What “IS” the Difference? What Does It All Mean?

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Labradoodle, F1 Labradoodle, F1B Labradoodle,
Australian Labradoodle, & Multi-generational (Multi-Gen) Labradoodle

A Labradoodle is the breeding of a Labrador Retriever to a Poodle, Labradoodle to Poodle, or a Labradoodle to Labradoodle. The Labradoodle DNA is solely from the Labrador Retriever and Poodle. Coats vary from coarse wool to a softer fleece unlike the Australian Labradoodle fleece.

F1 Labradoodle: The “F” in scientific terms means “filial generation” and “F1” means “first generation. Within the Labradoodle breed, this is the language used for the first cross of a purebred poodle to a purebred Labrador Retriever. Typically, the coat is sparse hair with moderate-low shedding.

F1B Labradoodle: The addition of the “B” refers to the backcross, an F1 (as mentioned above), bred (or backcrossed) to a purebred Poodle. Coats are usually hair or fleece and low-to non-shedding.

Australian Labradoodle: The Australian Labradoodle has the DNA of a Labrador, Poodle, and Cocker Spaniel (either American or English) resulting in a three-breed “mishmash” or combination. Coats are typically non-shedding.

Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle: A Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle comes from breeding an Australian Labradoodle to another Australian Labradoodle. Rarely do their coats shed.

 WHY THE HIGH PRICE TAG?

We all do it…We adopt, rescue or buy a pedigree dog and say: “Awe!!!….” We have these wonderful expectations with this adorable canine we bring home; some for companionship, some for security, loss of a loved one…there are many reasons but WHAT do we truly know about this four legged canine we are bringing into our home? What do we know of their background, the health and temperament of their parents, their bloodlines?

All Labradoodles are not created equal either…so why the high price tag? Often I hear stories about the significantly less expensive doodles. You see doodles looking more like poodles or more like labs. You hear about the several different canine breeds being bred by a single breeder at a kennel. What do you know about the breeders, where did their bloodlines originate, did they have genetic testing done on their breeders, what additional testing is performed routinely on the breeders? Are they bred, whelped, nurtured and socialized in the owner/breeder’s home?

My husband always tells me one of my greatest faults and yes, successes in life, is that I research whatever the product, service and most definitely, our Australian Multigenerational Labradoodles to the “nth degree”. Do your doodle homework! If you do, you will bring home that special companion, healthy, happy, hypo-allergenic and non-shedding. You will be so happy you did!