Labradoodles come in a wide range of sizes and coat types. Their size and coat type can be very individual depending on parentage.
Generally a F1 labradoodle which is a first cross between a Labrador and a poodle has a semi moulting shaggy coat. This coat does lose some hair and has a wiry almost double coated texture. It has a soft down coat with longer wiry hairs. This coat can take 6 to 8 months to develop. As pups they can have quite short coats with just the start of their longer hairs. They also tend to be the biggest of the crosses as half Labrador with the most common cross being with a standard poodle. We do also breed miniature poodle F1s. This produces a smaller first cross. For an F1 coat maintenance is less they generally just need a tidy a few times a year and do not require as much brushing.
F1b Labradoodles have a more stable coat and can be bred to a smaller size by using one of the smaller poodles as a backcross. Their coats are thicker and in the majority of cases non moulting. An F1b is a f1 labradoodle bred back to a poodle. Their coats tend to be fleecy and curlier in nature. As such they require the regular services of a dog groomer together with regular brushing. We breed toy and miniature cross F1b Labardoodles. Their sizes vary from around 14 inches upwards again depending on the individual parents. We can advise you for a particular litter as to expected adult height.
Labradoodles are generally steadier by nature than their Cockapoo cousins. They are very useful in assistance roles and trainable to a large variety of roles. They make good family dogs. They require a regular amount of exercise and form a close bond with family. They are not a breed of dog that would go off with a stranger being very loyal to their owners. They are ideal for families who like a bigger dog.
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