What is the main difference between Labradoodles and Goldendoodles?

The differences between Labradoodles and Goldendoodles depends mostly on the breeding stock chosen for the parents. Blueridge Labradoodles are bred from English Labrador Retrievers, which are smaller, and are totally ‘laid-back’ in personality, as opposed to the American Labradors which are often bigger and tend towards a more ‘hyper’ personality.

With that being said, there really is no difference between our Goldendoodles and Labradoodles. Most people cannot tell the difference between the two breeds. Please feel free to look at my Doodle Hall of Fame and see if you can tell the difference.

What is the difference between and F1 and F1B?

The F1 hybrid is the cross between the Poodle and the Labrador Retriever OR the Poodle and Golden Retriever. The resulting dog will be 50/50 Poodle and Retriever. In other words, an F1 Labradoodle puppy is 50% Labrador Retriever and 50% Poodle, and an F1 Goldendoodle puppy is 50% Golden Retriever and 50% Poodle.

The F1B is a ‘backcross’ meaning you take an F1 Goldendoodle puppy or F1 Labradoodle puppy and breed it ‘back’ to a poodle. This puppy is suppose to be 75 % poodle and 25 % lab however, that is not always the case. It depends what genes they inherit.

What is an F2?

In genetics, an F2 means a second generation cross, or a cross that is 2 generations away from the original parent breeds. There are 2 ways to get to the second generation. One is to breed an F1 Labradoodle to another F1 Labradoodle, or an F1 Goldendoodle to another F1 Goldendoodle.

The second way is described above, as an F1B. So breeding an F1 Labradoodle or Goldendoodle back to a Poodle to get an F1B, is resulting in a second generation of the hybrid. An F1B Labradoodle puppy or an F1B Goldendoodle puppy is actually a type of F2.

Is it true that these dogs won’t shed?

No, all dogs shed a little, that is nature. There is low shedders and high shedders. A low shedder would have more texture of the poodle coat. Where as a high shedder would have the lab texture.