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Often, it’s quite challenging to discern the differences between Labradoodles and Australian Cobberdogs. While both breeds share many similarities, distinguishing them can be especially tricky. That’s why we’ve dedicated this article to clarify the distinctions between Labradoodles and Australian Cobberdogs.

If you’re wondering whether a Labradoodle is the same as a Cobberdog, the answer is no. We’ll explain how both breeds came about because that’s where the first difference lies between the Labradoodle and the Cobberdog. We’ll continue with differences in their breeding methods and the variations in their physical and temperamental characteristics. Let’s dive in!

How did the Labradoodle emerge?

In 1988, Australian breeder Wally Conron created the first Labradoodle with the aim of meeting the request of a visually impaired woman in need of an assistance and guide dog that was also hypoallergenic because her husband had allergies. To fulfill his goal of creating a breed with assistance and therapy qualities that wouldn’t trigger allergies, he crossed a Poodle with a Labrador, combining the hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle with the therapy and guide dog temperament of the Labrador.

The Labradoodle gained significant popularity, leading to uncontrolled breeding of Labradoodles, resulting in these hybrid dogs lacking consistent temperament traits. Due to indiscriminate breeding, driven by the Labradoodle trend, problems emerged within the breed, leading to individuals without hypoallergenic qualities and unpredictable appearances and temperaments. Wally Conron himself expressed regret for creating the Labradoodle due to the unforeseen consequences, even referring to it as a “Frankenstein dog” because of its unpredictability.

The Labradoodle is not recognized by the Kennel Club or the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) as they don’t consider Labradoodles to be a breed with distinct characteristics. Therefore, there’s no official breed standard for the Labradoodle.

The term “Labradoodle” refers to the two breeds involved in its creation: “Labrad” (Labrador) and “oodle” (Poodle).

How did the Cobberdog come about?

The Cobberdog was created by Mellodie Woolley, a breeder who aimed to establish a breed through responsible and respectful crossbreeding of the Labrador and the Poodle. The goal was also to combine the hypoallergenic traits of the Poodle with the assistance and guide dog temperament of the Labrador. To distance herself from the unethical breeding practices seen in many Labradoodle breeders, she decided to create a new breed with a different name: the Cobberdog, which means “friend” or “companion.”

The Cobberdog is not recognized by the FCI or the Kennel Club, but it is registered with the MDBA (Master Dog Breeders Associates), an international registry of purebred dogs that recognized it as an independent breed in 2012. Therefore, the breed has a regulated standard.

Breeding of the Labradoodle

There are two types of Labradoodle breeding:

  • Crossing a Poodle and a Labrador, the original cross.
  • Crossing Labradoodles with Labradoodles to establish a new breed. The issue is that, due to the lack of regulation by an official standard, breeders often used individuals without ensuring their genetic health.

The problem is that, not being regulated by an official standard, specimens were often used for breeding without ensuring their good genetic health.


Breeding of the Cobberdog


To breed Cobberdogs, the crossing of Poodles and Labradors follows MDBA guidelines:

  1. Ensuring the genetic health of the individuals.
  2. Achieving a good assistance temperament.
  3. Maintaining hypoallergenic properties (non-shedding). The Cobberdog has its own DNA sequence that repeats in all generations, making the results predictable.

The cobberdog has its own DNA sequence that is repeated in all gen

Temperament and Physical Appearance of the Labradoodle

Their temperament should be gentle and docile, with a balanced and calm disposition, ideally possessing the characteristics of an assistance dog, including empathy and a friendly and calm personality. However, due to the lack of breed standard, the results are unpredictable. Similarly, their physical appearance can vary, with curly or straight, rough or smooth, and medium or long coats.


Temperament and Physical Appearance of the Cobberdog

Both the temperament and physical appearance of the Cobberdog are predictable thanks to their unique DNA sequence. The MDBA is responsible for issuing pedigree certificates for Cobberdogs.

The Cobberdog’s temperament is calm and obedient, making it a well-balanced, friendly, and empathetic assistance dog. As for their coat, Cobberdogs have a soft, wavy, or curly texture.


In summary, to differentiate between the Labradoodle and the Cobberdog, consider that both breeds originated with the same goal: combining the docile, obedient, empathetic, and assistance-oriented nature of the Labrador with the hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle. The significant difference lies in their breeding methods and the absence of regulation by an official entity for Labradoodle breeding.

In contrast, the Cobberdog is regulated and guarantees predictable results. It provides a quality assurance because it is registered with the MDBA, an organization that has registered all breeding individuals and issues pedigree certificates for Cobberdog puppies that meet its guidelines.

We recommend ensuring that the breeder has been responsible in their breeding practices, as both the Labradoodle and the Cobberdog are fantastic dogs with enviable qualities.