First and foremost, an Australian Labradoodle is multi-generational. This means that through careful breeding (generally four or more generations) the coat and overall appearance of the dog is much more consistent. Also, in early generations, the breeding incorporated not only Poodles and Labrador Retrievers, but Cocker Spaniels as well for even better coat qualities. The breed is not yet AKC recognized, but we think this is an overall good thing. The Australian Labradoodle is meant to be the ultimate companion and pet. The dogs chosen for breeding should not only have gorgeous non-shedding coats, but be intelligent, loving, and very family-oriented. We don’t care much how well our pet would compete in a ring.
If both parents in a breeding are low-shedding, their offspring will be too. They will lose a little hair with brushing, but so do we humans. You will never see the great drifts of fur you have likely encountered if you ever lived with a Labrador. We certainly shed more than our Labradoodle does.
Most Labradoodles you will meet are F1, meaning first generation crosses of a poodle and a Labrador Retriever. The puppies will be cute, as all puppies are, but they will be inconsistent. Some will look just like a Poodle, some mostly like a Labrador, and some in between. Their personalities are also less consistent.
F1B Labradoodles are one generation further along, generally breeding an F1 Labradoodle back to a Poodle, in order to increase the likelihood of a non-shedding dog, or to adjust down the size of the puppies by using a smaller Poodle. Over further breedings of F1B to F1B, this can lead to a multigenerational labradoodle, with the dog with the most desirable characteristics chosen for breeding at each step. However, this will still not be an Australian Labradoodle without ancestors from the original Australian lines and with early infusions of Cocker Spaniel.