If you’re looking into getting a Labradoodle for your home, there’s every chance that you’ll have come across a wide range of different options, usually with different names such as “F1B”, “F1BB”, or “FB2”. But, what exactly do these letters and numbers mean when placed before the word “Labradoodle”? How does a F1B Labradoodle vary from a standard Labradoodle?
To provide a short and simple answer, a F1B Labradoodle is a back-crossed Labradoodle with 75% Poodle genetics and 25% Labrador Retriever. The “F1” refers to it being a first generation Labradoodle (half Retriever and half Poodle), while the “B” indicates a purebred Poodle back-cross.
Having provided a quick and basic answer, the rest of this guide will take a more in-depth look at exactly what an F1B Labradoodle is, including why it’s so popular among breeders. We’ll also look to answer some of the frequently asked questions related to F1B Labradoodles.
A Closer Look At The F1B Labradoodle
As mentioned above, the F1B Labradoodle is a cross between an F1 Labradoodle and a purebred – either 100% Labrador Retriever, or more commonly 100% Poodle.
The reason why it’s almost always a purebred Poodle that’s mixed with the F1 Labradoodle is because of the valuable non-shedding and hypoallergenic features of the Poodle’s genetics.
With this in mind, the F1B Labradoodle is often known as a Hypoallergenic Labrador Retriever, considering the F1B generation acquires a number of the Poodle characteristics that are ideal for people who suffer from allergies.
Just keep in mind that no dog is guaranteed to be entirely allergy-friendly to everybody. While F1B Labradoodles are low-shedding dogs, the gene which can lead to allergic reactions is just as likely to be found in a dog’s saliva as it is in their coat and dandruff.
Since the F1B carries 75% Poodle genetics, it typically exhibits a wavy and non-shedding coat – one which is desperately sought after by the majority of pet owners. If you are interested to know more about Labradoodles and their allergy friendly coats check out this blog.
Of all the generations of Labradoodle that breeders produce, the F1B is the most common due to the fact that it’s a simple combination of dogs that are both first generation.
Why Is The F1B Labradoodle So Popular?
In addition to their low-shedding coats and suitability for allergy sufferers, F1B Labradoodles also enjoy a range of medical advantages being hybrid vigor. To put it simply, many of their traits are enhanced and stronger than the genetic qualities of their first generation parent dogs.
Just keep in mind that since F1B Labradoodles are the second generation of Labradoodle, they don’t have quite as many qualities of being hybrid vigor as F1 Labradoodles.
In fact, each passing generation of cross breed dog loses a portion of the hybrid vigor qualities they received from the previous generation. So, for instance, the F1BB Labradoodle (third generation) will have less hybrid vigor than the second generation F1B Labradoodle.
Furthermore, the vast majority of F1B Labradoodles have a similar temperament to standard Labradoodles. Therefore, they’re incredibly laid-back in nature and display high levels of intelligence.
F1B’s are also great with older children due to their affectionate, energetic, and mischievous nature. So, if you have a family with younger children, it may be a good idea to wait until your children are a little older as the mixed breed are extremely playful in their formative years.
Alternatively, you could consider looking at other options such as the mini version of the F1B Labradoodle.
Downsides Of The F1B Labradoodle
As is the case with almost all dog breeds and generations, there are invariably some downsides to be aware of. This is no different for the F1B Labradoodle, as due to their low-shedding fur, you’ll have to spend significantly more time grooming them than you would a straight coat Labradoodle.
In other words, you’ll have to provide your F1B with frequent brushing, as well as haircuts on a regular basis.
Failure to properly groom your F1B Labradoodle can increase the likelihood of them developing tangles and mats in their fur. If this happens, there’s every chance that you’ll have to shave your pooch down to their skin.
Most of the other downsides of the F1B Labradoodle are more closely related to general Labradoodle issues. For example, F1B Labradoodles are social dogs and love having plenty of company.
So, if you typically spend extended periods away from your home throughout the days and evenings due to work and other commitments, they’re probably not the right dog for you.
Without sufficient attention and mental stimulation, F1B Labradoodles can quickly become bored and destructive.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A F1BB Labradoodle?
This is where things get even more confusing and complicated. An F1BB Labradoodle occurs when there’s another back-cross with a Poodle. In other words, breeding the F1B Labradoodle (75% Poodle genetics) with a purebred Poodle.
The result is a dog that’s extremely low-shedding with an even lower risk of allergies. Essentially, the F1BB is a dog with heavily concentrated Poodle genetics.
Just be mindful that there’s always a fair bit of unpredictability when it comes to breeding dogs, so you may still get an F1BB which demonstrates many of the genetic traits associated with a Labrador.
Is A F1BB Labradoodle More Hypoallergenic Than A F1B Labradoodle?
Both the F1BB Labradoodle and the F1B Labradoodle are significantly more likely to be lower-shedding and allergy-friendly than a standard F1 Labradoodle.
However, there’s very little difference when comparing the two cross breeds to one another. This is reflected by the fact that groomers and breeders typically tell owners to expect a similar level of low-shedding from both the F1B and F1BB Labradoodles.
How Big Will My F1B Labradoodle Get?
Labradoodles generally grow to between 21 and 24 inches tall and weigh somewhere around the 50-65 pound mark. The same runs true for F1B Labradoodles. If, however, you’d prefer a smaller Labradoodle, you can breed with either a Toy or Miniature Poodle.
For a full breakdown of Labradoodle sizes check out our guide to Mini, Medium and Standard Labradoodles.
Is An F1B Labradoodle Different To An F1B Australian Labradoodle?
An Australian Labradoodle is a unique and separate breed to the Labrador having been carefully protected by breeders for a number of decades. They even combine with the Bernese Mountain Dog to form the beautiful Australian Bernedoodle.
If you get your pooch from a rescue shelter, there’s every chance that you’ll never find out whether your Labradoodle is an Australian Labradoodle or not. If, however, you go through a breeder, they’ll be able to provide you with a definitive answer.
Are Male Or Female Labradoodles Better?
There are many people who believe that male Labradoodles tend to be more affectionate and quicker to train than female Labradoodles who are more aggressive in nature and protective of their offspring and owners.
However, this isn’t backed up by any kind of significant scientific evidence, so it’s best to assume that male and female Labradoodles are similar in nature.
Can An F1B Labradoodle Have Straight Hair?
Yes, F1B Labradoodles can inherit any type of coat, whether it’s a curly and wavy one or a pure straight one. So, if you’re unsure about getting a Labradoodle because you want a straight-haired dog, there’s still the possibility of finding what you’re looking for with the popular mixed breed.
How Much Do Labradoodles Cost?
The cost of a Labradoodle is mainly determined by whether you adopt, rescue, or buy your dog. Taking all of these into consideration, the cost can vary massively from $500 up to $4,000.
For example, if you’re looking to get a Labradoodle from a reputable and well trusted breeder, it’s likely to cost you somewhere in the region of $1,500 to $2,000.
What’s The Average Life Expectancy Of A Labradoodle?
The average lifespan of a Labradoodle is around 12 to 14 years. It’s worth noting however, that Toy and Miniature Poodles tend to live a little longer, so if your Labradoodle is mixed with one of these breeds, there’s every chance that your pooch may live an extra year or two.
F1B Labradoodles are incredibly popular and it is easy to see why. A back-crossed Labradoodle will have 75% Poodle genetics and 25% Labrador Retriever making them smart, loyal and less likely to shed.