Mini F1b Labradoodle Guide

Mini F1b Labradoodle Guide

  • Have you seen an F1b Labradoodle for sale or adoption, and wondered what the extra letters stand for? In this comprehensive guide to Labradoodle backcrossing, we answer the question ‘what does F1b Labradoodle mean?’, and look at what it’s like to own one.
  • An F1b Labradoodle has one first generation Labradoodle parent, and one purebred Poodle or Labrador parent – usually a Poodle. This is a popular strategy for fixing particular traits such as a non-shedding coat in the next generation of puppies. But it doesn’t always work out like that!

What Does F1B Labradoodle Mean?

  • What does F1B labradoodle mean? – A F1B Labradoodle is a back-crossed Labradoodle that is 75% Poodle genetics, and 25% Labrador.
  • The F1 means that it comes from a first generation (F1) Labradoodle and the B indicates there is Poodle backcross.
  • When a F1 First Generation Labradoodle is crossed with a Poodle – you get the F1B Labradoodle.

Why Do People Love F1B Labradoodles?

There are a bunch of reasons that people deliberately pick F1B Labradoodles. The F1B has a higher percentage of Poodle genetics.

  • F1B Labradoodles are more commonly wavy or curly coats. This means less shedding.
  • F1B Labradoodles are also often regarded as hypoallergenic and great for allergy sufferers.
  • Because F1B Labradoodles are non-shedding (or as close as you can get) they are very desirable.
  • F1B Labradoodles have an easy to maintain coat, but will likely require a little more grooming than a straight coat Labradoodle.

No dog is truly Hypoallergenic, but a F1B Labradoodle is about as close as you can get. Cockapoos and F1B Bernedoodles can come close though.

It would be pretty rare to find a straight coat Labradoodle that is a true F1B.

What is a F1BB Labradoodle?

Things get even more complicated when you find out there is such thing as a F1BB Labradoodle. Sometimes a F1BB is written as F1B(b).

F1B Labradoodle Puppy available for sale
F1B Labradoodle Puppy available for sale

A F1BB occurs when there is ANOTHER back cross with a Poodle. So you can a F1B Labradoodle that we know is already 75% Poodle genetics, and cross it again with a purebred Poodle.

F1b Labradoodle – What Does It Mean?
F1b Labradoodle – What Does It Mean?

The result is an EXTREMELY low shedding dog with very low risk of allergies. The Poodle coat is famously low shedding and lower allergy risk. The F1BB is heavily concentrated Poodle genetics!

What Does F1B Labradoodle Mean?
What Does F1B Labradoodle Mean?

There is always volatility when breeding dogs and you can still get strong showing of the genetic traits more associated with Labradors. It really is a luck of the draw! In general though expect much lower shedding and likely a curly coat.

What is more hypoallergenic, a F1B Labradoodle or a F1BB Labradoodle?

  • Both F1B and F1BB Labradoodles are more likely to be low shedding and allergy friendly than a original F1 Labradoodle.
  • When it comes to comparing the two cross breeds though, there is not a tremendous difference in most cases. Breeders and groomers say expect a similarly low level of shedding in F1B Labradoodles and F1BB Labradoodles.

Will a F1B Labradoodle Cost More?

  • Many breeders will charge more for a F1B Labradoodle as there is high demand for excellent quality non-shedding dogs.
  • Allergies to dogs are a real problem in many household. A dog like a F1B Labradoodle that is often more allergy friendly – will be popular.
  • As a result, F1B Labradoodles can cost up to 50% more than other Labradoodles.
  • If you do get the opportunity to rescue an Oodle dog, there is a chance you can adopt a F1B Labradoodle at no surcharge or additional cost! It will take a DNA test to get an idea of what generation Labradoodle you actually have.
  • So you will likely not know till the adopted dog is happily settled in with your family. It can still be super interesting to find out!

Is a F1B Australian Labradoodles different to a F1B Labradoodle?

An Australian Labradoodle is a particular bloodline of Labradoodle that has been fiercely protected by the breeders for decades. It is a unique and separate breed to the Labradoodle. They are amazing, and even form part of the cross to get an Australian Bernedoodle.

If you adopt from a rescue you might never find out if your Labradoodle is an Australian Labradoodle. If your puppy comes from a breeder they will be able to tell you definitively.

What kind of fur will a F1B Labradoodle have?

  • If you are getting a F1B Labradoodle you should expect a wavy or curly coat. It would be very rare to have a straight coat Labradoodle.
  • F1B Labradoodles also almost always have the furnishings (facial hair) that gives the Labradoodle its super cute teddy bear appearance. Perhaps only the Teacup Goldendoodle looks even more like a teddy bear than a miniature F1B Labradoodle.
  • You can get a F1B Labradoodle in any of the usual Labradoodle shades. From cream to chocolate, black, red and golden – expect a luxurious and soft F1B coat.

Why are F1B Labradoodles Hypoallergenic?

Sometimes people say that F1B Labradoodles are hypoallergenic. In reality, there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog.

Dog allergy sufferers typically react to the protein dander. This is not just in dog hair. In fact many people react the most to the proteins in dog saliva. So saliva can cause just as much allergy as fur!

There is no such thing as a dog with no saliva!

The low shedding coat of the F1B Labradoodle allows a dog to get about as close to hypoallergenic as is possible.

Can F1B Labradoodles live outdoors?

Your F1B Labradoodle will be a highly social animal. Research shows that Labradoodles cannot really live outside. They are too social! They are inside dogs for the most part. That said – they love to run, swim, play outdoors.

Grooming a F1B Labradoodle

  • Just like any Labradoodle regular grooming will be important for a F1B Labradoodle.
  • The low shedding coat will require frequent brushing and combing. Matts can occur in non-shedding coats. Curly and wavy coats will need deep brushing at least once per week.
  • Shampooing occasionally is important. In our Labradoodle grooming guide we discuss some of the best shampoos for the F1B Labradoodle fur.
  • F1B Labradoodles will also need their ears cleaned frequently. The narrow ear canal inherited from the Poodle combined with the beautiful non shedding coat can result in excess hair in the narrow space.
  • Bacteria and wax accumulate which can result in a stinky problem. Luckily, it can be easily cleaned at home.

F1 or F1b Labradoodle: Choose What’s Best For You

When it comes to what generation Labradoodle to choose to add to your family, both F1 or F1B options can make the perfect fit. While they have slight differences in appearance and grooming needs, both generations are easily loveable and very friendly. Keep in mind that if allergies are a concern for you in your family, an F1b Labradoodle may alleviate some of those concerns as they shed very little or not at all. By knowing the differences between these two generations of hybrid dogs, you can move forward in making the right decision for yourself and your family.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.