A Labradoodle… a Labrador crossed with a Poodle, right? Well – no actually, it’s not quite that simple! There are several types of Labradoodle, and they are all quite different, so it is important to understand the differences between them.
If you take a Labrador and cross it with a Poodle, the resulting puppies are usually referred to as first generation (or F1) Labradoodles. Take that first generation (F1) Labradoodle and cross it with another first generation (F1) [or higher] Labradoodle, and the resulting puppies will be second generation (F2) Labradoodles. Take a second generation (F2) Labradoodle and cross it with another second generation (F2) [or higher] Labradoodle and the resulting puppies will be third generation (F3) Labradoodles. So you get the gist…you just add one generation to the lowest generation parent to determine the generation of the puppies… but that is not all… it is very important to note that there are four common terms used to refer to the Labradoodles we’ve just discussed.
All of these terms can be used interchangeably and refer to any dog which has come from Labrador and Poodle lines only. For our purposes here, we shall use ‘Early Generation Labradoodle’ to refer to these dogs.
Now we’re going to introduce the Australian Labradoodle, which is very different to and distinct from the other Labradoodles we’ve discussed so far. Australian Labradoodles have more than just Labrador and Poodle lines in their pedigree.
Australian Labradoodles have six parent breeds in fact, namely these are:
We can categorize Australian Labradoodles by generation the same way we do with other Labradoodles, but as opposed to the F1, F2, F3… terminology, we use ALF1, ALF2, ALF3… where ALF stands for ‘Australian Labradoodle Foundation’. However, since most Australian Labradoodles are now a very high generation (they’ve been bred for over 35 years), we usually just refer to them as multi-generation Australian Labradoodles since there is so little difference.
But what difference does this make? What is the real difference? Do Australian Labradoodles look or behave differently to other Labradoodles? In short – yes they do.