The Labradoodle should be a dog with an even temperament and the just the right energy level to serve as an assistance or therapy dog. This was why Wally Conron should be a dog with an even temperament and the just the right energy level to serve as an assistance or therapy dog. This was why In favour of aesthetics, temperament was overlooked. This is why the Cocker Spaniel was introduced as an infusion to the breed, which then gave way to dogs with uneven temperaments and a lack of concentration.
Despite preconceived ideas about the Labradoodle, the truth is that the name generates much confusion, since it is not a breed. Not being a breed makes it difficult to speak about general characteristics regarding these dogs, since it truly depends on each breeder and the type of Labrador.
Many different types of Labradoodles exist, each one very different from the other. This means that, when we talk about the Labradoodle, generalization is very difficult. Wally Conron's Labradoodles were bred to be hypoallergenic and good assistance dogs, the 1st generation Labradoodles are a cross whose characteristics are difficult ot determine, and the Australian Labradoodles are dogs whose breeding was more focused on aesthetics. This made their temperament and hypoallergenic hair not very predictable.
The problem with the Labradoodle not being a purebreed dog, means that any club or association can determine its own breed standard. There is no unanimity about what a Labradoodle should be. Since there is no single guide about what a Labradoodle should be, anyone can call their dogs a Labradoodle, and families can't know exactly what to expect from their dog. The inconsistencies between the different breed standards mean that dogs called Labradoodles are very different from each other.
The great problem with the Labradoodle is due to the popularity it enjoyed when it had yet to be established as a breed. Right away, unknowledgeable breeders started to make their own crosses, create clubs and write their own breed standards. The result was disastrous, as it led to the breed losing the very characteristics that made it famous: hypoallergenic dogs with an even temperament, apt to be assistance dogs. Favouring aesthetics, infusions were made with dogs that unbalanced the even temperament of the dog, with the idea that the Labradoodle would continue to be considered a good dog for therapy or assistance work. And this is how the need arose to develop the Australian Cobberdog breed, which is what the Labradoodle should have been: a hypoallergenic dog breed with great potential to be a therapy or assistance dog.
The Labradoodle was created to be a hypoallergenic dog with the ideal characteristics to to be a good therapy or assistance dog, even though this objective was lost in its development. The Australian Cobberdog assumed this objective, and the breed was established to guarantee that all Australian Cobberdog are what they should be: a great family dog with enormous potential to carry out work as a therapy or assistance dog.