History of the breed


The development of the ideal therapy dog

It all started  in Australia, where Wally Conron, breeding manager of  GDAV Guide Dog Services, searched a way to breed good, anti-allergic assistance dogs. The first Labrador Retriever x Poodle hybrids were a fact... Tegan Park and Rutland Manor played a big role in the development of the Australian Labradoodle as a distinctive breed, with infusions of the English Cocker Spaniel, the American Cocker Spaniel, the Irish Water Spaniel, the Curly Coat Retriever and more recently  the Soft Coated Irish Wheaten Terrier. Now that the breed is consistent in appearance and behavioural characteristics, the Australian Labradoodle is ready to get recognized as a valued pure breed.  The first step in this procedure: changing the name from Authentic Australian Labradoodle (which suggests a crossbreed) to Australian  Cobberdog.   Cobber is australian slang for  a friend or  companion; a  perfect  résumé of the breed.


"What's the difference between a Cobberdog and a Labradoodle?", is a question I get a lot, and it's a good question.

Here I'll make a short comparison of the Cobberdog versus the Labradoodle, so you have a basic idea. Do I still leave you with questions or does this comparison raises other questions about the Cobberdog? Let me know!


The Cobberdog is a new dogbreed and applied for FCI recognition.


A distinctive feature of the Cobberdog, is it's hypo-allergenic coat.

Consistent type

The breeding standard tells you how your cobber will/should look like.

Selected on character

A Cobberdog is highly intuïtive, social, soft and easy-tempered.

Strict breeding policy

Selectively bred under supervision of the MDBA, under strict regulations.


A Labradoodle is a crossing of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle.

Possibly hypo-allergenic

A Labradoodle might have inherited the hypo-allergenic coat of the Poodle.


You can't tell before what your puppy will look like (Labrador, Poodle,...).

Hunting dogs

A Labradoodle is a cross of two medium to high energy hunting dogs.

Anyone can breed them

Breeders worldwide produce random poodle crosses, without restrictions.

Belgian Australian Cobberdog Breeder.

Latest News

Belle and Rosie are expecting!

Puppy sounds first week of november.

October 20, 2019

Katey's hips/elbows/knees are tested

and approved for breeding!

May 09, 2019

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