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The F1B Labradoodle – Exploring The Backcross Of A Poodle And Lab Mix

The F1B Labradoodle – Exploring The Backcross Of A Poodle And Lab Mix

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Designer dogs have been around for quite some time, and each year, they have grown in popularity. People like the hybrid dogs because they represent the best of two already great dog breeds.

In this case, we are talking about the magnificent Labradoodle. A dog that inherits the characteristics from the highly intelligent and loyal Poodle, and the gentle and always-by-your side Labrador Retriever.

With parents like these, you can be sure that the Labradoodle will be everything you ever wanted in a dog. They are smart, loyal, and outgoing pups that love spending time with their humans.

But, Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Cockapoos, and other Poodle mixes can be a source of confusion for some people. This might be because of the different letters and numbers that are used to differentiate the various generations of mixed breeds.

If you have considered getting a Labradoodle puppy for yourself but were discouraged by the F’s and B’s and different numbers, don’t worry.

In this article, we tackle this issue and explain everything there is to know about different doodle generations. The great thing about doodles is that when you understand the labels on one mixed breed, you will understand them all.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the wonderful world of the Poodle and Lab crossbreed.

Origin of the first Poodle mix

a beautiful labradoodle sits on a leaf

Even though this crossbreed is rather popular these days, not many people know that the Labradoodle is the first Poodle mix ever created.

The mixing of a purebred Labrador Retriever and a purebred Standard Poodle started in Australia in the 1980s and the world of dogs was never the same after that. The purpose of crossing these two breeds was to create a low shedding guide dog for people who were both visually impaired and sensitive to dog-related allergies.

At that time, Wally Conron was the breeding manager for the Royal Dogs Association of Australia, and he started a breeding program with one goal. The goal was to create a line of hypoallergenic or at least low-shedding guide dogs.

He did succeed, in a way. Although the puppies were relatively non-shedding, all 33 of them failed the guide dog training program. Over the years, though, things got a lot better. Labradoodles we know today enjoy having different jobs such as being therapy, service, and guide dogs.

Labradoodle parent breeds

a golden labrador retriever stands on the grass

To get to know the Labradoodle a little bit better, we have to look at its parent breeds. Let’s start with the well-known Labrador Retriever.

The Labrador was first developed in Newfoundland, Canada, in the 1830s. It was added as a member of the sporting group to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) registry in 1917.

They are easy-going, non-aggressive dogs that enjoy outdoor activities. Whether you want to take them on a walk or for a swim, Labradors will happily come along.

They are a highly intelligent and easily trainable dog breed. And, although modern Labradors still make excellent hunting partners, these pups are most commonly purchased as family pets and service dogs.

Now, in the “doodle” half of the mix, we have the Standard Poodle. Poodles had their start in Germany, where these clever dogs were developed to be excellent waterfowl retrievers.

Poodles we know today are not often associated with hunting work anymore. Instead, they are commonly found in many show rings and home settings.

By looking at their origin and history, it is a bit curious that the American Kennel Club formally recognized this breed as a member of the non-sporting group in 1887.

What does F1B Labradoodle mean?

a cute golden labradoodle lying on the grass

We will go over the different generations of Labradoodles later on, but for now, let’s see what the F1B Labradoodle is and what there is to know about it.

An F1B Labradoodle is a back-crossed Labradoodle that has 75% Poodle and 25% Labradoodle in its genetic makeup. To clarify this further, an F1B Labradoodle is the result of crossing an F1 Labradoodle with a Standard Poodle.

Since first-generation Labradoodles are the result of mixing Labs and Poodles, you can see why the “B” is necessary when talking about F1B Labradoodles. The “B” is there to indicate the “backcross” or crossing the dog back again with a Poodle.

This is done to “correct the coat”, so the F1b generation can favor more of a Poodle coat type with the wavy/curly fleece and sometimes wool coats. These dogs are often frosted or highlighted in color, and their size can vary between 55 and 65 lbs.

