Labradoodle Generations, Coat Types, Maintenance + Appearance

A first generation Labradoodle is known as an F1 - this is the product of mating a Labrador Retreiver with a Standard or Miniature Poodle. As first generation hybrids, these dogs are believed to have the added health benefits associated with hybrid vigour. It is believed in animal breeding that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better than either parent line.  The coat type on the F1's can vary considerably, but is generally described as scruffy! This also changes a lot during the first year - so you can have a fairly smooth puppy at 8 weeks and by the time your pup is a year old its coat has developed and it can be really scruffy!!

An F2 Labradoodle is often the result of a mating between two F1 Labradoodles. In this instance the resulting F2 puppies are generally the least uniform of all the crosses and the coat and appearance of each pup can vary considerably.  F2's are also produced by mating an F1 with an F3 or 4 etc., this is because one of the parents is an F1, the puppies generation can only move up one place and they will thus be F2's. An F2 produced by mating an F1 with an F3 or F4 will generally have a 'better' coat, than that of an F1 x F1. An F1B/F2B/F3B etc Labradoodle is the result of an F1 (or F2 or F3 etc) Labraadoodle parent being mated by either a Poodle or Labrador - this is usually a Poodle and is done to improve the coat quality (ie: to make it more curly, less shedding).

An F1B/F2B/F3B etc Labradoodle is the result of an F1 (or F2 or F3 etc) Labradoodle parent being mated by either a Poodle or Labrador - this is usually a Poodle and is done to improve the coat quality (ie: to make it more curly, less shedding).

A Multigenerational (Multigen) is he result of breeding two Labradoodles, F1b X F2b or F3b X F2b etc.).  Because both parents are further removed from the initial Poodle X Labrador pairing, multigens are the least likely to offer allergy problems as well as a lower chance of shedding.  

Ellie, she is an F3 Labradoodle.