The Labradoodle really became known in 1988, when Australian breeder Wally Conron, of Guide Dogs Victoria, crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle. His goal was to combine the low-shedding coat of the Poodle with the gentleness and trainability of the Labrador, and providing guide dogs that would be suitable for people with any allergies to fur and dander. Because of his success, Labradoodles are now widely used around the world as guide, assistance, and therapy dogs as well as being popular family dogs.
The Australian Labradoodle breed is not only a cross between a lab and a poodle. English and American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels were also brought into the mix in order to bring in certain qualities that were needed to create a breed that would have the all of the desirable characteristics that you see now in our doodles today.