F1, F1b Facts

Goldendoodle Puppy by McKenzies Doodles

One of the first things you will find when you start looking for a Doodle of any kind are the letters F1, F1B, etc., These refer to the generation of the cross between the parent dogs. When you cross two different breeds, the puppies are thought to be healthier and heartier than either of the parents because things that have been carried in the genetics of one breed for many generations can be corrected when crossed with another breed, provided that breed does not have the same issues. This is one good reason that the cross-breeds are bred and is referred to as hybrid vigor.

The F1 Cross

A first generation (F1) is a cross between two purebred dogs. For example, an F1 Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle, an F1 Irishdoodle is a cross between an Irish Setter and a Standard Poodle, and an F1 Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Standard Poodle. The first generation cross is thought to have the highest hybrid vigor.

The F1B Cross

A first generation crossback is known as an F1B, and is a first generation F1 Goldendoodle, Irish Doodle or Bernedoodle that is bred back to a Standard Poodle. The F1B in Doodles is always bred back to the Poodle, not the other parent dog. This is done to achieve more of the desireable Poodle characteristics of non-shedding, intelligence and hypoallergenic. However, you will also get more of the physical characteristics of the Poodle as well.

Our Breeding Practices

In the Goldendoodles, we think the F1B is the best cross as it decreases the chance of a wiry wispy coat often found in the F1 cross, and increases the chance of hypoallergenic, non-shedding puppies. We breed F1B generation Goldendoodles almost exclusively.

By contrast, we have bred F1s almost exclusively for our Irish Doodles and our Bernedoodles as we wanted to ensure that the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Irish Setter qualities were not lost in a further cross. We are just beginning to experiment with the F1B generation in our Irish Doodles and may also try them in our Bernedoodles as time goes on.

Wonderful Companions

Both our F1 and our F1b puppies are delightful little creatures, very playful and affectionate, with beautiful wavy to curly non-shed coats. They are very laid-back! They will range in size from 45 - 70 pounds or 55 - 90 pounds for a Bernedoodle. We have enjoyed a great reputation for happy, healthy easy-going puppies that have been the delight of the families that have purchased them. We also provide a 2 year genetic health guarantee on our pups! They will make perfect family dogs, or great companions for the couple, single or retiree who is looking for a devoted friend for life.