What is a Labradoodle...
So that first cross is an F1 (first generation). F1 Labradoodles are just as amazing as their predecessors, but they have a much higher chance of shedding and tend to have more of a Labrador energy level. They can also have more of the Labrador quirky behaviour, which isn't a bad thing, but if you don't want a high energy dog or if shedding is a concern of yours I would not suggest an F1 for you. Elvira is a good example to use for an F1 Labradoodle. She has the typical coarse medium length coat. She does shed minimally and also has a higher energy level than any of my other Labradoodles. But that being said, she has a very loving personality, she is extremely smart and I wouldn't trade her for anything.
So what breeders do in order to achieve a lower shedding coat or even a non shed coat, they will backcross it to a Poodle to produce and F1b. Depending on what size the breeder is trying to achieve, they will use either a Toy, Mini or Standard Poodle. An F1b can also be the result of breeding back to a Labrador, but the primary goal of a Labradoodle is to have a calm, low-non shedding dog, so it wouldn't make sense to breed it back to a Labrador which is why a Poodle is a much more desired choice. Both Magenta and Lily are F1b generation. As you can see though, they both have very different coats. Magenta has a curly wool coat and Lily has a wavy fleece coat. Neither of these girls shed. Some F1b Labradoodles can shed and can have and Incorrect Coat, but with the proper testing by the breeder, this can be avoided as with the case of my two girls here.
An F1bb is an F1b back bred again to either a Poodle or a Labrador. This is done to ensure a good coat and an amazing calm temperament. This example shows one of our F1bb puppies after she left us. She is a Lily and Phantom baby and has the same coat as her mother. A breeder may also choose to breed back to a Labrador in order to keep from breeding out too much of the lab personality. Or they may want a higher energy level for a well suited hunting prospect.
This is a puppy generally from a breeding between two first generation Labradoodles (F1xF1). This is considered a second generation Labradoodle. Unfortunately, a lot of these puppies do have a high tendency of shedding and can also have a more spirited personality trait of the Labrador. In an attempt to keep the non shedding attribute of the Labradoodle, breeders will often times breed back to a Poodle. There are other breedings that result in an F2 generation such as F1xF1b. As long as the F1b parent is IC clear, the puppies resulting from this breeding will have a nice coat and will be low-non shedding.
This is a second generation Labradoodle puppy that has a higher concentration of Poodle vs. Labrador (or in some instances with inexperienced breeders, or breeders wanting a higher concentration of Lab). This generation can be achieved a few different ways. Either by breeding F2xPoodle, or by breeding and F3b to an F1b. The reason for the infusion of the Poodle is again, to insure a good coat that is low to non shedding. Monet is one of our girls here at Dandy Doodles, she is an F2b.
Now an F3 Labradoodle can be achieved a couple of ways. A breeder can choose to breed an F1b to another F1b, or a multigen to an F1.
A multigeneration Labradoodle, or often times called a "multigen", is a fourth generation or higher Labradoodle. Once a Labradoodle reaches multigen status the coat should always be non shedding and should have a very calm, willing to please temperament. There are some unscrupulous breeders that claim to be breeding multigens when in fact, they are only breeding F2 or maybe F3 generations. Picasso is a perfect example of a multigen. He has a very nice silky coat that is rather easy to take care of. He has a very calm temperament and is always looking to please. He has been very easy to train and has been an absolute joy to have.
Here at Dandy Doodles and Poodles we are currently raising F1b and F1bb Labradoodles. We are working toward our goal of raising multigens in the future. We are also always improving our breeding program and hold back only the best puppies for our future breeding program. We have also started our Standard Poodle breeding program, so be on the look out for arriving litters of our beautiful Standard Poodle puppies.
A Labradoodle is a crossbreed of a Poodle (Toy, Miniature or Standard) and a Labrador Retriever. Some people call them "designer" breeds or hybrids or dare I say mutts (ugh), but we call them wonderful family companions that serve a purpose whether they are for service work, a family companion, or a working dog for hunting.
The Labradoodle was first introduced to people as a service dog for individuals that had allergies, and were looking for a breed that would be useful for their needs but wouldn't create an allergic reaction. Once word of this fabulous cross-breed became known with how versatile they are and how much of a drive they have to please their human companions, they gained popularity with families with children, people that just wanted to have a companion and not worry about their allergies, and yes... a Labradoodle can be very useful as a hunting dog.
When bred properly, the Labradoodle will have a low-non shedding coat, will have an even tempered/low-medium active personality. Depending on the temperament of the dogs being used to breed, will result in whether or not a puppy will be an extremely hyper dog, or a mid range active dog. All of our dogs that we breed to are very calm and even tempered, which results in very calm puppies. We pride ourselves on our puppies' temperaments. We also focus on breeding for a "non shedding" coat. We only breed to non shedding dogs, which results in a low-non shedding coat in our puppies. Now that is not to say that this breed does not shed, because technically they do, even if they don't lose their coat. What happens is the coat is retained and needs to be brushed out; such as in the case of a Poodle coat.
