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What Is an F1 Labradoodle? Differences & Temperament

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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If you’re considering getting a Labradoodle as your new furry friend, you might have come across the term “F1 Labradoodle”. But what exactly does this mean? Simply put, an F1 Labradoodle is the first-generation offspring of a purebred Labrador Retriever and a purebred Poodle. This makes them 50% Poodle and 50% Labrador Retriever.

It’s a unique breed, certainly, and one that’s garnered much attention from the public. But is it the right dog for you? Let’s take a closer look at F1 Labradoodles and what makes them unique.

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How Big Will an F1 Labradoodle Get?

As a potential pet parent, the eventual size of your adopted dog is always an important factor to consider. While there is some variance between male and female Labradoodles, both get to be around 2 feet tall, give or take an inch or two.

Accompanying their tall, slender frame is a variety of coat colors, including:1

  • Chocolate
  • Caramel
  • Cream
  • Parti
  • Red

Their coats can be wavy or curly and are often low shedding, making them a good option for people with allergies. But it’s important to note that no dog is truly 100% hypoallergenic. There are, however, Labradoodles that are less likely to shed than others.

F1 labradoodle standing on the grass
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What’s a Labradoodle’s Temperament?

F1 Labradoodles are known for their friendly and sociable personalities. They are often described as playful, loyal, and intelligent. They can be great with kids and other pets, but like any dog, they require proper socialization and training.


Labradoodles are often touted as a “designer dog” breed that is healthier than their purebred counterparts. While this claim is not entirely accurate, it is true that Labradoodles can have fewer health issues than some purebred dogs.

Keep in mind, though, that Labradoodles can still be prone to certain health problems, such as hip dysplasia, eye issues, and allergies.

We’ll talk about care tips in a moment, but first, let’s discuss which Labradoodles are best suited to those who suffer from allergies and need a dog that isn’t a heavy shedder.

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Which Is the Difference Between an F1 or F1b Labradoodle?

Another common term you might come across when researching Labradoodles is “F1b Labradoodle”. This refers to a Labradoodle that is 75% Poodle and 25% Lab. F1b Labradoodles are the offspring of an F1 Labradoodle and a purebred Poodle.

While the question posed is subjective, there are some benefits to choosing an F1B Labradoodle if you’re allergic to dog dander. That’s because F1bs shed less than their F1 counterparts.

In fact, F1b Labradoodles are often bred for their hypoallergenic coats—they’re far less likely to shed than F1 Labradoodles. In addition to their reduced shedding, F1bs are also known for their intelligence and trainability.

However, it’s important to note that F1b Labradoodles can also be prone to health issues such as hip dysplasia and eye problems. If allergies aren’t a concern to you and you prefer a breed that’s split evenly down the middle, an F1 offers the best of both Labradors and Poodles.

It’s also worth noting that there’s even an F2 variant—an F1 that’s been bred with a poodle. This results in a Labradoodle that’s just 13% Labrador but 87% Poodle. So, if you prefer more Poodle than Lab, F2 is the Labradoodle for you.

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Tips to Keep Your Labradoodle Safe and Healthy

If you’re the proud owner of a Labradoodle, then you know that they make some of the best furry friends out there! But while they’re lovable and fun-loving, they also need special care to stay safe and healthy. Here are a few tips to help your pup thrive:

Give Them Plenty of Playtime

Labradoodles have a lot of energy, so make sure to give them plenty of time to run around and explore their surroundings. Taking your pup for a walk or playing fetch in the park are both great ways to get some exercise!

White labradoodle running in the field
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Make Sure They Get Regular Visits to the Vet

You should bring your pup in for check-ups at least once a year. This can help identify any potential health issues early, as well as give you peace of mind that your pup is in tip-top shape!

Provide Appropriate Toys

Labradoodles love their toys, so make sure to provide them with ones that are safe and appropriate for their size. This will help keep them entertained and active while also helping to prevent any accidental chewing of items they shouldn’t be.

Feed Them Well

It’s important to feed your pup a balanced diet that provides all the essential nutrients it needs for good health. Talk to your vet about which food is best for your pup’s particular needs, as well as how much food to give them each day.

These are just a few tips to keep your Labradoodle safe and healthy! With the right care and love, they will be able to enjoy a long and happy life by your side. Enjoy every moment with your four-legged best friend!

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Labradoodles are one of the most popular breeds for a reason—they make wonderful companions and are sure to bring lots of joy into your life. With proper care and attention, you can ensure that your pup will stay happy and healthy for years to come.

Featured Image Credit: Olga Marti Rodriguez, Shutterstock

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