Raising Exceptional Standard Labradoodle Puppies In Central Nebraska
What is a labradoodle?
With the exception of the Multigen Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles (which are multigen labradoodles that have influences of spaniel for coat quality) ever generation has variation of shedding, though the percentage of moderate to heavy shedding decreases with every generation. This data is evidence that a breeder cannot simply state that because a Labradoodle is a certain generation, there is a guarantee of the minimal shedding. If a breeder states that an F1b litter will have all puppies with minimal shedding it would be prudent to reevaluate the knowledge that breeder has of coat inheritance. At JNB Stables we did a considerable amount of research to ensure that we never mislead our families about the coat type of each puppy. Through proper selection and using the limited genetic testing for coat variations available we can pair our dogs to produce litters that have the best chance of minimal shedding puppies (with the exception of earlier generations where we KNOW there will be coat variation). We can evaluate each puppy's coat as they grow and make a strong approximation of that puppy's adult coat. However due to recessive lab coat genetics that can unexpectedly come into play, we do not make any guarantees in regards to shedding nor allergy friendliness of the coats of our puppies. (If allergies are a large concern, we can set up a meet and greet with our dogs or past puppies with coats similar to the litter you are interested in to evaluate any reactions). So – why an F1, F1b, F2 or multigen Labradoodle? It is really hard to say which is best for you - there are different puppies in each litter that may have varying coats - so, pick a puppy that you think is best for you in coat type and color an BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, in personality! Their temperament and intelligence are what make our Labradoodles so exceptional!
The grooming requirements of a Labradoodle will vary greatly depending on the coat type. Those with a hair coat will be much lower maintenance than one with a fleece or wool coat. A Labradoodle with a hair coat will need to be brushed once a week depending on the coat length, and will likely need to visit a groomer once every 10-12 weeks. They are easy to bathe at home and are less likely to have matting or felting. Fleece or wool coated Labradoodles will need to be brushed multiple times a week, those with longer coats will require brushing daily. If time to groom is a concern these coats can be kept shorter, but brushing several times a week to prevent matting will be needed especially around the ears, muzzle, collar, legs and tail. Labradoodles with wool or fleece coats can be bathed at home but after they dry (blow drying is preferred) they must be completely brushed out. These Labradoodles need to visit the groomer every 4-6 weeks. This extra time and expense needs to be taken into account before a family considers choosing a Labradoodle. Groom can be done at home to save money on grooming in the long run, we groom our own dogs at JNB Stables. There is an initial investment of the equipment including a grooming table, quality clippers and scissors, and a dryer. There are many videos on YouTube to demonstrate how to groom a Labradoodle, so it is not hard to learn. But it is time consuming, it can be tedious and the resulting area will have hair....everywhere. Consider these factors before deciding if grooming a Labradoodle in the home is best choice.
Grooming a Labradoodle
The Labradoodle arose from a cross between two amazing breeds, the Labrador and the Standard Poodle. Combining the eagerness to please, devotion and drive of the lab along with intelligence, affectionate demeanor and non-shedding coat of the poodle produced the first generation, or F1 Labradoodle. This first generation had esteemed qualities from both parent breeds, but these puppies still had moderate shedding hair coats and were not as allergy friendly as their poodle parent. To create coats with more of a poodle influence these first generations were again back crossed to a poodle creating an F1b to obtain the fleece coats that are desirable in the breed. Though many of the puppies had less shedding than the F1 Labradoodle, there are some that still had moderate shedding. By selecting the puppies with more desirable coats that also inherited the best qualities of both breeds they set the foundation for the next generation, the F2 (which is an F1 x F1b, F1b x F1b, F1 x any higher generation or F1b x any higher generation), to try and produce puppies with even more coat consistency. Each subsequent generation (to produce an 3 generation, or F3 a cross of an F2 x a F2 or higher generation is needed.) that is produced through proper selection produces puppies with a higher percentage of minimal shedding coat consistency. Once a breeder reaches puppies that are multigens (both parents are true third generations (F3) or higher the coat consistency is almost completely minimal shedding with desirable fleece quality. Puppies that inherit more of the poodle coat genes will also may inherit the harsher wool texture. This coat quality is still likely to have lower shedding but may not be as desirable as the fleece coat.
What does this information mean for owners? Knowing a puppy's generation can help future owners to understand the likelihood of shedding in a litter they may be interested in. The chart below shows the data we have gathered from owners of Labradoodles all over the world and the shedding they experienced with their dog.