What is the difference in the doodle generations? We get this question all the time, and would like to provide a specific explanation for you. It is important a family understands these differences so that when looking for a particular puppy for a particular purpose, they will be educated in which generations would be the best option for them.
- F1 – this is a 50/50 split between the poodle and the retriever. This is a first generation designer dog. The puppies tend to still be very intelligent, loving, kind, social, and loyal. When a family looks into the doodle breed they are often looking for hypoallergenic due to the non-shedding doodles are known for. If a family is buying a doodle primarily for the non-shedding factor, an F1 may not be the best option. Although, a majority of the puppies will still exhibit the non-shedding factor, with an F1 you are taking the risk that the puppy you choose may have light shedding in the future.
- F1B – this is a 75/25 split between the poodle and the retriever. This means the first generation (F1) was bred back to a standard poodle. If looking for the standard non-shedding, loving, loyal, kind, social, and friendly puppy that the doodles are known for, this is the generation you want. It is the perfect cross between the poodle and retriever that you are able to get the best traits of both breeds in the puppies.
- F2 – this is still a 50/50 split between the poodle and the retriever. Although, listed as a second generation these puppies are the result of breeding an F1 with an F1, which still leaves the chance of a puppy that will have low shedding. The non-shedding factor comes from the poodle, so in order to achieve this appropriately the genetics need to have more poodle than retriever.
- F2B – – this is a 60/40 split between the poodle and the retriever. Although, listed as a second generation these puppies are the result of breeding an F1 with an F1B, which still leaves the chance of a puppy that will have low shedding. The non-shedding factor comes from the poodle, so in order to achieve this appropriately the genetics need to have more poodle than retriever.
- F3 – this is a 75/25 split. The F3 is listed as multi-generational which is the result of breeding an F1B with an F1B. These puppies are also a great option to exhibit all of the desired factors of the doodle breeds and will result in puppies that are hypoallergenic and non-shedding.
Therapy and Service dogs
Goldendoodles and Labradoodles are great for therapy and service training. We have had several puppies in the past be successfully trained and used for therapy/service. The doodle breeds are very social, intelligent, kind, loving, and loyal. They pick up quickly and just want to be loved and please their fellow man. If you are looking for a therapy dog for any specific medical condition, the doodle breeds are a great option.
River is 4 months old and already receiving awards in her training classes…
Bay has graduated her puppy classes. Look at that proud face…