TYPES OF DOODLES & COATS
There are different 'types' or generations of Labradoodles, but the most common are called F1, F1B and Multi-Gen. Along with those different generations brings 3 different coat types called the 'Hair' coat, 'Fleece' coat or a 'Wool' coat.
An “F1" is the first generation cross between a Labrador or Golden Retriever and a Poodle (50% x 50%). F1’s can have straight, borderline wavy, to very wavy coats (mostly a hair coat but can be fleese) and vary as to their degree of shedding but are allergy friendly . Very low maintenance in terms of grooming with varying degrees of shedding but generally moderate to low shedding. F1's tend to best for those with mild allergies. This is just a general guideline of course, as each person is different.
An “F1B” is the cross between an F1 Labradoodle(50%lab&50%poodle) bred back to a Poodle.These have the most consistent coat quality due to to strong poodle influence. They often have a Fleece coat(the most desired coat, it has loose flowing wavy curls and a thick soft feel like angora. F1B's can have a wool coats (tighter curly s resembling a poodle coat but can be looser curled)most have a soft angora feel but some can have more of a wool feel like the poodle most every F1b are non-shedding and hypo alergenic. Moderate time required for grooming. We often find that within a litter, a couple puppies will have a straighter coat, more like an F1, but that it still is low to non shedding. Often we recommend the F1B's for those with moderate to severe allergies, although this is just a general guideline we use, as each person is different.EXAMPLES OF F1B COATS
All coats below have been shaved to obtain a longer coat, just let them grow out.
EXAMPLE OF FLEECE COAT WAVY
(soft loose wavy curls non shedding and hypo-allergenic)
Anikan F1B labradoodle (lovealabradoodle lilly and levi cross)
EXAMPLE OF FLEECE COAT WAVY CLIPPED AND BRUSHED OUT
EXAMPLE OF FLEECE COAT CURLY,
(soft tight curls non shedding hypo-alergenic)
F1b labradoodle CHOCOLATE AND APRICOT
WOOL COAT CURLY
( wool textured curls poodle like feel non shedding and hypo-alergenic)
· A “Multi-Gen” Doodle is the result from breeding Doodles for several generations (such as an F1B to another F1B). Mulit-Gen Doodles have a Fleece or Wool coat and are hypo allergenic but they do often require more maintenance in terms grooming and come with a bigger price tag. We often recommend them for those with severe allergies , although this is just a general guideline we use, as each person is different.
ORIGIN OF THE LABRADOODLE:
The origin of Labradoodles began in 1988 where a blind woman in Hawaii needed a guide dog that would not aggravate her husband’s allergies. She requested help from a breeder in Australia, Mr. Conran, who tried different hair & saliva sample from various dogs. None of the samples worked out. A couple of years passed when Mr. Conran suggested to the manager of the Royal Guide Dogs of Australia that they try crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Standard Poodle. The Labrador was a commonly used guide dog, adored for being highly trainable, eager to please and having a gentle, warm temperament. The Poodle was also popular for being highly intelligent, as well as their lack of shedding and allergy-friendly coat. The first litter produced only three puppies. Samples of hair and saliva were once again sent to Hawaii and the samples from one of the three puppies were successful. This puppy was named was ‘Sultan’ and he was sent to Hawaii where he became a successful guide dog.
The news about the “Labradoodle” was aired on an Australian television station and the interest in this new breed began to spread. In these early years a vet in Australia (Kate Shoeffel) began breeding this first generation Labradoodle and still continues to do so today. Now the Labradoodle is a much sought after companion and family member. They are very intelligent, easily trained family dogs with low to non-shedding, allergy friendly coats (although not all are; please continue to read for further explanation). There are genetic advantages when you cross two healthy breeds. The unrelated gene pool creates “hybrid-vigor” which means that genetic defects, such as hip dysplasia or eye problems, are less likely to occur, but you will also see a variety of different looks and coat types, especially in this first crossing, and some may be non-shedding and/or allergy friendly while others may not.
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