F1B Labradoodles are highly intelligent and friendly, and because of these traits, they are often used as seeing-eye dogs and service dogs. Also, F1B Labradoodles usually do not shed.

Now, why is that important?

Well, it has something to do with the term “hypoallergenic”. But, let’s go one step at a time and first take a look at the key characteristics, and why people love F1B Labradoodles in the first place.

Key characteristics:

• Coat maintenance: Usually, they require moderate to high care.

• Coat description: Their coat continues to grow in length and requires regular combing and occasional grooming. The coat is also thicker and curlier than the first-generation Labradoodle with a wavy or curly coat.

• Shedding: They are very light to non-shedding dogs.

• Allergy friendliness: Backcross Labradoodles like F1B’s are recommended for people with moderate to severe dog-related allergies.

Why do people love F1B Labradoodles?

a happy woman hugs the dog outside

There are lots of reasons why people deliberately pick F1B Labradoodles over the other types. In fact, F1B’s are the most sought-after generation.

• F1B Labradoodles are more commonly wavy- or curly-coated. This means less shedding.

• Because F1B Labradoodles are low- to non-shedding they are very desirable.

• F1B Labradoodles are often regarded as hypoallergenic and a great choice for allergy sufferers (which we will discuss further down in this article).

• F1B Labradoodles have a coat that is easy to maintain, but requires a little more grooming than a straight-coat Labradoodle.

What is an F1BB Labradoodle?

a brown labradoodle stands on the grass

Things tend to get even more complicated when people discover that there is such a thing as an F1BB Labradoodle. Sometimes, these pups are also referred to as F1B(b).

An F1BB Labradoodle occurs when there is one more backcross with a Poodle. This means that an F1B Labradoodle, which we know is already 75% Poodle, is crossed again with a purebred Poodle. This is known as the second-generation Labradoodle.

The resulting dog is an extremely low-shedder with a very low risk of inducing allergies. This is because the Poodle coat is well-known for its low-shedding and low-allergy risk traits, and an F1BB is heavily concentrated in Poodle genetics.

However, there is always volatility when breeding dogs, and you can end up with a dog with more genetic traits inherited from its Labrador side. It generally comes to luck, but the math is clear. The more Poodle genetics a pup has, the higher the chance of it inheriting traits from that side.

Are Labradoodles hypoallergenic?

a brown labradoodle sleeps on a sofa

We’ve been throwing this word around like a hot potato and it is time to explain what it really means. If you are reading this article, then chances are that you already know, so you might want to skip ahead.

But, we have to be fair to everyone and explain everything from the bottom up.

What does hypoallergenic mean?

People suffering from allergies often look for products marked with “hypoallergenic” in order to avoid triggering an allergic reaction. Hypoallergenic means that a product contains fewer allergy-producing substances or allergens than other products of the same kind.

But, since there is no agreed-upon legal or scientific definition of the term, the word “hypoallergenic” next to a product doesn’t necessarily mean it will protect you.

This term was first used in the cosmetic industry, most often associated with skin products. In the last few decades, however, it has been used to denote allergy-friendly dogs.

Now, the truth is that there is no 100% hypoallergenic dog breed as of yet. This means that if you come across anyone advertising their dogs as completely hypoallergenic, you should know that that is not the case.

But, there are some dog breeds that are considered more hypoallergenic than others. This means that they are less likely to provoke allergic reactions in humans.

Humans are not allergic to dog hair directly, but instead, to a protein that can be found in a dog’s bodily fluids. This protein can reach the dog’s hair through saliva, urine, feces, and dander.

Pet dander is one of the most common causes of allergic reactions in humans. So, when we talk about hypoallergenic dogs, we mean that those dogs distribute dander and allergens in fewer numbers compared to other dog breeds.

So, are Labradoodles hypoallergenic?

beautiful F1B Labradoodle dog

Photo from: @steviethecovidpuppy

As we stated above, there is no dog that is completely hypoallergenic. However, some dogs come pretty close.

