There is a difference between a "labradoodle" and an Australian Labradoodle. With a Labradoodle F1: The “F” stands for “filial generation”. “F1” means “first generation” and is a common scientific term. This, in the Labradoodle breed, is the coding for first-cross, purebred Poodle to purebred Labrador Retriever. The results are mixed, as this is not the breeding of two “like” dogs, or dogs that resemble each other. F1 Labradoodles typically are moderate- to low- shedding and have a sparse-hair to fleece coat.
F1B: The additional “B” refers to backcross — an F1 Labradoodle, as defined above, bred (or backcrossed) to a purebred Poodle. Again, the results are mixed, as this is not the breeding of two “like” dogs. F1B Labradoodles typically are low- to non-shedding if both parents non-shedding (or as much as any dog can be non-shedding) and often have a hair or fleece coat.
The Australian Labradoodle carries the DNA of the Labrador, Poodle and Cocker Spaniel (American or English). The resulting offspring share characteristics, though some pairings of parent dogs will produce a more mixed litter.
Multigen Australian Labradoodle (Multigenerational): A Multigen Australian Labradoodle comes about from the breeding of one Australian Labradoodle to another. Multigen Australian Labradoodles typically have a non-shedding coat (as much as a dog can be non-shedding) if both parents are also non-shedding. (Info found on the ALAA website. alaa.com)
History of the Australian Labradoodle
In the late 1980's, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor, the two founders of the Australian Labradoodle as we know it today, began carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament, coat, conformation, and size. The infused breeds include Irish Water Spaniel as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. The resulting labradoodles subsequently have been bred to each other, continuing the multi-generational tradition.
Today, Australian Labradoodles are wonderful, intelligent dogs with lush coats that are more reliably low to non-shedding and allergy friendly than other types of Labradoodles such as first generation Lab/Poodle crosses, or first generation crosses bred back to Poodles. Even when the other types of Labradoodles are bred on for generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the attributes of the infused breeds were not included in their ancestry. Information taken from Australian Labradoodle Club of America website.
Australian Labradoodle Coats
(Australian Labradoodles come in two types of coats, wool or fleece, and earlier generation labradoodles can exhibit the third type of labradoodle coat which is called a hair coat.)
Wool: Like the texture of lamb’s wool, the coat is soft, not harsh or coarse, and curly to loose waves. This coat is reliably non shedding. This is a low to no odor coat.
Fleece: A soft textured coat that can range from straight to wavy to spiral curls. It should not feel harsh or coarse; it should feel soft and silky. This coat is also reliably non shedding in the Australian lines and is generally a fine choice for those with allergies or asthma. This is a low to no odor coat. (This is what we breed at Utah Labradoodles.)
Australian Labradoodle Coat Colors
The Australian Labradoodle in a number of different and beautiful colours. We have had Red, Chocolate, Lavender, Black, Parchment, Caramel and Apricot.