American Labradoodles come in varying generations ranging from F1's to Multigenerational. This cross is accomplished by the initial breeding of a Poodle and Labrador Retriever.
F1- First generation Labrador Retriever crossed with a Poodle. These are very inconsistent temperament and coat wise. Most F1's still shed and have undesirable hair instead of fleece.
F1B- An F1 Labradoodle crossed with a Poodle. F1B's are good for people with Allergies and rarely shed.
F2B, F3B etc.- A second or third generation Labradoodle back crossed with a Poodle to promote a better coat.
Multi-generation- A Labradoodle bred with another Labradoodle for several generations. This promotes the most consistent puppies. It is still wise to backcross a parent breed every 4 generations to maintain coat.
Wavy fleece hangs as a loose strait to wavy coat that is always soft and should never feel harsh or coarse. It is non- shedding. Puppies either show strait fluffy to a wavy flipping coat when young.
Curly fleece is much like wavy fleece but with tighter spiral like curls that should also feel soft to the touch and never coarse. Puppies are usually more curly when young as opposed to strait or flipped coats.
Wool is considered the best coat type for allergy sufferers with its lamb's wool type feel. The coat is soft with curls that hang loosely from the body. When brushed excessively it can become frizzy.
Sizes are not guaranteed. The diagram above compares the averages of each size.
Labradoodles have a sweet and gentle temperament. They are non-aggressive, sensitive dogs with an intuitive intelligence that makes them easy to train. Because of their high intelligence, Labradoodles thrive on positive reinforcement and need their minds challenged to be truly happy. They are people oriented with the utmost loyalty to their humans which is why they make such wonderful service dogs. If you are considering owning one of these beautiful dogs, you must be prepared to have a constant companion that follows you wherever you go, is always searching for eye contact, and wants to lay on your feet and rest his/her head on your lap. If you are looking for a true companion that will never leave your side, the Labradoodle is for you.