F1, F2B, ALF, Australian....HUH???
Important Information RE Generations of Labradoodles:
Anyone can Breed a Labrador Retriever to a Poodle and call those puppies "Labradoodles", which is technically correct. However there is a HUGE difference between a first generation Labradoodle,(F1, Lab bred to Poodle), and a an Australian or Multigenerational Labradoodle whose lines have been developed for many many years, if not decades, with purposeful and well-thought out pairings. Early generation Labradoodles may have inconsistent coats and shed, and not possess the hypoallergenic qualities that so many seek. Also, if a Breeder does NOT conduct proper health testing to screen out genetic disorders, you may end up with a wonderful puppy, but one that sadly develops life-altering health issues, even in it's early years. Breeders like myself who do COMPLETE health screenings and choose only from the finest lines, and then create pairings based on the optimal results for health and temperament above all, as well as overall conformity of the Breed, would like to differentiate the terminology behind the generations and what each may "mean".
If you are new to Labradoodles/Goldendoodles and you talk to someone who is familiar with the Breed, you might get lost in all the **“Labradoodle lingo”. Here is a little reference guide to help you through....
**“Labradoodle lingo as it pertains to "Goldendoodles” - It is important to note that while Labradoodles and Goldendoodles possess many of the same qualities, they still can vary greatly. An earlier generation Goldendoodle is much more likely to have the coat qualities desired, than would an early generation Labradoodle. Part of this reason is due in fact to the differences between the Labrador, and the English Golden. An English Golden has a longer, fuller coat than the short haired Labrador. Therefore when a Golden English is bred to the Poodle or to another Goldendoodle, it can achieve the fuller coated, allergy-friendly non-shed qualities that may take Labradoodle many more generations to achieve. It is our goal to breed for this coat consistency in BOTH breeds. In summary, an F1b, or F2 Goldendoodle may very well demonstrate the excellent coat consistency for which we strive in any of our Breeds!
F1 = 50% Labrador and 50% Poodle (most likely shed, size restrictions, usually standard)
F1-B = 25% Labrador Retriever and 75% Poodle (F1 Labradoodle and Poodle cross) - Still may shed, coat quality uncertain, size restrictions
F2 = F1 Labradoodle and F1 Labradoodle cross (still questionable coats and size restrictions)
F3 = F2 Labradoodle and F1 Labradoodle cross or similar, and so on. F3 or above is considered "Multi-generation" (see below).
(LO) = Labradoodle Origin - This term describes the dogs above or dogs that have exclusively Labrador and Poodle Parent Breeds in their background.
(AL) = Australian Labradoodle - a dog made up of six different breeds : Labrador Retriever, Poodle, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Soft Coated Wheaton, American Cocker Spaniel, and English Cocker Spaniel. These breeds were selected over many years by researchers in Australia to develop specific traits and qualities. These dogs must have over three generations of AL-to-AL in their pedigree to be considered an Multigen Australian Labradoodle. According to new guidelines from Australian Labradoodle Association of America, to be considered an "Australian Labradoodle", the dog must at least contain Lab, Poodle, and Cocker. **
Multi-generation = This is an F3 generation or greater. Multi-generation can also refer to an Australian Labradoodle Foundation Dog (ALF) - This term describes dogs that have both the Labradoodle Origin (LO) and an Australian Labradoodle (AL) Parent Breed in their heritage.
**IMPORTANT NOTE** all dogs formerly referred to as ALFs are now considered Australian Labradoodles.
Infusion - In the development of any new breed, a dog breed is “infused” with another breed (as those mentioned above were "infused" into the AL) to develop whatever traits the breeder is trying to achieve. With the Australian Labradoodle and the Labradoodle, infusion of the list of dogs above is an accepted and expected process. Infusion is important not only to improve the looks or temperament of a dog breed, but also to create a larger gene pool.
*The Cockapoo Puppy
The Cockapoo possesses many of the same qualities of Doodles, but are comprised solely of the two Breeds, Cocker Spaniel an Poodle. Cockapoos, like Goldendoodles of lower generations, are more apt to exhibit allergy friendly coats than lower generations of Labradoodles are. They are also very intelligent, and highly trainable, and are extremely friendly and social dogs that aim to please their "human". They are TYPICALLY on the whole a smaller breed than the Doodle, and tend to be shorter/stockier than even Mini Doodles at the same weight. They range from typically 10-30 lbs on average, but have been known to be larger or smaller when bred accordingly to Toy or Standard Poodles.
F1 = 50% Cocker Spaniel and 50% Poodle (Low to no shed)
F1-B = 25% Cocker Spaniel and 75% Poodle (F1 Cocker Spaniel and Poodle cross) - No shed
F2 = F1 Cockapoo & F1 Cockapoo cross (Low to no-shed when bred for coat consistency)
F3 = F2 Cockapoo and F1 Cockapoo cross or similar, and so on. F3 or above is considered "Multi-generation".
Multi-generation = This is an F3 generation Cockapoo or greater. Greatest coat consistency, as well as predictability.
We hope this helped to clear things up a bit if you are a bit confused! (I know I was at first!) Enjoy our web site and feel free to inquire more with us about these wonderful breeds!