F1 labradoodles are first generation Poodle and Labrador crossbreeds. This means that a F1 Labradoodle is actually 50% Poodle, and 50% Labrador. Theoretically carrying equal amounts of genetic make up from both parents, this makes predicting litters and determining the type of coats that the puppies will grow into, rather difficult.
F1s could look more like either parent. They could have facial features more like one parent, and a size and build like the other. Some F1’s have even been known to be physically structured like a poodle, yet have the same coat and coloration as their labrador parent.
If you are looking for a particular coat type, or need to avoid the straight hair variant due to allergies, it is best to wait until the puppies are at least 12 weeks of age before purchasing one. A puppy’s true coat, will not be visible until it starts to grow in at around this time.
It is best to keep in mind, that F1 Labradoodle puppies are a lucky dip that are full of surprises. As there is a high chance that the puppies could take after one parent more so then another. Coats, Coloration, Behavioral Traits, and Physical Characteristics can vary vastly within the same litter.
This makes F1 labradoodle puppies perfect for those who would rather a surprise. Simply pick yourself up a puppy before it’s grown in its coat, say around 6-8 weeks, and who knows, maybe you might get yourself a hair coat, fleeced, or woolen coat labradoodle. In either way, you will find yourself being the proud owner of your very own gorgeous labradoodle.
For more information on coat types, coloration and generational traits. Please read up on the following articles:
- Labradoodle Breed – Complete Overview
- Labradoodle Coat Types
- Labradoodle Colors – A Complete Guide to Every Labradoodle Shade