When it comes to Labradoodles, and other Poodle mixes for that matter, it greatly depends on the generation of the dog. For instance, the first-generation of Labradoodles that we get from breeding a Standard Labrador and a Standard Poodle is quite unpredictable.

Since they are a fifty-fifty split in genetics, it is pretty much impossible to tell how the pups will turn out. They might lean towards the Poodle side and inherit the curly or wavy non-shedding coat, or they can be more like their Labrador side of the parenting mix and shed quite a lot.

This is why very few Labradoodle breeders will breed the first generation cross between these two breeds. Now, the higher the generation of Labradoodles, the higher the chance of getting a non-shedding hypoallergenic dog.

F1B, F1BB, and multigenerational Labradoodles are considered to be very low to non-shedding dogs, and can be a great option for families with mild to severe pet allergies. So, if you or anyone in your household has mild to severe allergic reactions to dogs, you have to be careful which generation of Labradoodle you are adopting.

Different generations of Labradoodles

a brown labradoodle lies on the grass

When it comes to Poodle mixes, it feels like each year, new variations pop up. You can see why this can be a bit confusing since each generation and backcross needs to have its own letter and number combination.

But, as we promised, we will now go over the most commonly found generations of Labradoodles and explain what you can expect from each one.

The F1 Labradoodle

labradoodle runs in nature

F1 stands for first-generation Labradoodle, and it is the product of crossing a purebred Poodle with a purebred Labrador Retriever. These dogs have 50% Poodle genetics, and 50% Labrador Retriever genetics.

As we mentioned above, this makes it quite uncertain as to what kind of pup you will end up with. These dogs can have a smooth hair type like a Lab, or wavy/saggy, or curly like the one you can see on a Poodle.

The F1 Labradoodles usually shed some or a lot, and pups in the same litter can vary in coat type, coat color, and physical traits. This is why the F1 generation of Labradoodle is not the best choice for people with severe allergies.

On the other hand, as first-generation hybrids, these dogs have the added health benefits associated with hybrid vigor. This is a phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the first generation cross between two unrelated purebred lines (Lab and Poodle, in this case) being healthier and growing better than either parent line.

Key characteristics:

• Coat maintenance: Relatively low care.

• Coat description: Their coat grows to about two to three inches in length and requires occasional brushing. Coats are often hair coats, and some can have wavy or curly coats.

• Shedding: Light to non-shedding (depending on the genetics they inherit).

• Allergy friendliness: These dogs are usually suitable for families with low to mild allergies. When a family has moderate to severe allergies, a backcross Labradoodle is a better option.

The F2 Labradoodle

a black labradodle runs through the snow

The F2 Labradoodles is considered as the second generation cross of this mix. It is a result of breeding an F1 Labradoodle with another F1 Labradoodle.

Since F1 Labradoodles are already a fifty-fifty split between a Poodle and a Lab, the F2’s are not much different; they are just bred one more generation. These pups also shed as F1’s.

But, the F2 generation is the most varied generation there is. The litter may contain puppies that look like either parent breed. This means you can have dogs that completely resemble Labradors with very few Poodle characteristics, and vice versa.

Breeding an F1 Labradoodle with another F1 Labradoodle is usually unwise and breeders tend to stay away from it. The only time they would intentionally do this is if they are trying to create a new breed and don’t mind getting a lot of funny-looking and possibly unsatisfactory dogs along the way.

When an F1 is crossed with another F1, there are hundreds of possible combinations produced in the F2 generation. The coat variations, coat color, physical characteristics, and personality traits range from almost the same as one grandparent to almost the same as the other, and every possible combination in between.

You can see why responsible breeders tend to stay away from breeding two F1 Labradoodles. There is just too much uncertainty in their litter.

Key characteristics:

• Coat maintenance: There really is nothing we can say for sure when it comes to the F2 Labradoodles. You could have a dog that requires no brushing at all or you can end up with a pup that requires a lot of work or anywhere in between.

• Coat description: The coat can be a hair coat, a wavy coat, a curly coat, a wool coat, or a fleece coat.

