Labradors [are] lousy watchdogs. They usually bark when there is a stranger about, but it is an expression of unmitigated joy at the chance to meet somebody new, not a warning. ~Norman Strung

Printed on 2/17/20

Labs or Doodles?

Is a Labrador Retriever right for me?

The Labrador Retriever has many characteristics that make it easy to see why this breed is so popular. He is a handsome, compact, and intelligent-looking dog that is of medium size. He has soft, dark, alert eyes that show an eager-to-please disposition. The dog's coat is a short, straight and close fitting and can only be black, yellow, or chocolate. He has a whip like tail that waves happily when spying his owner.

This breed is strong, athletic, and even-tempered. They are friendly, sociable, and possess an extremely sweet personality. American Labradors are leaner while the English Labradors are bulkier. WyndyRidge's breeding lies with the American Labrador. These dogs are known for being loyal and affectionate companions. They are open to new experiences, are extremely observant and are quick learners.

A firm hand and lots of room for exercise will make owning this wonderful family dog a great experience.

What is a Labradoodle?

A labradoodle is the hybrid result of crossbreeding a poodle with a Labrador retriever. There are two totally different types of Labradoodles, the Australian Labradoodle and the American Labradoodle. The Australian Labradoodle is considered a purebred dog, although still not recognized by the American Kennel Association, and the American Labradoodle is a hybrid dog.

Since Labradoodles are still being developed, their behavior cannot be fully predicted. But, they regularly demonstrate a companionable, friendly, non-aggressive, sensitive and clever disposition.

The Labradoodle does well with children and will playfully want to join their games. They also get along well with other dogs. Their high intelligence allows them to be easily taught sign and verbal commands.

It is important to consistently discipline any dog while it is young so they don't become overly dominant and develop negative traits such as jumping or mouthing. Like most breeds, the best way to maintain control over the dog is through positive training methods. This dog enjoys lots of room to run and play but will need to be kept in sight. Though energetic and athletic when off leash, he mellows and calms down when given affection by humans. He is faithful and devoted to his family.

What do the numbers mean?

F1 = 50% Labrador and 50% Poodle - This Lab to poodle cross is first generation, resulting in healthier offspring! Hair type can be smooth like a Lab, wirey look like an Irish wolfhound or Wavy/shaggy, they can shed or mildly shed. Pups in the same litter can vary.

F1b = 25% Labrador Retriever and 75% Poodle (F1 Labradoodle and Poodle cross) - This is Labradoodle bred back to Poodle and it will produce a Wavy Curly shaggy looking doodle very consistent in coat type. The F1B may shed less and is often the easiest coat to take care of.

F2 or F2b = F1 Labradoodle and F1 Labradoodle or Multi-gen Labradoodle cross. These puppies are likely to shed or have allergens.

F3 = F2 Labradoodle and F2 Labradoodle cross
Multi-generation = F3 or higher generation Labradoodle and F3 or higher generation Labradoodle cross - This is what the Australian Labradoodles usually are

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What about the variety in coats?

Here is an article that will help you understand the different coats that labradoodles can be born with. Wavy? Wooly? Curly? Oh My!

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