Originally, Labradoodles were bred using only two breeds - Labrador Retriever and Poodle. This type of breeding is still being done today by many people and is now considered the American version of the Labradoodle.  It is identified by the below type designations:

  • F-1 = A first generation Labradoodle created by breeding a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle.

  • F-1b = A F-1 bred back to a poodle.

  • F-2 = A first generation Labradoodle bred back to another first generation Labradoodle



But many years ago, breeders in Australia, Tegan Park Breeding & Research Centre and Rutland Manor Breeding &Research Centre were trying to consistently produce allergy friendly dogs starting with this formula.  They believed that working with only two breeds was too limiting and began infusing other breeds into the recipe.  Slowly, through careful breeding and a keen eye for mutations of the genes that would produce the desired results, the centers began to have consistent success using up to six different breeds.  Angela Cunningham of Tegan Park and Beverley Manors of Rutland Manor are the co-founders of the Australian Labradoodle.  Together they have built a breed type that has taken the world by storm.


The name Labradoodle was retained because the foundation is and will always be the Labrador and Poodle.  But, in order to differentiate between lab/poodle cross breeds and the dogs that were developed by the aforementioned breeding centers in Australia, the term Australian Labradoodle is now being used in America and Cobberdog (Companion dog) in Australia.

The Australian Labradoodle Club of America (A.L.C.A) is the Premier club, dedicated to preserving and continuing the work that was done by the founders of the breed.  We are focused on the development of the Australian Labradoodle in America and  working to maintain the temperament, conformation, coats and allergy friendly traits that make these dogs so special. 


The Infusion of foundation breeds ceased in 2010.  After which, Australian Labradoodle to Australian Labradoodle, is the preferred breeding and the only one accepted as a Pure Breed in development, by the ALCA. Which means, no dogs with infusions after 2010 can be considered a Pure Bred Australian Labradoodle. However, those previously accepted after 2010 are on track to become pure bred Australian Labradoodles.

There are other "doodles" that may look the same, but nothing beats the Authentic Australian Labradoodle, which is non-shedding, allergy friendly, consistent in temperament and form, highly intelligent with great eye contact, companion oriented and very therapeutic in nature.   No matter the size, all Authentic Australian labradoodles share the same traits.  Below is the acceptable grading scale for the Australian Labradoodle.

Below is a list of dogs not able to be registered as Australian Labradoodles.

  • Doodles identified as F1, F1b, F2, Double Doodle, Merles, Wheaten Terrier, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier,  Cobberdog, CockaPoo, Poodle, or any labradoodle with a new infusion of any breed cannot be registered with ALCA as a pure breed Australian Labradoodle.  

  • A dog that has a F1, F1b, or F2 on one side and an Australian  Labradoodle on the other side, will not be registered as Australian Labradoodles. Australian Labradoodles are to be bred  to Australian Labradoodles in order to be identified as Authentic Australian labradoodles or, the infusion must have occurred before 2011.   

  • The ALCA no longer accepts infusions that were not already in the ALCA database  as of 12/31/2010. Only infusions from those dogs registered within our database prior to  01/01/2011, are allowed to be registered. Offspring of those earlier infusions are also allowed to be  registered. 

  • One side of the doodles pedigree must date back to Rutland Manor or Tegan Park.



The grading system is an upward spiral: To grade a dog the grade goes up one from the lowest grading point. 

Example 1: Two dogs breed, one is graded A1 and the other A3, the offspring would be A2. A - Stands for Australian Labradoodle and the number which follows, is simply the number of generations since coming over from Australian. The true number of generations which may have evolved in Australia are not factored into the American grading system. Example 2: When infusions are involved you would calculate as such: A-3I (Infusion) of P3 (Poodle 3rd generation back)  + A3I (Infusion) of P1 (Poodle first generation back = A4I-P2.  A= Australian, I = Infusion, P = Poodle, C = Cockapoo, etc.

  • A = Australian which is followed by a number after the A (A1). The number indicates the number of generations, that dog is, from the first Australian Labradoodle's arrival in America.   

  • The number after the  or C or any other infusion is how many generations ago it was infused into the line.  Example: I-P2 means that a Poodle is in two generation back meaning the grandparent of the dog.  Again, an A3i-P3 + A3i-P1 = A4i-P2.

  • If the infusion occurred after 12/31/2010, it would not be able to be registered with the ALCA. 

  • CERTIFICATION:  Certified means that a dog has 1 Poodle only ( no cockapoo) and not more than 1 Poodle in the 3rd generation, or, no infusions in the past three (3) generations behind it.  Example: Archie is an A5 and was bred to Coco who is an A5I-P3 ( 5th generation in America with a Poodle Infusion in the 3rd generation). In this case the offspring will grade as A6 Certified.  Because the 3rd generation Poodle Infusion, would drop off if the infusion was prior to January 1, 2011.  Had the theoretical Coco had two infusions in the 3rd generation, the offspring would not have been certifiable.  

  • Generations: The ALCA stopped accepting infusions that were not already in the database as of 12/31/10. Only infusions from dogs already registered within the database prior to that date are acceptable.



  • In order to register a dog with the ALCA, birthdates and gradings must be on the pedigree submitted. 

  • In order to be certifiable the potential breeder dog may have one (1) Poodle Infusion in the 3rd generation

  • Note - May not have one (1) Poodle on each side, only one (1) on one side of the genealogy. 

  • Cockapoo infusions are not acceptable.



A = Australian 

I = Infusion 

P = Poodle 

C = Cockapoo 


Think About It:


  • When contemplating the purchase of a dog from outside of the ALCA, or even from ALCA members, keep in mind, in order for the dog to be registered with ALCA, when graded, it would have  to be able to be “Certified” as if it were a dog in the ALCA system.

  • If the dog wouldn’t grade  as “Certified” in the ALCA registry, then it cannot be registered with ALCA. If it is able to be graded  as ”Certified”, then it can be registered with ALCA but it will not be classified as “Certified” - Its  offspring could be Certified if the other side helps it qualify as such.

  • If the potential breeder dogs parents are an F1,  F1b or F2 bred to an ALD, this dog cannot be registered with  ALCA. F1’s, F1b’s and F2’s are considered infusions.

  • If the parents of a potential breeder dog are an American Labradoodle bred to an ALD, this dog would not be registrable in ALCA.  

  • The dam of a litter must be registered with the ALCA in order for the litter to be registerable with the ALCA. The  sire has to qualify as being able to be registered or “Certified” if he were to be in the ALCA  database. For a litter to be registered by a sire not in ALCA, the sire’s pedigree with dates and  gradings and health records have to be submitted for review. 

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