• Shedding: This also varies greatly from heavy to non-shedders.

• Allergy friendliness: Not recommended even for families with low allergies because of the varying coat types.

The F2B Labradoodle

portrait cream labradoodle

A second generation backcross doodle (F2B) is the result of an F1 Labradoodle bred with a Labradoodle backcross (F1B).

Even though they are three generations in the making, F2B’s are technically second-generation dogs. These pups are most often non-shedding and can be allergy-friendly.

They are also the first generation of the multi-generation Labradoodles.

Let’s take a moment to recap what we have learned so far:

• 1st generation pup = Lab x Poodle = F1

• 1st generation pup = Labradoodle x Poodle = F1B

• 2nd generation pup = Labradoodle backcross x Labradoodle = F2B

Although there is less hybrid vigor in this generation than in the first, F2B’s are still close enough to the breeding tree to benefit from this phenomenon. With each generation after this one, the hybrid vigor is lost.

Key characteristics:

• Coat Maintenance: Moderate to high care.

• Coat description: The coat of the F2b’s continues to grow in length, and is quite similar in appearance to a first-generation Labradoodle. So, coats can be wavy or curly.

• Shedding: Mostly non-shedding dogs.

• Allergy friendliness: These pups are well suited for families with moderate to severe allergies.

Multigenerational Labradoodle

the labradoodle lies on the sofa in the house

When a Labradoodle is three or more generations into the breed, it is considered multigenerational or multi-gen. This allows experienced breeders to refine the personality, physical characteristics, and coat types.

The multi-gen Labradoodles are most often allergy-friendly and have a more desirable coat in quality and texture.

Key characteristics:

• Coat Maintenance: Moderate to high care.

• Coat description: The coat continues to grow in length and requires regular combing and occasional grooming. It can be a curly, a fleece, or a wavy coat type, and it is also thicker than what you typically see on a first-generation Labradoodle.

• Shedding: Almost all multi-gen Labradoodles are completely non-shedding.

• Allergy friendliness: Multigenerational Labradoodles are an excellent choice for families with moderate to severe allergies.

The Australian Labradoodle

australian labradoodle walk on laminate

The confirmed and approved parent breeds of the Australian Labradoodle are:

• Standard, Toy and Miniature Poodle

• Labrador Retriever

• Irish Water Spaniel

• Curly Coat Retriever

• American Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

However, most breeders are just breeding Australian Labradoodles with Australian Labradoodles at this point.

Key characteristics:

• Coat Maintenance: Moderate to high care.

• Coat description: Similar to the multi-gen Labradoodles, the coat of these pups continues to grow in length and requires combing and occasional grooming. It comes in a curly, a fleece, or a wavy type, and is generally thicker than a first-generation Labradoodle coat.

• Shedding: Almost all dogs are non-shedding.

• Allergy friendliness: These pups can be suitable for people with mild allergies.

What is the Difference between the Australian Labradoodle and the American Labradoodle?

The short answer is that the Australian doodle has other dog breeds mixed into their bloodlines in addition to Labrador and Poodle. For example, when introducing the brown coat color into the Australian Labradoodle, breeders used a brown Irish Water Spaniel.

In the late 1980s, Rutland Manor and Tegan Park, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began infusing other breeds into early generations of their Poodle/Lab crosses. This was done in an attempt to improve the temperament, coat, confirmation, and size of their dogs.

The infused breeds included the aforementioned Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting doodles were subsequently bred with each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.

Generally, the Australian Labradoodles tend to have a shorter muzzle and a shorter and stockier appearance compared to the American Labradoodle.

Labradoodle sizes

mini labradoodle lying on the grass

Labradoodles, and most other doodles, come in three different sizes. Note that the measuring takes place from the floor to the top of the shoulder; not the top of the head.

• Standard

Standard Labradoodles have a height of 22 to 24 inches (about 53 to 63 cm) from the wither to ground measurement. The ideal size for males is 22 to 24 inches, and for females, it is 22 to 23 inches. Weight ranges between 23 and 30 kg (around 50 to 65 lbs). Oversize can be a major fault.

