FAQ – frequently asked questions:

JOYFUL! ~  that is a Labradoodle in one word!  A Labradoodle is like no other breed!  Joyful, sweet, loyal, loving, and love to gaze into your eyes for hours!

What is a Labradoodle? 
A Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. 

What is a F1 Labradoodle?
F1 is a first cross Labradoodle.  Labrador Retriever x Standard Poodle = 50% Lab, 50% Poodle
Coats vary from flat hairy coat, slightly curly, to the wooly coat.
Coats will vary in grooming to light shedding with no upkeep to curly or wooly, which needs clipping from time to time.  Coats may change dramatically as they grow.

What is a F1B Labradoodle?
This is a first cross Labradoodle x Standard Poodle = 20% Lab, 80% Poodle
Bred mainly to produce a more consistent coat ranging from Fleece to Wooly with non-shedding and allergy friendly aspects.  May need some upkeep with brushing and clipping to keep neat.  If you have allergies I recommend a F1B.

What sizes are Labradoodles?
Labradoodles come in three sizes.  Standard at 22" and almost 55 lb.  Medium 18-22" and weigh 35-45 lbs.  Mini are 15-18" and 20-30 lb.  

Is a Labradoodle for you?
This is the most important question you can ask!  The standard size Labradoodle is a very intelligent, active dog!  They need to be exercised daily and trained!!  If left to their own, they can find trouble... like any doggie will!  This is a cross between a poodle and a lab after all!!  Please evaluate if a standard size would be for you!  The mini/medium sizes are definitely more lap like house doggies.  I have found them a bit easier in exercise requirements, but yet need your attention.  Doodles really thrive on your companionship and LOVE to be with their people!  Take a moment and be honest if you are have the time to devote to a new puppy!  If you put the time and discipline into a new puppy, they will respond to you with unconditional love for a lifetime!!

Please find more pictures of F1 and F1B Labradoodles on my Scrapbook Page.

Labradoodle History as provided by the International Labradoodle Association

The Labradoodle first originated in Australia when the first intentional purpose - bred mating of a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle was initiated by Wally Conran of The Royal Guide Dogs in Victoria Australia. A vision impaired woman in Hawaii needed a Guide Dog which wouldn't aggravate her husband's allergies.
Over a period of two years, they had sent hair and saliva samples from 33 different Poodles across to Hawaii to test for allergic reaction with the lady's husband, but without success. Eventually Wally Conran approached the Manager of Royal Guide Dogs with the suggestion that they try crossing one of their Labrador Retrievers with a Standard Poodle. He agreed.

The first litter had only three puppies. Hair and saliva samples were sent to Hawaii from all three, but only Sultan's, the white dog, were successful. The other two also went on to lead useful lives, one as a Remedial Dog and the other as a Guide Dog.

There was always a long waiting list of families waiting to puppy walk Guide Dogs, but when these new cross breeds needed homes, no one was prepared to take them on. Wally knew that it was vital that the puppies got the right socialization in a family unit, and once again his ingenuity came to the rescue. He went to the manager with the suggestion that they approach Channel 9 television station in Melbourne with a story about "the new breed of Guide Dog" and realizing it needed to have a name, he coined the word "Labradoodle". After the show aired on television, the phones rang hot with people wanting to puppy walk this amazing "new breed" of Guide Dog!
Wally Conran bred Labradoodles to other Labradoodles and called the offspring 'Double Doodles'. He then mated Double Doodles to other Double Doodles and the progeny of these matings he called 'Tri Doodles'.
Of the 31 Labradoodles bred at Royal Guide Dogs, a staggering 29 made it through as Guide Dogs....an allocade of unparalled proportion for this new 'breed' of Guide Dog.

When the Guide Dogs had Open Days, people fell in love with the Labradoodles they saw there and The Guide Dog Center was besieged with inquiries as to where they could get one. it wasn't long before there was a huge demand, which was not being met. There was an obvious need for breeders to establish themselves and develop this fascinating dog, with the joyful intuitive personality, and the non shedding and allergy friendly coat.
When Wally Conran retired, a country vet in Condoblin New South Wales, Australia was in constant touch with him and started her own breeding program mating Miniature Poodles with Labrador Retrievers. She was very successful and as of 2004 is still breeding her Miniature first generation Labradoodles.

Two Breeding and Research Centers for the Labradoodle were established, both located in the state of Victoria and they continued on from where the Guide Dogs left off, with the intention of breeding through successive generations of Labradoodle bred to Labradoodle. Both of these Centers acquired their breeding stock from a gentleman named Don Evans in Northern Victoria, when he scaled down his activities pending retirement.
Don had also begun breeding through the generations, following the lead of Wally and he also called his bird dog crosses between Labrador and Poodle, Labradoodles.

The Labradoodle has experienced a meteoric explosion of popularity in countries across the world and their high profile and media exposure soon led to a rapid increase in the numbers of new breeders.
In an effort to protect the Labradoodle's future, the Labradoodle Association of Australia (LAA) was set up in the nineties, but it collapsed due to lack of support. It was revived again in 2002. The first Association for the Labradoodle outside Australia was ALANA (The Australian Labradoodle Association of North America) which was formed in 2003, with NADA (The North American Doodle Association) being formed in early 2004. The International Labradoodle Association (ILA) was incorporated in Hawaii in January 2004.

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