Golden Retrievers and Labradors are among the most popular breeds to use as service dogs. They have
wonderful temperaments and are smart dogs. In 1989, the first Labradoodle was bred for a woman, whose
husband was highly allergic to dog hair. A woman associated with the Australia Guide Dog Association was
vacationing in Hawaii and the two women met. Due to the temperament of the Labrador and the non shedding
quality of the poodle, they were bred together by Dr. Kate Schoeffel. The result, a Labradoodle. A
hypoallergenic dog that was an excellent service dog as well. Both breeds have excellent hearing ans sense of
smell. Their hearing is four times better than humans and their sense of smell being their greatest sensory
organ. Poodles are second to the Border Collie as being the smartest dog.
The Golden Retriever, Labrador and Poodle all suffer serious health issues. With quality breeders testing
their dogs, the health issues can be eradicated from this new breed, by breeding away from these diseases.
Because of breeders wanting these dogs to be a quality, healthy breed, we put our dogs through many
different test to find and breed those dogs that are free of the health issues so many suffer. Therefore the
cost is a bit higher for the doodles and unfortunately, the backyard breeder is not always known for this
testing process but yet they may price their little in comparison to the quality breeder. Test include,
PennHIP or OFA hip testing, elbows, CERF an eye test done by an canine eye specialist, Heart testing from a
certified cardiac doctor, Thyroid, Von Willebrand a bleeding disease, DNA and Brucellosis, basically a STD
for dogs. Stud service for this breed is also high due to these test and to keep quality reproduction the main
focus. This might also help explain why breeders have a spay and neuter contract. By signing this contract, it
servers to protect the breeding line in order to keep it healthy.
What does F1 and F1B mean?
You will see litters referred to as F1, F1b, F2 or multi-gen. When you breed a Poodle to a Golden or Lab it
produces the first generation doodle (F1). If the breeder breeds an F1 back to a Poodles it produces an F1b,
which is a second generation. F2 is a first generation breed to another first generation. Multi-gen is a three
or more generation litter. When your puppy has been bred back to a poodle, the more of a non shedding coat
you will get.
If Poodles have curly coats and Labradors have a slick coat and Goldens have
flat and wavy coats, then what kind of coat does a Doodle have?
Doodles can have one of three coats and a litter can have a variety of coats.
HAIR is more of a flat, straight or wirery look. More of a cute scruffy look. These coats shed the most of
the three coats. Found more among first generation litters.
WOOL is more of a curly coat like a poodles. It does not shed but does require the most grooming.
FLEECE is a loose wavy coat. Requires brushing to control the possible mates they can develop and does have
How do I groom my doodle?
Brushing is a requirement for all doodles. Not only for the coat but also for time you spend together. My
dogs love their brush time and would probably sit for hours if I would. I think it must be equal to going to a
spa for a massage! The curlier the coat the more brushing they need to keep the coat from matting. Ease you
puppy into visiting your groomer. Start out with just a shampoo and brushing at about 4 to 5 months then add
a little hair cut as they mature a little. You don't want you puppy to fear going but enjoy it like a special
treat. A strong recommendation, find a picture of the way you want your doodle to look. Remember, this is a
new breed and not all groomers are familiar with what to do with them. Take a picture in and show them the
look you want so you don't have a disappointing surprise.
How big does a doodle get?
A good way to think of what size doodles are is to think of the poodle family. There is a standard, Medium
Standard will be the largest of the breed. You can expect the size to be approximately 21 to 24 inches tall
at the shoulders and 44 to 90 pounds.
Medium is expected to be approximately 17 to 20 inches tall and 33 to 42 pounds.
Miniature are the smallest and will be approximately 12 to 16 inches tall and 22 to 33 pounds.
What color will my doodle be?
You have a rainbow to choose from. You may have to search a special breeder to find a more rare color
because some breeders specialize and focus on a specific color. Again, think of the poodle. There are colors
of white, black, silver, chocolate, cream, apricot, gold, red and parti. A parti is a coat of two colors. With in
these colors there comes other beautiful results. In other words, you do have a choice.
I encourage you to do your research before adopting a four pawed member for your family. This is a lifetime
commitment and one that should bring everyone great joy and happiness. There are many wonderful quality
breeders working together to insure that we breed only the best. If you find you have more questions, please
feel free to contact me or ask any breeder. If they don't answer you questions then consider looking at
another breeder. Stay away from the backyard breeder and puppy mills. You want to find a puppy that has
been raised in a home surrounded by a family and lots of love. Good luck to you in finding you perfect doodle
whether it be a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle.
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