WHAT IS A LABRADOODLE?
There are two entirely different breeds of Labradoodles yet they both have many of the same characteristics. The two breeds are the Australian Labradoodle and the American Labradoodle. The main differences is that American Labradoodles are a cross of ONLY the Standard Poodle and the Labrador Retriever. Australian Labradoodles breeders have crossed as many as 5 other breeds with the Poodle and the Labrador Retriever in an attempt to improve specific characteristics. We breed only American Labradoodles.
American Labradoodles have a very low to non-shedding coat and are considered to be one of the most hypoallergenic dogs. They also have very little doggie odor. Labradoodles are slightly heavier than the Standard Poodle. They are an overall balanced dog with a slightly longer than square build. The Labradoodle’s head is broad and their eyes are large, slightly round and set apart. Their nose is square and large. The tail is low set.
TYPE OF COAT
Labradoodles can have one of three types of coats. Some labradoodles have what is called a Hair coat. This coat can be long or short and can be straight or wavy. It is lower shedding than most other dogs. This is most common in the first crossing of a Poodle and a Lab but can occur in any generation.
Our Labradoodles are a second generation making them 75% Poodle and 25% Labrador Retriever. They generally have either Fleece or Curly/Wooly Coats with varying degrees of wave or curl. The Fleece Coat is usually the most sought after. It requires a medium amount of grooming by the dog owner. It is curly, soft and usually non-shedding. The Curly or Wooly coats are usually the hardest to maintain, but they are beautiful. They need regular grooming by the owner or by a professional groomer.
The Labradoodle is known for its outstanding intelligence and trainability. They are naturally intuitive, social, loving and easily trained. Labradoodles crave stimulation, require companionship and have proven themselves to be great dogs for families, especially those with young children. They get along well with other dogs, are extremely clever, sociable and joyful and quick to learn unusual or special tasks. They are active, a little comical at times and can attempt to outsmart their owners if undisciplined. They are non-aggressive and friendly, although obviously loyal to their own family.
In addition to deciding on either an Australian or American Labradoodle, there is other important Labradoodle Information you will need. There are many different types of labradoodles that are bred. Here are some examples of the most commonly found labradoodles:
F1 is a first generation labradoodle. They are the offspring of a pure bred Labrador Retriever and a pure bred Poodle. These puppies are highly unpredictable in the areas of appearance, coat type, and allergy friendliness. They may take on the characteristics of one or the other or a combination of both parents.
F1B (MOST COMMON) is a second generation labradoodle. It is the result of a first generation labradoodle bred back to a poodle making the puppy 75% Poodle and 25% Labrador Retriever. ***Our puppies are F1b Labradoodles***
F2 is also a second generation labradoodle. It is either a first generation bred to a first generation or it is a first generation bred to a second generation or higher.
F3 = F1b Labradoodle bred to an F1b Labradoodle or F2 Labradoodle bred to an F2 Labradoodle
Multigen = Any Labradoodle breeding consisting of F3 or higher dogs.
Labradoodles come in many different sizes and not all breeders use the same classifications for each size. Here are some of the common classifications.
Standard: 50lbs and up
Medium: 35lbs – 50lbs
Miniature: 20-35lbs (Australian)