Welcome to Kates Family Pets

Wally Conron of the Australian Guide Dogs Association in Victoria first deliberately bred (and named) a litter of Labradoodles an attempt to produce a “hypoallergenic” guide dog. In the 1980’s Wally was approached by a blind woman living in Hawaii who’s husband was allergic to dogs. He was fortunate that one puppy in the first litter of 3 which he bred was successfully hypoallergenic and also trained up as a guide dog.

Wally the first Miniature Labradoodle

Wally the first Miniature Labradoodle

On the 1st of July 1994 Snowy, a White male Toy poodle, and a Black Labrador called Holly gave birth to Wally and Polly and we became the first people in the world to deliberately breed Miniature Labradoodles. I discuss how I came to this decision on the page why labradoodles.

Our breeding dogs are selected on their temperament and health. In addition the pups have “hybrid vigour” a well recognised phenomenon in animal breeding. I discuss the rationale for this in the essay on Inbreeding and Crossbreeding in dogs.

Many breeders are now breeding Labradoodles into a new breed. They are bred from Labrador Poodle cross dogs which are often backcrossed to poodles and selected for non shedding coats like our Backcross Labradoodles. Some breeders have used unrelated breeds such as Cocker Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers and Irish Water Spaniels in their breeding programs. In many ways breed development is easier than cross breeding because breeders can keep puppies to breed from and don’t need to maintain multiple lines of dogs. In spite of some apparent controversy in the purebred Labradoodle world, “Pedigreed” Labradoodles will no doubt one day be “recognised” as a breed. If you are interested in the development of Labradoodles as a breed I recommend the goldendoodle website for an excellent independent introduction to reputable breeders.

For many years I bred only gold F1 miniature labradoodles, but we now have also have black and chocolate puppies and we have also investigated other crosses. I believe that there is something special about the temperament and intelligence of Poodle Retriever crosses. My goal is to breed medium sized dogs with suitable temperament for family pets and with minimal shedding if possible. We have used Golden Retrievers to breed Miniature Goldendoodles and have crossed Golden Retrievers with our Labradors to use as mothers of Golden Labradoodles which combine the 3 breeds. We also breed Cavoodles using our “Moyen Poodles” so that our Cavoodles are small/medium sized dogs low- non shedding dogs. Pictures and descriptions of all the dogs will be found in What I Breed

Our pups are all sold desexed and if you want to read more about this refer to the page on early desexing.

Puppies, like people, are partly a product of their genes and partly a product of their environment. To grow up into happy well adjusted dogs, pups must be socialised properly. Our pups are carefully socialised up to 8 weeks and come with a manual which gives an introduction to understanding dog behaviour, instructions on how to deal with house training and an introduction to dog training and preventing behaviour problems. Some of these topics are dealt with in the blog accessible on the menu bar of my home page.

Before you read any more about my dogs you might like to read the page I have prepared on choosing a dog. I have tried to present advice on the issues you need to consider before taking on a new family member who is likely to be with you for 14 years.

Because of the interest in Labradoodles from allergy sufferers I have prepared a page giving as much information on allergies as I can on my dogs with some links to sites discussing allergies to dogs.

If you wish to communicate with owners of our dogs then you are welcome to visit the forum I set up for owners to talk to each other, or you can upload photos and stories on the blog page.

If you like what you see on our site and are interested in ordering a pup or you wish to obtain current information on cost, delivery details and availability please visit the enquiry page.

Because not all dogs suit all situations we give a 50% refund of the purchase price if the pup is returned within 6 months for any reason. We will rehome your dog or help you to find a home for him if you can’t keep him for any reason.

Thank you for visiting our site – I hope you enjoy it and that, even if you decide against one of my puppies, I have helped your thinking about dog ownership.