The first known use of the term "Labradoodle" was by Sir Donald Campbell to describe his Labrador/Poodle cross dog in his 1955 book, "Into the Water Barrier".
Labradoodles were first breed in the 1970's by Wally Cochran of Guide Dogs Victoria, Australia. Orginally developed for a blind woman from Hawaii who suffered from severe allergies. One of the guide dogs, a Labrador Retriever, was breed with a standard poodle imported for Sweden. Cochran dubbed the resulting litter "Labradoodles."
Years later a breeder, who supplied puppies to pet stores, started breeding Labradooles. He bred back more Poodle and Labradoodle to Labradoodle to create great family pets. Others tried to recreate Cochran's results with mixed outcomes. In order to abtain a consistant outcome for the Labradoodle, a few breeders started keeping track of parentage and maintained strict breeding standards of health and physical specifications. Other breeds were added to the mix, Irish Water Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, Newfoundland and Cocker Spaniels. These are considered Australian Labradoodles. American Labradoodles are simply just Labrador Retrievers bred to Standard Poodles.
Famous People with Labradoodles
US Vice-President Joe Biden, Brother
Singer Neal Young, Carl
Elle MacPherson, Bella
Graham Norton, Bailey
Barbara Eden, Djinn Djinn
Christie Brinkley, Maple Sugar
Henry Winkler, Charlotte
HockeyPlayer Dustin Brown, Milo
Singer Lance Bass
3 dog night's Danny Hutton,
Dennis Leary, Daphne
Labradoodles standardizing sizing chart
Sizes: Height: 14 to 24 (not over 25) inches (35cm to 63cm) at wither. Weight: 7kg to 30kg (15-65lbs).
Miniature range: Height: 14 to16 (not over 17) inches (35cm to 42cm) at wither. Weight: 15 to 35 lbs.
Medium range: Height: 17 to 20 (not over 21) inches (43cm to 52cm) at wither. The ideal size for the female is 17 to19 inches and the male is 18 to 20 inches. Weight 36 to 45lbs.
Standard range: Height: 21 to 24 (not over 25) inches (53cm to 63cm) at wither. The ideal size for the female is 21 to 23 inches and the male is 22 to 24 inches. Weight 46 to 65lbs.
Finally Animal Planet's Dogs101 came out with a labradoodle show. Here's the link to the show.
To learn more about the Labrador and Poodle that add their genes to this mix, I have included the links from Animal Planet's Dogs 101 on youtube for you to watch.