What Does F1B Labradoodle Mean? [Full Explanation]

What does F1B labradoodle mean? – A F1B Labradoodle is a back-crossed Labradoodle that is 75% Poodle genetics, and 25% Labrador.

When you smash the words Labrador and Poodle together you get Labradoodle. Makes sense right? The offspring of such a mix is a cross of the two breeds.

There are heaps of modifiers though that can get confusing though. People often discuss

But what does it all mean! Well here is the straight up answer explaining exactly what does F1B Labradoodle mean.

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What is a F1B Labradoodle? We find out the answer from the dog experts.

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.

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An F1B Labradoodle enjoys his camping experience! (Image: Instagram/@bennidoodle)

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.
  • Because F1B Labradoodles are non-shedding (or as close as you can get) they are very desirable.
  • F1B Labradoodles are also often regarded as hypoallergenic and great for allergy sufferers.
  • 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.

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The Labradoodle with a scarf relaxes at a resort. (Image: Instagram/@barney.the.labradoodle)

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).

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.

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!

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.

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Wavy and Straight coat Labradoodles are difficult to differentiate.

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.

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A Labradoodle ready for a car ride! (Image: Instagram/@walnut_the_doodle)

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.

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!

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A super cute miniature Labradoodle (named Max)

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.

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.

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. (To save time – The Wahl Coconut and Lime shampoo is a sure-fire budget friendly shampoo for a F1B labradoodle coat – we reviewed it in detail here).

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. Learn how to clean Labradoodle ears here.

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.