The cobberdog is a laboratory dog created to combine characteristics: on the one hand, the therapy dog temperament of the Labrador and on the other hand, the non-shedding coat of the poodle. This crossbreed produces a loyal, affectionate, attentive and obedient companion. And with a most adorable appearance.
- Sizes of the Australian Cobberdog: There are three sizes for the Cobberdog: miniature, medium, and large.
- Coat: They have a shiny and silky coat with waves or curls.
- Colors: Cobberdogs can come in various colors, including black, white, peach, various shades of brown, and gold. They can be of a solid color, two colors, or shaded.
- Overall Build: The Cobberdog should have a well-proportioned body. Muzzle not too short nor too elongated. Dark-colored nose. Drooping ears with rounded tips of medium size. Eyes in dark shades.
Cobberdogs are often mistaken for Labradoodles. Both are labradors created by breeding a poodle with a labrador. To learn about their differences and how to distinguish them, please refer to our specialized article.
Cobberdogs are calm, obedient, and friendly dogs. With these characteristics, they make for a very well-balanced pet.
It is an attached dog that loves to spend time with its owners, but is not intolerant to loneliness as it is easily trained to be left alone without suffering separation anxiety.
They are always affectionate and attentive to their owners. This breed inherits great intelligence from its parents since both the poodle and the labrador rank 2nd and 7th, respectively, on Stanley Coren’s intelligence ranking.
They possess the kind of empathy expected from therapy dogs, much like the Labrador Retriever. In addition to their beauty, they are attentive and helpful dogs, making them easy to train.
Training and Obedience: Cobberdogs are bred to be easily trainable due to their intelligence and their potential as therapy and assistance dogs because of their generosity, empathy, and ability to sense their owners’ moods.
These dogs learn quickly, making positive reinforcement the most effective method.
Cobberdogs with Children and Other Pets: Early socialization of the Cobberdog ensures adaptability to various spaces, environments, people, and other pets. They are friendly and non-aggressive dogs, making them excellent companions for children and the elderly.
Daily Walks and Activity: Cobberdogs require daily exercise. It is essential to provide them with physical activity through walks and games.
This breed excels in canine sports like agility. Spending time on activities that stimulate their intelligence is also important.
Coat Care: Regular brushing is necessary to prevent knots and maintain a soft, clean, and shiny coat. Areas prone to tangling are the armpits, lower belly, behind the ears, and on the muzzle.
Carefully brush out any knots and prevent new ones from forming. Their coat is expected to resemble that of a poodle, which means it doesn’t shed and is considered hypoallergenic.
Pros and Cons
Advantages of Cobberdog:
- They are affectionate, attentive, and loving, making them great companions.
- If they inherit the Labrador’s character, they can be suitable for therapy and companionship.
- It is a hypoallergenic dog.
Disadvantages of Cobberdog:
- The breed is not recognized by the FCI or the Kennel Club, so there is no official standard for their physical characteristics and temperament.
- Finding breeders who prioritize genetic health and continuous improvement is crucial.
The Cobberdog is generally healthy, with no known common congenital diseases. The health of the Cobberdog depends on the responsible breeding practices.
When breeders use genetically healthy individuals for breeding, the puppies tend to be healthy. However, this does not guarantee immunity from all potential illnesses, so regular veterinary check-ups and vaccinations are necessary.
History and Origin
The Cobberdog is a hybrid dog created by crossbreeding a Labrador and a Poodle. Following the Labradoodle trend (a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle) and the subsequent uncontrolled breeding that led to some problems in the breed, a responsible and comprehensive breeding program was established to create a hypoallergenic breed with therapy capabilities.
The breeder who initiated this responsible breeding program with the goal of establishing a new breed was Mellodie Woolley. To distinguish it from the Labradoodle, she gave it a different name: Cobberdog. Etymologically, “Cobber” means helper, making the name a description of the Cobberdog’s assisting nature.
The breed is not recognized by the FCI, but is registered with the MDBA (Master Dog Breeders Associates), an international registry of purebred dogs that recognized it as an independent breed in 2012.
Basic requirements for the breed include having a good temperament, not shedding, and good genetic health. Only breeders registered as members of the MDBA can provide the pedigree for the Australian Cobberdog. In reality, distinguishing the Cobberdog from the Labradoodle is often challenging.
AUSTRALIAN COBBERDOG FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS AN AUSTRALIAN COBBERDOG?
The Australian Cobberdog is a breed of dog that emerged in the 80’s, in Australia, from the crossing of a Poodle with a Labrador. They are very intelligent, affectionate, friendly and helpful dogs. They also have a very attractive physical appearance as they inherit the poodle’s coat, which is soft and silky, without seasonal shedding, and therefore hypoallergenic; in addition to the bearing and elegance of the Labrador Retriever and its assistance and training capabilities. The cobberdog is an easy to train, intuitive and respectful dog thanks to its balanced temperament.
HOW MANY SIZES OF AUSTRALIAN COBBERDOG ARE THERE?
There are 4 sizes of Australian cobberdogs.
- Australian Cobberdog mini or Cobberdog toy: measures between 13-16,5 inches and weighs between 13,22 – 22 lbs.
- Medium Australian Cobberdog: measuring 16,5-20 inches and weighing between 26,45- 44 lbs.
- Standard Australian Cobberdog: Its size is between 20-24 inches and its weight is 44-77 lbs.
- Australian Giant Cobberdog: The largest specimen of Cobberdog is known as Giant cobberdog or extra long Cobberdog, and its size is 24-26 inches and its weight is more than 77 lbs.
HOW MUCH DOES AN AUSTRALIAN COBBERDOG COST?
The price of an Australian Cobberdog ranges between 3540$ and 5900$. However this price is totally orientative since it depends on each breeder and the existing demand of dogs.
ADOPT AN AUSTRALIAN COBBERDOG
To adopt an Australian Cobberdog you must go to shelters and associations near you. You may find it difficult to find a Cobberdog for adoption because it is not as common as other breeds. However, the adoption associations can advise you and add you to a waiting list until they find a Cobberdog for adoption.
To buy a Cobberdog it is best to go to specialized breeders. Make sure that the breeder complies with the regulations and protects the health of their puppies.
HOW LONG DOES AN AUSTRALIAN COBBERDOG LIVE?
The Australian Cobberdog breed has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years. These data are based on statistics. For a longer life expectancy of your pet you should take care of his health with a balanced diet, daily exercise, regular medical check-ups and, not least, take care of the emotional well-being of your cobberdog.