• Medium

Medium doodles are 17 to 20 inches (or about 43 to 52 cm) tall from the wither to ground measurement. The ideal size for the male is 18 to 20 inches, and for the female, 17 to 19 inches. The weight range is around 13 to 20 kg (about 30 to 45 lbs).

• Miniature

Miniature Labradoodles have a height of 13 to 17 inches (about 35 to 42 cm) from the wither to ground measurement. A thing to note is that there is no correlation between height and sex when it comes to miniature size. But, the weight range tends to be toward 7 to 12 kg (about 15 to 25 lbs). And, when it comes to this category, undersize is a major fault.

Labradoodle coat types

a labradoodle on a leash stands on a rock

A Labradoodle may inherit its Poodle parent’s long and thick wavy or curly coat, its Labrador parent’s short double-coat, or it may have a combined fleecy coat.

One contributing factor concerning a Labradoodle’s coat is whether or not it is a first, second, or third generation of the mix.

The hair coat, which is usually found in shedding breeds, is the least popular one. These coats can shed at varying degrees, and usually have a distinct doggy odor. Hair coats are usually seen in first-generation Labradoodles.

The second type, called a wool coat, is dense and similar to a lamb’s wool upon touch; hence, its descriptive name. Wool coats hang in loose curls and aren’t particularly dense. Wool coats don’t generally have a doggy odor, and they are usually non-shedding. For instance, the Poodle has a wool coat and it is the most hypoallergenic one.

The fleece coat has a silky texture often compared to the Angora goat coat texture. This type of coat ranges from wavy to ringlets, and is most often the ultimate goal for most Labradoodle breeders. This is a non-shedding coat that does not have the doggy odor that most other coat types have.

Labradoodle grooming

A Labradoodle’s grooming needs greatly depend on what generation it is and what coat type it inherits. But, generally, Labradoodles do not require an excessive amount of grooming.

In most cases, a good brush once or twice every week should keep their coats in good shape. Even F1 Doodles that have a coarse “Lab-type” coat will require brushing at least once a week.

Second generation and multi-gen Labradoodles will need daily brushing if you wish to keep their curls longer. It is recommended that you take your pup to a professional groomer for a clip once per month, regardless of the coat type.

This will keep their curls in check and prevent them from tangling or matting. Just as with their Poodle parents, lack of grooming can become a health issue. Matted fur can get out of hand, covering your dog’s eyes and bottom.

Make sure that this doesn’t happen to your dog. If you don’t have the time or patience for DIY grooming, make sure to take your pup to a groomer every once in a while.

Labradoodle colors

beautiful brown labradoodle

Most Standard Labradoodles are solid-colored, such as the typical brown Labradoodle or the beautiful apricot Labradoodle.

However, Standard Poodles can sometimes be particolored (white patches on a dark background), and their offspring may inherit that. A bicolored Labradoodle is often referred to as a Parti Labradoodle.

If a pup leans more on the Labrador side in the mix, he might turn out to be a chocolate, black, or yellow Labradoodle.

On the other hand, expressed Poodle genes may result in a pup with a solid or a bicolored coat in the following shades:

• Apricot

• Blue


• Brown

• Gray

• Cream

• Red

• Silver

• Silver Beige

• White

Most Labradoodle puppies will change their coat color in adulthood. Some may darken, but most of them will lighten.

F1B Labradoodle temperament

autumn portrait of a brown labradoodle

Labradoodles have an easy-going nature, but rather high energy levels. But, each of these dogs is a unique individual with its own quirks, some of which may be inherited from their parents.

Therefore, you cannot know for sure whether your puppy will show more of a Poodle or a Lab personality.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Both of the parent breeds are extremely popular as family dogs, so you can be sure that you will end up with a loveable companion.

