There can be real differences between Multi-Generation Labradoodles and first cross Labradoodles (Poodle to Labrador Retriever). Multi-Generation Labradoodle puppies quite often cost more than other Labradoodle puppies. Predictability as a result of breeding for color, coats that are non-shedding, and allergy friendliness is usually more dependable in Multi-Generation Labradoodles. Selective breeding programs have certainly enhanced the genetic positives of the Labradoodle. We have found that most positive temperament and behavioral characteristics found in Labradoodles has come from the practice of selective breeding stock.
The Labradoodle is known for its outstanding intelligence and trainability, low allergy coat, low to non-shedding coat, and lack of odor. The breed craves the company of people and excels as a companion for those with disabilities, visual impairments, young children and the elderly. Labradoodles also make outstanding physical therapy dogs.
Factual Differences Between Generations
First-Cross Labradoodle puppies technically should exhibit more hybrid vigor (healthiness) as two completely unrelated breeds have been crossed. Coats can vary from short and shaggy, to long and shaggy, wiry, very curly, or flat. First Cross puppies lack the predictability of Multi-Generation Labradoodles.
Second-Generation Labradoodle or backcross puppies result from a First Cross Labradoodle bred back to a Poodle. This is done when the desired coat has not been achieved. These coats may not be suitable for those with allergies and is not non- shedding. In crossing back to a Poodle, the resulting coats will be more predictable relating to non-shedding characteristics. The choice of Second Generation Labradoodles or backcross puppies works well for those whose criteria is based on non-shedding and allergy friendly as the principle characteristics desired in a Labradoodle.
Multi-Generation Labradoodle puppies were first bred in Australia in 1989. Many years of selective breeding have gone into the development of their coats. These coats maybe the best choice for allergy suffers. Multi-Generation Labradoodles consistently produce wavy to curly coats which is great for those wanting a non-shedding companion.
The Labradoodle is great with children and easy to train. They get along well with other dogs and are clever, sociable and joyful. They are quick to learn unusual or special tasks and a little comical at times. If undisciplined they can attempt to outsmart their owners at times. Overall, Labradoodles are non-aggressive, friendly and obviously loyal to their family.
Coats can be anything from flat and straight to wavy and curly, minimizing profuse shedding that is more likely to be allergy and asthma friendly. The Labrador fleece coat is the ultimate coat and is easily maintained, non shedding, allergy and asthma friendly and somewhat like that of an Angora Goat.
The wavy coat Labradoodle needs very little grooming, curly coat labradoodles require regular grooming and should be clipped two to three times a year. Neither requires frequent bathing as their coats repel moisture and dirt.