|The 'F-and-a-number' in hybrids refers to the number of generations that
the hybrids have been 'mixed'. So a '1' means it is the first cross, a '2'
means the pups are two generations away from the purebred parents, etc.
F1 : A cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, or a Golden
Retriever and a Poodle resulting in a 50/50 mix of Retriever and Poodle.
The appearance of an F1 Labradoodle or F1 Goldendoodle can range from
looking very much like a retriever, to terrier-like, to looking very much like
a Poodle, or anywhere in between. Basically, the appearance is extremely
variable as they are 50/50 mixes. In general, F1 Goldendoodles have
fluffier coats than F1 Labradoodles. Some shed a little, some shed a lot,
some shed not at all. Cider is an F1 Labradoodle, and is a good example
of the terrier look. Rouge is an F1 Goldendoodle, and has the typical fluffy
Goldendoodle coat. Allergy properties are highly variable as well, and for
this reason we do not suggest F1 Labradoodles or F1 Goldendoodles for
families with dog allergies.
F1B Labradoodles/F1B Goldendoodles: These are an F1
Labradoodle or Goldendoodle crossed back to a parent breed, usually with
a Poodle. An F1B is a special kind of F2....a second generation
Labradoodle. As a group, these Doodles are statistically likely to be 25%
Retriever and 75% Poodle (if crossed back to a poodle). Individually,
because the genes of the F1 parent assort independently and not 50/50, an
F1B puppy may or may not be 75% poodle. Most have flowing wavy or
somewhat curly coats, the vast majority are non-shedding. But
occasionally the F1 parent will contribute more heavily to the coat genetics,
and an F1B puppy will have a very flat or hair coat. The puppies that result
from breeding Cider (F1 Labradoodle) or Rouge (F1 Goldendoodle) to Blue
(or any other poodle!) would be F1B. The allergy properties are MUCH
more predictable in this generation of cross, with the vast majority ranging
from very, very low allergenicity to non-allergenic. For this reason F1B
Labradoodles and F1B Goldendoodles are a better choice for families with
Multigen(Multigeneration) Labradoodles and
Goldendoodle: This term is used loosely to describe dogs that have
been bred for several, i.e. more than 3 generations, labradoodle to
labradoodle. Sometimes one of the 'parent breeds', i.e. poodle or lab is
bred to a multigen to correct for coat, conformation, size, or temperament.
The coats and allergy properties of these generations are more highly
predictable, with the vast majority being non-allergenic.
Standard Labradoodles/Standard Goldendoodles: These
Doodles are generally over 50 lbs in weight and over 22 inches tall at the
Medium Labradoodles/Medium Goldendoodles: These
Doodles are between 35 and 50 lbs in weight and between 15 and 21
inches tall at the shoulder.
Mini Labradoodles/Mini Goldendoodles: These Doodles are
under 35 lbs in weight and under 15 inches tall at the shoulder. Because
there is such a wide range of sizes within the mini catagory, we refer to an
additional catagory....our mini multigen Labradoodles that mature around
20 lbs are called Lapdoodles!
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Labradoodle and Goldendoodle Breed Information
Labradoodles are an intentional cross between a Labrador Retriever and a
Poodle. They were originally bred beginning about 15 years ago in
Australia as service dogs for people with dog allergies. Reprinted from
The Guide Dog Association of Australia:
"The story began in 1988 when our manager of
Guide Dogs, was in Hawaii on holiday and met Pat
Blum. She told him of her dream to have a Guide
Dog but this remained unfulfilled because of her
husband's allergy to dog hair. She had heard that
Standard Poodles had been trained for Guide Dog
work in Australia and asked if their was any chance
that this could be tried again. Thus began the
Association's quest to find more non allergic dogs
which could be trained for Guide Dog work. After a
long and unsuccessful search for a suitable
Standard Poodle, Harley the Standard Poodle was
mated with Brandy the female Labrador Retriever
with a proven ability to produce Guide Dogs. The
hope was to produce the fine temperament of the
Labrador with the non shedding coat of the Poodle.
The result of the union was three very cute
Labradoodles, Sultan, Sheik and Simon. Sheik and
Simon did not qualify but Sultan began his Guide
Dog training. Samples of hair were flown to Hawaii,
and much to P's delight, and allergy test showed no
reaction. Pat and Sultan were trained together and
formed a strong bond"