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Labradoodle Pet Owner FAQ’s

on October 8, 2011

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What is a F1, F1B, Australian Labradoodle, Labradoodle and all those numbers? What is the grading scheme?

What is the difference between a Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle?

What is an American Labradoodle?

What is hybrid Vigor and does it apply to labradoodles or Australian Labradoodles?

What are common health issues in Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles?

What is a F1, F1B, and all those numbers?

  • F1: The “F” stands for “filial generation”. “F1” means “first generation” and is a common scientific term. This, in the Labradoodle breed, is the coding for First cross, purebred poodle to purebred Labrador Retriever. The results are mixed as this is not the breeding of two “like” dogs, dogs that resemble each other.  F1 are typically moderate to low shedding and have a sparse hair to fleece coat.
  • F1B: The “F” stands for “filial generation”. “F1” means “first generation” and the addition of the B refers to Backcross. In Science,  it is common to state the long version F1 Backcross. This, in the Labradoodle breed, is the coding for a Labradoodle F1, as defined above, bred (or backcross) to a purebred Poodle. The results are mixed as this is not the breeding of two “like” dogs, dogs that resemble each other. F1b are typically low shedding to non shedding (as much as a dog can be non shedding) if the parents are both non shedding. and have a hair to fleece coat.
  • Australian Labradoodle is a dog that carries the DNA of the Labrador, Poodle and Cocker Spaniel (American or English). The resulting offspring are more similar but slightly mixed depending on the parent dogs. An Australian Labradoodle can be created by the crossing of a Poodle to another Australian Labradoodle, a Cock a poo to a Labradoodle, a Labradoodle to a Cocker Spaniel and the like, resulting in the three breed combination. The Australian Labradoodle is the first step, once an Australian Labradoodle is crossed to another Australian Labradoodle the result is termed a Multigen (Multigenerational) Australian Labradoodle as it involves multiple generations of breeding like to like.  Australian Labradoodles and Multigen Australian Labradoodles typically have a non shedding coat (as much as a dog can be non shedding) if both parents are also non shedding.
  • Multigen Australian Labradoodle (Multigenerational) is the breeding of an Australian Labradoodle to another Australian Labradoodle.  Multigen Australian Labradoodles typically have a non shedding coat  if both parents are also non-shedding.
  • Purebred Australian Labradoodle: The definition of purebred was determined in 1852. Merriam-Webster’s definition of purebred: Date:  1852 : bred from members of a recognized breed, strain, or kind without admixture of other blood over many generations.  Furthermore the AKC in their foundation service requires 4 generations of like to like matings.  Therefore the ALAA uses these two references and once an Australian Labradoodle has been breed to another Australian Labradoodle in 4 CONSECUTIVE matings it will be considered a purebred.

    Grading Scheme
    (voted by membership March 2008)

What is the difference between a Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle?

A Labradoodle is the result of breeding the Labrador Retriever to a Poodle, Labradoodle to Poodle, or Labradoodle to Labradoodle.  Basically the Labradoodle has Labrador Retriever and Poodle only DNA nothing else.  The description of the Labradoodle in “Designer Dogs, Portraits and Profiles of Popular New Crossbreeds” by Caroline Colie says it best. “This is one celebrity canine who doesn’t read his own press and with his rave reviews, he doesn’t need to. Easygoing and self-assured, the Labradoodle is a modest mister who’s just happy to hang out with his friends.

He’s a self-made bloke, the Cary Grant of designer dogs.  Born of working –class Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle parents,” (the smaller sizes have miniature poodle) “his destiny seemed laid our ahead of him as a working dog.  Though he was good at his job, his handsome looks and winning personality propelled him to greater fame, and soon he was on the A-list of every chic club in town.

The Labradoodle doesn’t let celebrity go to his head, however. He’s a gregarious fellow who doesn’t judge people by their position.  Actually, he’s more interested in whether their car has four-wheel drive, so he can get where he wants to go.  He’s a nature lover, with a special interest in waterfowl, thanks to his outdoorsy parents.

This is a casual guy who won’t mind sloshing thorough puddles without rain gear, and in fact prefers it.  He’ll think nothing of showing up with a bandanna around his neck and his hair still wet from a swim.  But he cleans up so well, he can easily switch from a down-home kerchief at the beach to a diamond-studded collar at dinner.  He likes his sports, and is happy hobnobbing at the polo grounds (or just lounging on the sofa watching NASCAR).  But he’s rather participate than watch, and his idea of paradise is a day at the beach chasing a ball, catching a curl, or snoozing in the shade, beach-bum style.

