F1B Labradoodle Dog Breed Information

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Nearly everyone has heard of the Labradoodle. Labradoodles are those adorable, intelligent dogs that are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. You may or may not know that Labradoodles are hybrid dogs. That means that they are not an actual breed. Instead they are a crossbreed or “designer dog.” When you breed Labs and Poodles together, the puppies in the litter will show a lot of variety. Even after a couple of generations the puppies can look more like one side of the family than the other. That’s where terminology like “F1B Labradoodle” comes into play.

Confused? We’ll tell you everything you need to know about F1B Labradoodles below.

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What is an F1B Labradoodle?

Hybrid dog breeders need to use certain terms to identify various generations in their breeding program. The common terms used are:

  • P Generation = the purebred dog parents (such as the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle)
  • F1 Generation = the first generation produced from breeding together the purebred parents. This would be 50 percent Labrador Retriever and 50 percent Poodle for a Labradoodle.
  • F1B Generation = this generation is produced from an F1 parent and a purebred parent. For the Labradoodle, this would be a Labradoodle F1 and a Poodle. These dogs are also called second generation Labradoodles. These dogs are 75 percent Poodle and 25 percent Labrador Retriever.

Breeders can continue in this manner with the F2, F2B, F3 and later generations, breeding back and forth to the original purebred breeds and resulting hybrid generations. After breeding for several generations in this way, a breeder can produce Labradoodles that are more consistent and predictable in size and appearance.

In most cases, Labradoodle breeders use the Standard Poodle for breeding purposes. These dogs are larger so they are a good match with the Labrador Retriever. They also have a good temperament and generally like children which makes them a good choice to help produce offspring that might go to a family.

Different Sizes of F1B Labradoodles

Labrador Retrievers weigh between about 55 pounds (small female) and 80 pounds (large male). Both males and females stand between 22 and 24 inches tall at the shoulder. That means that the size of the Poodle parent will have a lot of influence over the ultimate size of the offspring. Poodles come in several different sizes, so the size of the Labradoodle and F1B Labradoodle also varies, depending on the size of the Poodle parent.

The American Kennel Club and most kennel clubs in the world recognize the Standard, Miniature, and Toy Poodle. Some breeders also produce a “petite” Poodle which is very small. The Standard Poodle is over 15 inches at the shoulder (usually around 20 inches). The Miniature Poodle is between 10 and 15 inches at the shoulder. The Toy Poodle is under 10 inches at the shoulder.

  • Petite: Under 14 inches tall; weight up to 15 pounds.
  • Mini (Minature): 14-16 inches tall for males and females; weight 15-25 pounds.
  • Medium: 18-20 inches tall for males; 17-19 inches for females; weight 30-45 pounds.
  • Standard: 22-24 inches tall for males; 21-23 inches for females; weight 50-65 pounds.

Different Colors of F1B Labradoodles

While Labrador Retrievers come in three basic colors (black, yellow, and chocolate), Poodles come in an amazing array of colors and they can pass along these color genetics to F1B Labradoodles. Here are some of the colors that can be found in F1B Labrdoodles:

  • Apricot
  • Black
  • Blue (the blue is a variation of the black coat)
  • Buff
  • Cafe
  • Caramel
  • Chalk
  • Chocolate
  • Cream
  • Red
  • Silver

Some of these colors can change, fade, or become more silver as the dog matures.

Different Types of Common F1B Labradoodle Coats

Since they are hybrids, Labradoodles – including the F1B generation – can have a variety of coat types. Some dogs in the F1 generation can have shaggy or wiry coats. By breeding back to a Poodle, the F1B generation usually has more of a Poodle coat with wavy or curly fleece. Wooly coats are also possible. Thick, soft hair that can be wavy or curly is also a possibility. The F1B generation tends to shed less than other Labradoodles and is most likely to be “hypoallergenic” like the Poodle.

