can be still for long periods of time, so patients and pupils can pet them as long as they need.

Australian Labradoodles have all the traits that make a great therapy dog, and they have a unique advantage as well. As allergy-friendly pups, they can give their love and affection to patients and students who have dog allergies as well as those who don’t, so they’re ideal for mixed (allergic and non-allergic) groups of people. If you are interested in adopting an Australian Labradoodle to train as a therapy dog, or as a full-time service dog for you or someone you love, you can fill out our adoption application here.

Pick of the Litter: Australian Labradoodles Are The Perfect Pup for Growing Families

Australian Labradoodle Puppy

The Australian Labradoodle is one of, if not the best choice for canine companionship when you have kids or are planning on starting a family. These soft fluffy pups are renowned for their mild temperament, quick wit, and calm yet joyous demeanor when handled. They are also the ideal dog for children with special needs, but they make a fantastic four-legged addition to any family. Big, small, toddlers or teens (and with or without additional fur-babies) these pups will fit right in to your home and your hearts.

Mild-Mannered Mutts

The Australian Labradoodle isn’t technically a mutt, but the cross breeding of Labradors, Poodles, American and English Spaniels has created a breed temperament that is perfect for families. These pups are sweet and gentle, and full of an exuberant joy that is contagious. There’s nothing scarier than a cranky dog paired with a young child, but that’ll never be an issue with this breed. They are truly family- and kid-friendly. They even get along great with other dogs!

Clever Canines

The Australian Labradoodle is amazingly intelligent. This makes them very easy to train, and that translates into family friendliness. No more worrying about pups jumping up on the kiddos, or tearing up toddler toys; these pups know how to listen and learn when given the proper training. They are also extremely funny, always playing jokes to get a giggle. They intuitively know what their family needs, making them a great help with curious kids and bad days alike.

Pet or Play

Australian Labradoodles are an energetic breed. They will run and play with your munchkins as long as they can keep up. But when you pick up these awesome pups, they are calm and quiet, gentle and soft. Many breeds squirm when held, especially by kids, but the Australian Labradoodle was specifically bred to act as service/therapy dogs for children. Their calmness and their joyous energy are all in their breeding, and both are essential for family-friendly pets.

Australian Labradoodle playing in the yard

Service Dog Heritage

The Australian Labradoodle was bred to meet the need for hypoallergenic service dogs for special needs children. Their fantastically friendly demeanor makes them an ideal candidate for families with kids who have special needs, as there’s no fear of aggression from these pups. Their superior intelligence means they can be trained to help kids with special needs get through their daily routines with ease. Finally, their intuition is all important, especially with non-verbal children. Instead of having to give commands, the dog simply knows when he is needed.

These wonderful attributes make the Australian Labradoodle the perfect canine choice for your growing family. If you have kids and are looking for a happy-go-lucky addition to adopt, these friendly, funny, and super-smart dogs are just what you’ve been searching for! Plus, you won’t have to worry about cleaning up pet hair as you tidy up after your little ones; all our Australian Labradoodles have low- or no-shed coats, leaving you with one less chore on your list. If you are interested in adopting one of our amazing pups, click here to fill out an application today!