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My Journey to Doodles

 

I  became fascinated with Labradoodles when researching a new family dog. Wow – lots of information out there – Multi-generation, F1, Back-crosses…!!! It was difficult to make sense out of all of the information, and I truly wasn’t sure what the deal was with these guys from Down Under. Lab x Poodle equals Doodle, right? I found that in some respects yes, that’s true, and in others, no it isn’t. The origins of all Labradoodles is, of course with the Lab and the Poodle. They all bring a terrific combination of intelligence,

devotion and the hope of an allergy friendly/non-shedding coat to the table in varying degrees.

 

That having been said, I can tell you first hand that there is a huge difference between my F1 (first generation) Labradoodle and my Australian Labradoodle. Now, don’t take that the wrong way, Dooley is adored just like Polly. He is a fantastic pet, just like she is. However, their look and structure, along with their coats and temperament, are very different. Dooley does shed quite a bit – Polly not at all.

 

Of course, even Australian Labradoodles can shed. They are not guaranteed to be allergy friendly for everyone, and there certainly are several sizes, colors and coat types. It is important to note that they are a developing breed, however, there is a fair amount of consistency and predictability. It seems that after the many years of carefully selected breeding and research of Labradoodles in Australia, a wonderful breed has emerged. A phenomenal family pet - with a pretty cool look to boot!

 

Note: For those of you new to this, an F1 is a puppy from a Lab bred to a Poodle, a multi-gen is the result of years of research and select breeding in Australia where Labradoodles have been bred to Labradoodles.

 

For some Doodle Wisdom, check out things we can learn from a dog below:

 

Doodle Wisdom

 

  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in you face to be pure ecstasy.
  • Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
  • Take naps and stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp and play daily.
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig for it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  • Thrive on attention and let people hug you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
  • No matter how often you're scolded don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout, run right back and make friends.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

 

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