The labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. F-1 indicates first cross, one half Lab and one half poodle. F1B is the second generation or first back cross. F-1's are normally back crossed to the poodle to achieve the curly, allergy friendly coat which does not shed. There are a few exceptions to the rule. Just as poodles come in a variety of sizes, so do labradoodles. The Australian Labradoodle has six parent breeds. In addition to the Lab and the Poodle they have infused some blood of the following breeds. The Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.
Australian Labradoodles inherit the best of all the breeds involved in their make up. They are very trainable, intuitive and intelligent. They are loyal to the people they own (and they do own you, they only let you think you own them). Most are gentle and they have the hybrid vigor typical of cross breeds.
Training the labradoodle puppy is a must, they thrive on love, attention , routine and discipline. If your don't train them, they will train you as they are very smart and will have you figured out in nothing flat. Start their training as soon as you get them home. They love toys and things to chew on such as greenies. Overall, they are friendly, fun loving, quiet and calm. They make wonderful pets.
The coat types range from woolly which is similar to the poodle coat. It requires regular grooming and is allergy friendly and non-shedding. The fleece coat is considered the "ultimate" in labradoodle coats as it is easily maintained and is also allergy friendly and non-shedding. The flat hairy coats occasionally show up, particularly in the first generation F-1's and these are rarely used as breeders but they still make wonderful pets.
Australian Labradoodles are not yet recognized as a breed by the AKC but there are Two very Respected Australian Labradoodle Registries.
The two we recommend are:
World Australian Labradoodle Association (WALA) at
Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA)
Registry in either of these organizations recognizes that the dog has an Australian Labradoodle Pedigree Verification and is legitimate in bloodlines. To earn the Silver or Gold paw with the ALAA means excellence in Health Testing and both Organizations require a minimum of several Health Tests including but not limited to DNA Testing in-order to be an Accredited Breeder with
both Organizations the WALA and ALAA.
"I need Someone strong enough to pull sleds and find bombs, yet gentle enough to love babies and lead the blind.
Someone who will spend all day on a couch with a resting head and supportive eyes to lift the spirit of a broken heart."
So God made Labradoodles.