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What are the differences between F1, F1b, F2b & multigenerational and Double Doodles?
F1 – This is a first generation cross, with one parent being a retriever and the other a poodle. The F1 Labradoodle is 50% lab and 50% poodle. Coats are typically low to moderate shedding and are better for homes with only slight/moderate allergies. They tend to be shaggy/wavy coats but can occasionally be curly. The F1 Labradoodle possesses the marked intelligence, loving and devoted demeanor and allergy friendly qualities that make doodles so popular.
F1b – This is the result of a cross between an F1 Labradoodle and a poodle. Pups are roughly 25% lab and 75% poodle. This generation has become very popular as they are most often non shedding and allergy friendly. They are a good option for families with moderate to severe allergies. F1b dogs show a greater variety of coat type, from long and wavy to short and curly. They also come in a great variety of colors.
F2b and multigenerational Labradoodles- These dogs are the results of crosses between two labradoodles. F2b dogs result from the cross of an F1 and an F1b dog while multigenerational dogs result from the crosses of two F1b or higher generation dogs. These dogs work well for families with moderate to severe allergies as they are generally non shedding and allergy friendly. Coat types vary as they do with the F1b generation.
Double Doodles-The Double Doodle is a mix of lab, golden retriever and poodle. Any mix of the three breeds is acceptable however the most typical cross is that of a labradoodle x goldendoodle cross. In our case, they are the result of the cross of our F1b goldendoodle with one of our F1b labradoodles. The resulting pups will be largely non shedding and allergy friendly. The coats of double doodles tend, in our experience, to be a bit softer than those of the labradoodles. These dogs have the same intelligence, sweet personality and working ability as our labradoodles. The coat types will vary from long and wavy to woolly and curly.
What are the different doodle colors?
Chalk – a chalky off white Conor with a black or rose pigmented nose
Black – solid black with no sprinklings of other colors. Nose should be black
Silver – start as black but fade to silver over their first few years. This can be a light pewter to dark charcoal color. Nose should be black.
Blue – born black with blue/grey pigmentation. The color develops over the first few years and should be a dark, smiley blue.
Lavender – almost a pink/lilac color in appearance. Born chocolate and become lavender over the first few years. Nose should be rose colored.
Parti – 50% white with spots or patches of other colors. Nose should match the colored patches.
Phantom – solid base color with sharply defined markings of a second color above each eye, on the sides of he muzzle, throat, chest and all four legs as well as below the tail any combination of colors is allowed.
Sable – chocolate with a black face, legs and tail. Reminiscent of a bay horse.
Chocolate – deep chocolate brown. Nearly black when born.
Caramel – the color of real caramel.The color can range between gold and red. Nose must be rose pigmented.
Cream – comes in a wide variety of shades but should be creamy in appearance. Can have a gold/apricot tint.
Gold/Apricot – The color is referred to as apricot because it resembles the inside of a ripe apricot to varying shades of rich dark gold. The color should be even throughout and the roots should not be lighter. The pigment for the nose is black.
Parchment – This color is a creamy beige chocolate color. It can be best described as the color of a cup of coffee with milk. These dogs are born milk chocolate and will develop their parchment coloring over time. The nose pigment is rose.
Red – Reds should be rich and dark in color and the roots should be no lighter. Sadly, this coat color tends to fade over time. The nose color is to be black.
Cafe au Lait – This color can range between a light milk chocolate to an almost beige. This color develops over the first 1-3 years. Nose pigment should be rose.
Do labradoodles shed?
Some Labradoodles shed lightly to moderately. About 1/2 of all Labradoodles are nonshedding. F1 doodles are more likely to shed than F1b or multigenerational doodles.
How long do labradoodles live?
Their average lifespan is around 15 years.
How large do labradoodles get?
Our Labradoodles are standard size and will range from 45 pounds to around 75 pounds on average. There are always exceptions and some pups may be slightly smaller or larger than average. A good way to determine your pups likely adult size is to add the parents weights together and divide by two.
What is a doodle's temperament like?
Our doodles are very intelligent with an eager to please nature. Most of them have NO sense of personal space and prefer to be near their people.
How much exercise do they need?
A doodle will require moderate exercise daily. Their lineage is that of sporting dog breeds with both parent breeds being water retrievers. Because of this, the doodle is a very athletic dog and can be quite energetic. Daily walks and room to run are a must.
Are doodles easy to train?
They are highly trainable and love to be with their people. Their marked intelligence coupled with their athleticism means these dogs will excel as family pets, hunting partners, therapy or service dogs. They also do well at such activities as agility and flyball competition.
Are they good with children?
Our doodles are raised with children and make great family pets.
How much grooming is required?
Grooming needs can vary greatly because Doodle coat types also vary greatly. Depending on the coat type you choose, grooming can range from quick daily once over with a brush to bi-monthly trips to the groomer for trims.
Are all doodles "hypoallergenic"?
The short answer is No. There is a lot of misconception around doodles and the “hypoallergenic” term. The longer answer is that there really is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. Each person’s allergies are specific to that person and each will react differently to a dog. It is true that doodles tend to be more allergy friendly than many other breeds and are generally well tolerated by those with allergies. That said, we still always recommend that if you have allergies, you come and spend time with our dogs before deciding whether a pup is right for you. This way you can judge your reaction to the pups before taking one home.
What are the different coat types?
Hair coats : This coat type is most frequently seen in F1 as well as in some F1b and F2b doodles. It can be straight and soft or wiry in texture and sheds in varying degrees. It’s is the least allergy friendly but also the easiest to maintain as it will not require trips to the groome as frequentlyr. This coat can easily be maintained with regular baths and brushing.
Fleece Coats: This coat type has a soft texture and is more allergy friendly. It is most often seen in F1b – multigen dogs though it can also be found in F1 dogs. It normally has a straight/wavy or spiraling curly look and is fairly easy to maintain with regular brushing. Fleece coats are typically low to nonshedding and work well for families with mild to moderate allergies.
Wool coats: This coat type is similar to that of the poodle. It is the most allergy friendly and works well for those with moderate to severe allergies. The wool coat is non-shedding and curly, requiring regular grooming to keep it in good shape. This coat is found most often in F1b and multigen dogs.