Archive for September, 2007

California Labradoodles

September 29, 2007

Lately, I am often asked the question, does Manor Lake ship to California? The answer is yes. California is easy for us to ship to. We ship out of both Seattle, Washington and Bellingham, Washington airports.

With frequent daily flights to California, and a service carrier that gives us last on first off service for our Australian Labradoodle puppies, California is easy for Manor Lake to ship to.

Our Australian Labradoodle puppies come with a crate and travel with a fleece blanket, teddy bear, chew toys and puppy information packet. The food that the Australian Labradoodle puppies have been eating is taped to the top of the crate. A water and food dish are provided inside the crate. We do everything possible to make sure your Australian Labradoodle has a smooth trip and easy transition to your home.

Please email me at kim (at) if you have questions about shipping a puppy to California or elsewhere.


Australian Labradoodle Sizes

September 29, 2007

Many people ask me questions about the size of our Australian Labradoodle dogs and puppies. Which size of Australian Labradoodle do I recommend? Which Australian Labradoodle sizes do I breed? What is the Australian Labradoodle Club of America (ALCA) breed standard? How big will my Australian labradoodle puppy get?

At Manor Lake, we breed 3 sizes of Australian Labradoodles, miniature, medium and standard:

Miniature: 14″ to 16″ at the shoulders or “withers” and 16 to 25 pounds

Medium: 17″ to 20″ at the shoulders or “withers” and 30 to 40 pounds

Standard: 21″ to 24″ at the shoulders or “withers and 50 to 65 pounds

When someone asks for a “small medium” Australian Labradoodle – what does this mean? It simply means that within the “medium” category that this would be on the smaller end, around the 30 pound mark. I also get requests for the “large miniature” size – what size is this? The large miniature size would be 25 to 30 pounds and fall right in the middle of the ALCA’s designation of miniature and medium.

What is the best size for an Australian labradoodle dog? I get asked this question often. There is no “best” size of Australian Labradoodle. I advise my clients to adopt the size that they think will work best with their family. A few questions to consider:

  • Do you want the dog to easily be able to jump in and out of their car on their own, or do you want to lift it in and out?
  • Do you eventually plan to take their Australian Labradoodle dog running, hiking, etc? If so, how far?
  • What type of swimming, if any, do you plan to do with their Australian Labradoodle Dog?
  • What size of yard will you have?
  • Will your Australian Labradoodle dog travel with you?
  • Do they want to be able to pick up your Australian Labradoodle adult dog?

These are just a few of the questions I ask my clients if they are unsure about the size of Australian Labradoodle to purchase.Having said all of the above, there is a size of Australian Labradoodle dogs and puppies that works well for many families. This size would be the large miniature/small medium Australian Labradoodle size – this size is about knee height and 25 to 30 pounds – not too big and not too small is how I would describe it.

Please send me an email at kim (at) if you have questions about the size of Australian Labradoodles.

Australian Labradoodle Puppies

September 28, 2007


Do we take good care of our Australian labradoodle puppies? We think so! They get stroller rides and lots of tender loving care from our children.

Our Australian labradoodle puppies are raised in our home with our family. Socialization of our labradoodle puppies is very important to us at Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles. We want your labradoodle puppy to be raised in the best circumstances possible to make the best Australian labradoodle puppy family member.

Top quality organic food, organic whole milk goats milk and organic whole milk yogurt are some of the foods that your Australian labradoodle puppy eats.

Our Australian labradoodle puppies enjoy puppy kongs, pigs ears, crinkle balls and rope toys. Some of our labradoodle puppies especially enjoy squeaky toys – teddy bears and stuffed animals. Tennis balls rolled across the floor can be a really big hit as well for our labradoodle puppies.

Manor Lake Lady Nora

September 13, 2007


This is Manor Lake Lady Nora, a good example of the type of chocolate/cafe Australian Labradoodles that we breed at Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles.

Tigger & Kingston’s Puppies

September 13, 2007

These puppies are Tigger’s Australian labradoodle puppies with Kingston. The top photo is Manor Lakes Lil Mango with one of Tigger’s puppies.

Grace’s Beautiful Standard Puppies

September 13, 2007


Grace had her first litter of standard Australian Labradoodle puppies. Primetimes Amazing Grace is our standard cafe beauty – she was bred with Chicago Hershey Bar Kisses at Heartsong Labradoodles.

Lil Reds Australian Labradoodle Puppies

September 13, 2007


Lil Reds Australian Labradoodle puppies are just starting to crawl out of the whelping box — aren’t they cute?

