ARE YOU ALLERGIC?
Australian Labradoodles have an allergy friendly coat but this unfortunately does not mean that everyone with a dog allergy will tolerate an Australian Labradoodle. It is possible to be allergic to saliva, urine, hair or dander and each person’s allergy is slightly different.
Experience shows that a large percentage of people with dog allergies do not react to Australian Labradoodles, but this does not apply to everyone. We therefore strongly recommend that you meet an Australian Labradoodle before you begin the purchasing process. Ask your breeder if you can come and meet his or her dogs prior to purchase. Ideally you will be able to meet the mother of your puppy well ahead of time. You should definitely repeat the test with the puppy you plan to introduce to your family. Even if no reaction occurs during your test, you may find that you react when your puppy comes home. This may be because of allergens that the puppy has picked up through contact with another animal (a dog or cat in the breeders home, at the vet’s office etc). If this is the case, you will see a vast improvement after bathing the puppy.
If you see no improvement after bathing, you should contact your breeder. A breeder who is a member of the ALAEU will always work with you to find the best possible solution. You should never re-home the puppy yourself without contacting your breeder.
Many people ask whether the generation of the Australian Labradoodle affects allergy friendliness. This should not be the case. If the puppy is an Australian Labradoodle, his or her coat should match the requirements of the Australian Labradoodle Breed Standard which stipulates a low to non-shedding, allergy friendly coat. Before a dog can be considered an Australian Labradoodle it should meet these standards. The coat of an ALF1 or ALF2 should be just as allergy friendly as a Pure AL.