Generations and genetics and sizes explained

The Labradoodle breed originated in Australia in the 70’s with a purposeful cross of a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle, in search of a low allergy Guide Dog. The combination produced dogs with the friendly, easygoing personality of the Labrador, the intelligence of the poodle, in a allergy friendly and low shedding all in one! all that and the bonus of a lack of that “doggy smell”. Later miniature poodles were introduced to the mix and the result is a variation in sizes Standard, Medium and Miniature.

The “American labradoodle is strictly a cross of Labrador retriever and Poodle. While the Australian Labradoodle has some spaniel also added to the mix , somewhere along the line. The Australian Labradoodle (ALD) usually is thicker boned than it’s American counterpart.*

Labradoodles are known for their carefree touseled look, their allergy friendly and  low to non-shedding coats. They are slightly heavier then a standard Poodle and have strong front limbs. Their coat can be anywhere from slightly wavy to curly and should be 2 to 4 inches long but will grow longer and they come in a variety of colors and color patterns They have outstanding intelligence and are highly trainable. Labradoodles make terrific family dogs.

Golden doodles came about with the cross of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle during the 90’s. The gentle friendly nature of the Golden Retriever makes a golden doodle a wonderful family pet with low shedding and allergy friendly traits. Golden doodle characteristics are similar to that of the Labradoodle. They tend to be red, apricot, golden, cream, with the possibility of white cream and Parti markings. But like the Labradoodle can come in any color or size.

The crosses that produce both Labradoodles and Goldendoodles result in hybrid vigor. This is a phenomenon that occurs with the first cross of two unrelated purebred lines. It results in the off spring being stronger and healthier than either parent line. This occurs because the parents are unlikely to carry the same genetic weaknesses.

These crosses have produced wonderful intelligent and very popular pets. So much so, that one can find a myriad of “Doodle” crosses in all price ranges and all sizes. No matter where you get your new family member, be sure that the parents have been x-rayed, health tested and certified. Avoid the heartbreak and expense of a beloved family pet that has inherited health issues or bad joints from untested parents. A reputable breeder will have certifications and test results available and will not breed a dog that can produce a less than top quality puppy for you to love.

Labradoodle or Goldendoodle generations and coat traits

F1  -Labrador retriever (or Golden Retriever) X Poodle, first generation 50% each parent. The coat can be straight or wavy. Their allergy friendliness and shedding can vary widely. First generation, while they may have nice soft coats, ALWAYS carry a gene for Incorrect Coat(IC/furnishings they will have facial hair and the longer softer coat. They will be light shedders.

F1B -F1 Doodle X Poodle 75% Poodle, 25% lab or (golden). F1B will have a wavy, curly or wooly coat that is low to non shedding and are very allergy friendly.

F1BB– F1B X Poodle 87.5% poodle 12.5% labrador. Technically a doodle, but mostly poodle with most likely very curly hair.

F2- Is an F1 X F1.  The chances of puppies with the appearance of just poodle or just retriever only are very high,(50%) .  So an F2 golden doodle may have the coat of a golden retriever and the slightness of bone like a poodle. Thus defeating the purpose of the Doodle hybrid, as those that inherit the incorrect coat gene from each of their parents WILL NOT have a hypoallergenic coat. They also have a chance of being quite poodle like and in some cases, can be like a goldendoodle.

Multigenerational- This is an F1B bred to an F1B or multigen. Or a multigen X multigen, a multigen X F1 or f1B, Multigens will have a fleecy a wavy to curly or wool coat. They are low to non-shedding and allergy friendly. Their % of poodle can range from 50 to 75(+/-) or more. 

Australian Labradoodle will carry a small percentage of Spaniel. Not to be confused with the *Aussie Doodle which is a cross of Australian Sheepdog and Poodle-( a much higher energy doodle).

Double Doodle-two different doodles (i.e. Labradoodle X Goldendoodle)

** A Short Disclaimer about Genetics and percentages. Genetics are not simple math, the percentages given above are approximations, they are dependent on what genes each offspring receive from their parents. Each of our parent dogs has a full DNA profile. We use this information to help us determine which dogs to breed to produce not only healthy pups, but also puppies with size, the coat color and texture that our customers want. However, we cannot guarantee traits.

SIZES – A dog’s height is measured at the tallest point of it’s shoulder.

Standard – 21-24 inches or more usually weighing 45+ pounds

Medium – >17-21 inches tall usually weighing 30 -40 pounds

*Miniature ->14-17 inches tall with a weight generally under 30 pounds

*Micro – 10-14 inches with a weight of approximately 5-10 pounds

  • *Please note that we do not currently breed for mini or micro mini sized puppies, because of genetics, we will occasionally have puppies that are in the mini size range (20 to 30 lbs).

And then there is the other extreme…

Giants – 25 inches or taller with weights are generally in the 75 to 100+ lbs

The Irish Wolfadoodles and Newfy doodles (or newfypoos ) would be in the giant size ranges.

This is SEAMUS CROI and JOLENE our Irish Wolfoodles

NZ Eleanor Eleanor’s 2022 puppy NZ Rigby

Eleanor and Rigby come to us from Newfypoo Zoo in MIchigan. We are excited to add their size, color and calm temperment to our family.