Coats, Colors and Size
A distinctive feature of this breed is that the coat is non-shedding and easily maintained. Any coat length is acceptable but preferable no past 4 inches in length. The coat should be even over the entire body. It should be straight, wavy or forming spirals. It should not be too thick or dense, or should it be fluffy or fuzzy. It should be a single coat. Any sign of an undercoat is a serious fault. Can range between a fleece to wool in texture. Extremely harsh hair is highly undesirable.
The fleece texture coat is a soft texture as in the Angora goat. It can either have a straight wavy look or a soft spiraling curl look. It is an easy to manage textured coat.
The wool textured coat is like a lamb’s wool in texture. It should have the appearance of looser spiraling wool, which opens up easily to the skin. I should not appear thick and dense or tightly curled.
The coat should not appear overly groomed and any appearance of sun bleaching is acceptable.
Coat patterns in Australian Labradoodles include the following: All solid colors. Colors of parchment, lavender, café, and chocolate may have dark amber eyes, liver noses, eye rims and lips, and dark nails. Colors of caramel may have dark amber to pale hazel-green eyes, liver noses, eye rims and lips, and self colored to dark nails. Colors of gold, red, black, blue, and silver must have very dark eyes, black noses, eye rims and lips, and black or self-colored nails. Colors of chalk and cream may have either pigmentation.
Solid: Color is solid and preferably even with no white markings. A small white flash no larger than 2.5 cm in diameter can appear on the chest, feet or tail is permissible.
Parti: Color is fifty percent white, with spots/patches of any other solid color. No set pattern is required buy symmetrical markings on the head are preferred. Freckling of the solid color in the white of the coat is acceptable but not preferred.
Phantom: The body color must be a solid color with defined markings of a second color as follows: above each eye, on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheek, on the underside of the ears, on the throat to fore-chest, or in a chin and fore-chest pattern, with a minimum second coloring on the feet preferably up the legs, and below the tail. Second color in the inside of the leg and flank is also acceptable and should not be penalized. Markings are preferred to be clear and defined. Face markings of the second color with the entire face colored is acceptable, though not preferred, if the other required body markings are present. Any of the solid colors combination is acceptable.
Abstract: Any solid color with the second color being white, must have less than fifty percent white.
Sable: Black tipped hairs on any solid color, preferable even but no penalty for uneven pattern of ticking.
Brindle: Should have an even and equal distribution of the colors with layering of black hairs in regions of lighter colors producing a tiger-striped pattern.
Multi: Multiple colors or patterns, as in phantom with large white abstract markings, or a parti pattern with sable ticking etc.
Note: It is normal that all colors may show bleaching and discouloration over the top of the coat, referred to as sunning. This is quite expected and acceptable. The Australian Labradoodle is an active dog and often a service dog that enjoys the outdoors. Sunning or weather bleaching must not be penalized.
Miniature range: height 14-16 inches at wither (15-25 lbs.)
Medium range: height 17-20 inches at wither (30-45 lbs.)
Standard range: height 21-24 inches at wither (50-65 lbs.)