If you are looking to get a mixed breed dog, you should be willing to accept that the exact temperament of the cross isn’t going to be cut and dried. The first-generation Doodle temperaments are especially hard to predict while the later generations seem to act more like Labradors.

However, backcross breeding later generations with Poodles to maintain the Poodle coat can result in these pups having a more Poodle-like temperament.

Labradors and Poodles have quite different personalities, but they both have the potential to display a very loyal attachment to their families.

F1B Labradoodle personality

girl and labradoodle having fun outside

While Labradors are quite outgoing dogs, Poodles are not so much. In fact, some people associate them with being snappy. But, even though a Poodle may not be as “clingy” as a Labrador, it should never show any signs of aggression or nervousness.

You can help your Labradoodle to better handle fearfulness and unpleasant behavior by socializing it from an early age.

Poodles are considered to be active dogs that enjoy lots of physically as well as mentally stimulating activity. They thrive when they have a job to do, especially if it involves interacting with their humans. This is part of the reason why these pups are such contenders in the show ring.

On the other side of the genetic mix, we have the happy-go-lucky temperament of the Labrador Retriever. These dogs are known to be content with anyone as long as they are given lots of attention. They are playful pups, and are pretty tolerant of other dogs and pets in the household.

In fact, Labradors are a breed that needs company. They don’t do well in isolation, and can quickly become very destructive if left alone for long periods of time.

Like their partner breeds in this mix, Labradors are highly energetic dogs that love going for long walks, runs, and bike rides, and they enjoy swimming. They are best suited for active households or jobs that require them to spend their energy.

Now, when it comes to your Labradoodle puppy, it can realistically inherit a temperament that reflects both of these breeds. As with most things when it comes to mixed dog breeds, they can lean completely to one side or the other, or land anywhere in between.

How to train and exercise your F1B Labradoodle

labradoodle jumps to catch the ball

Both the Poodle and the Labrador Retriever are energetic, athletic dogs that don’t do well in a dull environment. So, you can expect your Labradoodle to be no different.

They need lots of exercise, so plan for at least an hour each day for an adult Labradoodle. In addition to walking or running, try to add in playtime in an enclosed yard, and throw in a few tasks such as retrieving.

If you and your family are not prepared to handle the high energy levels found in Labradoodles, you might want to consider getting another breed. These working dogs will have you up and running throughout the day!

Training your Lab Poodle mix is essential if you want to have a well-mannered dog in adulthood. You should start potty and crate training as soon as you bring your pup home.

Also, the first time you take your pup out for a walk, you should aim to train it to walk without straining the leash. Your Labradoodle should also know to come back when given the recall signal.

Labradoodle Socialization

Socialization is important for all dog breeds, even the outgoing and friendly ones like Labradoodles. Regular training and socialization are what helps a dog grow up to be a healthy and happy pup.

If you provide your dog with enough training and socialization from an early age, you will get a dog that is comfortable in different situations and around new animals or people.

On the other hand, lack of these things can lead to an adult dog that is unsure of itself in every new situation. This can further lead to anxiousness, fearfulness, and ultimately acting out.

Labradoodles especially need socialization to counteract the fact that Poodles may potentially be a little more aloof.

Puppies of all dog breeds should begin to be socialized from the first day you bring them home. Try to introduce them to other pets, animals, and new people as often as you can. Also, make sure you take them into new environments from time to time, so they can develop the ability to adjust to new surroundings.

Labradoodle health and care

outside on the grass sits a smiling woman with a labradoodle

As you might have already figured out yourself, health, like all other traits, is kind of impossible to predict when it comes to mixed dog breeds.

However, with these breeds, dog owners should take into account the health issues of parent breeds as this could indicate what problems might be passed on to their offspring.

Most, if not all, purebred dogs are predisposed to certain health problems because breeding dogs within a small gene pool leads to the appearance of recessive diseases.

These diseases are dangerous only if a dog inherits two faulty genes, one from each parent. With these recessive diseases, if either parent passes a healthy gene to the puppy, the faulty gene remains harmless.