Coat types found in the F1B Labradoodle:

  • Shaggy
  • Wiry
  • Wavy/curly fleece
  • Woolly
  • Thick soft wavy/curly hair

Main Difference Between F1B vs Different Generations

The F1 generation in Labradoodles will likely shed – at least a little. If you have allergies and you are looking for a dog that doesn’t shed much, the F1 generation might not be a good fit for you. The F1 generation can have less coat and it may be wiry or harsher in texture. They are very smart but they can have the Labrador Retriever’s energy.

The F1B generation, which has been bred pack to a Poodle, is much less likely to shed. Breeding back to the Poodle intensifies the Poodle qualities in the offspring including the desirable coat that doesn’t shed very much. The texture of the coat can be fleecy or wooly. It can be wavy or straight. These dogs have a good Labradoodle temperament. They are very smart and likely to be easy going.

Third generation Labradoodles and later will have more and more Poodle genes. They will usually look like Labradoodles and be (mostly) non-shedding. The texture of the coat can range from fleecy to wooly and wavy or curly. This generation is usually more consistent.

F1B Labradoodle Breed Information

  • Temperament – F1B Labradoodles are described as a good choice for people with families. Of all Labradoodles, this is the generation that is least likely to shed (though it always depends on individual dogs). Genetically these dogs are 75 percent Poodle so many of them have the Poodle’s non-shedding coat. If you have kids with allergy issues, this could be your dog. They are active but usually more laid back than the Labrador Retriever. F1B Labradoodles are affectionate, friendly, and outgoing. You can expect this dog to be easy to train and eager to please.
  • Health Issues – One of the ideas with hybrid dogs is that crossbreeding will result in hybrid vigor. This is true on some levels but health also depends on the parent breeds. Labradoodles can develop health problems that are common to both Labrador Retrievers and Poodles such as hip and elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (an eye disease), and von Willebrand’s disease (a bleeding disorder). Ear infections can also be a common problem. As the percentage of Poodle genes increases, you might also see more Poodle genetic health issues. It’s always a good idea to obtain your puppy or dog from a breeder that health tests their breeding dogs.
  • Nutritional Needs – Labradoodles and F1B Labradoodles have the same nutritional needs as other dogs. You should feed your dog a good quality diet, preferably from a company that makes foods formulated by qualified veterinary nutritionists and follows other good practices. The FDA has expressed concerns about dog foods that are high in peas, lentils, legumes, and potatoes. They are currently researching these foods and their possible association with dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs.
  • Lifespan – Expect your F1B Labradoodle to live between 12-14 years. Some dogs may live longer.
  • Grooming Needs – The grooming needs for the F1B Labradoodle can vary depending on the texture of the coat. These dogs usually have more coat than the F1 generation, though they tend to shed less. You will need to take an F1B Labradoodle to the groomer on a regular basis (unless you groom your dog yourself). That means a trip every 4-10 weeks, depending on how short you like to keep the coat.

FAQ

  • What much does an F1B Labradoodle Cost? – Expect an F1B Labradoodle to cost between $2000 and $3000.
  • Do F1B Labradoodles Shed? – There can be some slight shedding in some dogs but F1B Labradoodles are the Labradoodles that are least likely to shed. They are usually the closest generation to being non-shedding.
  • Are F1B Labradoodles Trained Easily? – Yes, the F1B Labradoodle is very smart, eager to learn, and usually easy to train.
  • How often should an F1B Labradoodle be groomed? – The coat texture of the F1B Labradoodle can vary, though it’s not usually the wiry or shaggy coat found in the F1 generation. You can brush it occasionally. The dog does need to be clippered by a groomer every 4-10 weeks.

Conclusion

F1B Labradoodles are often the kind of dogs that people have in mind when they seek a Labradoodle. They are very smart, affectionate, friendly, and easy to train. Most of them a non-shedding or shed very little. They are a good family dog. They are active dogs but not as energetic as the Labrador Retriever. If this sounds like the kind of dog you are looking for, contact a good breeder. Do ask questions about health, health testing, and guarantees. F1B Labradoodles are not cheap. Buying one of these dogs is an investment. But if this is the kind of dog you like, they can be a good pet.

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