Despite his full social calendar, he always seems able to squeeze in one more play date, especially with his favorite partners-kids.  And you’ll need to make sure he gets plenty of exercise every day.” (A Labradoodle is the reflection of his parents, the first generation, Labrador to Poodle is generally higher energy and drive than second generation.  Either generation of high energy or laid back parents is typically a reflection of those temperaments)  “Labradoodles don’t tire easily, and unless he’s truly tuckered out, he can become creative in ways you don’t really want to find out about.” Page 89

Labradoodles can be Standard, Medium and sometimes Miniature although toy poodle use is not recommended.  All colors of the poodle can be found in the Labradoodle. Coat types include various waves of straight, kinky to a spiraling curl.  The coat texture ranges as well from a harsh wool, softer fleece (not as silky as the fleece of the Australian Labradoodle), or hair coats (slightly longer but more like the Labrador coat).  The non-shedding or low shedding fleece and wool should be brushed weekly due to matting and groomed bi monthly, while the hair coat, which does shed, requires less grooming.

An Australian Labradoodle is the result of breeding a Labradoodle (Labrador Poodle only cross) originally but adding in Cocker Spaniel (American or English).  This maintained the larger boning but brought the incredible soft fleece coat.  The term “Australian” was added as a prefix to honor the place of origin as Wally Conron working with the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia as its puppy-breeding manager in the early ’80s breed the first Labradoodle (first generation F1) and second generation ( F1B what he termed a double doodle) developed an allergy friend guide dog.

Again we will quote “Designer Dogs, Portraits and Profiles of Popular New Crossbreeds” by Caroline Colie as it is a wonderful description of the breed.  Thank you Dr. Colie.

One of the first breeds on the designer-dog scene, this fella has rocked his way to international stardom.  Whether you’re up for some Aussie rules football, or just snuggling and having a cuppa, this bloke’s always game.

The land Down Under used to be best known for kangaroos and boomerangs, but that was before the Australian Labradoodle wagged his tail onto the scene.  This pooch isn’t your average designer dog.  In fact, he’s technically not a standard hybrid.  He started off as a simple cross of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, but then the recipe got complicated.  A dash of Irish Water Spaniel, a dollop of Curly Coated Retriever” (these two are no longer used and not in all pedigrees) “, and a sprinkling of English and American Cocker Spaniels went into the mix.  Now the breed has worldwide clubs, such as the International Labradoodle Association” (Now the IALA) “working to promote the Australian Labradoodle as a legitimate breed in development.

Greeting everyone with tail-wag semaphore for “G’day, mate,” Aussie Labradoodles are friends to all, more likely to invite a burglar in to fire up the Barbie than they are to scare him away.  If you have a game to play or a walkabout to take, he’s an instant chum.  He may even dazzle you with his “kanadoodle,” a vertical jump that launches him up among the stars—where he belongs, of course.

Once back on the ground, he’s equally athletic and energetic, and loves to run, swim and fetch.  Great in the outdoors, this ‘Doodle is less suited to the city (unless you can devote your entire life to running and throwing balls).” (Please note Australian Labradoodles are a reflection of their parents and some are total couch potatoes while others marathon runners)  “But he’s more than a star jock. He’s smart and actually likes having a job to do.  He’s a gifted retriever, an enthusiastic obedience dog, and a successful service dog.  In fact, he was first developed as a guide dog for the blind.

Australian Labradoodles can be Standard, Medium or Miniature.  All colors of the poodle can be found in the Australian Labradoodle. Coat types include various waves of straight to a spiraling curl.  The coat texture ranges from wool, soft wool to a silky fleece and many are a combination of the three.  The non-shedding or very low shedding fleece and wool should be brushed weekly due to matting and groomed bi monthly.  Finding an experienced groomer is difficult; the best option is to print out photos to take to the groomer to get the results you want.

What is an American Labradoodle?

The term American Labradoodle is not recognized by the ALAA, in fact the Labradoodle or Lab/Poodle cross was originated in Australia not America.  Some novice breeders use this term to define the lab/poodle only cross incorrectly.

What is hybrid Vigor and does it apply to labradoodles or Australian Labradoodles?

Hybrid vigor is incorrectly applied to all Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles.  Hybrid Vigor is a term used when a breeder is trying to establish that breeding two different purebred dogs results in healthier offspring.  Genetically this applies ONLY to health issues NOT inherent in both breeds and in the initial cross.  Due to the fact that most common health issues of the Labrador Retriever, Poodle or even Cocker Spaniel are common to ALL these breeds, hybrid vigor does not apply.  See the Health Testing link on this page for health issues common to these dogs. However, the possible effects of out crossing (breeding unrelated pedigrees together) may result in healthier dogs, this would apply as purebred Labrador Retrievers, Poodles and Cocker Spaniels do not have common ancestors.

What are common health issues in Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles?

The Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodle is generally considered a healthy breed, however possible issues breeders should be screening breeding parents for include PRA prcd, Hip Dysplasia, Patella Luxation, General Eye problems.  Non health related, but common, include bite issues such as the juvenile underbite. Please see the Health Testing link for a detailed description on all possible health issues and what the ALAA is doing about these issues.

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One response to “Labradoodle Pet Owner FAQ’s

  1. Brittany says:

    Great info, thanks. I have an F1 mom pure lab and dad miniture poodle. I get confused on the classifications of this breed. This is a help article to read!! I sort of wanted a curloer coat guess I should went for a multigen. Oh his name his Maxwell Henery and hes a rock star. Lots of energy.

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