Is there a difference? Yes. Australian Labradoodles were developed in Australia and considered to have 6 parent breeds: Labrador, Poodle, English and American Cocker Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, and Curly Coat Retriever; while a Labradoodle is solely a cross between a Lab and a Poodle.
As you’re learning about Labradoodles, you’ll certainly come across the term F1. This term refers to a puppy from a Labrador retriever parent and a Poodle parent. With a first generation cross, it is impossible to predict the results. You don’t know if the dog will take on the non-shedding coat qualities of the poodle or if it will shed like crazy. The appearance of the puppies will vary greatly within the litter.
You’ll also run into the term F1b, which means a F1 dog has been mated back to a poodle. With this cross there is more consistency in the coat – about an 80% chance that the puppy will be non-shedding if both the parents were non-shedding. This is due to the larger amount of poodle genetics.
- F1 = First cross between a Lab X Poodle
- F1b = F1 X Poodle
So it’s good to remember that Australian Labradoodles have more than just Labrador and Poodle bloodlines at work. When you purchase an Australian Labradoodle, you have a much better idea of exactly what you’re buying. The size, coat, temperament, look, allergy friendliness, and non-shedding qualities are much more predictable. It’s these qualities that have created the Australian Labradoodle that we now know and love. Australian Labradoodles are known as “multi-generational” if both parents are Australian Labradoodles.
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