Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
This is an informational post for people that may come here looking to adopt a Doodle.
A Doodle is a "designer" or “hybrid” dog. It is a cross between either a Labrador Retriever (Labradoodle) or the Golden Retriever (Golden Doodle) with the Poodle. This cross is typically done with the standard poodle, but the miniature poodles are also crossed with the retrievers.
Doodles are amazing dogs because they encompass the wonderful traits of both the poodle and the retrievers. They are extremely smart, loyal and loving. They are also very willing to please their owner. This makes them typically very easy to train. They are also said to be hypoallergenic, but this is not always the case.
When you breed two different types of purebred dogs together you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. You do not know exactly what the temperament, size, or exact look of the dog will be. It is also important to be aware; not all Doodles being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses. These would be defined as follows.
F1 = 1st generation puppy - 50% purebred-A and 50% purebred-B
A Golden Retriever to Poodle cross, this is called a first generation cross. In this particular cross, the hair type can be smooth like a Golden, or wiry like an Irish wolfhound or even wavy or wooly. Pups in the same litter can have varying coat types. Some can shed and others may not shed. This is not the best cross for people with severe allergies.
F1b = backcross puppy - 25% purebred-A and 75% purebred-B.
An F1 Goldendoodle and purebred Poodle; this is Goldendoodle bred back to Poodle, with a wavy, curly or shaggy look and very consistent in coat types. F1b is the MOST likely to be non shedding and allergy friendly then ANY doodle, but will require grooming.
F2 = second generation puppy - F1 hybrid crossed with an F1 hybrid - for example, an F1 Goldendoodle crossed with an F1 Goldendoodle. This combination you get the same 50/50 percentage of purebred-A as purebred-B as you would an F1 hybrid.
F2b = second generation backcross puppy = F1 bred to a F1b (hybrid backcross)
Most experienced breeders can give you a pretty good idea what characteristics in a pup will emerge as the puppy grows, but still, this cannot be guaranteed. Sometimes it is harder to tell what type of temperament the pup will take on, as some characteristics do not appear until the pup is older and already adopted.
Remember, adopting a dog should be a life long commitment and not something that should be taken lightly.
Before you adopt ANY dog ask yourself, Are You Ready for a Dog?