Malibu California Doodle Romp – September 2007

September 13, 2007


Hi Kim,

Just wanted to send you this picture. Copper and I won a look-a-like contest at a hugh doodleromp in Malibu this weekend. It was sooo much fun. About 75 doodles of every shape, color, size ran free in a grove in Malibu. Copper was the smallest and of course, the cutest. She continues to bring joy every moment of her life to us.

Thanks again,
Jan and Copper (from California)

Labradoodle Design by Wally Conron

September 7, 2007

My Story: I Designed a Dog,

by Wally Conron

Printed 7/10/2007 by

Determined to source the most suitable guide-dog for a client, I unwittingly turned the canine world upside down

While working with the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia as its puppy-breeding manager in the early ’80s, I received a request from Hawaii. A vision-impaired woman there, whose husband was allergic to dog hair, had written to our centre in the hope that we might have an allergy-free guide-dog.

“Piece of cake,” I thought. The standard poodle, a trainable working dog, was probably the most suitable breed, with its tightly curled coat. Although our centre bred and used labradors, I didn’t anticipate any difficulties finding a suitable poodle.

It turned out I was wrong: after rejecting countless poodles with various problems, some two years and 33 disappointing trials later, I still hadn’t found an appropriate dog for the job.

In desperation, I decided to cross a standard poodle with one of our best-producing labradors.

The mating was successful, but it produced only three pups. We sent coat and saliva samples of each pup to the Hawaiian couple, and the husband found one sample allergy-free. At last we were getting somewhere, but a big job lay ahead. The pup had to grow up and prove suitable for guiding work; and then it had to be compatible with the visually impaired client. We had a long way to go.

With a three to six-month waiting list for people wishing to foster our pups, I was sure we’d have no problem placing our three new crossbred pups with a family. But again I was wrong: it seemed no-one wanted a crossbred puppy; everyone on the waiting list preferred to wait for a purebred. And time was running out – the pups needed to be placed in homes and socialised; otherwise they would not become guide-dogs.

By eight weeks of age, the puppies still hadn’t found homes. Frustrated and annoyed with the response to the trio of crossbreeds I had carefully reared, I decided to stop mentioning the word crossbreed and introduced the term labradoodle instead to describe my new allergy-free guide-dog pups.

It worked – during the weeks that followed, our switchboard was inundated with calls from other guide-dog centres, vision-impaired people and people allergic to dog hair who wanted to know more about this “wonder dog”. My three pups may have been mongrels at heart – but the furore did not abate.

It was 1989 and the publicity surrounding the new designer dogs went national and then international. A new world opened for countless people who had once thought they could never enjoy the delight of a pet pooch.

With this kind of response, I knew we were on to a winner, and I took the decision to breed more of the labrador-poodle crosses. So I contacted the then Kennel Control Council of Australia, hoping to find the names of reputable breeders who were breeding standard problem-free poodles.

“If you use any registered dog for your programme, that breeder will be struck off the register and never be allowed to show or register their dogs again,” the council’s spokesperson warned. Nor did he budge when I explained that the dogs were being bred to help vision-impaired people.

The breeders themselves were split: many did subsequentely threaten me or propose litigation if I used their progeny in my breeding programme, while others offered their services free to the guide-dog centre.

While all this was happening, I continued training Sultan, the original non-allergenic pup. He eventually went to Hawaii, amid intense media coverage, where as the world’s first labradoodle he bonded beautifully with his new owner and her allergic husband.

Interest in the labradoodle continued to escalate and inquiries poured in from all over the world from people wishing to either purchase or breed the dogs. But

I quickly realised that I’d opened a Pandora’s box when our next litter of ten labradoodles produced only three allergy-free pups.

I began to worry, too, about backyard breeders producing supposedly “allergy-free” dogs for profit. Already, one man claimed to be the first to breed a poodle- Rottweiler cross!

Nothing, however, could stop the mania that followed. New breeds began to flood the market: groodles, spoodles, caboodles and snoodles. Were breeders bothering to check their sires and bitches for heredity faults, or were they simply caught up in delivering to hungry customers the next status symbol? We’ll never know for sure.

Today I am internationally credited as the first person to breed the labradoodle, but I wonder, in my retirement, whether we bred a designer dog – or a disaster!

Retiree Wally Conron, 78, still keeps two labradors, Rocky and Jazz, but his first love is for horses. He has nine of his own that he breeds and trains when he’s not giving riding lessons to horse-lovers in rural Victoria.