Labradoodles come in many different colors and three sizes
Height: 14-16 inches at the wither
Height: 17-20 inches at the wither
Height: 21-24 inches at the shoulder (but some breeders breed for larger)
Weight: 50-65lbs (again, can be larger)
Depending on your specific needs and environment, you should choose the best size Labradoodle for your own individual circumstance. All three sizes make wonderful companions and are fully capable of performing specific tasks if trained to do so. Here at Dandy Doodles we raise standard size Labradoodles, typically in the 65lbs range and height ranging from 22 inches to 27 inches.
What in the world is F1, F1b, F1bb, multigen etc...
So you may be asking yourself, what in the world are the letters and numbers you keep seeing that is connected with a crossbreed such as the Labradoodle. Well simply put, those numbers represent what generation a Labradoodle (or any cross-bred dog) is. So I will break it down so that you may understand it better. So we all know that a Labradoodle is a cross between a Poodle (Toy, Mini or Standard) and a Labrador Retriever, that is a first generation Labradoodle, or an F1...
Why welcome a Dandy Doodles Labradoodle or Standard Poodle into your family?
First of all we put a lot of work and care with the raising of our puppies. They are a part of our family and raised them to be the type of puppies we would want to have in our home. We also take great care of our adult dogs, because without healthy adults you won't have healthy puppies. We feed Victor brand food to our dogs and puppies, which is a good quality food for proper nourishment. We work day and night taking care of our puppies whether it is whelping, feedings, cleaning, socializing, groomer or whatever else needs to be done. What we offer with our puppies:
24 Month Health Guarantee with a spay/neuter Purchase Agreement
Pet Insurance through Trupanion for the first 30 days you have your puppy
Your puppy will be microchipped
All puppies are registered with Continental Kennel Club (review Purchase Agreement about conditions)
Informational packet and goodie bag
All puppies are vaccinated at 7 weeks of age and will receive at least one vaccination prior to leaving us
All puppies are de-wormed bi-weekly starting at 2 weeks of age and continued until they leave us
We litter pan train our puppies to make house training less stressful for our puppies as well as you
Our puppies are socialized, handled and raised with children, our 11yr old son and 13yr old daughter
We use Bio Sensory Stimulation in conjunction with out handling routine
We offer Life-Time support for any advise or questions once you have your puppy
We can offer references if needed
Shipping/Transporting is offered as an added on fee
We breed from quality dogs that have no health issues and provide families with low-non shedding coats. We carefully select the homes that our puppies go to. Sometimes we may ask questions that may seem odd to you, but we only want to be sure that our puppies go only to the best homes. Our puppies range from $1500-$2000. At the time you choose your puppy you will be expected to place a $300 reservation fee which is non refundable. It can be transferred to another puppy if one is available or it can be transferred to a future litter. There is no guarantee as to placement on our waiting list if the reservation fee is transferred to a future list as our wait list is always full. Once we have received the reservation fee for the puppy you want then, and only then the puppy will be taken off our availability list. The remaining balance is due on or before the date written on your Purchase Agreement. We will go through all the payment options we allow at the time the reservation fee is placed. Please look over our Purchase Agreement prior to sending a reservation fee. We will not send a puppy home until (s)he is paid for in full, however if extra time is needed to pay off the balance we are very happy to hold on to the puppy for a little extra time if needed. Prior arrangements need to be made with us in order to hold onto a puppy for an extra amount of time.
Shipping whether it is by flying or ground transport (not my first choice method of transport) will be an additional fee. This fee will be added to the price of the puppy. The shipping fee is expected to be paid in full along with the remaining balance before the puppy leaves. We will not send a puppy without full payment being received, no exceptions. Price examples for transport can be as low as $250 for ground transport (depending on company and destination) or as much as $550 for a flight. When a puppy is being shipped the puppy will arrive in his or her own crate, and you will receive a health certificate stating that the puppy has been examined by our veterinarian and was found healthy and capable to travel. We are experienced with flight shipping and have had great success having our puppies flown to their new families. It may seem like it is a stressful situation to put puppies through, but as we start crate training and we introduce our puppies to many loud noises before leaving us, our puppies handle this means of transportation quite well. The reason I prefer to fly a puppy vs ground transport is for one, it takes much less time. A flight to some areas may take 4-6hrs, but ground shipping would take days, almost a week to get to. Also with ground transport puppies are more likely to come in contact with viruses or diseases along the way due to the longer period of travel and the various areas a puppy would be driven through. With a flight, they are in the crate with food and water provided to them and are kept safe sound, not being exposed to any other animals. Our puppies always arrive clean and happy to their new families. Could you imagine what a puppy's condition would be like if left in a crate for up to a week? So obviously they would have to be let out periodically to relieve themselves, in which case they could become exposed to something that could make them very sick.
During the time you are waiting for your puppy to be ready to go home with you, we will send you updates and photos. We also post pictures and updates of the puppies on our Facebook page. There are times that we may get a bit busy (taking care of puppies is a 24/7 job) and we may lose track of time and miss a personal update with you. You can either contact us for pictures or just go to our Facebook page. We also have a private Facebook group specifically for our puppy families so that they are able to share photos of their new babies, share stories, ask other Dandy Doodle puppy parents advise or just stay connected with your puppy's siblings. There have been many times that friendships have been created through our special little group because Dandy Doodle families connect and decide to do play meet ups with their puppies. This is so wonderful because littermate still get to play with each other throughout their lives.