Typically, breeders and owners will refer to their Australian Labradoodles as Fleece Coated Australian Labradoodles or Wool Coated Australian Labradoodles. These pertain to coat descriptions.
Coat: Coat length should be 4-6 inches long. It should be straight, wavy or forming spirals and should naturally grow in staples with a soft texture. It should not be too thick or dense nor should it be fluffy or fuzzy. It should be a single coat.
Fleece: Texture should be light and silky similar to the texture of the Angora Goat. Appearing to contain a silky lanolin in texture. Appearance can range from an almost straight loosely waved to an obviously waved coat,
Wool: Texture is denser than that of the Fleece with a similar texture to that of Lambs Wool. Appearing to contain a sheep lanolin in texture. The ideal wool coat should hang in loose hollow spirals. It is acceptable to exhibit a spring appearance rather than spiral.
There will be no body odor or shedding in the Fleece and Wool coat Early generation dogs with a hair coat will have both odor and shed in varying degrees.
It is acceptable to see a coat change from the puppy to adult coat, and also during hormonal changes in fertile bitches. This coat will not shed, and needs to be groomed out.
The many Colors of the Australian Labradoodle and Labradoodle
These days you can find the Australian Labradoodle in a number of different and beautiful colors.
It is normal that all colors may show bleaching and discoloration over the topcoat, 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.
Chalk This color should be a white color but when compared to white is rather a chalky white in color. Nose pigment to be Black or Rose.
Cream This color should be a creamy coloring sometimes with apricot/gold tinting, all shades of cream are acceptable. Nose pigment to be Black or Rose.
Gold This color has also been referred to, as "apricot" should be the color of the inside of a ripe apricot to varying shades of rich Gold in color. A true Gold should not have a lighter root than the outer coat and preferable have an even coloration over the entire body. This color may fade as the dog grows older. Nose pigment to be Black in color.
Caramel This color ranges from a rich gold through to a deep red the preferred color is very much the same color as its namesake "caramel" with even coloration over the entire body. Nose pigment to be Rose in color.
Red This color should be a solid even rich red in color. A true red should not be lighter at the root than the outer coat. Reds can fade as the dog grows older. Nose pigment to be Black. (Rare color group)
Black This color should be a solid black in color with no sprinkling of any other color through the coat. Nose pigment to be Black.
Silver This color can range in shades from very light pewter in color to a dark charcoal in color it is preferred to see an even color through the coat but acceptable to see uneven layering of color in the coat. Silvers are born Black with the coat color developing over time (1-3 yrs). Nose pigment to be Black.
Blue This color should be a dark to medium smoky blue in color. Blues are born Black but will have a Blue/Grey skin pigment. The blue coat color will develop over time (1-3yrs) but as a developed adult should have an even coat color. Nose pigment to be Blue/Grey [matching the skin pigmentation]. [Rare color group]
Chocolate This color should be a dark rich chocolate in color. True chocolates are born almost black in color and maintain the rich dark color throughout their lifetime. Color should be even. Nose pigment to be Rose in color [matching the coat color]. (Rare color group)
Cafe This color ranges from a milk chocolate to silver-beige in color and will develop over time (1-3yrs). Nose pigment to be Rose in color [matching the coat color].
Lavender This color has a definite smoky lavender chocolate color giving an almost pink to lilac appearance. Lavender dogs are born chocolate and will develop over time (1-3yrs). Nose pigment to be Rose in color [matching the coat color]. [Rare color group]
Parchment This color is a creamy beige chocolate color reminiscent of a cup of coffee with a generous addition of milk. Parchment dogs are born milk chocolate and will develop over time (1-3yrs). From a distance adult dogs can be mistaken for a dark or smoky cream. Nose pigment to be Rose in color. [Rare color group]
Parti This can be any color except Phantom with white patches on the face, head and or body (Rare color group)
Phantom is any shading or two-toned coloration such as a Black dog with lower legs showing a soft toning of silver or gold. Or a dog that is born dark with golden shading at the roots or a slight brindling effect. (Rare color group)
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