For over twenty years Labradoodles have made excellent service dogs as well as family pets. They have great personalities, are very smart and easily trained. They have also given severe allergy sufferers a new alternative, allowing many of them the ability to own and enjoy a dog of their own for the first time. First-generation Labradoodles (F1) are the result of breeding a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle. This produces a 50/50 cross between the two founding breeds. This cross results in “hybrid vigor”, as well as a wide variety of coats and overall features. Hybrid vigor is the phenomenon that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line. A very good family pet, F1’s are not always allergy-friendly. Most first-generation dogs shed to some degree.
First-generation backcross Labradoodles (F1b) are the result of breeding a first-generation (F1) Labradoodle back to a Poodle. This produces a 25/75 cross between the two founding breeds. This results in a much more allergy-friendly coat. F1b Labradoodles are no-to-low shed dogs.
Multi-Gen Labradoodles are the result of breeding a higher generation Labradoodle to another higher generation Labradoodle. Their coats can range from silky waves of fleece to a curly wool. Multi-Gen Labradoodles are very allergy-friendly and consistent in terms of coat quality. They are the best bet for someone who suffers from dog-related allergies. Multi-Gens are no-to-low shed dogs.
Labradoodles come in a variety of colors: Red, Chocolate, Chalk, Apricot, Cream, Café, Black, Silver, Blue, Parti, to name a few. The Labradoodle breed is recognized by the Australian Labradoodle Association of America.