Kate’s Family Pets
Welcome to this web page about our Miniature Labradoodles bred in Condobolin NSW at “Nyora”
Wally Conren of the Australian Guide Dogs association in Victoria first deliberately bred (and named) a litter of Labradoodles an attempt to produce a "hypoallergenic" guide dog. In the 1980's Wally was approached by a blind woman living in Hawaii who's husband was allergic to dogs. He was fortunate that one puppy in the first litter of 3 which he bred was successfully hypoallergenic and also trained up as a guide dog.
On the 1st of July 1994 we bred Wally and became the first people in the world to breed miniature Labradoodles. I discuss how I came to this decision on the page why labradoodles. We breed miniature Labradoodles by crossing male Toy or Miniature Poodles with female Labrador Retrievers. We have chosen to use the small poodles because the two breeds have very few genetic problems in common and because the dogs are medium sized and so suit a wide range of situations.
Our breeding dogs are selected on their temperament and health. In addition the pups have "hybrid vigour" a well recognised phenomenon in animal breeding. I discuss the rationale for this in the essay on Inbreeding, Linebreeding and Crossbreeding in dogs.
Many breeders are now breeding Labradoodles into a new breed. They are bred from Labrador Poodle cross dogs which are often backcrossed to poodles and selected for non shedding coats like our Backcross Labradoodles. Some breeders have used unrelated breeds such as Cocker Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers and Irish Water Spaniels in their breeding programs. In spite of some apparent controversy in the purebred Labradoodle world, “Pedigreed” Labradoodles will no doubt one day be “recognised” as a breed and if you are interested in the development of Labradoodles as a breed I recommend the goldendoodle website for an excellent independent introduction to reputable breeders.
We have surveyed the owners of our first cross labradoodles and can describe these dogs with some confidence. If you would like to know more about what these dogs are like please read the page on description of our labradoodles.
For many years I bred only gold labradoodles but we now have black and chocolate Poodles and Labradors and have black, silver and chocolate puppies available as well as our traditional range of gold coloured dogs. If you refer to photographs pages you will see pictures of dogs of various colours and coat lengths and types, as well as happy family shots – a tiny selection of the photographs my owners have sent me over the years.
In recent years we have also investigated other crosses. I believe that there is something special about the temperament and intelligence of poodle retriever crosses. We have used golden retrievers crossed with poodles to breed Miniature Goldendoodles and have crossed golden retrievers with our Labradors to use as mothers of golden labradoodles which combine the 3 breeds. We have also bred Curly Coated Retriever / poodle cross (I can’t think of a name for them and am not even going to try!) to produce soft, non shedding, curly coated chocolate dogs. We intend to breed “curly coated chocolate labradoodles” one day.
Our Labradoodles are bred with the intention of becoming family pets. They will not suit every family. In recognition of this we do breed small numbers of other crossbreds and we will always try to give honest advice regarding which dogs are likely to suit you. We aim to produce happy pets and satisfied owners.
Our pups are all sold desexed and if you want to read more about this refer to the page on early desexing. If you do not want a desexed male then males can be purchased vasectomised.
Puppies, like people, are partly a product of their genes and partly a product of their environment. To grow up into happy well adjusted dogs, pups must be socialised properly. Our pups are carefully socialised up to 8 weeks and come with a manual which gives an introduction to understanding dog behaviour, tips on how to deal with house training . A copy of this booklet will soon be able to be purchased on this website.
Before you read any more about my dogs you might like to read the page I have prepared on choosing a dog. I have tried to present advice on the issues you need to consider before taking on a new family member who is likely to be with you for 14 years.
Because of the interest in Labradoodles from allergy sufferers I have prepared a page giving as much information on allergies as I can on my dogs with some links to sites discussing allergies to dogs.
On my links page you will find links to sites which I feel are useful, to the home pages of some of our offspring and also links to other labradoodle sites which I believe will help you to obtain independent information about these dogs.
If you wish to communicate with owners of our dogs then you are welcome to visit the discussion forum I set up for owners to talk to each other.
If you like what you see on our site and are interested in ordering a pup or you wish to obtain current information on cost, delivery details and availability please visit the enquiry page.
Puppies are sold with a guarantee that veterinary expenses up to the purchace price of the pup will be paid if congenital or genetic health problems occur within the first 2 years. Because not all dogs suit all situations we give a 50% refund of the purchase price if the pup is returned within 6 months because he does not suit for any reason.
If you have bought a one of our labradoodles and would like to post pictures on the net or make your details available so that other 'doodle owners can get in touch with you then Webstyles have created a wonderful photo gallery and database for labradoodle owners and welcome photos and contact information.
As a final note Net Maintain have given me great service in managing this web site and they are not to be held responsible for the format not changing in 10 years – it looks the same but works much better!
Thank you for visiting our site – I hope you enjoy it and that, even if you decide against one of my puppies, I have helped your thinking about dog ownership.