This means that the first cross, like a Labradoodle, may be an improvement on either of its parent breeds in terms of genetics. But, if both parent breeds are susceptible to the same health risks, then the chances of their offspring suffering from the same illness are just as great as the risk to a purebred puppy of either parent breeds.

So, to get a better grasp of what medical conditions a Labradoodle may have, we have to turn to its parent breeds once again.

Labrador Retriever health

Although Labrador Retrievers are generally healthy dogs, they face some inheritable issues. These are the following:

• Elbow dysplasia

• Hip dysplasia

• Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

These problems are frequent in this breed, but all three of them can be health tested. In fact, before a Lab is allowed to breed, it absolutely must be tested for these conditions.

Apart from these health problems, Labradors have a tendency of becoming overweight, especially as they grow older. This is why Labrador owners must always keep an eye on the amount of food their pups eat, along with its quality.

Poodle health

Poodles are also considered to be a relatively healthy breed, but they do suffer from the same problems as Labradors. We learned that when both parent breeds suffer from the same diseases, their offspring has a higher chance of inheriting those diseases.

Let’s take a look at the major health problems Poodles face:

• Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

• Autoimmune thyroiditis

• Sebaceous adenitis

• Elbow dysplasia

• Hip dysplasia

This breed is also somewhat prone to obesity, and owners should take the same precautions as with Labradors. Diet and exercise should be adjusted to the age and overall condition of a dog.

Just as Labradors can get tested for health conditions, so can Poodles, and they absolutely should be before they are allowed to breed.

F1B Labradoodle life expectancy

an old labradoodle walks on the grass

Several studies have shown that crossbreed dogs have a greater life expectancy than most pedigree dogs. This means that it is possible that your Labradoodle will live longer than either of its parents.

While Labradors have a life expectancy of around twelve years, Poodles, on the other hand, live much longer and have a lifespan of between ten and eighteen years.

So, with proper care and some luck, your doodle will be by your side for the next twelve years or more!

Finding an F1B Labradoodle puppy

a portrait of a cute labradoodle puppy

You shouldn’t have a problem finding a Labradoodle breeder, given the popularity of this hybrid breed. But, finding the right breeder does require some digging on your side.

Labradoodle breeders

When buying a puppy, it is essential that you find a responsible, reputable breeder. And, it is true that when a new hybrid breed such as Labradoodle becomes popular, many unscrupulous breeders jump on the bandwagon.

These breeders are only interested in money, and it is likely that they won’t bother with health testing or proper veterinary care for their pups, which can have severe consequences to a dog’s welfare.

However, with the growing popularity of this hybrid breed, and the growing public awareness of the need for health checks, there is now an increase in responsible Labradoodle breeders.

Responsible breeders come with several decades of experience, and have a reputation for actively health testing their breeding dogs and raising their puppies with utmost care.

Always make sure to get proof of health tests for the parent dogs. Ask to meet the parents, and visit the premises where the puppies are raised. If the breeder refuses to let you visit or spend some time with the parents, and if they avoid answering questions about the health of the dogs, those are definite red flags.

Is an F1b Labradoodle right for you?

a smiling blonde hugs a labradoodle outside

As we’ve extensively covered everything you need to know about Labradoodles and their different generations, you might already have an idea as to whether this dog is suited for you or not.

Nevertheless, we will go over some of the key things about this breed, so you can make a better judgment.

Labradoodles are intelligent, loyal, and active dogs that require a lot of physical and mental stimulation in order to remain in a healthy condition.

They need their owners to provide them with different activities throughout the day in order not to get bored. Like their parents, Labradoodles enjoy swimming and other activities in the water.

So, if this doesn’t fit your lifestyle, you might want to look for another breed that is better for your household. Also, F1B Labradoodles might require a lot of grooming. Their curls need to be attended to, and if you think you don’t have the time and effort, then it is best to opt for dogs with other coat types.

If anyone in your family has mild to severe dog allergies, then you might want to consider getting an F1B Labradoodle despite it requiring a little more maintenance than others.

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