First off... they aren't a mix of Australian Shepherd and Poodle...that's an Aussie Doodle... ;)
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 categorise 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.
Early Generation Labradoodles are, as the term implies, are of low generation. This means that there is very little consistency in the litters of puppies produced. If you cross a Labrador with a Poodle, the resulting puppies vary considerably in size, coat type and temperament. When you get to the second and third generations, things get even more complicated as the genetics play out and throw-backs start appearing. This means, for example, that a second or third generation Labradoodle could look like a poorly bred Labrador or a poorly bred Poodle rather than a Labradoodle. There is much, much more consistency in Australian Labradoodle litters. This is primarily because we are now so far down the generations, and as we breed further, physical characteristics and attributes become more predictable and consistent. Every puppy in an Australian Labradoodle litter will be recognisable as an Australian Labradoodle and throw-backs to parent breeds are very rare.
Fleece: Wavy or soft curls or spirals. Very silky to touch. Should be non-shedding and allergy friendly.
Wool: Loose curls that may be soft. Also can be coarse like a poodle coat. Always non-shedding and is the most allergy friendly.
Australian Labradoodles are particularly intuitive, very intelligent, easily trained and are excellent with young children making them an ideal family member. However, they are still full of fun when playing outdoors and can be incredibly comical at times!