Straight Hair Labradoodle Guide

Straight Hair Labradoodle Guide

A straight hair Labradoodle, otherwise called flat coat Labradoodle, is turning into an undeniably well-known dog since individuals like the straight hair that takes after a Labrador Retriever and makes them look like a scruffy teddy bear.  What’s more, is that straight hair Labradoodles still tend to be more hypoallergenic and non-shedding the standard Labrador Retriever. This makes a flat coat Labradoodle a good choice for a dog.

Labradoodles with Straight Hair
Labradoodles with Straight Hair

If you want one of these Labradoodles with straight hair, you should look at either an F1 Generation Labradoodle or F2 Generation Labradoodle as these dogs have 50% Labrador Retriever genes.  Typically, 50% is the most Labrador Retriever you will find in a Labradoodle. This amplifies your odds of choosing a Labradoodle that will have a straight coat.

Straight Hair Labradoodle: Is a Flat Coat Bad?
Straight Hair Labradoodle: Is a Flat Coat Bad?

Which Generation of Labradoodle has a Straight Coat?

We’ve composed an amazing inside and out article of the Best Labradoodle Generations.  This article gives all the top to bottom data on what the wording of each Labradoodle Generation implies. As a rule, F stands for filial and implies that it is a crossbred dog, the number implies the generational age of the dog and the B implies back cross.

In the event that you’re searching for a level coat Labradoodle, at that point, you ordinarily need a first generation Labradoodle which is called an F1 Labradoodle.  What’s more, there is also a high possibility of getting a straight hair Labradoodle as an F2 Labradoodle or second-generation Labradoodle. You need to pick a Labradoodle generation that is half Labrador Retriever and half Poodle to increase your odds of a straight hair Labradoodle.

Since most Labradoodles are backcrossed with a Poodle to be more hypoallergenic and non-shedding, you don’t want any backcrossed Labradoodles.  This means that you don’t want any B’s (F1B, F1BB, F2B, or F2BB) in the name the curlier the coat will be. If you need a straight hair Labradoodle then you want Labrador Retriever genetic traits.

Here are the most well-known generations of Labradoodle and what percent Poodle and Labrador Retriever they are:

  • F1 Labradoodle: 50% Poodle and half Labrador Retriever.  The best chance of a straight coat Labradoodle.
  • F1B Labradoodle: 75% Poodle and 25% Labrador Retriever.  Normally wavy or curly coats.
  • F1BB Labradoodle: 87.5% Poodle and 12.5% Labrador Retriever.  These coats are normally very curly.
  • F2 Labradoodle: 50% Poodle and half Labrador Retriever. The best chance of a straight coat Labradoodle
  • F2B Labradoodle:  62.5% Poodle and 37.5% Labrador Retriever.  Normally wavy or curly coats.
  • F2BB Labradoodle: 81.25% Poodle and 18.75% Labrador Retriever.  These coats are normally very curly.
  • F3 Labradoodle or Multi-age Labradoodle: Multiple generations of Labradoodle normally backcrossed to the Poodle.  These coats are commonly wavy to wavy.

As a rule of thumb, attempt to get a Labradoodle that is half Labrador Retriever to improve your odds of getting a straight coat Labradoodle.  Otherwise, you can attempt to find a breeder that backcrosses Labradoodles with Labrador Retrievers (this is very uncommon).

How does a Labradoodle get a straight coat?

  • There is a unique dog quality called Cu Locus, also known as Curly Coat gene, which decides whether your Labradoodle will have wavy hair.  The nonappearance of Cu locus implies that you will have a straight hair Labradoodle. The Cu locus quality commonly originates from the Standard Poodle since they have a nonshedding curly coat.  Cu locus keeps keratin from restricting together basic parts which brings about a wavy coat. This implies that if you have keratin in your genetic structure then your Labradoodle will have a straight or level coat.  You can get a DNA test to decide whether your dog has this trait.
  • In actuality, most Labradoodles will have a wavy coat and won’t really have a straight or flat coat.  This is because there is usually a blend of the Cu Locus since a Labradoodle is a mix between Labrador Retriever and Poodle.

Why get a straight coat Labradoodle?

  • Getting a straight coat Labradoodle versus wavy coat Labradoodle is a tough decision.  Primarily, individuals get a straight coat Labradoodle due to their unique looks. Pet owners ultimately want a Labradoodle that resembles a Labrador Retriever and doesn’t look like a Poodle.  Additionally, a straight or flat coat Labradoodle will in general look “cuter” and like a teddy bear.
  • Since a straight coat Labradoodle sheds more hair there is less grooming and overally brushing of your dog.  Additionally, your Labradoodle is more averse tangles or mattes if you don’t brush them regularly. Shaving, brushing, and grooming a Labradoodle takes a great deal of work so this is a big upside if you get a straight haired Labradoodle.

Drawbacks of a Straight Hair Labradoodle

Getting a straight or level coat Labradoodle has a few drawbacks when you compare it to a wavy-haired Labradoodle.

Straight coat Labradoodles will in general shed much more than a wavy or curly-haired Labradoodles.  This is on the grounds that straight coats contain much less Poodle hereditary qualities which cause the dog to have a flat coat that sheds.  If you get a flat coat Labradoodle, be sure to prepare for a dog that sheds at least a little bit. However, a straight coat Labradoodle will shed less than the Labrador Retriever.

Straight coat Labradoodles will, in general, be less hypoallergenic.  Due to having increased Labrador Retriever genetics and less Poodle genetic qualities, straight coat Labradoodles will be less hypoallergenic.  The hypoallergenic aspect originates from the wavy coat and non-shedding features. Hypoallergenic features come from the wavy Labradoodle hair that doesn’t permit dander and other protein allergens to adhere to coat.

In general, wavy coats signify less shedding and more hypoallergenic features.  However, this isn’t always the situation and it comes down to your dogs genes. Specifically, you’ll need to take a Furnishing Genetic test and Shedding Locus Genetic to fully understand the true aspects of your dog.

Genetic Testing for a Straight Coat Labradoodle?

  • Genetic testing of the Cu locus quality, otherwise called KRT71 quality, will decide if your Labradoodle will have a straight coat, wavy coat, or curly coat.  The less Cu locus quality your Labradoodle has the more straight their coat will be. Since Labradoodles are ordinarily different generations of mixed Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle, commonly back crossed with the Poodle, their coat will be wavy with the Cu Locus quality.
  • You can speak with your veterinarian for a reputable DNA test of your Labradoodle to figure out what sort of coat they will have.  This will let you know if your Labradoodle will have a straight coat or wavy coat. Typically, Labradoodle puppy litters will have a blend of straight, wavy, and curly coats.  Once puppies lose their puppy coat it ordinarily doesn’t change from an adult coat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do straight coat Labradoodles shed?

Yes, straight coat Labradoodles tend to shed more so than wavy or curly coat Labradoodles because of the Labrador Retriever genetics.

Can Labradoodles have a straight coat?

Yes, many F1 Labradoodle or F2 Labradoodles have straight coats due to the 50% Labrador Retriever genetics they inherit. This typically means they will shed a little bit of hair.

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed our Straight Hair Labradoodle Guide.  If you want a straight hair Labradoodle then you should concentrate on either an F1 or F2 Labradoodle generation.  When you go for your Puppy Pick out day, attempt to look at which puppies have a straight coat. Labradoodles will almost always hold the same coat type into adulthood.  Either way, you’re going to love your Labradoodle as these dogs are the cutest teddy bears that are hypoallergenic and don’t shed much. People will adore your Labradoodle regardless!

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.