So, you've heard about the Labradoodle in general...But did you know that there were different types? Let's explore further. When you see a Labradoodle, you may notice that some look different than others. Some are big, some are not so big. Some have wiry, thin fur coats, some have thick, curly coats and some coats are plush and relaxed (straight). So much variance... Ever wonder why this is the case? Let's take a closer look.
F1: The F1 Labradoodle stands for "first generation" or "first cross". This is where a purebred Poodle and Purebred Labrador Retriever are bred. Due to the pairing of two unlike canines, you will see varying results in the coats of their offspring. This could range from sparse hair (that may be low to moderate shedding) to a fleece coat (non-shedding).
The "backcross", this Labradoodle type is the result of the pairing of an F1 Labradoodle back to a Purebred Poodle. Again, results in the puppies can be mixed, resulting in coats that can range from hair to fleece and may be low to non-shedding.
Carrying the DNA of three breeds, the Australian Labradoodle can be the result of the following combinations: Poodle to Labradoodle, Cockapoo to Labradoodle, or Cocker Spaniel to Labradoodle. Depending on the shed status of the parents, offspring will typically have non-shedding coats.
Multi-generation (Multi-Gen) Labradoodle:
These Labradoodles are the result of breeding an Australian Labradoodle to another Australian Labradoodle. These Labradoodles are usually non-shedding (if the parents are non-shedding).
The Labradoodle comes in three sizes: Standard, Medium and Miniature; with some variation stated to be influenced by the size of the Poodle used in the first generation breeding.
Standard: About 21 to 24 inches in height
Medium: 17 to 20 inches in height
Miniature: 14 to 16 inches in height
Coat colors are not boring and can vary from the following: apricot, caramel, chocolate, cream, gold, white (chalky), black, red, cream, silver, parchment, and blue. Coats can also be parti colored, consisting of patches, brindles, phantom and sable colors.
Hair: This type of coat is similar to the fur in shedding dogs. Seen mostly in first generation Labradoodles, this coat type can present as more "wiry" and is a shedding coat type. Shedding can best be controlled with regular grooming.
Fleece: The fleece coat can be straight, wavy or curly. With a softer feel, this coat type can be mild to non-shedding. This coat type is best managed with regular grooming.
Wool: Usually with a dense feel of lamb's wool, this coat type has a more coarse feel and is non-shedding. Presenting with a tighter curl, this coat is well managed with regular grooming.
The Labradoodle Breeder community is passionate about the preservation of this beautiful breed. As such, there are several professional organizations that have committed themselves to educating the public, as well as advancing the breed...One of several professional Labradoodle associations is the Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA)… Click the box below to learn more about the Labradoodle and ALAA.