[quote="JeanG] Please pardon my ignorance but can you tell me what you mean by the unique characteristics of the Aussie Labradooddle? I understand the genetic differences, as you described via your breeder's information but this would only make a physical difference and you specifically mentioned important characteristics, which I presume to mean character differences? Thanks. Jean x[/quote]
Just to butt in a little! I have an F1 and an Aussie Dood, and physically they are very different. The F1 is much bigger, stronger, much more athletic, heavier and has more of a gundog working drive. He has a steadier (labrador) but highly strung (poodle) personality. He is food motivated, and as a scruffy does shed lightly.
It took me 3yrs of weekly dog training classes to get him to the level that my Aussie reached in 6months.
The Aussie is a lighter frame and non-shedding (which was key to me having a 2nd dog), he prances/trots around, he cannot gallop like the other. His gait is completely different. Working wise, he is far far far more intelligent and inituative than the F1. He seemed from a pup that he was put on this earth to please. He is much clever and seems to have a natural problem solving/logical way about thinking. He is praise motivated.
If you asked my F1 to 'sit' he would until I released him. If I asked my Aussie to 'sit' he would, but you would see he would be working out why!!!
If I had a third I would not hesitate in going for another Aussie.
I hope that makes sense!!!!!