History for the ALCA
In 2002, Dorothy Moreau imported miniature Australian Labradoodles from Rutland Manor and Tegan Park in Australia into the USA. There were a few standard size breeding dogs in the USA already but no minis.
Dorothy imported seven dogs total, two of which were purchased in whelp, three boys, and one female that was not in whelp. The first dogs that were imported were Rutland Manor Blossom, Rutland Manor Shu Shu, then came Rutland’s Lil Brett, Rutland’s Cocoa (co-owned by Gail Widman), Tegan Park Surprise Pac, Tegan Park Yum Yum, and Rutland’s Brianna.
At that time, Primetime Australian Labradoodles was formed. Shortly after the first litter was born, Dorothy’s sister Gail Widman purchased a male from Dorothy and co-owned Rutland’s Cocoa and soon bought Cocoa outright and started her own breeding program, Whispering Winds Australian Labradoodles.
During this period, Dorothy was working with another breeder in Canada to start a club for these wonderful dogs in order to keep track of the fast-growing popularity of the Australian Labradoodles. They found that it was not as convenient nor practical working across the border to form a club. As a result, Dorothy and Gail co-founded the ALCA in the USA.. Gail took care of the business end of starting the Club, and Dorothy took the task of gathering all the breeders in the USA and other countries to join the new Club. Gail was President and Dorothy was Vice President of the new Club. Gail remained President until her retirement from the Board in June 2019, and Dorothy as Vice President until her resignation from the Board in August 2020. This was a closely held enterprise with officers from the founding families. A few of Dorothy’s and Gail’s family members became breeders as well as periodically helped with Club duties, including Dorothy’s daughter, Lora Dowd. Lora served as Registrar for the Club and as Board member from 2009 until she resigned from the Board in August 2020. Since the beginning, ALCA has offered registrations and pedigrees while maintaining a very extensive database, with more than 4,000 pedigrees individually registered, with eight plus generations per pedigree. ALCA has many thousands of dogs in its database. The membership has grown over the years to 450+ members being registered as breeders in total. The Club continues to grow and is the premier defender of the authentic bloodlines developed in Australia at Rutland Manor and Tegan Park.
ALCA is a vital presence for the Australian Labradoodles, helping to maintain quality and support for the many breeders that believe the Australian Labradoodle is the perfect family pet, with many becoming therapy and service dogs. ALCA is the Premier Club for the Authentic Australian Labradoodles. We celebrate Dorothy Moreau and Gail Widman for their selfless work.