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What Are F2 Labradoodles?
Before you can figure out if F2 Labradoodles are hypoallergenic, you should know what they are. When it comes to dogs, the F system determines the generation of the dog in question. So, F1 Labradoodles are the initial cross of a Labrador and Poodle.
Each subsequent generation has a higher number, which means that F2 Labradoodles are the offspring of two F1 Labradoodles. Depending on the parents, F2 Labradoodles can have a variety of colors and types of coats.
They may also differ in other traits, like personality or risks for genetic diseases. When breeding for F2 Labradoodles, you should consider the desired traits. And if that is for the dogs to be hypoallergenic, you should breed two F1 Labradoodles who have more allergy-friendly coats.
Generally, the higher generations of Labradoodles will have better traits for people with allergies. However, they aren’t always hypoallergenic. Before you bring home an F2 Labradoodle, you should ask about the history of the parents and their coats.
Hypoallergenic vs. Allergy-Friendly
When considering a dog for someone with an allergy, you should be careful. Labradoodles aren’t necessarily hypoallergenic, but they can be allergy-friendly. A hypoallergenic dog is a dog that causes allergies less than the average dog.
By that definition, F2 Labradoodles are hypoallergenic. However, that doesn’t mean that F2 Labradoodles won’t cause any dog allergies or trigger symptoms. One reason why Labradoodles are great for allergies is their coat.
Because of the Poodle genes, a lot of Labradoodles will not shed. Although you should know that the shedding isn’t what causes the allergies, it’s the dog’s dander. In a lot of cases, the dog’s dander sticks to its fur, which then comes off as the dog sheds.
If you’re looking for an F2 Labradoodle that won’t trigger allergies, you should consider the dog’s coat. By choosing a dog with a coat that won’t shed, you can reduce the chances of the dog causing your allergies to worsen. And unfortunately, not all F2 Labradoodles have coats that won’t shed.
The Importance of Coats
Because Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle, you might think that all dogs have the same coat. However, the coat can vary significantly from one Labradoodle to the next. All of this comes down to the lineage of the two dogs that you breed.
So even though you have to breed two F1 Labradoodles to get an F2 Labradoodle, you can’t guarantee the coat will be ideal. Of course, the type of coat may not matter to someone who wants a Labradoodle for their looks or personality. But for someone with a severe dog allergy, choosing a dog with the right coat is essential.
There are three common types of coats for Labradoodles, and each can determine how hypoallergenic the dog will be.
- A wool coat is the best coat for a dog for someone with dog allergies. It is the most similar to a Poodle, so dogs with a wool coat will shed less than others. When short, the coats are curly, but they can get wavy as they grow out.
- A fleece coat is another option, and it’s popular among Labradoodle owners. The coat feels like silk and can be curly or wavy.
- A hair coat is most similar to a Labrador, and it is the least allergy-friendly out of the three coats. It feels like the hair on your head, and it can shed and trigger allergy symptoms.
While you may not have perfect control over the coat of a litter of dogs, you should do your best to choose a dog with a wool coat. F2 Labradoodles with wool coats will be the best for people with allergies, but fleece coats can be an alternative if you need a dog immediately.
Getting the Right Coat
If you want a hypoallergenic F2 Labradoodle, you need to choose one with the right coat. However, you may also want to consider other types of Labradoodles. Backcrossing, which is breeding an F1 Labradoodle with a Poodle, will produce an F1b Labradoodle, for example.
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F1b Labradoodles are an excellent option for people with allergies because they are 75 percent Poodle and 25 percent Labrador. The extra Poodle genes increase the chances of the new generation having a wool coat. So if you’re working with a breeder to get a hypoallergenic dog, you and your breeder may consider backcrossing.
You can also breed an F2 Labradoodle with a Poodle for an even better chance of the puppies having hypoallergenic coats. While there’s always a chance of them shedding, you can add more Poodle genes to the mix. Then, you can continue to lower the chances that the dogs will shed, but they can still have some Labrador traits.
Find the Right Breeder
If you want to get an F2 Labradoodle specifically, you should find the right breeder. Some breeders won’t breed F2 Labradoodles so that they can avoid potential inbreeding. On the other hand, some breeders aren’t always honest about the dogs they breed.
You can find a breeder through the Labradoodle association in your country. And if you can’t find anyone through there, you can ask around. If you know anyone with a Labradoodle, you can ask them who they worked with, or you can ask a local vet.
When considering a breeder, make sure you can trust them. Ask them about their credentials and experience, and make sure they understand your needs. You can also ask about the family and health history of the parental dogs so that you can learn about any potential health risks.
Also, be sure to ask about generations. While there is a standard for numbering the generations, some breeders may not follow it. So, be sure you understand what they mean when they talk about generations.
Meet the Dog
Once your potential Labradoodle is born, you should meet the dog. You can make sure the dog has a wool coat, and you can meet the dog in small doses to make sure the coat won’t cause problems. If you’re not the one with allergies, make sure whoever has them gets to meet the dog, too.
The last thing you want is to choose a good F2 Labradoodle only to find that it isn’t hypoallergenic. Even if you want to meet the dog and bring it home the same day, try to meet first before you commit to the dog. Then, you can make sure that there won’t be any issues.
In a lot of cases, F2 Labradoodles are hypoallergenic. If they have the wool coats of their Poodle grandparent, they won’t shed like other dogs. However, you have to be careful to choose a dog with a wool coat since hair coats can be just as bad for allergies as pure Labradors.
About THE AUTHOR
Mark is the founder of Everything Labradors and a husband and father of 3. He enjoys spending time with his family, including his dog Molly, a Labrador/Golden Retriever mix. He’s a big fan of the outdoors and loves to travel to new places.Read more about Mark Brunson